Using the Rotary network to wage peace

Service in Action

By Zuhal Sharp, RI Programs Staff

Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are autonomous, internationally organized groups with a passion for and expertise in a specific service area. They provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing large-scale community development and humanitarian service projects in their respective areas of expertise, such as water, AIDs prevention, microcredit, or hearing.

In honor of February, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month, learn about the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP), a committed group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other Rotary program alumni dedicated to advancing world peace through education and activities related to conflict prevention and peace building. RAGFP supports and enhances the peace work of Rotarians by offering project guidance and resources. Visit RAGFP’s website and like them on Facebook for the latest updates.

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Fostering Ethical Decision Making

We are starting an Rotary Action Group for Ethics. Please share this in your Rotary Networks. Please email me # marilyn@cmi-direct.com and follow us on Facebook.

Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin

–submitted by Ben Hebebrand; photos by John Bonsett-Veal and Mike Wenzel

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Almost 250 11th grade students from 20 different Madison area high schools met for the 16th annual Rotary Club of Madison Ethics Symposium on Friday, Feb. 19 at Monona Terrace in Madison, affirming at the culminating luncheon the need not just for adolescents but all of us to “think all the way through decisions.” This kind of thinking, the students expressed, could be enhanced by discussing dilemmas with others including those whom we do not know and those who are different than us.

“Discussing issues with others can broaden your viewpoint,” said Katie Feller of La Follette High School. “It’s interesting to see how people can change their view (by thinking and talking it through),” added Liz Dominguez of Marshall High School.

DSC_0012The five-hour symposium kicked off with real-life reminders that ethical decisions abound throughout history and…

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Is Your Business Ready for the X’ers?

SHaring from the Rotary Club of Madison

Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin

–submitted by Donna Hurd; photo b John Bonset-Veal

Seeger DebbieDebbie Seeger, (pictured here with club president Ellsworth Brown) in her presentation entitled “Shift Happens,” provided a futuristic view of the incoming workforce, the ensuing competition to attract and retain talent, and how to prepare for the inevitable.

By the numbers: Baby Boomers represent one of the largest generations in history (78 million) and we are aging.  The succeeding generation, Gen X, represents just over half of the baby boomer population.  Clearly, the laws of supply and demand indicate the supply of available workers will not sufficiently meet the potential demand of employers.  The repercussions of poor planning or absence of planning will prove detrimental to a business’s viability.  Defining the gaps in knowledge with the loss of boomers will be an integral part of assessing the needs of the business in its attempt to successfully move from one generation of…

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The tale of two fundraising rides

Help support Rotary Staff at the “El Tour De Tuscon” Wishing them the stamina they need to raise funds for #EndPolio

Rotary Voices

Kristin Brown, center, her husband, Mahmoud Ajamia -- who will also be riding in Tucson -- and Marga Hewko at the bottom of a steep hill on a recent training ride. Kristin Brown, center, her husband, Mahmoud Ajamia, — who will also be riding in Tucson — and Marga Hewko at the bottom of a steep hill on a recent training ride.

By Kristin Brown

I am really excited to be returning to Tucson, Arizona, USA, this week for my second Miles to End Polio event and to join forces with the Rotarians cycling so that others may walk.

It has been an eventful year in the fight to End Polio Now. Nigeria achieved a milestone in July when it passed an entire year without a new case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. And cases in the two remaining endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are at an all-time low. But now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure on. One of my biggest concerns is that people will become complacent and fail to recognize the threat…

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