First Woman to Preside over RI (Aired on November 22, 2020)

RadioRotary is especially delighted to be able to interview Jennifer Jones, who for the Rotary Year 2022-23 will be president of Rotary International (RI), the first woman in the 115-year history of Rotary to achieve that high office. Until a little more than 30 years ago, there were no women officially in Rotary—a club in California that accepted women in 1977 was dropped from RI for this violation of rules. But ten years later the US Supreme Court ruled that Rotary could not reject members on the basis of gender, and US clubs began to admit women. The Canadian courts also recognized that Rotary clubs should be gender neutral and, in 1989, RI agreed, allowing clubs around the world to admit women members. President-nominee Jones, from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club (which spans Canada and the US), joined Rotary in 1997 and has been active at club and district levels ever since, becoming a director and a vice-president of RI. In her RadioRotary interview she tells her story and discusses how the Rotary Polio-Plus experience has provided thousands of workers who have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. She reveals that RI has officially added protection of the environment to the six areas of focus and speaks of her interest in making the young-persons Rotary, Rotaract, a gateway to the full Rotary experience.

Learn more:
President-Nominee Jennifer E. Jones: https://www.rotary.org/en/jennifer-e-jones-makes-history-becomes-first-woman-named-rotary-president-nominee
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
History of Women in Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary
Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club: https://www.roselandrotary.com/

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November 27, 2020 · Posted in Environment, Health, PolioPlus, Rotary International, Women  

Rotary International and Rotary Foundation CEO (Aired on October 18, 2020)

Through the magic of Zoom. RadioRotary interviews John Hewko, the General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. As CEO he directs some 800 Rotary employees in the United States and around the world—Rotary has 1.2 million members worldwide, with only about 25% of them in the United States. Rotarians are committed to doing good in the world as well as making person connections with like-minded others. In addition to contributing $400 million for projects through The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians contribute about 47 million people hours to make those projects work—and these numbers do not count the gifts and projects of the 35,000 individual clubs that make up Rotary. With numbers like that, Rotary embarked on a huge project in 1985 (later joined but other international organizations) to eliminate polio. At this point they have succeeded everywhere except Pakistan and Afghanistan where there remain a few cases annually. Another emphasis of Rotary is enrolling youth in both projects to improve communities but also in supporting peace through annual youth exchanges
between countries around the world.

Learn more:
General Secretary and CEO: https://my.rotary.org/en/general-secretary-and-chief-executive-officer
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Polio Eradication: https://polioeradication.org/
Rotary Youth Programs: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-programs

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RI President 2020-21 Holger Knaack (Aired on August 1 and 2, 2020)

RadioRotary welcomes Rotary International (RI) President Holger Knaack (via Zoom), a member since 1992 of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany. He is proud to be the first RI president from Germany. President Knaack has held many posts in Rotary from Club President and District Governor to Director and Treasurer of Rotary International. His special interests have been the youth-exchange program and Rotaract, the Rotary adjunct for young adults between the age of 18 and 30. He and his wife have not just supported youth- exchange; they have hosted some 40 students themselves. He says “Rotary is the greatest organization in the world” because of its work in fighting disease, promoting peace, encouraging literacy, and aiding disaster recovery with ShelterBox. Because of the COVID-19 situation, he is the first RI president who cannot travel to Rotary Clubs all over the world, but he visits thousands of Rotarians via Zoom every day.

Learn more:
RI Theme 2020-21: https://www.rotary.org/en/holger-knaack-sees-opportunities-rotary-change-thrive
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
Rotary Youth Exchange: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_Youth_Exchange
Rotaract on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rotaractor/
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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August 9, 2020 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Peace, PolioPlus, Rotary International, Youth  

Rotary Rises to the COVID-19 Challenge (Aired on June 6 and 7, 2020)

Millbrook Rotarian Cindie Kish, the current 2710 District Governor, visits RadioRotary via Zoom, to tell how the 55 Mid-Hudson Rotary Clubs are helping their communities and the world get through the pandemic. Unlike many businesses and other organizations, Rotary in the Mid-Hudson has not gone dark. Clubs have found innovative ways to meet and also members are able to join weekly District meetings online. The good work of Rotary has not stopped, even though many traditional fundraisers have had to be cancelled; Rotary clubs have found ways to support not only such organizations as food pantries, but local businesses as well—for example, some clubs that can no longer meet at their favorite restaurant have helped support it by collecting take-out meals and distributing them to club members. The high-school Interact clubs sponsored by Rotary can no longer meet with schools closed, but they can still do good, perhaps by sending thank-you notes to health workers. Listen to the show to learn about the many ways Rotary continues to do good in the world in spite of the current crisis.

Learn more:
District 7210, Rotary in the Mid-Hudson: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
Rotary International Virtual Convention, June 10-26: https://www.riconvention.org/en/honolulu
Donate to the Rotary Foundation : https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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