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Andrei brings Kinver Rotary Club to order.

The highlight of Andrei Buiko’s 10th birthday, spent hundreds of miles away from his home in the Grodno region of Belorussia, was to ring the bell to call members of Rotary Club to order when he visited the club as part of a month-long visit to the U.K. organised by a charity that supports children suffering as a result of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 26 years ago.

Along with his friend Dima Khabian (9), Andrei is staying at the home of Ann Becke, who has run the local branch of the Chernobyl Childrens Life Line for the past 18 years.

Rotary challenges world’s governments to target polio

Ahead of the UN General Assembly, Rotary International holds a strategy session with members from around the world including Pakistan and Nigeria

EVANSTON, Ill. (Aug. 15, 2012) — Rotary International aims to send a clear message to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly convening in September in New York: The world’s governments must act swiftly and decisively if the crippling childhood disease polio is to finally be eradicated.

Urgent Appeal for RIBI linked project in Iramba

A project  in Tanzania that RIBI has been funding is in its final stages. We have  come so far with this project and have provided thousands of people  with a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

However, there is still a lot of work to do in order to reach everyone and we urgently need to drill 6 new boreholes and rehabilitate 8 shallow dug wells.

We are looking for a final push in funding between now and World Water Day, 22nd March 2012, to finalize this work.

European fundraiser nets more than US$893,000

32 End Polio Now

Through sales of End Polio Now key finders between June 2010 and June 2011, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and RI staff in Switzerland and Liechtenstein raised more than US$893,000 for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge, including over $2,000 from staff in the RI Europe/Africa Office.

Find out more in the latest End Polio Now Newsletter

Please Support Dogs for the Disabled


All of us at Dogs for the Disabled are delighted to have been chosen as one of District 1060’s main charities of the 2011/12 year. We would like to introduce ourselves before we attend the conference in Llandudno in October. We’re very much looking forward to being at your gathering and for the opportunity for one or two of our clients to show you just how their dogs have made such a huge difference to their lives.

Rotary's Areas of Focus

29 AreasOfFocusFPRotary's Areas of Focus

Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of six areas. To find out more, take a look at the brochure ( on the left) published by Rotary International.


Rotary Water-Survival Box Update 6 - 2011-2012 - Horn Of Africa And The Philippines

Received 13th August 2011 -

For the past four weeks we have been on standby to send Water-Survival Boxes to help with water-purification in the refugee camps in the Dadaab region of Kenya. However, serious difficulties in arranging a safe and secure route along the 300 mile journey from Nairobi, as well as a controlled environment for distribution to families most in need, meant we have had to wait for confirmation that such arrangements were in place.

A Chain for Youth

The Junior Chain is presented in Solihull

 As the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull (Rotarians Ian & Sheila Courts, of the Meriden Club) prepared to hand back their chains of office, they decided to leave the borough a brand new piece of jewellery – a “Junior Mayoral Chain”.

The junior chain will be available for borough schools to use during their youth council meetings – it will be worn by the chair of the meeting – to help them learn about local democracy.

Youth Councils are a common feature of most schools now and the Mayor and Mayoress have even taken part in one school council meeting during their year in office. They have also been fascinated, and very impressed, by their many meetings with children and young people and the quality of debates that they have hosted in the Council Chamber, involving not just schools, but also scout groups and others.

Rotary Volunteers project update

Rotary volunteers at work

Due to extreme economic pressures, the Rotary Foundation was forced to cut the Volunteer Service Grant funds, March 2009 bringing many volunteer programmes to a grinding halt. We were desperate that the Kilimambogo Dental Clinic, Kenya, would not become one of these programmes doomed to fail because volunteers could not afford to travel and give a month’s service to this successful project. 

An Earthquake Story


Hello, I've been inundated with texts, phone calls, emails and messages of love and support, thank you. If you want to hear how it was and where I'm at then read on. (Abby for your benefit I've tried to use lots of paragraph breaks!)

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