The Change for Change Campaign

Since 2006, we have been collecting pocket change in an annual campaign to raise money for polio eradication.  It may have started as loose pocket change, but through this campaign, we have donated almost $40,000 to Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program.  With each vaccine costing just $.60, our C4C Campaign has raised enough money to immunize over 66,000 children!  And like most everything else we do in Rotary, we turn service into fellowship.  Each year, […]

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Why Honduras?

Honduras is the 2nd poorest country in Central America, with approximately 64% of Hondurans living below the poverty level of 2 dollars per day.  Thirty-nine percent of the population is employed in agriculture; however, an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters continue to damage that industry.  Deforestation through illegal logging activities has led to widespread erosion and destruction of the agricultural industry.

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Madison Rotary Brings Vision Clinic to Honduras

Madison Rotarians have been traveling to Honduras since 2015 to provide eyeglasses and medical eye care to people in remote mountain regions of southern Honduras.  Led by Dr. Michael St.Peter and International Service Chair Tim McMicken, our team has examined over 1,500 people and dispensed over 2,000 pairs of glasses.  Most of the villagers have never seen an eye doctor or had prescription glasses.

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Rotary Theme 2017-2018: Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley announced on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.  Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having […]

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Change for Change Campaign 2016: Winner Joe Kemp

President Sandy Patel (l.) congratulates Rotarian Joe Kemp for winning the 11th annual Change for Change Campaign with his “pocket change” of $390.  Thanks to the generous match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our contributions this year immunized 14,000 children!  Congratulations Joe and thanks to everyone who participated.

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Rotary International Conventions

The Rotary Club of Madison has had the good fortune to have attended six of the last international conventions — from New Orleans to Seoul, Korea.  These conferences are attended by Rotarians from around the world who come together to share service project ideas, learn about other cultures, and fellowship in some of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Keynote speakers include the Rotary International Presidents, distinguished service award recipients, and local leaders.  […]

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Rotary Theme 2016-2017: Rotary Serving Humanity

Rotary International’s President-elect John F. Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for […]

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International Campaign to Eradicate Polio

  Since 1985 Rotary has led the battle against polio, and kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several hundred. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and its partners are This Close to making that dream a reality.

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Historic Moment: PolioPlus Turns 30

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary’s anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than […]

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