Rotary International Presidential messageApril 2020

I spend a lot of time thinking of family, not just my own or the extended family of Rotary, but also the families we are helping in the communities we serve. In many parts of the world, mothers and children face challenges to survive that most of us will never comprehend. According to the World Health Organization, the risk of a woman in a low-income country dying during pregnancy or childbirth, or from related causes, is about 120 times higher than that of a woman living in a high-income country. It is encouraging that infant mortality rates are declining globally, yet 4 million babies annually still die within the first year of life.

In April, Rotary turns its attention to maternal and child health. And when we think of what we can do to help, we can look to clubs like the Rotaract Club of Calabar South-CB, Nigeria, for inspiration. It teamed up with the Rotaract Club of Canaan City (CB) in a program focused on educating mothers on best practices to prevent infant mortality and promote postnatal health for themselves and their babies. In Bangladesh, the Rotary Club of Dhaka North provides free surgeries and medicine to pregnant women who cannot afford the hospital costs associated with giving birth. I encourage you and your club to go to ideas.rotary.org to find projects like these that are helping to save mothers and children.

We also have witnessed how millions of people — families and entire communities — have been ripped away from their homes because of conflict, poverty, and disasters during the past decade. But Rotary has not stood idly by during the global refugee crisis.

During Rotary Day at the United Nations last November, we honored a Rotary Peace Fellow and five Rotarians who are taking action to help refugee communities. Among them was Ilge Karancak-Splane of the Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row, California. After visiting several tent camps in Turkey, she led a Rotary project that collected 1,000 pairs of children’s shoes and socks for families in the camps and, later, led a global grant project to help educate refugee children. In March, Gay and I had the privilege of visiting a tent camp in Torbalı and seeing firsthand the good work that Rotarians from Turkey and California were accomplishing with Syrian refugees.

The challenges faced by mothers, their children, and refugee communities around the world are daunting. But when we remember our greatest strength — how Rotary Connects the World — we can begin to find solutions. Through our creativity, our resources, our dedication, and our networks, Rotary can and will open opportunities to face these challenges.

Mark Daniel Maloney
President 2019-20

Breaking news: Rotary International Convention 2020 cancelled

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, 2019-2020
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Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.

At this point, we are unsure that Rotary could adequately protect convention-goers from the risk of COVID-19 infection en route to, during, and after the convention. We are also unsure if restrictions on travel to the United States will be lifted by June. We have heard from a number of you who voiced concerns about gathering at the convention this year. I also heard from many who were hopeful that we could continue with the convention as planned. The Board was very diligent and considered all the facts before taking this decision.

At this time, we kindly ask that you do not contact RI Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket or housing cancellations as we work diligently to inform all attendees. Here is an overview of our plans for handling refunds and travel logistics.

Convention refunds
Anyone who registered for the convention will receive a full refund. This includes purchases made for the Rotaract and Youth Exchange preconvention events and ticketed meal events. We will send instructions on how to receive your refund soon. For those who had already canceled prior to today, you will also receive a refund of the $50 processing fee.

You can help expedite the process by canceling your registrations online using your My Rotary account.

Rotary Foundation and United Nations events
If you registered through Rotary International for Rotary Foundation events or Rotary and the United Nations: Celebrating a 75-year Legacy of Humanitarian Cooperation, you will receive a full refund. We will provide details soon.

Host Organization Committee ticketed event registrations
If you are registered for a host-ticketed event, the Host Organization Committee will contact you soon. As you can imagine, our Rotarian and Rotaractor friends in Hawaii are dealing with a difficult and evolving situation, and in most cases, are working remotely as so many of us are right now. So please be patient.

Hotel Rooms
If you booked an individual room within Rotary’s official housing block, you will receive a follow-up communication and your credit card will not be charged. If you booked as a group within Rotary’s official housing block and made a full or partial payment, you will receive a follow-up communication and instructions on receiving a refund.

Your ticketed travel
Many airlines are updating their cancellation and change policies to accommodate travel restrictions put in place by countries. Please work with your airline or travel agency.

Planning the Honolulu convention was hard work, and I want to thank the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee, the Host Organization Committee, the 2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee, and Rotary staff for planning what would have been one of the best Rotary conventions yet.

The convention has always been an opportunity for us to generate new energy for Rotary and to draw inspiration as we come together to celebrate, learn, and grow. Now is our moment to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. Let’s redouble our focus and energy on the work we do in our communities. We know the power and potential that lie within our simple acts of connecting. This is particularly true when we lend helping, hopeful hands to others, especially those dealing with the effects of isolation and fear. As we do this, so too can we continue to collaborate on big projects using all of the technology and expertise at our disposal.

We are exploring how we can share a convention-like experience with you through a virtual event, which could be a great example of us following the Rotary Action Plan goal of increasing our ability to adapt. We will have more to say on this in the near future.

I have no doubt that we will come through this and gather in the future to celebrate with an even deeper appreciation for our work, our experiences, and the many connections we have made through Rotary.

Until then, thank you for your understanding of this difficult decision. Please know that we will make decisions as quickly as we can. As I am sure you can imagine, both Rotary members and staff are operating in a challenging situation. Please be safe as you continue to take action and do good throughout the world.

Aloha and kindest regards,

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International, 2019-2020
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Message from RI President & President Elect

Message from RI President & President Elect

Dear fellow Rotary members and friends,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotary members in an unfamiliar place.

As #PeopleofAction, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations – one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit our COVID-19 response page at http://on.rotary.org/covid-19 for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotary members to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,

Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International

Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International

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Photos reel from the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Abuja Kubwa,District 9125 on March 8,2020

The Rotary Club of Abuja Kubwa held her regular meeting on Sunday ,8th March 2020 at Stamford Hotel,Kubwa,Abuja. The guest speaker at the meeting was Dr.Ezie Patrick C. and he spoke on the topic “Curbing the Covid 19 Epidemic ” The fellowship was filled with fun and excitement and other side attractions includes Secret Auction ,Fastest fingers etc.
The President of Rotary Club of Abuja Kubwa,Shitu Hakeem Kolapo appreciated the presence of all visiting Rotarians and guests at the meeting.He further  encouraged everyone present at the fellowship to adhere strictly to the advise of the guest speaker in order to curb the spread of the deadly Corona virus in our communities.

Group Photography

The Immediate Past President ,Rotarian Lucky Monte presenting certificate of Appreciation to the Guest Speaker,Dr. Ezie Patrick

Peace Fellow makes films to heighten understanding

Former Rotary Peace Fellow Megumi Nishikura filming with a DSLR camera

Megumi Nishikura

By Megumi Nishikura, 2006-08 Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

When I was six years old, my Japanese father and American mother took me to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii. When I saw the wreckage of the USS Arizona, I was shocked to learn that the two countries that I belonged to had once been at war with each other.

Later in 2001, I was a fourth-year film student at New York University when the 11 September terrorist attacks occured. While I was not in NYC at the time, the events of that day forever changed me. I made a commitment to myself to do whatever I could to use media to create a more just and peaceful world. This led me to pursue a Rotary Peace Fellowship at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, where I focused my thesis on the role media plays in peace building.

When I returned to Japan for the fellowship, 11 years had passed since I had left the country as a child. Now an adult and no longer protected by the bubble of the international school community, I had to confront my half-Japanese identity head on. Because of my mixed-race background, I was often treated as a foreigner despite having a Japanese passport. With every new encounter, I had to explain why I had a Japanese name and spoke Japanese without an accent. I was never accepted without being questioned

During my studies, I took a class on minorities in Japan. While the class focused mainly on the Ainu, Zainichi Koreans and burakumin, their experience of marginalization resonated deeply with me. It seems that human nature is quick to categorize and segregate people based on superficial differences leading to an “us versus them” mentality. I believe that something as simple as allowing one group access while denying another is one of the root causes of war.

My peace fellowship enhanced my understanding of the issues that contribute to peace. Through filmmaking I want to put a spotlight on commonalities and erase the invisible lines of separation that have been drawn.

After graduating from ICU, I paired up with filmmaker Lara Perez Takagi and spent three years documenting the experience of half-Japanese individuals, culminating in the film “Hafu”. The film tells the story of five half-Japanese individuals and their everyday experiences in Japan. For some of these individuals, Japan is the only home they know. For some, living in Japan is an entirely new experience, while others are caught somewhere between two different worlds. The film had a theatrical release in five major cities in Japan and was broadcast on public television in the United States. It has been shown and discussed in university classrooms across Japan.

Since 2014, I have been working as a producer and director for a documentary video production company called Blue Chalk Media in Brooklyn, New York. In 2015, I was the producer on the short documentary film, “Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: the Japanese War Brides” which was broadcast on BBC World News in August 2015. The film tells the story of three Japanese War Brides—women who married US soldiers during the US occupation of Japan and then moved to America to raise their families.

In February 2019, Time Magazine published my latest short film “Minidoka” which follows the experience of a young Japanese-American activist as he traces his family history of internment during World War II by visiting the Minidoka National Historic Site. This film was born out of my own desire to visit an interment site and connect the past with the current policies of the Trump administration. I am hoping the film will show the parallels with the past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes.

I am now producing a feature documentary on the first Japanese-American ballet dancer, Sono Osato. Born in 1919, she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo and the American Ballet Theater before being barred from touring during World War II due to her Japanese heritage. At the height of World War II, she played the leading love interest in the Broadway hit “On the Town.” I hope to complete the film in 2022.

I am thankful for my Rotary Peace Fellowship which heightened my understanding of peace. My dream is to continue to tell stories about Japan and the greater Japanese diaspora, in particular on issues related to peace and conflict, and in this way to foster conversations around what it takes to achieve a more just world.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship program. Learn more.

Rotary monitors coronavirus outbreak, potential impact on events, operations

 

Rotary is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and training meetings. 

UPDATE 3 March 2020 — With an increase in total global cases, we recommend that Rotary members and participants follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and your national, regional, or local health authorities to protect the health and safety of our members and program participants. If it’s recommended, postpone or cancel in-person meetings or hold them online or by phone. If there are travel advisories, exercise caution, during district or club travel. If you have any questions about travel related to a global grant, contact your regional grants officer.

We also recommend that you share these updates with your club and district often, so you can do what is best for your community.


27 February 2020  — The Rotary International Convention is still scheduled for 6-10 June in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We’re following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), which “did not recommend any travel or trade restrictions, based on the current information available,” in its latest statement on the topic.

We will continue to watch for developments and follow the recommendations of WHO, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will prepare to make any necessary adjustments to our plans for the Rotary International Convention. We will take all precautions that are needed to protect convention attendees. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

We will keep you informed through riconvention.org, through the Convention News newsletter, and by email.

Check our travel ban list to confirm that travel to your intended destination is permitted.

District 9110 sentizise secondary and holds. ” WASH”

District Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee led by Past Assistant Governor Samson Okenyi of Rotary Club of Ewutuntun holds “WASH”- a water and sanitation seminar/proper hand-washing training for secondary school pupils and teachers in Lagos and Ogun states.

Washing-hand buckets, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, among other items were also donated to the schools.

The seminar/hand-washing training which was held at the Rotary centre today was called to order by the District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu.

The Rotarian Guest Speakers include Past District Governor, Dr. Deinde Shoga and Rotarian Dr. Femi Oloyede who spoke to the teachers and pupils on “Lassa Fever” and “Corona Virus” respectively.

Also present was the District Governor Nominee Designate, Omotunde Lawson.

Pictured below are representatives from each of the schools with the items donated to the schools by the committee.

Courtesy District 9125