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postheadericon Rotary Club Radio Interview with GSE Team from Czech Republic and Slovakia – April 10 at 10am CST

Rotary Club RadioPlease visit: Rotary Club Radio Episode 39 to view the recording of Episode 39 and view the show notes.

 

postheadericon Rotary Global Peace Forum in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

The Rotary Club of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is hosting a Rotary Global Peace Forum on May 24-26 2013.

Derry-Londonderry is the UK City of Culture 2013 and to celebrate this and as this city has come through many years of conflict, we have undertaken to host this Peace Forum. We have a website which is www.rotaryglobalpeaceforumderry-londonderry.com and our club website is www.londonderryrotary.org.

Our Facebook is www.facebook.com/londonderry.rotary and Twitter is @LDerryRotary. We would be so grateful for a like/follow!

Press Release

Global Peace Forum Derry~Londonderry Coming at the Right Time

 The Rotary Club of Londonderry in partnership with the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), will host a Global Peace Forum from 24th – 26th May 2013.  The Forum is part of Rotary’s year of Peace through Service.   The aim of the Derry~Londonderry Forum is to contribute to Reconciliation, Learning and Full Self Expression for those involved in peacemaking and peacebuilding throughout the world.

Derry or Londonderry – one place with two names – has an intriguing story and a special place in the history of Ireland, Britain and the world. From Colmcille through the siege of Derry and the plantation of Ulster to World War II; from the Civil Rights Marches through Bloody Sunday to the emerging Peace Process and the cessation of violence – Derry is the place where these significant episodes were thought about, fought about and worked through, shaping the histories of Ireland, Britain, America and the rest of the world.

2013 is a landmark year for the Derry~Londonderry, the Rotary Club of Londonderry, Peace studies at the local University and the Northern Irish peace process.  It is:

  • The 15th anniversary of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement;
  • The year that Derry will celebrate its designation as the UK’s first ever City of Culture;
  • The 400th anniversary of the granting of the city’s charter and the name Londonderry;
  • The 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Londonderry; and
  • The 20th anniversary of the founding of INCORE, the University of Ulster’s centre of excellence in peace studies; and

President of the Club, Gavin Killeen says ‘We have designed a stimulating programme, which will provide delegates with the opportunity to engage with local and international peacemakers, political, community and business leaders, in the context of the ongoing culturally-led regeneration underway in this historic city’.

Sessions on the Northern Irish peace process will offer delegates a unique opportunity to witness peacebuilding as it unfolds, with participation from many of those who have made, and continue to make peace in Northern Ireland a reality.

Speakers confirmed include Rotary International world president Sakuji Tanaka, Roelf Mayer (Chief Negotiator for the South African National Party), Juan Jose Ibarretxe (former Basque President); ChouChou Namagabe (Gender Activist in Congo) and John Cullinane (US Entrepreneur involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process).  These speakers will be joined by political, business and community leaders from Ireland, North and South.

President Killeen adds ‘Although much has been achieved in making peace in Northern Ireland, there are still sensitive issues to deal with so we can embed the peace and build social cohesion here. This Forum provides Rotarians with a chance to observe Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict, through reconciliation to peace, in the context of other International Peace Initiatives’.

Details on the event can be accessed via www.rotaryglobalpeaceforumderry-londonderry.com   where you can register online for the Forum and the Gala Dinner.

postheadericon 032 Rotary Club Radio – Journey for Freedom with Peter Vodenka

Rotary Club Radio was honored to sit down with Peter Vodenka and hear his story.  As you’ll hear in my interview with him, he risked everything for freedom.  He and his wife and their 2 children gave up everything they knew to escape from Communism in Czechoslovakia.  Listen to his amazing story!

Rotary Club Radio Episode 032

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Length: 54 min.

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Journey for FreedomIn today’s featured segment, I sit down with Peter Vodenka.  In June of 1983, Peter, his wife their 4 year-old daughter and two-year-old son defected from behind the Iron Curtain of Communist Czechoslovakia.  In the middle of a cold, rainy night, they ran for our lives across the border from Communist Yugoslavia to western Austria while being chased by guards with automatic weapons.

They had spent ten years planning their escape.  They could tell no-one, not even their families of their plan and they left them and everything we owned behind. This was the only way to protect them from the wrath of their government, which they knew would come if we were successful.  If captured, Peter and his wife would have faced an automatic 10 year sentence in a hard-labor prison camp with the most dangerous criminals.  Their children would have been taken and raised in government-run institutions.They would have been labeled as political criminals and would never have seen their children again.

  • How did Peter and his family escape?
  • What was it really like to live in a communist country?
  • How did they get to America?
  • Did they ever see their family again?
  • Was freedom really worth the risk?

Listen to the interview to find out!  Peter is an amazing story teller, author and speaker.  He is available to speak at your next event and his book is available on his website.

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postheadericon 031 Rotary Club Radio -VIDEO- Russian Delegates from the Open World Leadership Center

On February 8, 2012, Rotary Club Radio hosted 6 Russian delegates for a live interview on Rotary Club Radio.  See the video or audio below.

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Length: 36 min.

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In today’s featured segment, we will be interviewing delegates from the Open World Leadership Center.

Open World Leadership

About the Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 17,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Mission Statement:
To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

Open World Website

Rotary International is a Host Organization and active supporter of the Open World Leadership Center.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to interview the delegates and look forward to finding out more about the program.

The Delegates

The delegates are all educators, with an emphasis on Special Education.  During their stay in America, they will experience a wide variety of both cultural and educational learning experiences.  They will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 3 and depart on February 11th with a greater understanding of American culture and experiences.

Russians Delegates

Russian Delegates from the Open World Leadership Center accepting a SCF Rotary Club Banner to take home with them to their local Rotary Club in Russia. Also shown Mike Armbrust, St. Croix Rotary Club President Elect, Kirk Anderson, Rotary Club Radio Host, and Greg Bartz, White Bear Lake Rotary Club.

Some of the activities they will take part in are:

  • Minnesota ‘Special’ Ice Hockey Game
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Multiple School Tours
  • College Tour
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Golf day with Disable War Veterans
  • Feed My Starving Children Packing
  • Hiking Interstate Park
  • NHL Hockey Game – MN Wild
  • MN Supreme Court Visit
  • MN State Capitol Tour

Meet the Delegates:

  • Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya – Facilitator
  • Zoya Berdnikova
  • Larisa Falkovskaya
  • Yuliya Vitalyevna
  • Yelena Levina
  • Olesya Romanova

Delegates spoke at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

After the live Rotary Club Radio broadcast, the delegates met at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meeting where they were introduced and gave a program about their local Rotary Club in .  They will also be speaking to the club about their experiences in Russia and the United States over the last week.

Due to the number of Members & visitors on February 8th – if you are interested in visiting the club, please email rotary@scfrotary.org.

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postheadericon 027 Rotary Club Radio Interview with Ray Menard from Cheetah Development

Rotary Club Radio Episode 027

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Rotary Updates

District 5960 is excited to initiate ‘200 Videos in 200 Days’ – a Public Relations project that seeks to spread the message of Rotary using the power of video and social media!  here is an example from the St. Croix Falls (WI) Rotary Club.

You’re Invited to Attend!

The 10th Foundation Celebration: “Embracing Humanity Through The Rotary Foundation”

Location: Prom Center in Oakdale, MN
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 –9:00 pm
The featured speaker will be Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson from the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada – he is currently the Chair-Elect of  Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

There will be a Special Presentation on the National Immunization Day for Polio in India.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Polio Eradication Fund and Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.

Registration is required, so don’t wait to sign up for this exciting event!

Featured Segment

Ray Menard is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of Cheetah Development.

  • Has been in Tanzania since 2008.
  • ¾ time in Tanzania
  • Comes home to find investors & donors.
  • 5 business in Tanzania that are a sustainable model for other relief organizations.

Joined by Angela Eiferts – Past President of Twin Cities Rotaract Club, former Fast For Hope delegate to Nicaragua, and a Group Study Exchange recipient to India in 2009.

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postheadericon 026 Rotary Club Radio – Staff Benda Bilili Update with Philip Bither of the Walker Arts Center

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On September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center in Downtown Minneapolis, a documentary film will be previewed featuring the band Staff Benda Bilili.  The band originates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and each band member has a unique story to tell about how Polio has effected them.

Rotary International has been a supporter of this event and film, which promotes so much of what Rotary is known for around the world and they want to encourage you to to attend and promote this important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

The documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be previewed on September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center, but it will be released widely around the united states in coming months – so if you missed it, be sure to look for again soon!

Here is a little more about the group:

Staff Benda Bilili, is an up and coming group of rising music stars that will be touring our area. Most of the members of the group are survivors of Polio. This is a major opportunity to to get the word out in your community of the fact that Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this deadly disease.

Significantly the group is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the disease had been eliminated but has now resurfaced in a major way.

Staff Benda Bilili, has a wonderful sound that is truly unique to our Midwestern ears, especially when you understand the messages they are conveying to the listeners. Watch the video below where they are singing about the importance of Polio Vaccinations.

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postheadericon First Annual Benefit to support Cheetah Development

Ignite, Develop, Sustain – The Cheetah Development Story 

First Annual Benefit to support Cheetah Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable change for the poor in Africa by investing instead of giving handouts.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 23, 2011) – After only 2 years of operation in Tanzania, Cheetah Development will host its first annual benefit on Thurs. September 29th from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Valley Country Club, located at 6300 Auto Club Road in Bloomington. Along with great Tanzanian-style food and auction, music and fun, a live auction will be held for a beautiful 4 Kt Tanzanite stone. Cash bar will be provided.

For more information or to purchase tickets (starting at $35) to attend this exciting event please contact Angela Eifert at 612.644.6545.

Supporting Economic Growth in the Developing World

Cheetah Development is engaged in one of the poorest areas on earth, East Africa, primarily in Tanzania. While malnutrition rates hover around 40%, half of the food grown by farmers rots and is never consumed. This organization is filling the gap in an investment range essentially missing in the developing world, from $5,000 to $500,000.

This is the key investment size because it creates businesses that solve the problems that keep people hungry. And since the model is based on business, it is sustainable for the long-term. Moreover, it is highly efficient with money – creating a substantial impact for the amount invested – far beyond what is expected in traditional aid.

Since 2009, Cheetah Development has cultivated several community relationships and small business opportunities to provide sustainable economic development in rural Tanzania. With five major projects underway, Cheetah Development is driving long-term, sustainable development of small businesses that serve entire communities by providing employment opportunities and economic growth. Cheetah Development has grown to support several hundred farm families across 25 villages.

Cheetah Development seeks to grow its impact by increased business development and innovation in Tanzania, Africa, and beyond.

Contact: Tina Freeman
Cheetah Development
612.720.5431
Tina.freeman@cheetahdevelopment.org

Note from Angela Eifert:
Angela is the As a former Fast For Hope delegate to Nicaragua, Group Study Exchange recipient to India in 2009, and Past President of Twin Cities Rotaract Club member in Rotary District 5960.

I believe Cheetah Development offers the kind of “sustainability” that Rotary Clubs around the world are exploring and trying to adopt.

As a very young organization, in operation since just 2 years ago, Cheetah Development has already made great progress in economic development in Tanzania. While the nonprofit organization is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, there is an investment company in Tanzania that allows investors to support the business development projects that Cheetah Development generates, along with the donor support of the nonprofit.

This organization is changing the way foreign aid is delivered and executed. While the donated goods and services provided by traditional foreign aid programs are a great short-term solutions, they are not sustainable and often times will stop any business development progress that has, or could be made in the communities they serve.

Instead of unfairly competing with local business by offering free hand-outs, Cheetah Development supports local community entrepreneurs in Tanzania, helping to implement effective business plans that will provide jobs, commerce and economic sustainability for the entire community.

Cheetah Development strives to be a model of true sustainabillty for all developing communities as they try to pull themselves out of poverty.
www.cheetahdevelopment.org

postheadericon Announcement for Rotary Friendship Exchange to Turkey between Districts 5960 and 2430

Rotary Friendship Exchange

Our District 5960’s ‘Rotary Friendship Exchange’ (RFE) Planning Team is excited to announce an Friendship Exchange opportunity with District 2430 in Turkey.  We will be accepting applications for the Outbound Team starting Sept. 1st – deadline for applications is Oct. 31st, 2012.

Application and information regarding this exchange can be found on the District Friendship Exchange website.

Dates for the outbound and inbound trips are scheduled for:

  • Outbound Team –  May 24th – June 3rd, 2012
  • Inbound Team – June 20th – June 30th , 2012

The Rotary Friendship Exchange committee is also looking for 3 clubs to host our Inbound guests when they arrive next June.  Guests would stay for 3-4 days at each club location and there will be a team of 8 participants per team.

If your club would like to become a part of this exciting program and learn more about the Turkey Culture and make friends during the hosting process or the “traveling to Turkey” process, please contact Lonna Lysne – RFE Chair @  travelerljlys@hughes.net  or 507-451-1153.

For more information on Rotary Friend Ship Exchange, please visit: Rotary’s Friendship Exchange website

postheadericon 019 Rotary Club Radio – Paul Mooty – Polio Eradication

 

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On April 27, 2011, over 160 tornado’s blew across the southern portion of the United States.  These storms raged across 6 states killing 290 people.

  • Alabama – 204 fatalities
  • Mississippi – 33 fatalities
  • Tennessee – 33 fatalities
  • Georgia – 14 fatalities
  • Virgina – 5 fatalities
  • Kentucky – 1 fatality

Alabama was the hardest hit with 204 fatalities, the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa – Home of the the University of Alabama – was thought to be over 1 mile wide and over 200 mph.  Early estimates are that it was an EF5 tornado.

According to news sources, people were given about 24 minutes notice to prepare for the tornado’s, but the combination of the size of the twisters and the magnitude of power behind them, most structures were completely destroyed; nothing was left.

Rotary Club Radio has reached out to both of the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, in hopes of hearing more about the recovery efforts and how our community might support them.

You can visit their websites to send them well wishes as well.

Here is a video from Tuscaloosa News

Here is another Video from ABC News

Featured Segment

019 Rotary Club Radio – Paul Mooty – Polio Eradication


Our special guest is Paul Mooty from the Edina, MN Rotary Club.  Paul wrote a case study on the success of Polio Eradication for the Center for Integrative Leadership – through the Carlson School of Management & Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. 

Paul details Rotary’s history with Polio and how Rotary became known for involvement in Polio Eradication.  Although many people know of Rotary’s involvement, they don’t all know the story behind it.  You may be surprised!

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www.edinarotary.org

www.Rotary5960.org

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postheadericon 018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Update from Laura Kriessin on 4/22/11

All the students and staff at my high school, Tokiwagi Gakuen, are safe.   As far as shortages, etc., things are getting better.  Sendai Airport has also started having domestic flights again.

Unfortunately, last week, my first host mother, father and younger sister went to my host mother’s home town to attend the funeral of her niece and niece’s husband, who are still considered missing.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk on Rotary radio.

~ Laura

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Rotary Club has been fighting Polio for a long time.  We have seen a lot of great things happen through our efforts, but some still ask, “How close are we to seeing Polio eradicated?”

Featured Segment

018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Laura Kressin

Laura Kressin at Graduation with Parents

Cannon Falls Rotary Club exchange student to Japan, Laura Kressin, joined us on on Rotary Club Radio to talk about her amazing experience in Japan during the March 11, 2011 earthquake that shook the country.

  • Listen to Laura describe the events as she experienced them back on March 11th and follower her through the emotional roller-coaster that eventually led her back to Cannon Falls, MN, leaving behind her friends and host families she had grown to love over the past 8 months in Japan.
  • Not knowing if classmates had survived, she continues to try to contact her host family in efforts to hear actual news about the tragedy.
  • How did her parents, Ken and Heidi Kressin, cope with the news and what eventually brought Laura home?

We want to thank Laura for giving us some of her time to tell us her story and challenge us to continue to remember and give to the people of Japan.

Shelter Box

In the last episode, #17, I presented the opportunity for listeners to donate to Shelter Box via Rotary Club Radio and we’ll continue to collect donations, but if you’d rather donate directly to Shelter Box, visit: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.

Shelter Box has committed over 1,500 shelter boxes to Japan.  Shelter Boxes include a shelter (tent) large enough for 10 people, blankets, lights, water purification kit, tools, cook stove, plates, cups, utensils, and even some gifts for kids – to help them cope with the disaster.

Donate to Shelter Box

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www.cannonfallsrotary.org

www.Rotary5960.org

www.ShelterBoxUSA.org

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