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postheadericon Quake rekindles community spirit, drives change: Rotary

Have you been following the news of the Earth Quake in New Zealand?  The devastating quake has been challenging to deal with, but Rotary Clubs and Rotarians have stepped up to the challenge and raised a 1/4 of a Million Dollars through their charity fund.
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Rotarians, who have so far raised $260,000 through their charity fund, have heaped praise at the way people have responded to help each other and the people of Canterbury after the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch on February 22.

All the money raised would be channelled into helping the recovery and rebuilding of the region, a special two-day conference in Auckland at the weekend attended by 350 Rotarians was told.

“The spirit of families, their neighbours and communities looking after and helping each other is a cornerstone of the international service club’s existence,” Stuart Heal, a Rotarian from Cromwell who is now a Rotary International Director, told the conference.

“I think the earthquake has reinforced that people living in this country are, mostly, by nature caring and giving and will support a cause,” Mr Heal said.

postheadericon 014 Rotary Club Radio – Camille Hardman & Ron Hunt – Tully Rotary Club – Big Dreamers

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 014

Rotary Minute

We highlighted a video found at www.youtube.com/rotaryinternational, featuring 84 videos that you can use on your website, email newsletters, or at your club. Check it out!

We talked about the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans, LA (USA). The Convention is May 21-25, 2011 and will a great time for Rotarians from around the world meet each other and enjoy all the excitement Rotary has to offer.

For more information about the Convention, visit: www.RotaryCon2011.com

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Episode: #14 – Rotary Club Radio – Camille Hardman & Ron Hunt, Tully Rotary – Big Dreamers Documentary

I interviewed Camille Hardman from Barking Cat Productions and Ron Hunt from the Tully Rotary Club in Northern Queensland Australia. Ron, a 38 year Rotary Veteran, joined me on Rotary Club Radio to talk about this unique project that the Tully Rotary Club did to save their small town from financial disaster. Camille, a film producer, was able to record the story to share with the world.

Tully is a small town known for its heavy rains and successful sugar cane market. However, when Brazil dumped its sugar stockpile on the global market, Tully’s economy sank to the brink of a financial crisis.

At a town meeting called to brainstorm how to save the town, one man proposed something completely crazy ~ to build the worlds Biggest Gumboot in honor of Tully’s record rainfall of 7.98 meters back in 1950.

In a wild turn of events that brought everything together in this funny documentary, we get an inside view of a Rotary Clubs ambitious goals to save their town, a lot of laughs, and a whole lot more.

I encourage you to listen to this podcast and please leave feedback at www.RotaryClubRadio.com!

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.bigdreamers.info

www.barkingcat.tv

www.RotaryCon2011.com

www.youtube.com/rotaryinternational

Contact Rotary Club Radio

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com If you have questions about this tip or any other idea to promote Rotary, please feel free to email me with your comments at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

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postheadericon 012 Rotary Club Radio – Frank Devlyn, Former R.I. President – 2000-2001

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 012

Rotary Minute

In today’s Rotary Minute, we are talking about the District 5960 Conference that was held on April 8-10, 2010 in Mankato, MN. The conference was great success and many thanks go to our District Governor Newell Krogmann ~ interviewed in Episode #9 and the Conference Committee.

Featured Guest Speakers included:

  • Frank Devlyn, Past President of Rotary International 2000-1001
  • Elena Hndrick, Managua, Nicaragua (Fast for Hope)
  • Terry Mueller, President John Kenny’s Representative
  • Stevie Ray, Comedian & Corporate Trainer
  • Jamie Revord, Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation

Featured Breakout Session:

  • Kirk Anderson, Host of Rotary Club Radio – talked about Social Media Strategies, Podcasting, and Websites on Friday and Saturday sessions.

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Episode: #12 – Frank Devlyn, Rotary International President – 2000-2001


In this episode, I sit down with Frank Devlyn, Rotary International President – 2000-2001, for an impromptu interview. Frank is a successful businessman in Mexico, having one of the largest optical chains of wholesale optical supplies, laboratories, and surgical centers. He has been and continues to be involved in the highest levels of leadership in business, professional, and civic organizations. Frank is an amazing speaker, clear and articulate. He is bilingual and bicultural ~ having studied in the United States and Mexico and earning degrees in business and optometry.

Frank has written 5 books (#5 is being published now) about Rotary.

  • Frank Talk on making a difference as a Rotarian.
  • Frank Talk 2 on improving membership retention.
  • Frank Talk on our Rotary Foundation.
  • Frank Talk on Leadership.
  • Frank Talk on Public Speaking (out soon!)

In my interview with Frank, we discuss his books and how they can transform your Rotary Club and energize your members to “Live Rotary!”

All proceeds of these books are being given back to the Rotary Foundation.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to leave a comment below.

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.Rotary5960.org

www.FrankTalkBooks.com

www.devlyn.com.mx

www.frankdevlyn.org

Contact Rotary Club Radio

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postheadericon 008 Rotary Club Radio – Dwain Kasel – Friends of the Orphans – Haiti

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 008

In this episode: Dwain Kasel – Friends of the Orphans – Haiti

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Today I’m going to interview Dwain Kasel, a 38 year member of the Midway Lion’s Club in St. Paul, MN and active supporter of Friends for the Orphans, an organization in 9 countries – including Haiti. Listen to this episode to find out how Dwain is helping make a difference through service to children in Haiti.

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Molly Hightower of Port Orchard, WA

Molly Hightower was killed in the Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010. Molly was a volunteer with Friends of the Orphans in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org

www.friendsoftheorphans.org

www.shelterbox.org

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com If you have questions about this tip or any other idea to promote Rotary, please feel free to email me with your comments at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

We want your comments, questions and feedback! Leave a Comment Below!

If you are listening to this this podcast, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to leave feedback, email me at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com or leave a voice mail on Skype at: interactive123 and I’ll play it on a future show.

Remember, you can listen online at Rotary Club Radio, download it to your computer or subscribe on itunes. Check out all the links at RotaryClubRadio.com

Oh, and if your club is doing something extraordinary, maybe you’d like to share with Rotarian’s all over the world. Contact me today to inquire about being my next interview!

postheadericon 007 Rotary Club Radio – Future Episodes Update

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 007

In this episode: I announce the next 2 interviews on Rotary Club Radio

Schedule Update

  • February 24, 2010 – District Governor Newell Krogmann from district 5960.
    Meet Newell at www.Rotary5960.com
  • March 12, 2010 – Rotary Club President Douglas Hartford from St. Paul Rotary Club
    Meet Douglas at www.StPaulRotary.org #10 – Celebrating 100 Years!
    Also mentioned: Minneapolis Rotary Club #9 – Celebrating 100 Years!

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

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Remember, you can listen online at Rotary Club Radio, download it to your computer or subscribe on itunes.

Oh, and if your club is doing something extraordinary, maybe you’d like to share with Rotarian’s all over the world. Contact me today to inquire about being my next interview!

postheadericon 006 Rotary Club Radio – Mark Zober – Jerusalem Rotary Club

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 006

In this episode: Mark Zober – Jerusalem Rotary Club Update

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Today I’m excited to interview Dr. Mark Zober, Club President for the Jerusalem Rotary Club in Israel – District 2490 – Zone 19. Listen to this episode to hear what is happening in Israel and how Rotary is making a difference.

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org

http://rotaryclubjerusalem.homestead.com

http://rcjerusalem.blogspot.com

http://www.rotary.org.il

http://rotarypeacebuilding.homestead.com

www.shelterbox.org

Contact Mark Zober

By Email

On Facebook

On Twitter.com

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com If you have questions about this tip or any other idea to promote Rotary, please feel free to email me with your comments at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

We want your comments, questions and feedback! Leave a Comment Below!

If you are listening to this this podcast, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to leave feedback, email me at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com or leave a voice mail on Skype at: interactive123 and I’ll play it on a future show.

Remember, you can listen online at Rotary Club Radio, download it to your computer or subscribe on itunes. Check out all the links at RotaryClubRadio.com

Oh, and if your club is doing something extraordinary, maybe you’d like to share with Rotarian’s all over the world. Contact me today to inquire about being my next interview!

postheadericon Dramatic Rescue in Haiti – 7 Days After the Quake

Rotary Club Radio Blog
January 25, 2010

Fading hope was restored as NYPD and FDNY rescued more earthquake victims, 7 days after the quake struck. Beating the odds, a brother and sister were rescue after their father flagged down a Haitian police office who sent for the New York City Rescue Team. That father was feeding his children through a tube and communicating with them until help arrived.

Watch the child expressions of joy as he is pulled from the wreckage, it is truly heart warming.

Haiti will face years of difficult recovery and with the death toll surpassing 150,000 people and climbing, the shattered government is trying to bury the dead and provide for the survivors. With the help of some world governments and countless organizations like Rotary and Shelter Box, Haiti has received much needed relief and supplies, but because of the chaotic scene, many still haven’t received assistance.

As more help arrives and supplies like medicine, food and clean water are delivered, the short term mission to save lives will turn into a long term mission to sustain and rebuild a nation.

Millions are now homeless and unable to contemplate the steps necessary to begin such a rebuilding task. They will need shelter, food, water, and support to begin the process. If you would like to help, you can donate money to provide a shelter box that will help give shelter and needed supplies to an extended family of 10 people.

There are many wonderful relief agencies working in Haiti right now and support from individuals and businesses are necessary for humanitarian efforts to continue.

To Donate:

postheadericon 004 Rotary Club Radio – How can your Rotary Club help Haiti?

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 004

In this episode: How can your Club help Haiti?

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You probably have heard by now that the Island of Haiti was struck with a massive 7.0 Earthquake a continues to be rattled hourly by aftershocks that are as violent as a 5.0 earthquake. The people of Haiti have been dealt an incredible blow to their community and Rotary has stepped up efforts with Shelter Box to provide over 700 shelter boxes with more to come. A 3 person SRT team is already on the ground and is organizing the immediate distribution of the Shelter Boxes. I had an opportunity to interview a SRT Member ~ David Eby ~ at the District Conference last April and he is currently on deployed in Haiti.

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But, what about our Club? What ideas do you have as a club to help in Haiti?

  • Collect money for a Shelter Box?
    – Will sustain 10 people with shelter, water purification, and cooking supplies.
    Cost: $1,000
  • Send Money to District 7020
    – Coordinating relief strategies for Haiti
    – http://www.clubrunner.ca/dprg/dxhome/_home.aspx?did=7020
    Cost: $ Donation
  • Collect Clothes, Shoes, and other supplies to be shipped to Haiti?
    – Needs to be organized and implemented immediately.
    – Possible involvement with schools and other community groups.

We know that the first 48 – 72 hours of an earthquake crisis are very important to the survival of the event. As I write this, we are approaching 68 hours and rescue will begin to turn into recovery efforts. Current estimates of death are between 50,000 – 100,000, but disease and violence will take more in the coming days and weeks. Sanitary conditions are terrible and clean water isn’t widely available ~ except via relief efforts.

The recovery for this region is expected to take years and already there are hundreds of thousands left homeless and afraid to even go back to their homes for fear that another earthquake will strike.

Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org

www.shelterbox.org

Rotary District 7020

Relevant Videos

Interview with David Eby, SRT Member Currently Deployed to Haiti

Interview with Tom Henderson, Founder of Shelter Box

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

postheadericon 003 Rotary Club Radio – Haiti Relief Efforts via Rotary and Shelter Box

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 003

In this episode: Emergency Efforts for Haiti Earth Quake Victims via Rotary and Shelter Box.

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ShelterBoxes for Haiti being packed by the team of volunteers

Tens of thousands dead, even more left homeless and scenes of chaos; this is the picture coming out of the Caribbean island of Haiti.

The catastrophe continues to unfold and ShelterBox are working round the clock to ensure emergency shelter reaches the island as quickly as possible. Reports from Haiti say thousands of people have been sleeping in the open air for the second night running, with some people even being forced to sleep among dead bodies.

With such a pressing need for emergency shelter provision, ShelterBox is dispatching 700 ShelterBoxes with even more to be packed before the end of the week. ShelterBox is using all of the resources available to make sure immediate aid reaches Haiti. Boxes are being shipped direct from ShelterBox HQ, from prepositioned stock in Curacao and from El Salvador.

A three-person ShelterBox Response Team comprised of highly-experienced members David Eby (US), Wayne Robinson (US) and Mark Pearson (UK) are doing all they can to make it to Haiti as quickly as possible. Alongside this,the dedicated team of volunteers at ShelterBox HQ in the UK are giving up their time to help pack the ShelterBoxes ready for transportation.

ShelterBox Founder Tom Henderson said: ‘Our team around the world are doing all they can to ensure aid reaches the people of Haiti as soon as possible. With each day the need grows and we’re doing all we can to get help to the thousands of families affected by this tragedy.

‘The response from our volunteers and supporters has once again been sensational. We can’t do this without the public’s compassion and generosity. If you can help us, even in the smallest way, then please do.

www.shelterbox.org

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org
www.shelterbox.org
Rotary District 7020

Relevant Videos

Interview with David Eby, SRT Member Currently Deployed to Haiti

Interview with Tom Henderson, Founder of Shelter Box

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com