JULY 20​24

UN​WRAPPING

NORTH STAR

IN THIS ISSUE

Dave King

Managing Editor

A warm welcome to the July issue of Rotary Digital, ​which we have had a lot of fun writing and pulling ​together. This is a converged edition where we ​produce both a digital and print magazine in the same ​month. Normally, Rotary Digital runs to 25 pages, but ​in a converged month we extend the digital pagination ​to 35 pages so when added to the 84-page print ​magazine, that is a lot of editorial to get your teeth ​into! READ MORE >

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THIS MONTH: NO​RTH STAR

North Star - What’s in it for me?

AM​ANDA WATKIN

Rotary GB&I General Secretary, Amanda Watkin, ​sets the scene for North Star, including where ​Rotary is heading, what lead us here, and what's in ​it for you.

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Club Membership - Helping it ​survive and thrive

KE​N MCLENNAN

Club membership has been the mainstay of Rotary ​since its founding in 1905, but how can clubs stay ​fresh and relevant to appeal to a wider community?

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Corporate Membership - Making ​Rotary relevant to business

JOY PALMER COOPER

We meet Alnwick Rotary in Northumberland to see ​how Corporate Membership has been ​transformative for their club’s impact.

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Direct Membership - Rotary ​withou​t borders

ti​m mason

Direct Membership has gone from strength to ​strength since its launch. But what is it? How does ​it differ? And how is it giving hundreds of people a ​Rotary experience that works for them?

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Enterprise Membership - Being ​bra​ve and innovative

NI​TESH JOSHI

A new membership channel being introduced as ​part of North Star is Enterprise Membership, ​allowing larger businesses to fulfil their social ​impact aspirations through Rotary’s network.

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ROTARY YO​UTH COMPETITIONS

Rotary Young Artist:

Climate, War and Isolation ​explored by this year’s winners

Talented painters and illustrators from across ​Great Britain and Ireland have been showcase ​their talents in this year's Rotary Young Artist ​Competition.

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Rotary Young Photographer:

‘Rebuilding’ proves enticing ​theme

Budding photographers from across the country ​have put their skills and creativity on show for this ​year’s Rotary Young Photographer competition. ​Come and take a look at the winners.

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Military Dog and its soldier owner at sunset

Rotary Young Writer:

Moving tales and poignant ​poetry

Stories and poems about identity, companionship ​and connection were the powerful winners in the ​2023/24 Rotary Young Writer competition.

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Recycling bins

Rotary Young Environmentalist:

Finding solutions to reduce waste

Waste Minimisation was the theme for this year’s ​Rotary Young Environmentalist competition, giving ​young people the opportunity to develop ​innovative solutions to one of society’s biggest ​green challenges.

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Rotary Young Filmmaker:

Building block blockbusters

Stop motion animation proved to be the key to ​success for this year’s winners in the Rotary Young ​Filmmaker competition, with tales of friendship ​and environmental protection scooping top prize.

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ROTARY GLOBAL

Stephanie Urchick:

The Playmaker

DI​ANA SCHOBERG

As an avid sports fan, Rotary International's new ​President, Stephanie Urchick, is looking to coach ​Rotary to another winning season.

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14 photographs that

light up our​ w​orld

RO​TARY INTERNATIONAL

View the stunningly vibrant winner from this year’s ​Rotary International Magazine Photography ​competition.

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Sprit of cricket lives

on in Rotary

Sarah van Heerden

Cricket loving Rotarians from more than 10 ​countries came together in Chennai to go head-to-​head in the annual Fellowship of Cricket ​tournament.

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Monthly Theme: Child and ​Matern​al Health

MAX THORNE

Explore a two-day programme that will leave a l​egacy on maternal and child health in Afghanist​an for a long time ​to come.

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Global progress in polio fight ​highlighted at convention

Christopher Nial

End Polio Now remains Rotary’s number one ​humanitarian project. Rotary Ireland’s End Polio ​Now Coordinator reports on progress from the ​Convention in Singapore.

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Public Image Team: Convention ​offers celebration of service

PHIL DYER

Rotary GB&I Public Image Team Lead gives his ​verdict on the Convention in Singapore, with a ​behind-the-scenes look at his event breakout ​session.

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ROTARY SERVICE

Homeless

The Big Issue:

Homelessness

su​e campbell

In parallel with Rotary Magazine in print, each ​quarter we take a deep dive at one of society‘s ​most pressing issues. This time, it is homelessness.

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Peace and water partnership ​lead ​Action Summit programme

JAMES BOLTON

Grab a first look at three of the ten inspiring ​sessions forming part of the programme for the ​Rotary Action Summit in Newcastle this November.

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Humanitarian Service Team: How ​Rotary is meeting today’s needs

JA​NNINE BIRTWISTLE

Rotary GB&I Humanitarian Service Team Member, ​Anne Sutcliffe shares how Rotary has been ​responding and adapting in her community.

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Entrance Gate of the Buckingham Palace

Rotarian “left speechless” by ​King’​s birthday honour

DA​VE KING

A number of Rotary members from across the ​country have had their social impact and ​humanitarian efforts recognised in the recent ​King’s Birthday Honours list.

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Negotiation

Action Group Focus: New GB&I ​Cha​pter of Peace group to open

CR​EZ DICKENS

Rotary Digital speaks to Alison Sutherland, Chair of ​the newly-launched Peace Chapter for Rotary in ​Great Britain & Ireland on the impact of Positive ​Peace.

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OP​INION AND COMMENT

Towards a

greater vision

ST​EPHANIE URCHICK

In her first regular column, Rotary International ​President, Stephanie Urchick, explores why ​inclusivity is key to fulfilling Rotary's vision.

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The engine that

p​owers us

MA​RK MALONEY

Mark Maloney, the new Rotary Foundation Trustee ​Chair, looks at the power of our charity, and how it ​is kickstarting projects around the world.

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We all have shared ownership of ​No​rth Star

Ni​tesh joshi

New Rotary GB&I Chair, Nitesh Joshi, looks closely ​at North Star, and why working together is ​essential for the vision to become reality.

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You will never reach for the ​stars without the courage to ​lose sight of the ground

da​ve king

Editor, Dave King, gives his backing to North Star ​and argues that in a world often woven with ​negativity, "shooting for the Moon" is the ideal we ​should be targeting.

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PE​OPLE OF ACTION

Rotary clubs commemorate

D​-Da​y anniversary

Rotary clubs from across Great Britain & Ireland, ​as well as other parts of the world, marked the ​80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in ​Normandy.

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Shrewsbury Severn’ race against ​time for sleigh refurbishment

Shrewsbury Severn Rotary are racing to complete ​refurbishments on their fundraising Santa Sleigh ​ahead of a busy Christmas schedule collecting ​money for good causes.

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Tough competition in Dorking ​for R​otary Youth Speaks

We catch up with the winners of the South-East ​England Cluster Final for Rotary Youth Speaks: A ​Debate, who were unable to participate in this ​year’s National Final.

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Sticking up two fingers to ​Parkinso​n’s Disease

Yorkshire Rotarian, Richard Longthorp, is ​working with two organisations to tackle ​Parkinson’s by completing a 1,000 press-ups a ​day for an entire month.

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Child Playing in Playgarden

Coats4Kids, an initiative forged by the Rotary in the ​East Midlands, has provided warm clothing to ​almost 3,000 children in need in nearly 200 ​schools.

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Rotarians get egg-cited for ​charity​

Two structural engineering teams went with high ​hopes when they took part in the Great Egg Race in ​Eastbourne to support a local charity supporting ​people with learning disabilities.

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IN​ OTHER NEWS

Rotary Book Club


BE​CKY TURNER

Rotary Magazine’s resident bookworm, Becky ​Turner, is back with the next instalment of the ​Rotary Book Club.

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Read all About It - Rotary media ​ro​und up

DA​VE KING

A short, sharp round up of some of our favourite ​Rotary stories that have appeared in the media ​and local press.

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Letters To The Editor

Each edition we’ll pick our favourite letters from ​our readers. Did you make it?

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