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October-November 2021 | Comment

Nicki Scott – Rotary International Director’s Column

Nicki Scott – Rotary International Director’s Column

Rotary International Director, Nicki Scott explains the many benefits of Rotary’s vast network of members.

Rotarians are known the world over for humanitarian service and the good we do in the world to ‘Serve to Change Lives’. But rarely do we talk about the value of the Rotary network, which spans over 200 counties and territories worldwide, itself.

That network of over 1.4 million Rotarians and our younger Rotaractors all join together to exchange ideas and take action. The recent events in Afghanistan have evidenced that.

As conflict in Afghanistan quickly evolves, we must advocate for the children of Afghanistan and ensure that polio immunisation remains a high priority so that the gains we have made against polio do not diminish.

We have three Rotary clubs in Afghanistan and are in regular contact with them to ask for the best ways we can help. The connections that drive and strengthen Rotary are already at work as members network with each other, and our partners, to provide aid to refugees who have fled the country and are resettling elsewhere.

For those interested to know more try our Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement and Migration – www.ragforrefugees.org

We also expect to see many new project proposals for more sustainable long term humanitarian aid.

Thankfully the current situation in Afghanistan has not halted our progress in our efforts to eradicate polio. Just one case of wild polio has been reported this year.

As conflict in Afghanistan quickly evolves, we must advocate for the children of Afghanistan and ensure that polio immunisation remains a high priority so that the gains we have made against polio do not diminish.

We look forward to working with our polio eradication partners and the Afghan people to completely eradicate polio.

That network of over 1.4 million Rotarians and our younger Rotaractors all join together to exchange ideas and take action.

In summary, we work with leaders on the ground at the point of need and mobilise a global network to help solve those problems addressing both immediate and longer term needs. As members of this global network we also benefit from lifelong global friendships ourselves too.

“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

The real value of Rotary is priceless!

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