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A Dialogue Through Service: Making a Difference while Making Friends
Category: Microcredit | By RAGM, 14-Oct-2012 | Viewed 2922  Comments 0 | Source Excerpts from UN Chronicle article by Chuck Root, PDG District 5110


Chuck Root, the immediate Past District Governor of Rotary District 5110, recently posted a blog for the UN Chronicle to highlight the cooperative focus of Rotary International. 

He begins, "if we are to solve the world's major problems such as ending war and making sure everyone has enough to eat, millions of people from all over the world will need to be involved. They will need to understand the interconnectivity of all people, care about others, and maintain the highest ethical standards while they focus on solutions. In other words, we need world citizens to communicate with one another. But how are we to find and cultivate these people?"

Mr. Root supports his article featuring four different Rotary projects that took different approaches, but all of which allowed "Rotarians get to know those they are trying to help so that the solutions implemented are ones that the locals want and are effective for the community."

For Rotarians that may want to get more involved in similar projects, he highlights that "none of these projects would have been nearly so successful if Rotarians did not take the time to work together with the local recipients to understand their problems and find solutions," and that  "those interested should read If I Had a Water Buffalo by Rotarian Marilyn Fitzgerald** "

As Chuck Root highlights, cooperation is critical in our efforts as Rotarians, and it is a key part of RAGM's mission and values. If you are interested in partnering with Rotarians around the world to support Economic and Community Development projects, please let us know at www.ragm.org. Together we can help support communities as they strive to create sustainable futures grounded in financial inclusion, vocational training, quality education, and health care access. 

To read Chuck Root's full blog you can visit the UN Chronicle: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/archive/issues2012/dialogueamongcivilizations/adialoguethroughservice

* Marilyn Fitzgerald serves as Research Director for the Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit
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