Rotary and the Tale of Two Tragedies

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON Two tragedies, one in the USA; the other in Canada. Only a few weeks separate them.  The first occurred on February 14, 2018, in Parkland FL. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H…. Continue Reading →

America’s Children Will Make America Great Again, Will Rotarians Be There to Help?

The start of America’s rebirth didn’t begin with the election of Donald Trump regardless of his slogan “Make America Great Again.” As so often happens, it began with a tragedy, the massacre of 17 students and teachers on Valentine’s Day… Continue Reading →

‘Elect to be Civil’ and what if candidates don’t?

by John Borst, Past Pres. Rotary Club of Dryden In the October 2016 issue of “The Rotarian” RI published a timely piece by Steve Almond titled “Elect to be Civil” in which Almond bemoans the “tribal nature” of America’s politics…. Continue Reading →

Blogging about Rotary: a lost opportunity?

By John Borst Considering that there are over 1.2 million Rotarians there are very few “blogs” dedicated to sharing views about Rotary in existence. In this case, a blog is a format for sharing ideas about Rotary both good news… Continue Reading →

Rotary and a candidate named Trump

by John Borst, Past President Rotary Club of Dryden, editor’s note: this is a piece of fiction. It is an imaginary story of what might happen if   Donald J Trump were a candidate for a Rotary Club. When Trump… Continue Reading →

Rotary and the dilemma of religious values

by John Borst, Past President Rotary Club of Dryden When I first joined Rotary my club held a Friday evening, all day Saturday educational workshop. We covered a lot of topics, but one comment has stuck with me to this… Continue Reading →

In Praise of Seniors; the new Rotary ‘Zoomers’

by John Borst, Past President, Rotary Club of Dryden Rotary International wants to grow and puts nearly all its effort into recruiting young members. This is logical but is proving challenging as few long time Rotarians have much of a… Continue Reading →

Is it ‘Not ready yet’ or because ‘Equality is disruptive’?

by John Borst At District 5550’s recent conference titled “Infinite Possibilities,” it was anything but ‘infinite possibilities’ for women in Rotary. An opportunity presented itself to discuss with an internationally renowned woman the issue of a woman as president anytime… Continue Reading →

7 Steps Rotary Can Take to Increase Diversity in its Leadership

Editor’s Note: The following is a fifth excerpt (with a slight reformatting) from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 12 zones, 14 Districts and 12 countries. To this end, we request Rotary International… Continue Reading →

Three Legislative Actions to Enhance the Likelihood of a Woman as President

Editor’s Note: The following is a fourth excerpt from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 11 zones, 14 Districts and 13 countries. Our desire is to enhance the opportunities for women to experience… Continue Reading →

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