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It’s Time for a More Democratic Rotary

If one looks at the evolution of democratic institutions, three features, stand out. Men created them; those men were the educated elite of society, and as the elite, they didn’t trust the male rabble to whom they gave a vote…. Continue Reading →

Where are Rotary’s Angry Women?

As I was leaving the Toronto Breakout session on Rotary Research, I happened to find myself next to the panellist Mary Beth Growney Selene. Selene is currently a Trustee on the Rotary Foundation Board (2016-2019) and a past member of… Continue Reading →

Chrystia Freeland’s speech a reminder Rotarians are Peace Ambassadors Throughout the World

Preamble: By John Borst PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON By the end of this week, Rotarians from across the globe will be in Toronto, Canada. No doubt the largest contingent will be from across our border to the South,… Continue Reading →

Will Rotary’s Research Come Out from Under its Bushel at the 2018 Convention?

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON The 2018 RI Convention is just days away. Those of us who have registered have had a chance to read the program and review the menu of breakout sessions available to… Continue Reading →

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 →

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