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Rotary Adventure Illustrated = Rotarian Magazine

Where do you go to learn about Rotary adventures and find ideas for new ones?  I find it helpful to consult an Adventure Guide:  the ROTARIAN magazine, in which stories of worldwide Rotary Adventures are told.

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April is ROTARIAN magazine month.  In continuous publication since 1911, ROTARIAN is issued monthly in 23 languages and read around the world by over 1.2 million Rotarians. Rotarian 2        Rotarian 3        Rotarian 4         Rotarian 5   Each issue of ROTARIAN contains feature articles and columns about or of interest to Rotarians.  Over the years it has published articles by 17 Nobel Prize winners and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners from writers as varied as Mahatma Gandhi and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  The magazine recounts myriad Rotary Adventures from around the world, including some brought about by our own District 5160 Rotarians. Over 100 years  of Rotary Adventures stories is now available online since Rotary digitized all past editions.  To access them:
  1. Log on to My Rotary
  2. Click on Member News
  3. 3.   Click on Magazines
  4. Click on Past Issues of Rotarian Magazine . . . then browse through 100+ years of Rotary history!
You will be inspired, motivated, entertained and educated through a tour of the world of Rotary Adventures.  You will get ideas for your own personal adventures and for your club. Some of the highlights  you will enjoy include: Rotarian 6The July 1992 edition has a great introduction to the incoming RI President Cliff Dochterman. For example Cliff earned his Eagle Scout at age 13 making him the youngest Eagle Scout in the United States. Also Cliff was a President of two Rotary Clubs  the Berkeley Rotary Club and Charter president of the Rotary Club of University Hills in Denver Rotarian 7The February 2014 edition featured PDG Laura Day and   Sheila Hurst (Rotary Club of Redding West) who created the Kenya Smiles project.   Read 5 Illiteracy continues to be a major issue in our country; over 35 million Americans cannot read.  In our District every county has at least a 10% illiteracy rate.  Let’s bring attention to this critical issue by reading to kids everywhere in our district.  From Weed to San Ramon, from Hayfork to Albany and from Berkeley to Reddinglubs are encouraged to take that day to read to young people wherever they may gather -- a library, group foster home, juvenile hall, book store, school or other gathering. READ 1 ROTARIAN magazine month also reminds us of our Rotarian Day at Work on April 26th, THE GREAT READING ADVENTURE.  All clubs are encouraged to take that day to read to young people wherever they may gather -- a library, group foster home, juvenile hall, book store, school or other gathering. HDR Rotary Read 284x218   I invite you to enjoy ROTARIAN magazine and our District Adventure in Reading  on April 26th, as our Adventures in  Service continue!                


 MARCH IS LITERACY MONTH! Read 2   Reading is a fundamental life skill – and also one of life’s great adventures!  Rotary designates March as Literacy Month, which is timely as we make preparations for our April District Work Day to promote literacy.   Illiteracy an Ongoing Problem in Our Communities The U.S. Department of Education reports that 32 million American adults – 14% of the population -- can't read.  Sadly, this statistic has remained unchanged for the past decade. Nearly one fifth of high school graduates cannot read (this figure excludes those who didn’t complete high school).  And over one fifth of adults are at a 5th grade reading level. District 5160’s area reflects these dismal statistics.  Illiteracy rates remain high in qll the  counties in our District.  Here is the list:


Residents lacking basic prose

literacy skills





Contra Costa














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  Literacy is Key to a Happy, Healthy Life Reading and writing skills are essential to daily living and impact one’s workforce earning power, economic security, access to health care and ability to participate meaningfully in civic life. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure."  The stats back this up:
  • 85% of juveniles that interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
  • Over 70% of U.S. prison inmates cannot read above a fourth grade reading level
Reading opens the world to us, offering adventures to us from childhood and throughout our adult lives. In today’s “information age,” reading and writing skills are more important than ever to success at school and the workplace.

Rotarians at Work Day:  Tackling Illiteracy Where We Live

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 is our District’s “Rotarians at Work Day” dedicated to promoting youth literacy.  All clubs are invited to participate by having members read to children wherever they gather.   READ 1 Some clubs are organizing reading programs in conjunction with local libraries and schools.  Others are arranging to have Rotarians read to children at day care centers, juvenile homes, hospitals, book stores or foster homes.  On this day, our 3400 District Rotarians will bring the excitement and adventure of reading into the lives of young people in communities throughout the District. This effort reminds our neighbors that Rotarians care about literacy and are working to inspire children to embark the adventure of a lifetime through reading. Ready, set, READ!

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Adventures in Service Around the Globe

On the Rotary calendar February is designated as World Understanding Month. World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.  Through club-to-club contacts, international service projects, peace programs, and cultural and educational exchanges, Rotary clubs worldwide make a meaningful contribution to world peace. Our founder Paul Harris said it best: “May Rotarians continue to be ambassadors of goodwill to high and low, to rich and poor, to all races, to devotees of all religious faiths, and members of all political parties, purveyors of tolerance, forbearance, justice, kindliness, neighborliness and friendliness, to all the inhabitants of this snug little world, the best little world we know.” Although the world is inhabited by 7 billion “neighbors,” there is a way to view it, as Paul Harris did, as a “snug little world.”  If we considered earth to be a village of 100 people (each representing 70 million people), our snug little world would look like the following:


Percentage of “Villagers”

(number out of 100)

Living in Asia


Living in Europe


Living in Africa


Living in the Western Hemisphere






Living in an Undeveloped Country


Living in a Developed Country


Lack Basic Sanitation


Lack Drinking Water


Substandard or No Housing


Suffering from malnutrition


Own a Computer


Have access to the Internet


Unable to read in any language


Own 75% of world’s wealth


  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the people in the world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthiest people.
  • If you can read this message, then you are very blessed because over 2 billion people in the world cannot read at all, in any language.
    As Rotarians, the world is full of opportunities for us to pursue Adventures in Service!