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Rotary Voices Podcast

Rotary Voices Podcast

By Rotary International
Stories of service from around the world, including stories from Rotary magazine and our blog, Rotary Voices.
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Rotary in Australia on the road to reconciliation
Australia is made up of hundreds of different Indigenous nation groups; each with their own culture, customs, language, and laws. The Adelaide City Rotaract Club, based on Kaurna land on the Adelaide Plaines, is among the first within Rotary to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by the not-for-profit organisation Reconciliation Australia. Katey Halliday, a member of Rotary International’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, narrates this blog post she wrote for Rotary Voices explaining why reconciliation is important to Rotary.
July 27, 2022
Peace Through a Bowl of Tea
Genshitsu Sen is former grand master of the Urasenke tea tradition and a member of the Rotary Club of Kyoto, Japan. Sen's father introduced him to Rotary in 1954. "Rotary's values fit perfectly with the tenets of our Urasenke chadō tradition, such as Wa (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity), and Jaku (tranquility)." Upon the death of his father in 1964, Sen acceded to the position of Urasenke grand master, representing the 15th generation in the Urasenke line. Despite his new responsibilities, he remained a dynamic member of Rotary and was elected president of the Rotary Club of Kyoto. This story, from Rotary magazine, was written by Go Tamitami and Wen Huang and is narrated by Andy Choi.
July 22, 2022
Storyteller in Chief
Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s 2022-23 president and the first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going. This profile by Diana Schoberg appears in the July issue of Rotary magazine, and is narrated for Rotary by former broadcast journalist Linda Yu. 
June 28, 2022
Melodies and memories
Music, it turns out, is medicine for the mind. In this story for the May 2022 issue of Rotary magazine, Kate Silver explores the good things music does for the aging brain and some Rotarians who have been using it to help others. Narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.
June 01, 2022
White rhinos and Black Mambas
Can an all-female anti-poaching unit stop wildlife crime in an African game preserve — without guns? The following story, narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu, appeared in the April 2022 issue of Rotary magazine.
May 18, 2022
Rotaract and Rotary serving together
Ignacio Gonzales Mendez discovered Rotaract as a law student in Chile, and became charter president of a new club in his town. He is one of the first Rotaractors to receive the Service Above Self Award, as one of the main architects of the plan that ushered in a new era of cooperation between Rotary and Rotaract. In this podcast, he shares his story, also captured in a blog post for Rotary Voices. 
May 11, 2022
Rotary Community Corps help refugees
Rotary Community Corps (RCC) are groups of volunteers who work alongside Rotary clubs to make a difference in their communities. The Rotary Community Corps of the Aghan Community in Minnesota assist the more than 1,000 refugees who have recently moved to Minneapolis and St. Paul from Kabul, Afghanistan. In this blog post for Rotary Voices, Tom Gump, a past district governor and organizer of the RCC, explains how we can create positive peace right from our own backyards. 
May 05, 2022
Strength in times of crisis in Ukraine
Past and current conflicts have had a significant impact on Rotary in Ukraine — which has only made members there more resolute. The following story, narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu, appeared in the April 2022 issue of Rotary magazine. 
May 04, 2022
Why Rotary matters to us
Why are you a member of Rotary? Why is it important to you? The membership committee for District 6690 (Ohio, USA) realized the answer to these questions vary from person to person and can be very personal. In creating a membership drive in response to the Each One, Bring One initiative, they knew their campaign had to challenge members to share their experiences with others, include a personal touch, and inspire a little friendly competition. Jenny Stotts, district membership chair, reads a blog post she co-authored with District Governor MaryJane Shackleford and Matt Wideman.
May 02, 2022
Michigan club pairs students with celebrity and CEO mentors
A decade ago, Jackie Huie and members of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA, launched a program that has helped hundreds of local high school students learn more about their dream careers by connecting them with professionals in those fields. The program is still running strong. And Huie talks about the value of the program, and what she loves about Rotary in this podcasts. Learn more about the program at
December 01, 2021
The future of women in Rotary
Then Governors-elect Sandy Sava of District 5180 (California) and Dawn deFuria of District 7450 (Pennsylvania) sat down to talk about the current and future state of women in Rotary in this podcast from 2017.
November 22, 2021
Advancing women as leaders
In some areas of the world, women already make up more than 30 percent of Rotary’s members and leaders. However, in some areas, that percentage is much less. But we all have a responsibility—men and women in every club and every district in the Rotary world— to help our organization diversify and grow so that we can remain relevant for future generations. Read the blog post by Kathleen Rose on Rotary Voices
November 18, 2021
Leading by example
When Debbie Vance moved to a new town and began doing service on behalf of Rotary, she drew the interest of neighbors and new friends who wanted to know how an organization could inspire someone to jump into action. Together, the charter members are forming the club culture, establishing its unique traditions, setting its service priorities, and making it their own. Corey Lopardi, membership development chair for District 5020 (parts of British Columbia, Canada, and Washington, USA) interviews Debbie about chartering the new club.  Read the blog post on Rotary Voices
November 18, 2021
A day in the life of a vaccination volunteer
Jill Johnson shared her experience at a vaccination center in Skokie, Illinois, in April, in this blog post for Rotary Voices. Read by Jill Johnson. Rotary is taking action in response to the pandemic as our clubs support COVID-19 vaccination and continued prevention efforts around the world. Learn more
November 18, 2021