Rotary Project: Hands Across Water

FarmSchoolAs a participant in this cross-cultural education program, RCNY received an update on the project from the Haifa Rotary Club. Dr. Amnon Shefi of Hi-Teach was a major coordinator for this important program. Hands Across Water educated more than one thousand students of Jews and Arabs to work together in search of advanced water solutions which was the theme of the successful year.

The Rotary Hands Across Water program was run by the Haifa Rotary Club in collaboration RCNY and many other clubs and districts, harnessing the power of our Rotary collective.  Together, Rotary’s Hands Across Water cross-cultural water project emerged as an inspired science education program which has been running large water projects.  Hands Across Water  culminated in a graduation event held  in honor of the International Water Day

In 2010, a successful collaboration was established between the Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland, Florida and the Rotary Club of Lod, Israel to utilize principles of water conservation within schools as a platform for promoting social interaction between various ethnic and religious communities in Israel.

HandsacrosswaterBeginning with the diverse and underserved City of Lod, a rainwater harvesting system was constructed at two anchoring institutions – the Ha Mapilim School and the Agricultural Learning Center (Farm School) – serving as a joint, demonstrative tool for ten nearby schools (three Arab Israeli/Palestinian and seven Jewish) to utilize for student’s hands-on learning. A third anchor was added with Gany Aviv School for advanced activities. The innovation and excitement generated by these efforts has served as a catalyst for further cross-cultural exchange amongst the schools, resulting in complementary sustainability projects and an adoption of a culture of conservation.

Building the Model – Hi Teach

With continued leadership and support provided by the pilot schools, surrounding community, and Rotary partners, these initial efforts served as a foundation for an expansion of the program.

In 2015, Israel was awarded its largest Global Grant from Rotary International to utilize principles of water conservation as a platform for promoting cross-cultural exchange amongst 10 schools of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. The program officially took on the title: Rotary Hands Across Waters (RHAW).

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Initiated by the Rotary Club of Haifa, Israel and the Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland, FL, RHAW is a growing partnership of over 25 leading public, private, and NGO organizations, including Technion University, Ministries of Education and Economy, local water authorities, and NASA’s GLOBE Program. RHAW is transforming the next generation of water leaders to collectively address our most pressing environmental issues.

Hands Across Water Video

 

Equalizing the Digital Divide: Computers For Schools in Burundi

Cooperation and Collaboration  = Transformation

RCNY’s President Dr. Cowin personally supports Computers For Schools Burundi through the RCNY Foundation as she believes that  computers and mobile devices have become almost ubiquitous in society. Yet, improving student learning can depend on where you live and access to computers. This gap in equality has generated talk of a new digital divide. “We have moved from the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’ says Leslie Wilson, founder and chief executive officer of the nonprofit One-to-One Institute in Michigan.

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Emmanuel Ngendakuriyo, Director, Computers For Schools Burundi from Bujumbura-Burundi heads this local non profit organization registered in republic of Burundi. The principal objective is to modernize the Burundi education system through the use of Information  and Communications Technologies(ICT) in the Schools, Universities and Community. The organization achieves this  by providing computers to schools and train the teachers on how to use the equipment and software,and later,the teachers  facilitate the ICT curriculum for students in the classes.

Computers For Schools Burundi is working in partnership  with RC Bujumbura,RC Ottawa, and RC West Ottawa for Global Grant project for equipping 5 schools in Burundi with 100 Computers(a computer lab equipped with   20 Computers each school) and training of 100 teachers from those schools. The Beneficial Schools Background, a draft of a  Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) between the clubs with short explains the project and budget (French version) ICT LAB 2018 BACKGROUND OF BENEFICIALS SCHOOLSRCB ICT LAB 2 protocole d_accord draft 02 01 2018
Computers For Schools Burundi are happy to partner with the Rotary Club of New York for the successful implementation of these project. Visit the Computers For Schools Burundi website for more information (http://www.cfsbu.org)

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, Sr. Advisor & Special Rep. to the U.N. for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates speaks at RCNY

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at 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 RCNY’s featured speaker will be: Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, Sr. Advisor & Special Rep. to the U.N. for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, among other offices.

 

About Jonathan Granoff

Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Focuses advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and elimination of nuclear weapons. On numerous advisory and governing boards such as Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law. Award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. Featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous times. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

The Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at RCNY

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On February 21, 2018, the Rotary Club of New York, Host Club #6, hosted the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at the United Nations International Breakfast meeting.  The honorable Ambassador also spoke about the Security challenges in the Baltic region and answered many questions about the status of Latvia in the region, its economic qualities and challenges with Russia and in general. In addition, the Ambassador spoke about Latvia’s promotion of multicultural educational integration to avoid minority ghettos. Latvia’s government sees language as a central element of identity and 60% of their classroom teaching is bilingual with 8 languages taught in their school system. RCNY’s newest member Laura Cristanelli, who also arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the RCNY meeting,  was inducted at the beginning of the meeting.

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#RotaryWalks – The Rotary Club of New York, Host Club#6 Hurricane Relief Walk through Central Park

We walked to raise awareness for our Club, enjoy fellowship, raise money for a good cause and do something for our health! Thank you to everybody who joined.

 

#RCNYRotaryWalks (around the world!)

Start: October 14th, 2017

Central Park, NY and around the world!

All RotarRCNY new designy Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs are welcome – it’s a big world! Invite your friends, bring your family, activate your neighbors, reach out –  Let’s do a global walk to create better visibility of our Rotarian values and goals, increase visibility, see what other clubs are doing, and enjoy great fellowship!

# Rotary Walks – around the World, will be the common bond, goal, and outlet for Rotary members combined philanthropic energy waiting to be unleashed, creating global visibility to the Rotarian foundational core values. Each club picks their own time, route, distance and project they want to feature. THEN: Post your walk pictures, project and how far your Club walked so we can tally the miles – around the globe to this link: PeopleMovers, the Community Network

Slide Presentation!

-RCNY #RotaryWalks PeopleMovers

by Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin, President Rotary Club of New York, 2017-2018

Presidential Motto for 2017 – 2018
Cooperation + Collaboration = Transformation

Rotary Club of New York Presidency Installation Address by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

Rotary LogoDear Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, beloved family and my Rotarian Fellows,

It is indeed a great honor and responsibility to stand before you as the second woman in our Clubs 108-year history to lead our Club. The transition year gave the space to reflect and reach out to former and future leadership and members. There were wide-ranging conversations and guidance by our first woman President, Helen Reisler.

I read much about leadership and in the article, The Secrets of Great Teamwork by Martine Haas and Mark Mortensen a particular quote resonated deeply, “.. what teams need to thrive are certain “enabling conditions.” I have come to the conclusion that my focus must be on enabling you the members, the heart, and soul of our Rotary Club of New York. I have an advantage according to the authors – I have the “fourth critical condition: a shared mindset.” Everybody from the Board to YOU, the members deeply believes in the core values of the Rotary Club.

Having the goal for our Club to take a lead on “Rotary means Business”, “Service above Self “ and to be the creator, incubator, and starter of a Rotary Walk around the World will be the common bond, goal, and outlet for our combined philanthropic energy waiting to be unleashed, creating global visibility to our foundational core values:

Service
Fellowship
Diversity
Integrity
Leadership

We achieve this through asking ourselves:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

My idea #Rotary (name of Club) Walk hopefully embodies the core principle that the “the foundation of every great team is a direction that energizes, orients, and engages its members. Teams cannot be inspired if they don’t know what they’re working toward and don’t have explicit goals.”

I further believe you elected me to be the voice of your collective desire to change the lives of our fellow citizens in Manhattan and around the world to the better.

In other words: I accept the position as the President Servant-Leader to the members of the Rotary Club of New York.

Thank You for your trust in me.

INTERNSHIP: Executive Asst. to RCNY President Rustam Alikulov, Kazakhstan

Welcome to Rustam Alikulov, Kazakhstan, who has accepted the unpaid RCNY Internship as Executive Assistant to the President. The internship runs from September 9th through October 7th, 2017.

Rustam Alikulov

Rustam will be an excellent resource to us in leading the newly chartered Interact Club Tarrytown, working with it’s founder and President Kai Cowin, in creating with her a social media campaign for RCNY, and to assist in the implementation of RCNY business and service projects.

Currently, Rustam serves as the Head of Events & Projects Department, Tourist Information Center Visit Almaty – 2017 (Tourism and Foreign Affairs Department of Almaty City, Kazakhstan). He was also the leader of the Kazakhstani Youth Organization, New York City where he organized events for students and Kazakhstani youth who live in the Eastern and Northern part of the USA (currently numbering 4,000 members.) and during which he assisted in the maintenance of a Facebook page and a social media campaign/outreach. In addition, from Sep 2013 to Dec 2014 he worked as Assistant to the Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, New York City.