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

 

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.

Rotary Club of New York Presidential Assistant Internship for ROTARCT Member

Unpaid Internship in New York, New York

Unpaid Internship Application Call for Active 21 year + old ROTARACTORS (duration approximately 10 weeks)

For the position of

Executive Assistant

to the President of the Rotary Club of New York

Host Club #6

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Internship Opportunity 1: September 9th – October 7th, 2017
Internship Opportunity 2: October 14th – December 14th, 2017
Internship Opportunity 3: January 13th – March 10th, 2018
Internship Opportunity 4: March 31st – June 2nd, 2018

What you can do:
You speak and write English at C+ level (Common European Framework)
You are a people person who likes to make connections and follows up on conversations
You thrive with Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram
You enjoy taking photos and can use a photo editing instrument to post Rotary Club of New York event photos
You use Excel, Word, PP, Google docs, and collaborative tools
You are a self-starter, motivated and embody the Spirit of Rotary

Your Responsibilities:
Setting up of an Interact Club at a Private School and guiding the Interact student group through the applications process and service projects as their lead advisor
Function as the Executive Assistant to the President
Database creation and management
Be the liaison between the Chair of Service above Self and hands-on New York Service Projects
Assist in the President’s Initiative ‘Rotary means Business” by working with the Chair of the Business Initiative
Update RCNY’s PeopleMovers presence daily
Assist in Service Projects
Attend all lunch meetings and the International Breakfast meeting at the United Nations which is streamed live on Facebook with more than 5000 viewers

What the Rotary Club of New York offers:
Free monthly train and Metro ticket
Training and access to New York Executives, Diplomats, and UN personnel
A lot of work!
Private room at a Rotarian’s home (weekly charge is $120, includes breakfast, internet access, laundry and family style support as much or as little as you want). The home is 35 minutes by train from Grand Central. You can walk to Tarrytown and the train station. Please note that there are a 15-year-old boy and a small dog in the home.
All events such as luncheons and International Breakfasts are paid by the RCNY

You must follow the link and complete this exercise: Can you find the Rotary Club of New York on PeopleMovers?

RCNY cannot cover your flight, travel/health insurance, and personal expenses.

Send your resume and interest statement to dr.jcowinrotaryny@gmail.com

Please indicate in the subject line: RCNY Internship and dates you are interested in.