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What is Rotary?

Rotary International is a global network of community volunteers united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Blacksburg began in 1978 and is part of Rotary International District 7570 which covers Western Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee with nearly 4,200 members and 81 clubs. Today, the Rotary Club of Blacksburg consists of over 100 members who meet at noon on most Thursdays at the Blacksburg Country Club. Our club is one of several clubs in the New River Valley region of Virginia.

Check out our brochure (PDF) on the right for a summary of our club or browse the menu on the left for information on our club’s activities. You can also learn more about the Rotary Club of Blacksburg by viewing our history. Our weekly bulletin, press releases and general happenings can be found on our news page.  To learn more about Rotary International access this video  that explains more of what it means to be a Rotarian, or take a quick look at Rotary Basics -- a good overview of Rotary, its goals and objectives. You can also review the Rotary Minute.

Membership into Rotary is by invitation. If you are interested in learning more about our club, come be our lunch guest. Simply email info@blacksburgrotary.org about your interest in our club and we’ll make it happen. We look forward to meeting you.

 


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Diving In to Social Media

Paul didn’t know much about social media, but when it came time to publicize his club’s global “swimarathon,” he dove right in. Using a combination of social media tools, Paul got over 200 Rotary clubs on six continents to join the marathon, raised more than $100,000 for polio eradication, and attracted 16 new members.

Posted on 30 October 2013 | 6:45 pm

The Rotary Foundation receives coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. The 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars. This year’s top distinction marks the Foundation’s sixth straight, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Ken Berger, the president of Charity...

Posted on 13 September 2013 | 7:15 pm

Solutions for your website issues

Since the website launched at the end of August, more than 27,000 people created an account on My Rotary. We have been working to correct several issues you may have encountered while using the new website. If you still have problems, please send us an email. And as always, thank you for your patience and support. Member access denied To access the tools and applications previously available through the Member Access Portal (MAP), you'll be asked to sign in again if it has been four hours since you last signed in. If after signing in a second time, you still receive an "Access Denied" error...

Posted on 11 September 2013 | 9:15 pm

Have an idea for a convention breakout session?

Are you interested in leading a breakout session during the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney? Proposals are being accepted through 21 October. Whether you want to share your project success story, discuss strategies for strengthening membership, or hold a roundtable on fundraising ideas, we invite you to submit your great idea  about the sessions. The proposal form is available only in English. To submit a proposal for a session in another language, contact us at learn@rotary.org. Find out more about next year’s convention at www.RIconvention.org.

Posted on 6 September 2013 | 9:30 pm

September classes on My Rotary

Webinars Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 1): Overview and Introduction Plan a successful, sustainable service project with the resources and information you’ll gain from our new five-part series. The first session will help you understand the lifecycle of a service project, from planning and locating resources to promoting the project and evaluating its impact. Plus we’ll share real-life examples of Rotary service projects and the lessons learned from them. How you can help eradicate polio Discover how you can help make history! Get an update on the status of our eradication efforts and...

Posted on 6 September 2013 | 4:30 pm

Engineering sustainable water solutions in Latin America

Perched in the rugged mountains of central Ecuador, the village of Tingo Pucará seems an unlikely place for artistic inspiration to strike. But Tony Riggio never leaves his camera behind—and his photos of Tingo Pucará illustrate what can happen when Rotary members and young people team up on a water project. Riggio has been leading youth expeditions to Central and South America since 2001, when his daughter participated in a program of Builders Beyond Borders (B3), a nonprofit based in Connecticut, USA. Construction projects have included hurricane shelters in the Dominican Republic, bridges...

Posted on 3 September 2013 | 8:15 pm

Rotary approves $500,000 emergency grant for Somalia

Rotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility.  As of 14 August, 110 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in the Horn of Africa—100 cases in Somalia and 10 in Kenya. This is the first outbreak in Somalia since 2007 and in Kenya since 2011. The Rotary grant will cover operational costs, including human resources, training, and transportation of...

Posted on 29 August 2013 | 9:15 pm

What’s new about the Rotary website? Everything!

Welcome to your new Rotary website. We’ve heard from many corners that Rotary needs a faster, improved website that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and helps you get your Rotary business done.  We listened – and we hope you’re as excited as we are about its clean, modern look and state-of-the-art features. The site reflects valuable input from Rotary members like you–plus some new ideas we’ve developed to help you get more out of the site. The result is a website that’s organized around what you need to connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and take action in your community and...

Posted on 22 August 2013 | 8:45 pm

Witnesses to history

The first Rotary club in Ukraine was chartered in 1992, mere months after the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union. Twenty years later, young people have embraced Rotary through 24 Rotaract clubs across the country. While many of them focus on the challenges facing Ukraine today, members of the Rotaract Club of Kyiv Multinational – one of four in the capital city – take time to honor their elders. For nearly three years, they’ve been visiting a nursing home in Peremoha, about 40 miles from Kyiv. The village’s elderly residents have lived through a tumultuous century: the brutal German...

Posted on 21 August 2013 | 2:45 pm

Why Rotary?

You’ll find Rotary clubs in small towns and big cities across the globe. It’s where like-minded professionals and community leaders come together to exchange ideas, take action, and make new friends. See why Rotary is their choice–and why you should make it yours–for creating positive change at home and around the world. 

Posted on 20 August 2013 | 4:30 pm

 

 

 

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