The Rotarian

May 2020

Never Too Young To Lead

Six Rotarians reveal the secrets of balancing family and work that allowed them to take on the role of district governor before turning 50.

Nature & Nurture

With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families’ futures.

Rotaract rising

The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary. “It’s a new era,” says one enthusiastic Rotaractor.

More from the May 2020 issue of The Rotarian

Our world

Support system: Steve Durant
Rotarians are on a tear
Q&A with Antoni Slodkowski
People of action around the globe


He texts, she texts

Our clubs

Up to the challenge in Phnom Penh
5 questions about organizing a RYLA event
Club innovation: Rotary Club of New Voices, District 7780

April 2020

The plastic trap

How do we escape our tangled relationship with a throwaway culture? Rotarians are pointing the way.

Welcome to Plasticville: Population 7.8 billion

We’ve lived in a synthetic world for more than 70 years. Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, wonders how much longer it can last.

Round trip

The circular economy provides a framework to solve the plastic problem. Rotary Scholar Matt Kopac explains to Diana Schoberg how business can take the lead.

A way to wash the water clean

Ludovic Grosjean wants to rid the oceans of plastic, writes Stephen Yafa, and it starts with our rivers.

Sarah Parcak and the secrets of the satellites

Inspired in part by Indiana Jones, this space archaeologist uses futuristic airborne technology to unearth the treasures of the past.

Our world

Two of a kindness
Q&A with Danny Spungen
People of action around the globe
ShelterBox rises to the challenge


Every leaf a miracle

Our clubs

Sheboygan,Wisconsin: Don’t knock their wurst
4 questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion
Club innovation: Leawood, Kansas

March 2020

Scientist, farmer, innovator, Rotarian

A plainsman with a PhD, Bob Quinn uses his 4,000-acre Montana spread as a laboratory to revive an ancient grain, rethink agricultural practices, and reinvigorate rural communities.


Since 2015, more than 4 million people have fled an economically devastated Venezuela. Tracking the stories of three who left puts faces on that staggering statistic.

Business casual

A youthful outlook isn’t the only key to rejuvenating Rotary, but it’s a start. For President-elect Holger Knaack, the opportunities are endless.

Our world

Rutger Mazel's global prespective
Q&A with Sarah Tuberty
People of action around the globe
Opening the world


Bound together

Our clubs

High profile in Seoul
4 questions for Bill Gates
Club innovation: A family affair
Convention countdown: Sweet ride

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