The Rotarian

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.

More from the April 2020 issue of The Rotarian

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

February 2020

More than a library

After the 1994 genocide, Rotarians led a successful campaign to build Rwanda’s first public library. It’s now a lively gathering place and a bastion against ignorance and tyranny.

Rwanda's no-so-distant horror

The Rotarian went to Rwanda 10 years after the genocide and described both the horror and the hope as Rotarians sought to rebuild. The story is as powerful now as it was in 2004.

How to tell fact from fiction...

... and trust the news again. Professional fact-checkers share their techniques.

Toward a more lasting peace

With a new peace center in Africa, a reimagined peace fellowship program, and ambitious plans for the future, Rotary International advances its push for global harmony.

Our world

Earl of sandwiches
Q&A with Pat Rains
People of action around the globe
Halfway around the world in 36 days


Braking news

Our clubs

Service in Stumptown
4 questions about programs of scale grants
Club innovation: Downtown Franklin, Tennessee
Convention countdown: Convenient cuisine

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