20 August 2012 — Twenty Years of Rotary in Ukraine


Next week’s Club Meeting, on Sunday, 26 August, at 12:30 p.m. in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, will be an exciting and uplifting experience. Our special guest speaker is Past Rotary International Director Elmer Jordan, who served on the RI Board of Directors in 1991-1993. A member of the Rotary Club of Calabasas, he is one of the finest gentlemen in Rotary and has some great stories to tell.

And he is perhaps even more excited that we are to add to his duties on the 26th the official induction of two (maybe three) new Rotarians!

We’re just six weeks away from the Third Annual DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, when our Club and nearby Rotarians four friends dance for the children who cannot dance due to polio. We ask our friends, family, neighbors, and even enemies to sponsor us for just ten dollars to dance at this “Dance Marathon” (OK, so it’s really a vey nice three-hour evening event). Most donate more. Even one dollar helps. All of the donations go directly to the PolioPlus program of The Rotary Foundation.

If you’re anywhere in the Southern California area…come dancing. Saturday, September 15, 2012…7pm to 10pm…at Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks.

And, in Club news, the Drive for Twenty-Five, when we Barter for a Charter…is underway!



Our Club works hard on local projects that benefit our own community, but we are also mindful of the great big international world of Rotary. This week’s E-Mail update from Rotary International celebrates the 20th anniversary of Rotary in Ukraine. In the breakup of the Soviet Union and the establishment, as separate nations, of the former Soviet republics, little by little Rotary established its impact of service and fellowship.

Although she is not feature in this video from Rotary International, one member of the “International” Rotaract Club you’ll see highlighted here is a Facebook Friend of our President’s. It’s a great big and very small international world of Rotary and always fun to learn more about it.


Celebrating 20 years of Rotary in Ukraine from Rotary International on Vimeo.

 If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on Vimeo The above link from the video’s coding also works, but it will not take you to a new page…so you might want to use this one instead.

Here is the history of Rotary in Ukraine as collected by the Rotary Global History Fellowship.

And here, for our International Mother Language Day project, courtesy of our friend Marianna Chmil of the Rotaract Club of Kyiv Multinational, are translations in Ukranian:

“Thank You” will be “Dyakuu”,
“Hello” – “Privit”,
“Please” – “Bud laska”,
“Peace” – “mir”,
“Love” – “Lubov”.


3 responses to 20 August 2012 — Twenty Years of Rotary in Ukraine

  1. Very cool – the Rotaract part (wait for it) was especially inspirational. You can find good people all over the world. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. What a beautiful country. I can only wish we can celebrate our E-Club’s 20th anniversary in 20 years. BTW, we need to create an adult version of the Mother Language Day project and add the 6th phrase “Cheers” to it. ;) Cheers to 20 years of Rotary in Ukraine!

  3. Great insight into an area of the world that still represents The Cold War in the minds of many Westerners. It looks like this 20-year old Rotary chapter and the Rotaract group are doing great humanitarian work.

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