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February 2015 - Inside the Rotarian

January 27, 2015

"I've heard stories of how our service changes the lives of others, and how it changes us as Rotarians," RI President Gary Huang said in his monthly column. "How many more people could we change for the better by bringing them into Rotary?"

This year, Rotary is celebrating its 110th anniversary. Huang reminds us that everyone has a good story to tell. Be a good listener and be amazed at people are capable of as they share their story.

One article in the magazine says: Sesame Street is a lot like Rotary: It's a place where the neighbors are friendly, and it's home to characters from many countries.

Here are a few facts found in the February Rotarian. Read the magazine to find out more.

 

1. Did you know that 24,400 American babies didn't survive birth in 2010? More deaths per 1,000 live births than many other developed countries. How can that happen?

2. Every 10 minutes, a baby is born without a state--without citizenship in any country. This may explain a lot of the angst.

3. Ninety-two percent of the world's malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Reminds us that over 1 billion people do not have clean, drinkable water.

4. Twenty-six percent of U.S. adults speak a second language. In the European Union, 63% of adults speak a second language. Globally, the most widely spoken language is Mandarin Chinese, which has nearly two billion native speakers.

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