After graduating in 2011 from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, Noelle Volin was intent on a career with the FBI fighting human trafficking. But while waiting for the results of her bar exam, Volin, a 2006-08 Rotary Peace Fellow at Tokyo’s International Christian University, volunteered with Breaking Free, a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. She realized that she wanted to work directly with victims and became the organization’s staff attorney and director of policy. Volin is now the training and technical assistance director for the Don’t Buy It Project (DBIP), part of Men as Peacemakers, a Duluth-based organization that works with communities, schools, and individuals to prevent violence and sexual exploitation. DBIP is a campaign that encourages men, in particular, to recognize commercial sexual exploitation — from prostitution and strip clubs to online pornography — and to reject it.



Noelle Volin

Illustration by Viktor Miller Gausa

THE ROTARIAN: What did you learn from working with victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking?

VOLIN: I went to law school, but the clients knew more about the system than I did. They didn’t know the technical terminology, but they knew how poverty and racism and sexism affected their lives. If I hadn’t heard those experiences from them, I wouldn’t understand the complexity of this issue. I would have just gone in and tried to be a superhero. I’m so grateful they trusted me and educated me.

TR: What drew you to working at Men as Peacemakers?

VOLIN: I’ve been on the response side. People are frustrated because they know that sexual exploitation and violence don’t have to happen in the first place. It doesn’t feel right to focus all my energies after the fact, after the harm has occurred.

TR: How does Men as Peacemakers combat sexual violence on college campuses?

VOLIN: It’s about changing the culture on campus, rather than accepting that this is a part of college life. We go into fraternities and talk to athletic teams and say, “You can party and have fun, but how do you do this without causing harm?” Everyone should feel free to party and not be at risk of sexual assault. Getting drunk doesn’t give you an excuse to cause harm.

TR: What does the Don’t Buy It Project do?

VOLIN: It’s about encouraging the average guy — who may feel helpless when he reads about these things — to understand that there’s a lot he can do. He has a huge role to play in preventing exploitation, in stopping it before it even happens. We also talk about messages in mainstream media that objectify other humans.

TR: How did the Rotary Peace Fellowship influence your career?

VOLIN: I learned that you don’t go in and tell people what they need and what they should do. When we work with survivors and survivor-led organizations, we ask, “What can we do for you? What do you need?”

TR: What do you tell people who say that your goals will be impossible to achieve?

VOLIN: We have to have realistic hope. We need to envision a future where sexual exploitation doesn’t happen. We might not see the end of it in my generation, but what do we need to do to move toward that goal? What are some tangible things we can achieve in this generation so that we can have a future without sexual exploitation?


• This story originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of The Rotarian magazine.

Six humanitarians who are members of the family of Rotary are being honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders during the 2019 Rotary Day at the United Nations, which focuses this year on the global refugee crisis.

The annual event, being held at the UN’s headquarters in New York, USA, on 9 November this year, celebrates the vision for peace that Rotary and the UN share. Through Rotary’s long history with the UN, its members have helped people affected by war, famine, and disaster.

Today, the number of refugees worldwide is the highest it has been since World War II. The six honorees — five Rotary members and a Rotary Peace Fellow — are all people of action who have found community-based solutions to the refugee crisis.


  • Bernd Fischer


    Club: Rotary Club of Berlin, Germany

    Project: Integration of refugee women into German society

    Description: Fischer, a retired diplomat, is coordinating Rotary clubs in Europe and the U.S. on a grant project to integrate 240 refugee women into German society by helping them overcome cultural and language differences that hinder their participation in daily life. The project has already trained 100 women with children and has provided mentoring in their own languages, job training and placement assistance, and child care when they need medical and psychological treatment.


  • Lucienne Heyworth


    Rotary connection: Rotary Peace Fellow (Uppsala University, 2015-17)

    Project: Education curriculum in times of emergency, focused on the Middle East

    Description: Heyworth developed an “education in emergencies” curriculum to provide instructional materials that can be used in makeshift learning spaces to teach people displaced by conflict. Such spaces create critical safe places for entire communities, where families can fill other basic needs like food, hygiene, and health. Heyworth, who was a teacher before she developed her expertise in providing education in areas of conflict, has focused her work in the Middle East.


  • Ilge Karancak-Splane


    Club: Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row, California, USA

    Project: Education and integration project in Turkey for Syrian refugee children

    Description: After visiting several refugee tent camps in Turkey, Karancak-Splane organized Rotary clubs to provide 1,000 pairs of children’s shoes and socks for families in the camps in 2017. Recognizing that the children also lacked access to schools, Karancak-Splane and her Rotary club launched a global grant project to help educate refugee children.


  • Hasina Rahman


    Club: Rotary Club of Dhaka Mavericks, Bangladesh

    Project: Nutrition services for Rohingya children in Bangladesh

    Description: Rahman, assistant country director of Concern Worldwide, has mobilized Rotary clubs and partner agencies to raise funds for and construct an outpatient therapeutic center that provides lifesaving preventive care and nutrition services for children and pregnant women who have fled to the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. The center has screened more than 500,000 Rohingya children and helped more than 7,000 severely malnourished children. Staff members and volunteers have learned about feeding infants and young children, and refugee families have received information in their own language about breastfeeding and proper hygiene.


  • Ace Robin


    Club: Rotary Club of Mataram Lombok, Mataram, Indonesia

    Project: Disaster relief and housing for people displaced by earthquakes

    Description: Robin has led her club’s and community’s efforts to provide assistance to people displaced by a series of earthquakes in the Lombok region of Indonesia during 2018. She served as the contact person for ShelterBox, aiding in the delivery of 915 units of temporary housing near Lombok. She and her fellow club members brought water, food, and other necessities to people who were displaced and distributed teaching materials, uniforms, shoes, and bags for students. Robin remains involved in the long-term recovery efforts.


  • Vanderlei Lima Santana


    Club: Rotary Club of Boa Vista-Caçari, Roraima, Brazil

    Project: Humanitarian aid to Venezuelan refugees

    Description: Santana has led efforts to welcome and care for thousands of Venezuelan refugees arriving in northern Brazil because of desperate economic conditions in their country. Santana’s club has been working with the government and nonprofit organizations to coordinate the distribution of meals and vaccines to more than a thousand refugees who are living in streets or makeshift shelters in a plaza near the local bus station. They also provide professional development assistance and help the refugees find places to sleep.


DISCON 2020 Communication


Escape to warm Maputo, to celebrate our District 9400!

Maputo is a slice of the past and present. With its beautiful, palm-fringed Indian Ocean coastline, distinctive grand and eclectic architecture and lovely cuisine, Maputo is easily one of Africa's most attractive capitals. It's also the most developed place in Mozambique, with a wide selection of hotels and restaurants, shady sidewalk cafes and a lively cultural scene

DG Maurice, DGA Chrisna, our members in Maputo and the committee would love for you to join us for our District 9400 Conference in Maputo, Mozambique from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June 2020!


Friday 26 June 2020

Arrival at your accommodation and register at the conference venue at Southern Sun Maputo

Southern Sun Maputo, situated on the city’s famous Avenida Da Marginal, is the only On-The-Beach hotel in the city. A reputation for service excellence, with grand surroundings of mosaiced floors and vaulted wooden ceilings inspired by Maputo’s architectural past and complemented by familiar and welcoming homely comforts like good food, free-and-fast WiFi and ocean views. The hotel is just a few minutes from Maputo International Airport

Welcome Dinner on the Ballroom Terrace at the Polana Serena Hotel, from 16:00. You will be transported via busses to this cool and gracious haven – no further driving today!

The Polana Serena, Grande Dame of Africa, is situated in the heart of Maputo and located on one of the city's most desirable avenues. Designed in 1922 in the palace style by Sir Herbert Baker to accentuate the splendour of Portuguese culture in this beautiful African capital. The hotel’s guest list reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the world. Over the years she has upheld a rich tradition of elegance, splendour and hospitality.

Saturday 27 June 2020

8:00 - 13:00 Conference and Fellowship Lunch at Southern Sun Maputo.  

14:00 till late   Experience Maputo and Celebrate D9400 10th Birthday          

Nobody is to be left behind as we hop on the busses to Experience Maputo with fellowship and fun. Some surprises along the road … enjoy local places of interest and delicacies, sundowners and dinner to celebrate the 10th Birthday of our District 9400. We will have you back safely at your accommodation before pumpkin time!

  Sunday 28 June 2020

8:00 - 13:00     Conference, Induction of new DG and DGA and Farewell Lunch at Southern Sun Maputo


  • Luxury coaches will be arranged from major centres, if enough bookings are received for this option
  • Travel as a club together in your own bus
  • Travel with your own vehicle
  • Travel by train
  • Fly to Maputo International Airport
  • Travel time, by motor vehicle, from Johannesburg to Maputo is +/- 7 hours on N4, without delays at the border


We have negotiated excellent early bird rates, via Dana Tours in Maputo, for accommodation at the following hotels: Southern Sun Maputo and Stay Easy Maputo (both part of Tsogo Sun group). Pricing from R 2,196 (USD 145) per room for 2 adults, including bed, breakfast, fast and free Wi-Fi and taxes. Remember you are receiving early bird rates now for accommodation in June 2020!

These early bird rates are valid until 30 January 2020, and can ONLY be booked directly with Stephanie von Allmen, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Cell: +258 84 333 6555. Kindly use the reference DISCON20, when you email her with your booking request, so she knows to apply the early bird discount to your booking

You can park your vehicle at your hotel, and busses will transport you between the selected hotels, conference venue and dinner venues.


The Discon conference is open to all Rotarians, Rotaracts and Anns. There will not be an Anns breakaway session as the Anns will have their own conference in February 2020 in Krugersdorp. The Discon conference registration will open 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 March 2020. Here are the available options.

Full Conference Packages

The full conference package includes: Sat and Sun conference; fellowship lunch on Saturday and farewell lunch on Sunday; welcome dinner on Friday; Experience Maputo tour and 10th Birthday Celebration dinner on Saturday; fun, fellowship and escaping from the cold 2020 winter to a warm and lovely 26 degrees in Maputo for R 2,950 per person

Partner Package

This package for partners includes: fellowship lunch on Saturday and farewell lunch on Sunday; welcome dinner on Friday; Experience Maputo tour and 10th Birthday Celebration dinner on Saturday; fun, fellowship and spending the mornings at the infinity edged pool deck, garden or in town for of R 2,250 per person

Thank you for being part of Celebrating Connections at Discon Maputo 2020 and see you soon!

Warm regards

Heidi Tucker

Chairperson: Discon 2020



Why Do Some Projects Waste Money?
Why do some WASH projects waste time, money and resources? Why do some partnerships produce results and others fizzle? What can we learn from the 75 year partnership between Rotary and the United Nations?
World Water Summit 12 being held in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 5, 2020, will focus on Building WASH Partnerships that Work. Space is limited! To learn more and register go to World Water Summit 12.
You can download the presentations from World Water Summit 11 by going to WWS11.
Polio and Clean Water
The recent cases of Polio in the Philippines are a reminder that Polio happens with limited immunization coverage and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
The WASRAG World Polio Competition is being held to encourage clubs and districts to emphasize the importance of clean water in your local community.
The competition will recognize two projects. The one that is the Most Impactful and the one that is Most Innovative in regards to improving the quality of water and/or awareness in your community. For more details go to World Polio Day Competition.
Submit a brief description of your project, by Dec 1, 2019, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WATEC 2019 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Every two years, the Water and Sanitation Committee of Rotary District 2490 of Israel, plans a symposium on technology, education and awareness of water and sanitation challenges worldwide, in conjunction with the Water Technology and Environment Control (WATEC).
The symposium will be Thurs. Nov 21, 2019 in Ashdod, Israel from 8 am to 4 pm, consisting of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and obtain more details.
Samuel Owori Memorial WASH Project
When Rotary International President Elect Samuel Owori passed away suddenly in 2017, many donated to complete a significant WASH project in Uganda, Owori's home country.
A recent update on the project indicated that a high capacity borehole has been completed and solar powered pumps are filling a 100,000 liter storage tank. Distribution lines have been run to a health clinic and six schools. Hygiene and hand-washing training has been provided.
At each school two blacks of latrines have been constructed and microflush toilets are being built at the health clinic.
Mission Pink
Menstrual health and hygiene was a cornerstone in the Mission Pink Health and Hygiene program implemented by the Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown , India
Using a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation they developed a program they delivered to 30 schools and over 15,000 young women. In the past year, the schools have seen decreased absenteeism and drop-outs and classroom performance has increased.
MH Day Resources
The Menstrual Hygiene Day Impact Report 2019 highlights the achievements of this year's annual May 28 event.
Recently, WASH United, which coordinates Menstrual Hygiene Day, has renamed their newsletter to the Periodical. You can subscribe by going to
Hawaiian Beer Party Benefits WASRAG
The Rotarian Fellowship, Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (B.R.E.W.) has donated thousands of dollars to WASRAG over the past few years, by holding an event during the RI Convention. This year on June 7, 2020 they have rented the entire Honolulu Beerworks. Those attending the Hawaiian Beer Luau will enjoy a beer inspired meal and taste beers brewed fresh onsite.
Tickets are LIMITED to the first 140 participants. To purchase your ticket go to Hawaiian Beer Luau.
World Toilet Day - Nov 19
More people have a mobile phone than have access to safely managed sanitation. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 has a target to eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030.
World Toilet Day, which is held annually on November 19, draws attention to the people without sanitation.
This year's theme is "Leaving No One Behind". You can obtain resources from the World Toilet Day website or
the sanitation and hygiene resource page.
Clean Water at Delhi School
The Rotary Club of Delhi South East working with the Project Aspire - Today to Eternity Foundation recently cut the ribbon on a 44 station clean water system for the Kendriya Vidyalaya School in Delhi, India.
The reverse osmosis based system will benefit over 7,500 children. Costing $11,500 USD the water stations are estimated to last 10 - 15 years.
Calendar of Events
Oct 24, 2019 - WORLD POLIO DAY
Nov 19, 2019 - WORLD TOILET DAY
March 22, 2020 - WORLD WATER DAY
To submit stories, videos, and pictures for the WASRAG Newsletter send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. WASRAG can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.


27 September 2019 A roundup of Rotary news
The plus in PolioPlus
When we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do we realize how many added benefits the program brings? The “plus” is something else that is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It might be a hand-operated tricycle, access to clean water and additional medical treatment, or providing bed nets or soap. Learn how we are doing so much more than eradicating polio. 
This week's stories
5 steps to membership growth

The Rotary Club of St. Andrew, Jamaica, has a rich history as the first club chartered after Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom. But even with the club’s pioneering spirit, membership recruitment remains a challenge. Read how club leaders addressed this hurdle in Ainsely Brown’s blog post for Rotary Voices.

How Rotary is creating lasting change in India

Koorapati Venkata Mohan Kumar has been an ambassador for the LN-4 Hand project since the time a boy came to his Rotary club meeting, telling how he had lost both of his hands in an electrical accident. Kumar’s club in Bangalore, India, has worked with other clubs to find recipients for the specially designed prosthetic hand, which is providing new hope for thousands of people. 

Service Above Self Award nominations open
Nominations are open for the Service Above Self award. District governors may nominate members who have demonstrated exemplary service through 31 October.
Get ready for World Polio Day
Join the global celebration on World Polio Day 24 October by hosting an event in your community.

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Training Committee Meeting 

Sep 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Manzini DG Visit 

Sep 21, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kyalami DG Visit 

Sep 22, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Meyerton/Henley-On-Klip DG Visit

Sep 23, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Heritage Day

Sep 24, 2020

Membership Committee Meeting

Sep 24, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Africa Centennial Celebrations (Africa) 

Sep 26, 2020 3:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mediators Meeting 

Sep 26, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ermelo Phoenix DG Visit 

Sep 28, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pioneers Membership Meeting 

Sep 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Krugersdorp DG Visit 

Sep 29, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pretoria Capital DG Visit

Sep 29, 2020 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Sandton DG Visit

Sep 30, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Economic & Community Development Month

Oct 01, 2020

Membership Troika Meeting

Oct 01, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM