Met ingang van het augustusnummer 2008 is er een nieuw supplement te vinden De Rotarian, getiteld Global Outlook. Deze eerste editie zal geheel gewijd zijn aan de finale strijd tegen polio met bijdragen van over de hele wereld. Hieronder doet Vince Aversano uit de doeken wat we kunnen verwachten in Global Outlook een titel waarin het internationale karakter van onze organisatie goed doorklinkt.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that our annual Rotary Basics section, appearing this month for the 7th straight year in the August issue, is the most widely read feature in The Rotarian. Part of the reason is that Basics also appears in all 31 regional magazines and can also be purchased through shop.rotary.org to help create or maintain your club's new member orientation program. Our staff has updated Basics content every year as well as giving it a fresh and compelling look.
You’ll also notice, that we are capitalizing on the popularity of Basics to introduce our new Global Outlook series. The initial plans for this supplement were drafted three years ago and they are finally ready to be unveiled. Much like Basics, Global Outlook will publish in all Rotary magazines but will appear four times a year, with the next Global Outlook will be ready for the November issue and will be devoted to Polio Eradication.
The motivation behind Global Outlook is to present a consistent, international message and vision of Rotary to all of our members. The regional magazines as part of the extended network of RI magazines are the local voice of Rotary going into the homes and clubs of 760,000 members around the globe. These magazines are able to supplement the monthly content reprinted from The Rotarian with coverage of local events that RI couldn’t possibly cover. However, Global Outlook can fill an existing void in all of these magazines (and The Rotarian) by providing a unified but global image of Rotary to all its readers. My hope is that Global Outlook will educate all rotarians on key initiatives and inspire members to greater service and participation in Rotary’s international efforts.
Also, the opening photo in Rotary Basics was taken by Susan Wischhusen of the Shirley and the Mastics Rotary Club, N.Y., and was one of the six finalists in our recently concluded Photo Contest. The picture is of Didier Fosse, a pharmacist and member of the Rotary Club of Sable-sur-Sarthe, France. You can go to www.rotary.org to read the results of the contest and in our October issue we will do a feature on the winning photographer.