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Rotary recognizes February as Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding"  - Albert Einstein

RAGCED President Margaret T. Williamson

Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development  announces a series of webinar training sessions 

Here's where we come from:  The Mission of the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (RAGCED) is to be a source of knowledge and expertise that helps Rotarians plan, implement, and manage impactful and sustainable economic development projects that create lasting change in underserved communities. 
We're underway:  On August 24th we launched our first webinar, the topic - Building Community Economies.  Upcoming webinars are planned for the fourth Wednesday at 5PM GST:  Our next webinar will be January 25, 2023.  Upcoming webinar topics will provide knowledge, experiences of successful practitioners, and examples of successful projects. Some topic examples:
· Community Needs Assessment
· Mentoring and Networking
· Monitoring and Evaluation
· Rotary Global Grants
· Programs of Scale
· Capital
· Education
· Partnerships
Webinars are short and to the point: Webinars are no more than one hour with 45 minutes of instruction, and the remaining 15 minutes for questions and answers.  Each webinar combines learning with specific examples of how the subject of the webinar has been applied in actual projects.  The goal is to have each session taught by people who have been successful and will include examples of projects that apply the principles being taught to create an impactful and sustainable community development project.  If you have a topic for a webinar, or if you want to share your experience planning and implementing a community development project, feel free to contact me.
Margaret Williamson
President RAGCED
Chair Launch Detroit

RAGCED Immediate Past President Nick Frankle

Project Development - RAGCED Webinar 

RAGCED can help you write your own success story.

In communities around the world, families struggle to meet their needs for  food, shelter, work, and economic security.  From the video, first in a series presented by RAGCED, you can learn the six pillars of projects that build local economies and hear  stories of Rotary successes.  Then, with RAGCED support, you can write your own story.   
With that introduction Nick Frankle began his portion of the first RAGCED multi-month webinar program introduced by President Margaret Williamson and hosted by Cristina Calaguian.
Look for the webinar video connection here:
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Nick Frankle
2006-07 President, Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise
2016-17 District Governor, District 5240
2019-21 Admin Chair, Zone 26-27 GETS/GNATS
2020-22 Southwest PETS Committee
2019-21 Chair, Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development
2022-25 District 5240 Rotary Foundation Committee Stewardship Chair
“If you can dream it … You can do it!”

Past Rotary International Director and RAGCED Board Member Valarie Wafer 

RAGCED members and the Rotary Foundation work to support and strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
Initiating, supporting, and mentoring service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work with equity and inclusion in mind. Providing training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions through our work under the area of focus economic and community development. 
Last year the Rotary Foundation invested, through global grants, $9.2 million dollars to grow local economies and reduce poverty.
Click here to listen to the entire one hour webinar including Valarie's presentation - the first of a monthly series - captured on our RAGCED YouTube channel.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, more than $4 billion has been invested in transformative, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
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Raise for Rotary
Raise for Rotary is a Rotary Foundation fundraising tool where individuals and teams can create fundraisers to celebrate or acknowledge events in their lives by raising funds for Rotary Foundation causes. Find out by clicking here how Rise for Rotary is being deployed.
Valarie Wafer
Rotary International
Vice President 2021-2022
Director 2020-2022