Photographer Xavier Mascareñas took a detour from his staff job at the Daily Times newspaper in Farmington, N.M., USA, to shoot the images for Stephen Yafa’s profile of Rotarian Paul McQueary. After local police visited his club to talk about the scourge of methamphetamine, McQueary got involved by starting preventive programs in elementary schools. Mascareñas’ photos have been published by the New York Times, San Antonio Express-News, Associated Press, and the Spanish-language news agency EFE.
Our editorial intern, Megan Ferringer , is a 2009 graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. When she’s not doing research and writing copy for The Rotarian, she volunteers on social media projects for Teen Living Programs, a nonprofit that assists homeless youth. For the photo essay “Social Climbing,” shot by staff photographer Monika Lozinska-Lee, Ferringer reported on a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event in Wisconsin, where students spent a weekend together sharpening their skills.
Frank Bures’ Culture column looks at the difference between the dictionary definition of words and their real meanings. Bures speaks Swahili and uses examples from his trips to Tanzania to illustrate his points. His work has appeared in The Best Travel Writing 2009, the Washington Post Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, and the Los Angeles Times. Bures is also a contributing editor at the Travel Channel’s WorldHum.com.
Laurie Luczak illustrated “Rotary Boy of the Year” for our latest installment of the Rotary Stories series. Former Hollywood agent Sam Haskell talked to writer David Rensin about his lifelong affection for all things Rotary. Luczak’s whimsical art has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Better Homes and Gardens, Golf, and the New York Times, among others. She has been honored by the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts.