By Kiki Melonides, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff
To help clubs plan impactful service projects and sustainable global grants, district international service chairs now have exciting new responsibilities. Appointed by district governors for a suggested three-year term, district international service chairs will work collaboratively with club and district leaders to identify and promote resources and strategies for enhancing projects and grants.
International service chairs will build a district resource network of Rotarians, program participants, and alumni with expertise in Rotary’s areas of focus and community project planning. In collaboration with fellow district leaders and members, Rotarian Action Groups, The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and others, international service chairs will connect projects in need of guidance with local technical experts from the Rotary family and promote other resources for improving service projects and grants.
Service chairs will be looking for experts with experience in the areas of focus and the lifecycle of a project including familiarity with global grants, project planning and implementation, community assessment, and measurement and evaluation. Are you an expert in any of these areas? Be sure to identify yourself to your district international service chair so that they can include you in your district’s resource network.
By including local Rotarian expertise early in project planning and design, this effort aims to increase the impact and sustainability of projects and global grants. This initiative will provide further vocational service opportunities in sectors that correspond with Rotary’s areas of focus. The effort also aims to increase friendship and cooperation among Rotarians and strengthen connections between Rotarians and Rotary alumni, such as peace fellows.
Write to the Rotary Service team with any questions.