This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting member engagement opportunities in celebration of Rotary Membership and Club Development Month throughout August.
By Rotary Service and Engagement
Rotary is founded on the ideal Service Above Self. It’s rooted within our guiding principles and at the core of club activity. Every day, you take on service projects and initiatives to address local community needs. Although members come from diverse backgrounds representing a cross-section of professionals, business and community leaders, you work together to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace through service.
To plan effective projects, it’s important to understand community needs and leverage project resources. Take advantage of the Rotary assets below to help strengthen your initiatives:
- The Avenues of Service are part of Rotary’s guiding principles and are the foundation of club activity. District committees for community and international service are great resources to help you plan successful humanitarian activities and implement projects. District committee chairs are well-positioned to help clubs by suggesting innovative approaches to address community needs, identifying service-related resources, linking clubs to mentors or subject matter experts, and publicizing initiatives undertaken by clubs.
- Through your district’s international service committee, connect with a local mentor experiences in project planning, design, implementation, or Rotary’s six areas of focus. Your district leaders can introduce you to fellow district members involved in one of Rotary’s 25 Rotarian Action Groups or a member of the TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors.
- A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) can enhance community engagement and ensure project sustainability by empowering local leaders to pioneer change. RCCs are teams of non-Rotarian community members – men and women who may be farmers, teachers, shop owners, or even retirees – who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. They are committed to their communities’ long-term development, and bring enthusiasm, creativity, and sustainability to the projects they design and carry out. By organizing an RCC, you can make a tremendous, long-term impact in your community. Learn more about what you can do through a Rotary Community Corps.
Throughout August, we encourage you to engage with Rotary to enhance your membership experience. Follow this blog and look out for more posts on activities and programs available to the Rotary family.