13 years of project fairs in Ecuador

By Amparo Albuja, District 4400 XIII Project Fair District Committee Chair In February 2004, our district hosted our first project fair in Quito. Since then, 12 fairs have been organized in beautiful cities across Ecuador: Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Manta. Every fair highlights District 4400’s club service projects for international visitors to build friendships, partnerships, and facilitate …

Expanded Rotary Friendship Exchange program emphasizes cultural immersion

By Jessica Carlisle, Rotary Service and Engagement staff Our global family makes Rotary a truly unique organization. What better way experience a new country and culture than with a Rotary friend? Through Rotary Friendship Exchanges, participants take turns hosting and visiting one another, forging life-long friendships and partnerships. Under RI President Ian Riseley’s direction, the …

Rotary Fellowships add key ingredient of passion to service projects

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff Throughout the month of June, we’ve been honoring Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing exciting stories from various Rotary Fellowships. Although fellowships range in interest, they all find ways to incorporate their passions into service initiatives in various forms. Fellowships enhance the Rotary experience by allowing members to make friends …

Beer lovers brew up plan to provide access to clean water

Thousands of Rotary members gathered in Atlanta this week for the 2017 Rotary International Convention to make new friends and find inspiration while attending exciting events and celebrating The Rotary Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good in the World. In the House of Friendship, members had the opportunity to network with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors, Rotary’s …

Rotarian yachting enthusiasts sail into service

By Sergio Santi, Past Chair of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians After chartering three fleets of International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) in Africa, I discovered many Africans were drowning in lakes and seawaters. In Kenya, after tourism, fishing is the second economic resource. Thousands of fishermen and families live on the fishing industry. …

Combining passion, friendship and service through Rotary Fellowships

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Service and Engagement staff Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the language Esperanto joined together. In 1947, a group of Rotarian boating enthusiasts began flying the Rotary flag from their crafts, calling themselves the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; this fellowship now boasts the …