By Jerry Kallman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA Rotary’s guiding principles were developed to provide Rotarians with a unifying common purpose and direction. The Avenues of Service have always served as a foundation for our relationships with other members and the type of action we take in the world. … More Adding vocational service to our project
By Kristen Ockenfels, Rotary Club of North Liberty, Iowa, USA Rotary District 6000 started working with Operation Warm in 2014 as a district project. Operation Warm, founded by Rotarian Dick Sanford from the Rotary Club of Longwood in Pennsylvania, USA, to provide brand new coats to children in need across the United States. That first … More Warming up through service
By the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 22 March as World Water Day. This annual day is coordinated by UN-Water … More Cleaning up the rivers of the world
By Mark D. Walker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer As a naïve young man from Colorado just having graduated from a small university, I joined the Peace Corps with the dual purpose to travel, serve and, if possible, save the world. After four months of language and agricultural training, I landed in one of the most … More How the Peace Corps and Rotary led me to a life of international service
By Chelsea Mertz and Rebecca Hirschfeld, Rotary Service staff Does your club want to try a new type of service project or want to find a project in another region to partner on and are not sure where to start? The Project Lifecycle Kit tools can help with all your service project needs. These online … More Start a new service project today!
By Past District Governor Barry Clayman, District 7950, President of Rotary Community Corps of Adult Day Health Programs, Inc. In 2001, the program director of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) at the New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA, reached out to the Rotary Club of Brockton for financial assistance. This outpatient program offers … More Rotary Community Corps empowers people living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Service and Engagement staff Noran Sanford, a licensed social worker, a man of faith, and a vested community member, is empowering a rural U.S. community to utilize overlooked resources and pioneer change from within. In 2000, Noran moved back to his hometown in rural North Carolina, USA, where he was stunned … More Creating greater good in partnership with innovative change makers
By Molly Friend, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. Every year, Rotaract clubs around … More What makes a Rotaract project outstanding?
By Shapreka Clarke, President of Rotaract Club of Eleuthera in the Bahamas After eighteen hours of flying from the Bahamas, I finally arrived in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 19 October, 2016, to participate in the 11th West Africa Project Fair. As I stepped foot on African soil for the first time, I did not know the … More How my first trip to Africa changed my life
By Quentin Wodon, Author of the Rotarian Economist Blog, President of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Lead Economist at the World Bank Most Rotarians are professionals with deep skills in their area of expertise, yet many club service projects do not make systematic use of their members’ expertise. We see … More Strengthening clubs through local partnerships