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 … More Expanded Rotary Friendship Exchange program emphasizes cultural immersion
By Rotary Service and Engagement staff While we join Rotary for many varied reasons, we remain part of the family because of the value it adds to our lives. However we choose to serve, we do so because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others and we remain engaged largely … More How are you Making a Difference?
By Camille Ronzio, member of Rotary Club of Eugene Southtowne, OR, USA, and District 5110 Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair What happens when we incorporate service into our Rotary Friendship Exchanges? Last year we began incorporating half day service projects into our Rotary Friendship Exchanges. Rather than just observe how our Rotarian friends exemplify Service above … More Service and Rotary Friendship Exchanges: growing from meaningful experiences
By Daniel Dumitras, Rotary Club of Timisoara Ripensis, Romania, and participant in a Rotary Friendship Exchange visit to District 5110, USA I love watching movies. Through movies, you can meet new people, places, and learn new facts. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Casablanca: “I think this is the beginning of a … More Fostering peace through Rotary Friendship Exchange
By Camille Ronzio, member of Rotary Club of Eugene Southtowne, OR, USA, and District 5110 Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair I never thought Rotary International winning second place in the December 2013 United Miles contest would have a personal connection to my life. Using a portion of the awarded miles, Rotary District 5110 (USA) won the … More Rotary Friendship Exchange lays foundation for international service partnerships
By Rotarian Ephraim Pri-Har, District 2490, Israel We were approached by District 2400, Sweden, almost a year ago and, after some correspondence, agreed for their team to visit our district on a Rotary Friendship Exchange in October 2014. Given the instability in Israel earlier this year, we were uncertain whether the exchange would come through, … More Rotary Friendship Exchanges build life-long friendships between Israel and Sweden