By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Service & Engagement staff Intercountry committees date back to the early 1930s when Rotary members from Germany and France organized a petit comité to further mutual understanding between Rotarians of those two countries. The idea caught on and nearly 30 committees were created in Europe by 1937 when war prevented them from functioning. … More Bridging differences for peace through intercountry committees
Peace is fundamental to Rotary’s mission. In a time of heightened tensions and uncertainties due to COVID-19 and other factors, it is critically important that we work together to create environments where peace can thrive. February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. Learn how Rotary members around the world are promoting peace. … More Create environments of peace
By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International The Open World Program gives emerging leaders from specific Eurasian countries firsthand exposure to the United States’ system of democracy through visits to local governments and communities in the U.S.. Rotary International serves as a national hosting organization, with Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations of young professionals. RI is able to reimburse clubs … More Open World Program creates ongoing engagement with Rotary
By Živilė Savickaitė, 2020-21 Rotary Friendship Exchange for District 1462, Lithuania, and Charter President of Rotary Club Vilnius Vytis The 2020 pandemic has been a difficult challenge for everyone in every corner of the world. Even though the virus closed many doors with people locked down at home, online solutions provided new opportunities for safe … More Rotary Friendship Exchange knows no borders
By Angie Mesistrano, International Rear Commodore of International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians It is said that the secret to feeling good and enjoyment consists of the ease and speed of adaptation to new situations. And that we have done at the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR). Despite the pandemic, we have continued to work … More How did the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians grow during the pandemic?
By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International The Open World Program has adapted and built a solid record of virtual programming events for Open World delegates of 2020 and Open World Alumni in light of these uneasy times. The pandemic has shut opportunities for travel and all in-person Open World programs have been suspended since March 2020. While virtual meetings do not replace in-person ones, they offer vital opportunities during these unchartered times. … More Building international bridges during a pandemic
By Wes Granger and Christopher DiRosa, Open World Program Participants In June 2017, with the help of the Rotary Club of Longmont in Colorado, USA, and in partnership with the non-profit, The Inclusion Collective, we along with three other community members from Colorado volunteered in Kiev, Ukraine, in specialized settings for children with disabilities. By … More Open World Program makes an impact in Ukraine