Rotary Foundation and International Service

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The Rotary Foundation and International Service Committee is responsible for developing and implementing plans to support The Rotary Foundation through financial contributions by Rotarians (and others) and program participation as described in the Club Rotary Foundation Committee Manual and Club Service Projects Committee Manual of Rotary International.  The Rotary Foundation and International Service Committee Director is the chair of this committee.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty, and they do so through a variety of programs supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

One of the Foundation's key program's is PolioPlus, which has made tremendous progress in its effort to eradicate polio worldwide with contributions and involvement by Rotarians from around the world (including our own club) and challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Foundation also has a Humanitarian Grants Program that provides funding for the international service projects of Rotary clubs and districts (including our own club), as well as a variety of Educational Programs that fund Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges (now called Vocational Training Teams), and Rotary Peace Fellowships that our club has supported on occasion.  Some examples of these and other international service projects that our club has been involved with include:
  • Cool Jazz/Clean Water Festival (that funds water projects in Malawi in addition to musical instruments for students in local schools)
  • Africa Bridge - Tanzania (in their efforts to educate kids and help families become economically independent)
  • Shelter Box Disaster Relief
  • Various Group Study Exchanges, including a 2011 Vocational Training Team Exchange with teachers in the Philippines
  • Rotoplast (a program that provides reconstructive surgery for children with birth defects, especially cleft anomalies)