International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site. Visit the ProjectLINK database to post a project in need of assistance, find projects to support, or learn about successfully completed projects to replicate.
International Service Accomplishments -
Our Club was fortunate to have the leadership and passion of a leader who directed many of the international projects for this Rotary year. The relationships forged will be ongoing as partnerships will develop to collaborate with future vision projects.
1) 5 Matching Grants. Romania “through health, a better life!”- ($12k total/$3.3K club)- in partnership with sister club RC Iasi 2000- helping 60 at risk single mothers in need of medical and psychological support;
Philippines “biosand filter”- ($17k total/$3.4k club)- in partnership with sister club RC Atimonan- provide 120 filters that will allow 27 villages to have clean drinking water; Romania “monitoring and preventing tuberculosis in high risk areas”- ($17.8k total/$5k club)- in partnership with sister club RC Iasi 2000 providing motor vehicle to clinic overseeing 70 villages and 3 cities for prevention and monitoring of TB; Romania “save a child’s heart”- ($17.8k total/$600 club)- coordinator club in partnership with D5000 clubs and sister club RC Iasi 2000 to provide essential medical equipment to a tertiary pediatric hospital that covers one third of the country; Nepal “toilets for literacy”- ($15.2K total/$600 club)- coordinator club in partnership with 4 D5000 clubs and RC Swoyambhu to provide toilet blocks for 3 schools so female students can attend school full time.
2) Interdisciplinary Club Project- New Generations and Community Service collaborated and the Jefferson Elementary school garden project was initiated. The garden is undergoing renovation. The club arranged a partnership between Jefferson Elementary School and a local school in Romania where a similar planting of trees will be done on Earth Day in April. The Rotaract club in Romania joined and partnered up with the UH Rotaract Club. The student, as well as Rotaractors, will trade photos and impressions in an effort to bring goodwill and better friendships across oceans and continents.
3) Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program- Our club supported an outbound GSE Team Leader who will be going to Poland in April. The club will be supporting the inbound team by hosting them in their homes and sharing cultural experiences.
4) International Fellowship- Hosted the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, young, talented musicians from a high school in Canada; Welcomed visiting Rotarians from clubs in Japan, Korea, England/UK, Australia, Philippines, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand; Hosted the Rotaract President from Rotaract Club of Taipei during the Peace Forum; Hosted the Immediate PDG of our sister club in the Philippines
5) Participated in a New Generation Intern Program- A New Generation Intern needed to expand her accounting experience and hours to move up in her academic career. Our club stepped up and offered internship in their work places. A member hosted her stay and the club members shared cultural experiences for her to take back home. This experience helped her with future employment and long-lasting friendship.
6) Supported Aloha Medical Mission trip to the Philippines with almost $1000 worth of dental supplies. Two members of our Club joined the mission to provide dental care and magic to underprivileged residents of a rural area in the Philippines.
7) International Education Initiative- Sponsored Teachers Across Borders- South Africa Project which teaches the teachers in South Africa. The project has had a tremendous positive impact on over 500,000 children in South Africa and the reciprocal effect on the returning teachers has benefitted thousands of students here in the United States.
8) Sister Club Partnership- Formed a sister club partnership with Romania D2241 because of the many joint service and international projects performed during the year. The partnership will allow future collaboration for future projects in Rotary. In 2016, the RCHS formed a new sister club agreement with Slovenia- The RC of Zgornji Brnik.
9) Fundraising for NATO soldier who lost both legs, one arm and suffered multiple abdominal trauma last August and is currently at Walter Reed. The club raised cash and sent a gift basket as part of a larger fundraising campaign that has raised a significant amount. President Obama visited the soldier twice now.