June summit will inspire and assist Rotary family with water, sanitation, and hygiene resources for youth

By Bill Boyd, Past President of Rotary International and Chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag)

Dear Friends,

PRIP Bill Boyd speaks at the World Water Summit in Sydney, Australia, 30 May 2014. Photo by Monika Lozinska/RI

PRIP Bill Boyd speaks at the World Water Summit in Sydney, Australia, 30 May 2014. Photo by Monika Lozinska/RI

Wasrag’s World Water Summits have established a tradition of excellence. The 2015 World Water Summit promises to be the best yet. The day-long event will focus on pressing concerns related to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools and how we can address these needs.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene education in schools, commonly known as WASH in Schools, provides safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education encouraging the development of healthy behaviors in our youth. The resulting behavior changes throughout an entire community are bringing significant breakthroughs in eradicating disease and improving health in developing countries around the world. Additionally, more children, particularly girls, attend school and the overall health of communities improves.

Join us and be prepared for one of the greatest opportunities to improve communities with the Rotary family around the world. Simultaneous interpretation from English to Portuguese will be available during the plenary sessions.

Our list of excellent speakers includes:

  • Lizette Burgers, Senior Advisor of UNICEF’s WASH in Schools program; Greg Allgood from World Vision; a representative from the Conrad N Hilton Foundation; and a very special young lady from Sesame Street called Raya
  • Foundation Trustee Sushil Gupta will share about Rotary’s WASH in School plans; Erica Gwynn, Area of Focus Manager for WASH, will give a Foundation update; and RI General Secretary John Hewko will close the Summit with a rousing message for us all
  • A number of breakout sessions focused on a variety of WASH-related areas will supplement the plenaries and give participants an opportunity to talk about their experiences and ask plenty of questions from sector experts

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dive into one of the most popular Rotarian-led activities in the field!

Date: Thursday, 4  June, 2015
Location: Renaissance São Paulo Hotel on Almeda Santos
Time: 7:30 registration; 8:00 – 17:00

Register Now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

My regards,

Bill

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Make a Splash! It’s World Water Day

By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff

22 March, World Water Day, reminds us to celebrate our achievements and commit to further advancements related to accessing clean water, sanitation facilities, and employing hygienic practices. Sustainable water resources are critical to reducing poverty, improving education opportunities for youth, and alleviating health-related complications.

Today we recognize the countless hours our Rotary family dedicates to water, sanitation, and hygiene education efforts including:

While we have helped make great strides within the water and sanitation area of focus, 748 million people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion do not use an improved sanitation facility.*

Continue the #WorldWaterDay celebration by:

*March 2015 United Nations Inter-Agency on Water and Sanitation Issues

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Rotary club’s vocational camps open up a window of opportunities for young entrepreneurs

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff

Camp Enterprise participant teams. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby

Camp Enterprise participant teams. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby

Camp Enterprise, a Rotarian-funded three-day program for high school juniors, helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. The students learn about business practices and then work in teams to come up with a business proposal and present it to Rotarian volunteers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Each team receives feedback and advice from the judges on their proposals. Originally started by the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, this program has been replicated by more than 30 clubs throughout North America. Last August, Rotarian Dave Diffendal talked with Rotarian W. Gaines Bagby and former camper and entrepreneur John Arrow about this program’s unique approach to inspire entrepreneurship and the long lasting impact it has on its participants.

What is Camp Enterprise?

Camp Enterprise participants work in small groups on a business plan. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

Camp Enterprise participants work in small groups on a business plan. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

Gaines Bagby: My club, the Rotary Club of Austin, Texas, USA, first learned about Camp Enterprise more than 30 years ago. We were so impressed with the program’s impact that we decided to replicate it in Austin. Since we launched the program in the 1980s, more than 3,000 high school students have learned how to come up with a business idea, how to organize a business, how to make presentation and secure the funding, how to staff a business, and how to operate one.

How does Camp Enterprise impact students?

John Arrow: I participated in a Camp Enterprise as a high school junior about eight years ago and to this day it continues to positively impact my life.

Back in high school I was doing several small entrepreneurial things and wanted to be a part of this program. I applied and got rejected because of my grade point average. None of the teachers thought I would be a good fit for it.

I was so interested in participating that I decided to reach out to the club organizing this camp. I ended up having an interview with Gaines. After talking for a while, the club saw my dedication and was able to open up an extra spot and welcomed me to the program. This experience taught me to continue working towards my goals, reaching out to the right people, asking questions, networking, and pushing forward.

Can you walk us through the three day program?

John: When I arrived out on the ranch where the camp was being held, I was immediately struck by the other participants. I really felt that they had the same interests, the same passions as me. Just being in that environment was so invigorating and that only amplifies throughout the event.

Camp Enterprise participants give project presentations. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

Camp Enterprise participants give project presentations. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

Gaines: The Camp starts off with a team building experience. In the afternoon, the participants hear from a speaker followed by an ethics program where a number of ethical dilemma scenarios are presented and the participants workshop the implications of various decisions and solutions to the presented scenarios. The day ends with a final activity where each team (about 12 teams of 8) receive a product and need to decide budgeting for the product: how much of the product they are going to sell, how much are they going to spend on research, marketing, and production. Eventually the collective group comes up with approaches to raise and lower prices against their competition to get the most value for their money.

The next day, things shift a bit. After a morning speaker, the participants start working on a business plan. A couple hours are spent going through how to come up with an idea for a business. The mechanics of a business are explained: how to organize the business, market it, and negotiate contracts. The participants learn about what they’ll be doing independently with their teams later that afternoon and evening. The rest of the program is dedicated to helping the participants work in teams, appoint positions such as CEO and CFO and CIO and HR and determine how the group can use their individual strengths to help the business prosper. Then these people who have never met before are now forming their own company out of an idea they mutually agree upon. They select an idea for their business by first coming up with a handful of proposals and presenting these proposals to different committees of Rotarians. The Rotarians advise on their areas of expertise: HR, technology, marketing, finance, etc.

John: Looking back, the most impactful part of Camp Enterprise was having to figure things out independently for the first time. When we were split up into our groups and told to create a business plan and proposal, we weren’t given further instructions or assignments. We had to independently determine our own and one another’s skills and strengths, assign roles, divide work, and collaborate. We learned not to jump to conclusions, do our research and really determine who has the best skill set for which job, identify the best course of action, and more. Our mentors advised and guided us by asking a series of questions but ultimately we worked through trial and error and without assistance to trouble shoot issues and solve problems. This is really the best lesson to prepare us “for the real world”, and I’m continuously grateful for the program!

Participants at Rotary Club of Austin's 32nd Annual Camp Enterprise. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

Participants at Rotary Club of Austin’s 32nd Annual Camp Enterprise. Photo courtesy of W. Gaines Bagby.

The full interview first aired on WELW radio’s The Talk of the Town. Learn more about the Rotary Club of Austin’s Camp Enterprise program.

W. Gaines Bagby is a member and centennial president of the Rotary Club of Austin, Texas. John Arrow participated in the club’s Camp Enterprise program 10 years ago and is now an entrepreneur and founder and chairman of Mutual Mobile, employing over 300 people in Austin, Texas.

Creating a cycle of opportunity through partnerships in education

By Jeannette Stevens, member of Rotary Club of Managua and Executive Director of Gocare Nicaragua

Jeannette Stevens with a Gocare program participant

Jeannette Stevens with a program participant

My relationship with Rotary started when I joined Gocare’s staff 10 years ago. Founded in 2001 by Rotarian Jan Lindsay, Gocare is a nonprofit organization that works closely with community residents in Nicaragua to create and implement educational and economic development programs.Jan is one of the most dedicated and passionate Rotarians I have ever met. He introduced me to the many impactful projects developed and supported by the Rotary family around the world that help people improve their lives.

Like Rotary, Gocare’s principal mission is to help people improve their lives. We have collaborated on many projects with dedicated Rotarians from around the world. Recently, Gocare entered into a project partnership with the Rotary Club of Managua, Nicaragua, and the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, California, USA. The two clubs came together and applied for a global grant in 2014 with Gocare serving as the cooperating organization in Nicaragua. This grant will help fix and furnish three new community learning centers in impoverished communities. The partnering Rotary clubs are not only helping fund these new centers but will be helping refurbish buildings by repainting facilities, and will serve as tutors and mentors to youth and adults at the centers. We are all working together to provide 6,000 people with access to education and a better quality of life.

Preschool program participants. Photo courtesy of Gocare

Preschool program participants. Photo courtesy of Gocare

In the past five years, Gocare has worked closely with local and international Rotary clubs and other partners to serve thousands in Nicaragua. Together we have funded nearly 3,660 free educational scholarships and offer tuition funding for vocational training programs in sewing, beauty, cooking, and baking. We operate a tuition-free preschool and offer scholarships for both beginning and advanced-level computer courses and English literacy. We also provide adult education courses, an after school tutoring program for students, and a library with an inventory of textbooks that are used at the local public schools.We currently have 34 students on university scholarships ranging from full tuition to assistance with transportation and supplies.

University preparation program for scholarship recipient. Photo courtesy of Gocare

University preparation program for scholarship recipient. Photo courtesy of Gocare

Ericka, one of our university scholarship recipients, recently graduated from college and has become a lawyer. Ericka’s scholarship helped her gain more than a college degree. Gocare’s core philosophy of mentorship and leadership asks all scholarship recipients to volunteer at our centers to help others in return for the assistance they have received. We help students become mentors and leaders within their communities as they give back by teaching others. Now Ericka’s goal is to mentor and advise fellow community members and help extend educational opportunities to others.

It’s amazing how life’s pieces are arranged to accomplish a greater purpose. I am proud to be part of these two organizations that work towards a better world by sharing opportunities with people in need.

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Help achieve universal education: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff

Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000, Rotary has played a role in global efforts to reduce extreme poverty and reach target goals by 2015. While great progress has been made towards universal primary education, advancements towards this goal slowed significantly over the past eight years. About 58 million primary-school-age children are currently not enrolled in school while 781 million adults and 126 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.*

Achieving universal primary education and gender equality in schools is critical to meeting other development goals. Greater levels of education help communities fight poverty, prevent disease, and access and sustain resources for longer, more prosperous lives.*

During March, Rotary Literacy Month, replicate successful Rotary projects to continue addressing literacy, education, and gender equality at school:

How else can we help?

  • Conduct assessments. Determine core literacy and education needs in a particular community.
  • Involve the whole family. Organize family events to empower parents and caretakers to remain actively involved in their children’s education or to seek educational opportunities for themselves.
  • Find support. Add your basic education and literacy project to Rotary Ideas to connect with project partners.

Throughout the month of March, check back here for more tips, resources, and inspirational stories to help you plan club and district literacy projects. Remember to share your own basic education and literacy impact on Rotary Showcase.

*Millennium Development Goals Indicators, United Nations Statistics Division

Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

By PDG Dr. Himansu Basu, MD, PhD, RI Technical Coordinator on Maternal and Child Health 2013-16

Dr.HimansuBasuMy world stopped when I was 15 – my mother died after her seventh childbirth (I was the eldest). The pain and misery in the years that followed were unimaginable. Since then, I have been asking myself the question –“Why do mothers die?”

I entered medical school, specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and did full time research on pregnancy haemorrhages. My interest in childbirth-related mortalities did not wane, but I did not get real answers to my question.

Then I became a Rotarian. I wanted to utilise my hands-on vocational efforts for service, but the opportunities at that time were limited.

In the 1990s, global organisations like the U.N. challenged the world to address this question in the form of Millennium Development Goals. Global organisations and governments put a lot of funding towards improving hospital facilities and started promoting institutional childbirth deliveries but progress remained slow.

Two events in 2010 helped me find an answer to my question. First, my district, 1120 (England), became part of the Future Vision pilot. This opened the door for service through hands-on vocational efforts and advocacy through a global grant-sponsored Vocational Training Team. Second, I had the good fortune to chair an international collaborators meeting on maternal mortality in Delhi focused on why mothers die in low resource settings. The combined results were fantastic.

Second CALMED1The concept of Calmed (Collaborative action in lowering maternity encountered deaths) developed during the next three years with the help of important collaborators including FIGO (The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics), GLOWM (Global Library of Women’s Medicine) and MAF (Medical Aid Films), Laerdal, Department of Health and Family Welfare, National Health Mission and of course our own Rotarian Doctors Fellowship and Rotarian Action Group on Population Development.

India remained our challenge. In spite of massive efforts by the Indian government, maternal mortality reduction in India was slow. Still today, the lifetime risk of a woman dying at child birth is 40 times higher in India than in the UK. India has the highest annual number of maternal deaths (about 55,000). Ironically, most are preventable.

TRF-sponsored Vocational Training Teams played leading roles in implementing the Calmed model. Using hands-on approaches, modern technology and a “train the trainer” model in two states in India, the team led skills trainings in managing emergencies at childbirth and raising awareness of childbirth related issues in the villages and urban communities. Monitoring and evaluation is an important component of the Calmed programme.

1st Calmed programme
First CALMEDIn Sikkim, India, where the programme was first introduced in 2013, our vocational training team of six doctors from the UK trained 13 local Ob Gyn staff members who became master trainers after stringent pre- and post-test assessments. The local master trainers have since trained over 200 doctors, midwives and health activists in the practical management of emergencies at child birth. Following the introduction of Calmed, the maternal mortality ratio was halved in just over 12 months.

2nd Calmed programme
Second CALMEDInvitations from the government and local Rotary clubs led to a second vocational training team to visit Gujarat in 2014 and train 26 master trainers.
More than 40 doctors and midwives were then trained and the training cascade continues with outstanding results.

As we move forward, we are planning to take a team this year to Madhya Pradesh, India, for the third Calmed programme.
We are also working with India’s government to establish skills trainings and development centres where selected local master trainers (rather than vocational training team members from England) will be responsible for training future master trainers. This will offer a sustainable, realistic local solution to eliminate preventable maternal and new born deaths.

CALMED teamWe would not have been able to move forward without the constant support, encouragement and stewardship of Rotarians at all levels, from the clubs t to districts , RIBI and RI, including past Rotary International Presidents, Directors, Trustees, and many officers (past and present). Our collaborators remain fully supportive.

It has taken more than 50 years of searching, but I am glad I have found the answer to why mothers die and more importantly, how we can save mothers and babies from dying or experiencing complications from childbirth. We have found a solution that works.

Read more about the Calmed programme and contact me if you would like to support this vocational service effort.

Pledge your support now and join the Calmed revolution!

Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding club projects

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs staff

For many Rotary clubs, service begins at home. Each year clubs take on numerous initiatives and conduct various projects to help address a significant need or problem in their community. Some of these outstanding projects are honored through the Significant Achievement Award.

Last year, 207 clubs from more than 40 countries received the award recognizing their excellent community service projects. These clubs took on projects that not only helped their local community but also involved most or all of their club members and were commensurate with the size and the resources of their club. Below are just a few examples of these amazing projects:

Centennial Playground

A young child enjoys the Centennial Playground.

A young child enjoys the Centennial Playground.

In celebration of 100 years of service, the Rotary Club of Beaumont built the first disabled accessible playground for children with special needs to safely play alongside their peers in Beaumont, Texas, USA. Club members and volunteers throughout the community worked side by side to help make this project a success through various activities such as fundraising to construction. Local Rotaract and Interact clubs also assisted with the construction of the playground.

The club raised more than $400,000 USD and contributed nearly 100,000 volunteer hours to complete the project.

Novembro Azul (Blue November)

Members of Rotary Club of Timbó raising awareness for men’s health. Photo coutesy of Rotary Club of Timbó’s Public Image Committee.

Members of Rotary Club of Timbó raising awareness for men’s health. Photo coutesy of Rotary Club of Timbó’s Public Image Committee.

The Rotary Club of Timbó, Santa Catarina, Brazil, implemented the Blue November initiative to create awareness about diseases such as prostate cancer that affect men. Originally started in

Australia in 2003, Blue November is now implemented in many cities across Brazil. Through this initiative, the club distributed over 15,000 fliers and organized media interviews. The campaign reached 90% of the population in Timbó and led to over 1,200 disease screenings.

Empowering Girls

Girl Power Project Participants

Girl Power Project Participants

To help their community’s young women at risk of falling below the poverty line due to home environment, lack of education, and teenage pregnancy, the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise, Jamaica, created the Girl Power initiative for young women ages 14-25. Workshops are designed and implemented to empower participants to make positive changes in their lives. Phase one of the program focuses on personal development including improving self-esteem and leadership. Phase two is geared towards proper parenting skills, money management and career development.

MALAYA KA NA! (You’re Free!)

Club members and spouses at the Marikina City Jail.

Club members and spouses at the Marikina City Jail.

Members and spouses of the Rotary Club of Marikina West, Philippines, gathered at the Hall of Justice in Marikina City to provide free legal aid to qualified criminal defendants being wrongly held in the Marikina City Jail and help decongest the over-crowded jail. Several lawyer-members of the club represented various defendants, ultimately resulting in 112 releases.

Avoidable Blindness Outreach

The number of eye cases in Sabah, Malaysia, is three times the national average because of limited access to eye care services and general lack of education regarding the topic in remote areas.

The Rotary Club of Likas Bay hosted an Avoidable Blindness Outreach camp in rural northern Sabah. 86 eye specialists and paramedic personnel offered free eye screenings and cataract operations. 889 people received screenings and 117 cases were referred for further treatment

We’re currently accepting Significant Achievement Award nominations from district governors for the 2014-15 award. If your club conducted an impactful community service project during the 2014-15 Rotary year, contact your district governor to be considered for this award. District governors may select one outstanding project from their district and submit their nominations to riawards@rotary.org by 15 March. Eligibility requirements and procedures can be found on the nomination form.

Cruising trips inspire fellowship and service

By Rhonda Whitton, Kardinia Rotary Club, Victoria, Australia; member and Online Content Manager of the Fellowship for Cruising Rotarians

A few years ago, a group of Rotarians from the United Kingdom and Australia boarded a P&O cruise ship ready for an exciting vacation. When the group of Rotarians gathered for an onboard meeting advertised in the cruise newsletter, they realised they wanted to do more than just chat about their club activities.

(Left to right): Mike Oliver, Australia; Howard Jones, UK; Anthony Lilou, Papua New Guinea; Gordon Wiseman, UK; Christopher Podger, UK; Jelta Wong, Papua New Guinea

(Left to right): Mike Oliver, Australia; Howard Jones, UK; Anthony Lilou, Papua New Guinea; Gordon Wiseman, UK; Christopher Podger, UK; Jelta Wong, Papua New Guinea

The group talked about how they could work together on a project to help the people in the regions they were travelling. The Rotarians knew an earthquake had devastated Rabaul in Papua New Guinea in 1994 and their local hospital was only partly rebuilt. They arranged to meet with Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kokopo when the liner docked at Rabaul.

During their meeting in Papua New Guinea, the cruise liner Rotarians learned that the infant mortality rate in Papua New Guinea was very high and the Rabaul hospital did not have incubators. Inspired to support this worthy cause, the Rotarians got permission from P&O to fundraise on board the cruise liner and within a week had raised nearly $10,000 — enough to buy three incubators for the hospital. P&O fully supported the project and arranged to send the money to the Rotary Club of Kokopo to buy the incubators.

The united strength of Rotarians and the power of Rotary can significantly impact lives. Forming a Rotary Fellowship was the last thing on my mind when I boarded the Queen Mary 2 ship for a 19 day cruise a year ago.

Rotary meeting on board the Queen Mary 2

Rotary meeting on board the Queen Mary 2

After nagging the cruise staff a bit, they helped arrange an on-board meeting. I was one of eight very relaxed Rotarians who turned up to the first gathering; eleven Rotarians turned up for the second meeting and 20 for the third.

We wondered how we could harness all that’s good about Rotary and cruising. After much paperwork shuffling and liaising with RI, our dream became a reality with the recent formation of the Fellowship for Cruising Rotarians.

To tap into 21st century social media communication trend, our Fellowship is Facebook-based. This means we can get information from our members within seconds and hope to avoid annual fees. Rotarians who are not active on Facebook can still join and receive news by email.

Our Facebook page serves as a place for members to share about cruising as well as service activities Rotarians can undertake onboard. Rotarians can also connect with other members who may be taking the same cruise well in advance of their trip. The Fellowship will work to get cruise lines to establish programmed meetings on board every liner, and makeup cards for Rotarians to take to their home club.

Follow us on Facebook or email us for more information about how to join.


Rotary Fellowships, formed by Rotary members, their spouses, and Rotaractors, empower their members to pursue their passions and connect with new friends in Rotary from all over the world. Many Rotary Fellowships undertake service initiatives closely related to their group’s focus. Visit My Rotary to learn more about Rotary’s 60+ fellowships and read about the many service activities these groups organize every year.

Rotary lights up Malaysia

By Mohamed Shedou, Rotary Programs staff

Presenting about Rotary’s online tools and how they can help develop and promote projects

Presenting about Rotary’s online tools and how they can help develop and promote projects

Since I started working at Rotary, reading about Rotarian service projects seeking resources and promoting completed efforts has been part of my daily routine. I learn about many inspiring projects but had my first opportunity to see them in real life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this past November.

I often hear about Rotarians’ hospitality, but hearing is nothing like experiencing. When I landed in Kuala Lumpur, I saw a familiar sign in an unfamiliar land: a Rotary sign carried by a friendly face; a Rotarian was there to pick me up! Daily, a welcoming Rotarian was by my side offering a helping hand and accompanying me where I needed to be. It was wonderful to get to know them personally and enjoy hours of conversations on the road.

I was invited to many delicious meals and great conversations with Rotarians from District 3300, as well as District Governor Kirenjit Kaur, the district’s first female governor. These meals finally culminated in a gala dinner with RI President Gary C.K. Huang, attended by more than 650 Rotarians and friends!

It would take pages to write about everything I saw and every Rotarian and spouse I got to know. Instead, I will highlight a few of the outstanding projects and events I visited during my time in Kuala Lumpur:

Mums Sew with Love This sewing project, a collaborative initiative between Rotary Club of Pantai Valley and the non-governmental organization Pusat Bantuan Sentul, equips single and stay–at-home-mothers with a lifelong skill to eventually start a small business with their quality products.

Children’s Residence Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur Diraja is helping provide a home for 100 homeless children. The large plot of land for this residence was donated by a generous local Rotarian.

Malaysia Rotary Day During Malaysia Rotary Day, President Gary inaugurated Rotary District 3300’s Rotary Kasih (Rotary Love) project. The event also included a beautiful exhibition of the Rotary projects from around the district.

This was a very brief overview of an unforgettable experience whose memories will stay with me for a lifetime, just like many of the Rotary projects that positively impact people’s lives forever.

 

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E-clubs pioneer innovative partnerships with local groups

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Programs staff

Empowering community members to assess and address their own needs leads to the most effective and sustainable project outcomes. While we often hear about how traditional Rotary clubs work with community members to address local issues, e-clubs are also pioneering innovative approaches to partner with communities on hands-on projects. By sponsoring a Rotary Community Corps (RCC), many e-clubs are expanding their networks and enhancing their service impact.

RCCs are teams of community volunteers who share Rotary’s commitment to service but are not Rotary members. They work in partnership with their sponsor Rotary clubs (traditional clubs or e-clubs) to address their communities’ specific needs. RCCs are highly adaptable and can be found everywhere Rotary is present: in urban and rural areas, and in both developed and developing countries. Some RCCs are established to carry out a specific project for a limited period of time, while others tackle more entrenched problems on an ongoing basis.

As e-clubs have grown in popularity, so have e-club-RCC partnerships. Currently, e-clubs on four continents have sponsored RCCs. Here are some great examples of these partnerships in action:

  • RCC-Foodbank-Roof

    Putting a new roof on the food bank building.

    The Rotary E-Club of District 1100 in England currently sponsors two RCCs, each to address distinct local needs: the RCC of Malmesbury is working to develop flood defenses and establish a food bank while the RCC of Let’s Loop Swindon helps improve the quality of hearing aid loops available in town.

  • The Rotary E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel in Guatemala works in partnership with the RCC Peña Blanca 1 to promote the conservation of natural resources in the lake basin through proper management and education of the community.

Learn more about RCCs and share your RCC successes on Rotary Showcase.