Lisa E. Clary, Chairperson
A foundation for peace is built of many small efforts to advance understanding and goodwill among people of different nations and to improve the quality of life. Rotary International regards the building blocks of International service as:
Special international observances and:
- International meetings
- International educational and cultural and cultural activities
- The Rotary Foundation
- World Community Service
The goal of the International Service Committees should be to involve every club member in an activity that emphasizes our common humanity. The ideal ways is through joint projects with Rotarians in other lands. However, many worthwhile International Service projects involve Rotarians working with government or private agencies.
International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to Polio Plus to helping rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.
Rotary International’s formal commitment to International Service began in 1921, when it was incorporated into the Object of Rotary. This Avenue of Service had begun unofficially in 1914, when clubs in housed Belgian refugees, one of a huge range of activities that transcend national boundaries.
Team members from the Haiti Water Filter Project (Not pictured Lee Warren)
This is an image that reminds us why we, as Rotarians, believe in "Service Above Self."