Posted by Bob Ruehl on Aug 11, 2023
Rotary Service And Engagement
Rotary Service and Engagement
August 2023Connect. Partner. Serve.
Video: Promote Rotary engagement programs to enhance the membership experience
We’re celebrating our members and clubs — and all the good they do around the world — during Membership and New Club Development Month in August.

One way to celebrate is by getting involved in the many activities and programs available to members. View this video to learn about opportunities to grow your global Rotary network  through Rotary FellowshipsRotary Friendship Exchangesproject fairs, and intercountry committees. Show the promotional piece at your club meeting, district conference, institute, training seminars, and other events to inspire your fellow members. You can also use the video on social media, in newsletters, or on club and district websites.

Write to with questions about international engagement programs.
Increase your impact
Catch up on the Cultivating Effective Projects webinar series

Thank you to all who took part in the exciting five-part webinar series designed to support effective, sustainable projects in local communities and around the world. These webinars offered tools and strategies to help everyone plan, find resources for, implement, and evaluate projects, including youth service projects.

If you missed any of the webinars, you can review the recordings on demand: 

Remember that district resource networks can help your club connect to peers to plan well-designed projects. Contact your district’s international service chair to connect with nearby project planning experts, such as members of Rotary Action Groups.
Avenue of Service: Community

Plan ahead for Celebrate Community Week

During the week of 11-17 September, Rotary and Rotaract clubs worldwide are collaborating with local Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs on service projects that address health and wellness, food insecurity and hunger, education and literacy, and the environment. When we work together, there’s no limit to the positive impact we can create in our communities. So start planning today!

Contact the Service and Engagement team for help developing projects or connecting with the other organizations’ clubs — or with questions related to Celebrate Community Week. Remember to:

Enhance Participant Engagement
Help Rotary Create Hope in the World with these three initiatives

Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally encourages us to come together in 2023-24 to offer our time, talents, and resources to Create Hope in the World through three key initiatives:

  • Prioritizing mental health
  • Building peace through virtual exchanges
  • Empowering women and girls

Visit the Rotary Service in Action blog to learn more and get started or expand your participation in these initiatives.
Rotary news
Application for disaster response grants is now online 
The application for disaster response grants is now online. District leaders can find the link on their Grant Center landing page. This change will make applying for disaster response grants more efficient and transparent. Please note that applications are no longer accepted by email and need to be submitted through the online form.
Upcoming events showcasing Rotary’s partners
Rotary-Peace Corps Week
The third annual Rotary-Peace Corps Week,18-22 September, highlights the service partnership between Rotary International and the U.S. Peace Corps.

Partnering for Peace, a group of Rotary members and returned Peace Corps volunteers, invites Rotary members, Rotary Peace Fellows, and the wider Rotary community to learn about this partnership and how it connects people for meaningful service globally. 

Identity, Belonging, and Migration — MBBI’s 2023 Peace Congress
Rotary’s service partner Mediators Beyond Borders International invites you to its 10th International Peace Congress, 13-17 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The event is designed to address some of the most significant impacts of climate change, social unrest, and political shifts on individuals, families, communities, and countries around the globe. Learn more and register online.
Programs of Scale grant recipient announced
United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt is the recipient of Rotary’s third annual Programs of Scale award. The Egyptian initiative aims to reduce the number of cases of cervical cancer in the country while raising awareness and improving women’s access to preventive care. The four-year program in and around Cairo will vaccinate more than 30,000 girls ages 9-15 against HPV, provide cancer screenings for 10,000 women, and launch a public awareness campaign to reach 4 million people. Learn more about the latest Programs of Scale recipient
Watch the Champions of Inclusion celebration on demand until 30 September

The Rotary Service newsletter helps members plan effective and inspired service projects. It’s sent every two months to subscribers, district governors, district community service and district international service chairs. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. 
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