Posted by Bob Ruehl on Feb 08, 2024
Promote peace through Rotary programs and service partners.
Rotary Service and Engagement
February 2024Connect. Partner. Serve.
Watch video: Promote peace through intercountry committees 
Intercountry committees foster deep friendships and empathy across borders through:
  • Cultural exchange. Intercountry committees facilitate dialogue to help everyone better understand the perspectives of people from other parts of the world. These conversations often lead to in-person opportunities such as Rotary Friendship Exchanges so that members can experience one another’s cultures firsthand.
  • Joint service activities. Members of intercountry committees collaborate on projects that support communities in both countries.
Intercountry committees play a vital role in fostering empathy, understanding, and international cooperation within Rotary’s global network. Learn how you can team up with them to widen the scope of your project or to make a bigger impact.
Avenue of Service: Youth Service and Vocational Service

New video promotes Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience that Rotary members organize to give youth a chance to develop leadership skills while having fun and forming lasting friendships! Show the new RYLA video at Rotary meetings to inspire participation, screen it at school and community gatherings to promote your RYLA event, and post it on your website and social media channels.

Increase your impact
Watch the webinar series on education technology projects

Rotary International and the Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group co-hosted a three-part webinar series on designing effective education technology projects. View recordings of the education technology webinars. Use the settings button to turn on subtitles in your preferred language.

Rotary news
Read Rotary’s 2022-23 annual report 
In our most recent annual report, we look back at some of our most memorable moments, share inspirational stories about members making a difference, and learn from donors why they contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
Start planning your 2025 Programs of Scale application
Programs of Scale grants support longer-term, high-impact programs led by Rotary members. Rotary members who are leading evidence-based programs that are ready to grow are encouraged to submit concept notes by 1 August 2024. Get information on how to apply on the Programs of Scale page or by attending one of these Program of Scale webinars.

23 February: Creating Partnerships for Success
  • 08:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), for English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers. Register.
  • 16:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), for English, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin speakers. Register. 
21 March: Programs of Scale Competition: Insights and Tips for Applying
  • 08:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), for English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers. Register.
  • 16:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), for English, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin speakers. Register. 
Note that the difference in the offset from UTC between the first and second webinar is a result of the switch to daylight saving time in the U.S. Use this time zone converter to get the local time for your city.
Find candidates for the Rotary Peace Fellowship
Applications are now open for the 2025 Rotary Peace Fellowship. If you know any peace and development leaders in your community, encourage them to apply for a fully funded master’s degree or professional development certificate at one of our Rotary Peace Centers around the world. The possibilities include our newest center in Istanbul, Turkey. You can also use the referral form to tell us about potential candidates.

Since 2002, more than 1,700 peace fellows have trained at Rotary Peace Centers. They now work in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and development roles in more than 140 countries. Follow the Rotary Peace Centers’ Facebook page to learn more, or write to

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 chairs, district Rotary Friendship Exchange chairs, district International Service chairs, Rotary Action Groups officers, Fellowship officers, and  district Rotary Foundation chairs. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. 
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