What club accomplishments are you the most proud of?
Students at a middle school in Les Cayes, Haiti, study in the library where local Rotarians donated text books. Rotarians helped improve access to education, feed the hungry, and conduct other service projects during the 2010-11 Rotary year. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
Rotarians in Alamo, California, USA, partnered with District 2980 (India) last Rotary year to provide computers, software, lab equipment, and hygiene facilities for as many as 5,000 schoolchildren in Tamil Nadu through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.
"Their joy was our joy," says Vishwas More, a member of the Rotary Club of Alamo. "We were delighted and happy to see the children benefit."
During the 2010-11 Rotary year, Rotarians took part in local and international service projects, launched initiatives to increase membership, and held signature events in their communities. Members of RI's official LinkedIn group recently shared the club accomplishments they were the most proud of.
Jim Cunningham, a member of the Rotaract Club of Chicago Southland, Illinois, USA, mentioned his club’s partnership with Feeding Children Worldwide to provide 2,160 meals for orphans in Mexico. "The rice, soy, and dehydrated vegetables fortified with vitamins came unpacked, and our members weighed, bagged, and boxed the food," says Cunningham.
Other club accomplishments included:
- The Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset, California, held its annual dance marathon, Dance for the Children, to benefit PolioPlus. "Nearly two-thirds of the money donated came from outside Rotary, such as friends and family," notes club member Mel Powell. Through Facebook, the club shared its idea with Rotarians in the United Kingdom and Sweden who are planning similar events, with the idea of eventually creating a worldwide dance marathon for polio.
- The Rotary Club of Paterson, New Jersey, adopted one of the poorest schools in its district and brought teachers’ supplies, children's coats, art projects, and gardening projects on Dr. Seuss Day. Club members also read to the children. "We have had a long-term relationship with these children," notes Bonnie Sirower. "Many of them live in the projects. The children have so few opportunities."
- Members of the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium, Ontario, Canada, provided supplies for a girls’ school in Uganda and held their annual Scotch Nosing fundraiser for PolioPlus. Attendees who donated US$125 to End Polio Now received a multicourse dinner and the opportunity to sample various brands of single malt Scotch whisky.
- Members of the Rotary Club of St. George, Utah, installed wood-burning stoves for villagers in Guatemala to replace open-pit fires, part of an ongoing international project that has provided more than 75 stoves.
What club accomplishments from the 2010-11 Rotary year are you particularly proud of? Share them in the comments section below.