No matter where her job as a diplomat takes her, Rachel Coupaud knows there will be a Rotary club nearby to welcome her.
Coupaud, currently the minister counselor at the Haitian Embassy in Taiwan, was first introduced to Rotary in Montréal, Canada, at the age of 30.
"I loved the experience. They helped me fit in," she says. "The club exemplified what Rotary is all about: friendship, service, and fun. It was something I was looking for all my life."
When Coupaud returned home to Haiti, she joined the Rotary Club of Port-au-Prince. A couple years later she left for Taiwan and connected with the Rotary Club of Taipei, whose members helped her overcome the language barrier. "I was just lost in translation, lost on the other side of the world," she says of the transition. "And Rotary made it a whole lot easier."
Coupaud appreciates the people, the mentorship, the community service, and the learning. "As Rotary members, we may come together from different countries and cultures, but at a club breakfast, lunch, or dinner we come as one," she says.