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Rotary joins International Week of Service

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Rotary is partnering with other service organizations to inspire volunteers around the world to participate in International Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. 

Each year, Rotary members around the world log 16 million volunteer hours on projects on an international scale and in their own back yards.

Information and resources for the event can be found at

Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Y’s Men International, Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.

  1. Rotary members around the world dedicate millions of hours to volunteer projects each year. 

  2. Rotarian Sharron Newton of Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore, Louisiana, USA, installs partitions in the Miramon Center, a transitional men's facility in Slidell, Louisiana. The center mentors and empowers men as they work on their goals, assisting them with the necessary resources, referrals, and linkage needed to move toward self-sufficiency and independence. 

  3. Tayyaba Gul, a member of the Rotary Club of Islamabad (Metropolitan), Pakistan, runs a Rotary-funded health center in Nowshera, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where a team of community-based vaccinators work in neighborhoods within tribal border regions among ethnic Afghan refugees. 

  4. Led by 1991-92 Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, a team of Indian doctors and Rotarian volunteers performed 351 surgeries over 10 days at University Hospital Center of Kigali and Rwandan Military Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda.

  5. Rotarian mentor Oh Je Kwon shows students Seol Rim Kim and Sun Tak Kwon how to plant seeds in the dirt in the greenhouse at Andong Young-Myeong Special Education School in Andong, Korea. Rotarians provided school with horticultural facilities and a vocational training program for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and emotional disabilities. 

  6. Korean and Mongolian Rotarians worked together on Keep Mongolia Green, a project designed to counter desertification and erosion caused by in part by overgrazing of livestock in Mongolia. The five-year project involved planting more than 250,000 trees, building infrastructure, and providing training for local farmers. 

  7. Dr. Gerardo Molina, of the Rotary Club of San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, at a Caritas mobile health clinic in General Zaragoza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Rotary clubs paid for medical equipment and several mobile units for Caritas.

  8. Members of the Rotary Club of Pilar Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, pack personal hygiene kits for the Clean Hands project, which teaches hygiene practices and disease prevention to young children. 

  9. Rotarians helped renovate and reopen more than a dozen social service facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, USA, in 2005.

  10. Dan Geddert, of the Rotary Club of Kamloops West, British Columbia, Canada, teaches children at the Akha Training Centre in Mae Suai, Thailand. Rotarians from Australia, Canada, Thailand, and the United States have volunteered at the center.

  11. Rotary members built a new baseball field at Matsuzaki Elementary School in Ofunato, Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

  12. Rotarian Chi Soo Shin, middle, and the Rotary Club of Andong-Central, Andong, Korea, provided Andong Young-Myeong Special Education School with horticultural facilities and a vocational training program for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and emotional disabilities.

  13. The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Guatemala Sur have expanded Misionaros del Camino, an orphanage in Sumpango, Guatemala. Members visit children and helped build dorms and a neurological clinic.

  14. Rotary members join ShelterBox response teams and the Royal Gurkha Rifles to distribute shelter kits after a 2015 earthquake in Nepal. 

  15. Amelia Ward (center), of the Rotary Club of Redding, California, USA, teaches students from Escuela Preparatoria in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico. Volunteers from United States Rotary clubs joined members of the Rotary Club of Bahia de Jaltemba-La Peñita, high school students, and their parents for a week renovating the school. 

  16. In Puebla, Mexico, the Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM), supported by Rotary, employs people with disabilities to design, build, and repair wheelchairs, recumbent tricycles, and custom wheeled devices, which it sells at low cost to disabled people throughout the state of Morelos

  17. Rotarian  Juan Carlos Botran and a child play playce soccer in the front schoolyard of Rancho Alegre school. Rancho Alegre is one of nine schools in Sumpango, Guatemala, Rotary members helped the school receive clean water filters for the classrooms, new handwashing stations, latrines, septic tanks and drainage systems, and a new kitchen.

  18. Fatoumata Diabate with the Grand-Bassam Rotary Club, assists a health worker as he marks a baby's finger after administering polio vaccine during a National Immunization Day in the village of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoir, Africa.

  19. Four Rotarians, including Jason Browne, traveled across the United States in 2015 on the Rollin' With Rotary tour performing random acts of kindness

  20. Family members of Rotary club members help pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.

  21. Rotarian Rita Villanueva and Alex, a 7-year-old burn patient at the Clinica del Nino Sano: Borrando Huellas, play. The Rotary Club of Guatemala Metrópoli helped expand the burn facility’s treatment of children. 

  22. Rotarian Estuardo Rosales Miron (middle) meets with members of the community of Chipastor, Guatemala, where residents dug across four and a half miles (7 km) of a steep mountainside to install a gravity-fed water system.

    Becky Maynard/ShelterBox