Week 34 – Five things you might not know about Rotary

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


1. On 23rd February Rotary International celebrates its 114th anniversary!   For 114 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.


Polio immunisation in India


2, PolioPlus   Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio.  Rotary members have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio. As of June 2018, Rotary had spent more than $1.8 billion toward global polio eradication,


Rotary in Sherborne obtained global grants to build a bridge in Malawi and save children’s lives


3. Global grants. Global grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable,  measurable results that support Rotary’s six areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. Since 2013-14, the Rotary Foundation has awarded 5,677 global grants totaling $332.1 million.


Sherborne Scouts with the new van part funded by Rotary district grant

4. District grants.
District grants support small-scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission. Since 2013-14, the Foundation has awarded 2,466 district grants totalling $126.1 million. In 2017-18, the Foundation approved 503 district grants, and program awards totalled $27.4 million


5. February is Rotary Peace & Conflict Resolution Month.   In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace.  “Imagine all the people living life in peace”


Consider joining Rotary or make a special birthday gift to The Rotary Foundation today. When you give to the Fund, you empower Rotarians to improve communities close to home and around the globe.

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