In 1994, two incoming district governors met
at the International Assembly. Robert Zinser
of Germany was interested in population
issues, and Adedolapo Lufadeju of Nigeria
was concerned about his country’s sky-high
Their discussions and collaboration eventually
led them to found one of Rotary’s largest
Rotarian Action Groups, the Rotarian Action
Group for Population and Development
(RFPD), which now has 20,000 members. For
more than 20 years, the group has supported
Rotary members who work in Nigeria to
advance maternal and child health, with
impressive results. Their most recent quality
assurance project is allowing more hospitals
in Nigeria to target the causes of high maternal
“When you start a project, you start generally
and then begin narrowing down to the most
important problems,” says Lufadeju. “By the
time we got to this project, we had narrowed
down what is causing morbidity and mortality.
If you don’t understand what is causing the
problem, you will continue, forever and forever,
to have to solve the problem.”
The RFPD’s success is just one example of
how Rotarian Action Groups help clubs and
districts upgrade their projects. (Read more
about the RFPD in the December issue of
The Rotarian magazine.)
WHY ACTION GROUPS?
Solving the world’s toughest problems requires
focused expertise. Designing a project that
uses the best practices requires specialized
knowledge that your club’s members may not
have. Sustainable solutions must account for
complex realities, including geography, geology,
climate, and local culture.
The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action
Group, for example, has devised guidelines
for planning, and selecting technology for,
projects in the areas of water, sanitation,
and hygiene. It also works with The Rotary
Foundation to field special teams of experts
who work with Rotarians from the start to
assess communities’ needs, support sound
project design, enhance the quality of the
technology used, assist with applying for
grants, and measure impact.
HOW TO WORK WITH
AN ACTION GROUP
An action group can assist you in scaling
up your service project and increasing your
impact. To begin:
View a list of action groups or download
the Rotarian Action Group directory to
find one that works in your field of interest
and can assist with your project.
Consider offering financial or technical
assistance to a project that an action group
is already working on.
Volunteer your own skills and expertise by
joining an action group that works in your
field of interest.
Invite an officer of an action group to speak
at your weekly meeting.
See more details on these groups in the
Rotarian Action Groups annual report.
GO BIG WITH YOUR
Rotarian Action Groups exist to lend their
expertise to club and district projects
To enter The Rotarian’s annual
For all activities to qualify for the
Presidential Citation. Check your
progress through reports in
For preregistration discount
for the 2016 Rotary International
Convention in Korea; online
registration continues at the
To provide names for group
To reserve individual housing
through Rotary’s housing
For Rotaractors to nominate a club
for the Rotaract Outstanding
For district governors to submit
a nomination for the Rotarian
Spouse/Partner Service Award.
For district governors to nominate
a club in their district for the
Significant Achievement Award.
Club presidents, remember to
check progress toward the goals you
have set in Rotary Club Central.
If you need a visa to travel to Korea
for the 2016 convention, contact
the Korean embassy or consulate
serving your country or area as
soon as possible — we recommend
no later than 1 February — to
determine when you should apply.
A medical worker checks a child’s oxygen tube in
Sumaila, Kano State, Nigeria. The oxygen
concentrator was donated as part of a Rotary
maternal and child health project. Photo by Tadej Znidarcic
GRANTS DEADLINES & NOTICES