DID YOU KNOW? DISTRICT CORNER
PROJECT FAIRS MIX
Sonia Uribe, a member of the
Rotary Club of Nuevo Medellin, in
Antioquia, Colombia, says hosting
a project fair is an effective way to
find an international partner for
your global grant project.
In February, Uribe coordinated
the first Uniendo America Project
Fair in Cartagena. More than 190
Colombian Rotary clubs exhibited
their projects to dozens of potential
“Rotarians in Colombia don’t
necessarily have the resources
to travel the world looking for
international partners. This
created a problem for our
clubs that want to develop the
relationships needed for a global
grant project,” says Uribe, who is a
past governor of District 4271.
“By hosting a project fair, we
brought the global partners to us.”
In addition to giving local clubs
the opportunity to showcase their
projects to potential partners,
these regional events also enable
visitors to shop for projects that
meet their clubs’ requirements.
But for a project fair to succeed,
Uribe says, it must include a
balance of business and pleasure.
Participants want to socialize and
enjoy the host country’s cultural
attractions as well as find Rotary
project partners, she points out.
“You must make the event
attractive to international visitors.
In our case, and in most of Central
and South America, we schedule
our fairs during the cold months
in North America. The 2017 fair
will be in February. People want
to travel to warm destinations
during this time,” Uribe says. “The
project fair, offering friendship
and fellowship, is the reason
international visitors come.
Cultural attractions and vacation
packages are the reason they stay.”
Robert Atta, a member of the
Rotary Club of Accra, Ghana,
has been involved with the West
Africa Project Fair since its start
in 2002, serving as chair in 2011.
He says that clubs and districts
must display projects that are
interesting, and present them in
an attractive format. Atta also
says that after the fair, it’s vital for
exhibitors to stay in contact with
visitors to their project booth.
“[Exhibitors] need to be patient.
It takes a long time to raise funds
and build relationships,” Atta says.
OTHER TIPS INCLUDE:
Make sure your project fair
won’t conflict with official
Rotary activities and holidays.
Develop a program that is
simple and that provides ample
time for participants to meet
and discuss their projects.
opportunities so attendees can
share project experiences.
Take visitors to project sites to
provide firsthand experience.
Host afternoon and evening
fellowship activities, and leave
one evening free for attendees
to explore the local area.
Learn more about project fairs
The 2016-17 Official Directory is now available
online and as a downloadable PDF. In both
cases, you must be a Rotary member logged on
through your My Rotary account to access it.
The directory will no longer be printed or available
in full on CD, but a smaller, spiral-bound version
containing select information will be available for
$10 by contacting email@example.com and
also at One Rotary Center.
Regional leaders can help support and strengthen your clubs, focus and
increase your humanitarian service, and enhance your public image. Reach
out to these experts to help you apply for and raise funds for a Foundation
grant (regional Rotary Foundation coordinators); to chart a strategy
for engaging your members (Rotary coordinators); to create marketing,
branding, and communication plans (Rotary public image coordinators);
and to generate major gifts (endowment/major gifts advisers).
Find your regional leaders.
Own a piece of Rotary history. “Doing Good in the World:
The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100
Years” tells the fascinating story of how our Foundation
became one of the world’s leading humanitarian
organizations. Order your copy through shop.rotary.org.
Between April and May, 155 countries and territories around the world
stopped using the trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV), which targets
all three strains of wild poliovirus, and replaced it with bivalent OPV,
which targets the remaining two strains, types 1 and 3. In extremely rare
cases, the weakened virus from the OPV can mutate and spread, causing
vaccine-derived polio cases. The switch from trivalent to bivalent is the
first step in eventually phasing out all OPV. Learn more about the switch
and see a map of which countries have switched.
More than 190 Rotary clubs exhibit their projects at a project fair in Antioquia,
Colombia. Project fairs bring multiple international partners
to a single site to find Rotary clubs to partner with.
OFFICIAL DIREC TORY