international service chairs can
look to their system for ideas on
how to help clubs.
Learn more about how to
connect with resources to
improve projects and global
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international service chair
DID YOU KNOW?
TAP INTO YOUR DISTRICT’S
Clubs looking to enhance the
quality of their global grant projects
now have an extra tool in their kit.
District international service
chairs are being trained to help
clubs develop and implement
global grant projects on a larger
scale by maximizing use of local
Rotary and community member
expertise. Their new roles are part
of a project enhancement initiative
begun by the RI Board of Directors
last year. The initiative’s goal is to
increase the quality, impact, and
sustainability of projects.
To give club projects a boost,
international service chairs now:
Create and maintain a
database of Rotary members
experienced in planning global
Connect clubs with experts to
assist with the grants
Collaborate with district
Foundation chairs, Rotarian
Action Groups, Foundation
Cadre of Technical Advisers,
and program alumni to connect
them with club projects
Help publicize international
CADRES TO THE RESCUE
In 2012, Marcelo Demétrio Haick
of Brazil formed a cadre network,
similar to the project enhancement
initiative, where clubs connect
with experts who help build and
plan good global grant proposals.
Haick, who is also a member of the
Foundation’s Cadre of Technical
Advisers, says District 4420 (Brazil)
was great at fundraising, but clubs
weren’t taking advantage of the
funds to start global grant projects.
“Clubs didn’t know exactly how to
do a global grant when they first
were launched,” says Haick, a past
district governor and a member of
the Rotary Club of Santos-Praia,
São Paulo. “We wanted to not
only aid clubs through the grant
process, but also increase the
number of applications throughout
The cadre network in District
4420 trains about a dozen Rotary
members a year to become experts
and mentors for clubs looking
to do a global grant project.
Clubs submit their global grant
proposal to one of these cadre
members, who have technical
and management experience,
before they officially submit an
application to the Foundation. The
cadre member looks for gaps in the
proposal, reviews the fundraising
plan, and checks compliance with
The district also holds several
daylong workshops throughout the
year where club leaders have the
cadre check their proposals.
“We are not only improving
projects, but we’re teaching club
leaders best practices on global
grants,” said Haick. “Better and
more organized proposals lead to
At least nine Brazilian districts,
out of 38, have implemented
the system. Haick believes
Join with Rotaractors during World Rotaract Week, 13-19 March, to take
action together and show how Rotaract clubs improve communities locally
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to promote Rotary’s programs for young leaders. These new, colorful,
double-sided cards are an easy, yet powerful way to show how you take
action with Rotaract.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 Rotary Peace
Fellowship program. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from
around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
Check out our new, streamlined online application.
Forty-two new regional leaders will prepare for their roles at the Regional
Leaders Training Institute in March, and 32 endowment/major gifts
advisers will hone their skills at the Endowment/Major Gifts Training
Institute in April. Tap into your regional leaders’ expertise.
The new Council on Resolutions will take place in 2017-18. Districts must
select their Council representative by 30 June 2017. In addition, clubs
and districts may submit proposed resolutions by 30 June 2017, for
consideration at the first Council on Resolutions. For more information,
check out the Councils page.
Groups of former Rotary Youth Exchange students, or Rotex, receive their
charters from Rotary International. Contact alumni relations to start the
process of receiving a charter for your group, to gain support and funding
for your projects.
Check out our updated map of Rotary district alumni associations to find
an association in your area.
Marcelo Demétrio Haick conducts a
cadre workshop for members of
District 4420 (Brazil).