HOW TO WORK WITH
ROTARACTORS ON A PROJECT
Maximiliano Toledo began helping
people in his community of
Villahermosa, Mexico, as part of the
Rotaract Club of Tabasco Bicentenario.
The club started by delivering food
to family members waiting outside
of hospitals for loved ones. Then they
did some research about what else
the patients and families needed and
gathered everything necessary to apply
for a Rotary Foundation global grant
to supply a mobile X-ray machine
for the pediatric hospital. All that
remained was convincing their sponsor
Rotary club to get involved with the
“We wanted to do something big to
show them that we could be trusted,”
Toledo recalls. “We told them,
‘Hey guys, we have all the contacts
and everything. All you need to do
The Rotary Club of Villahermosa
agreed. It later partnered with the
Rotaract club on another global grant
project, this one to provide water filter
stations for 35 villages in the Tabasco
region that lacked access to clean
“Doing the global grants helped us
realize how big Rotary is,” says Toledo,
who became a dual member by joining
the Rotary Club of Villahermosa in
2017. “Rotary is international. But you
do not always see that if you are not
involved in these larger efforts.”
As a Rotary club member, you have
an opportunity to guide, support,
and work alongside your sponsored
Rotaract club’s members. This builds
their leadership skills, increases their
international understanding, and
serves their communities.
Here are a few tips for partnering with your Rotaract
club and designing outstanding projects together:
• Start with impact. Rotary has six areas of focus in which
Rotaractors and Rotarians can contribute to lasting change.
Outstanding projects start when you think big about the impact
you want to make and set your main goal within an area of focus.
If you hope to apply for global grant funding, consult the Areas of
Focus Policy Statements to make sure your project aligns with the
Foundation’s goals for that area.
• Make your project sustainable. Rotary considers a project
sustainable if it produces long-term solutions to problems and
if community members can maintain the outcomes after your
intervention ends. Guide Rotaractors in creating a sustainable
project, including working with the community, encouraging local
participation, providing training, buying equipment and supplies
locally, and finding local funding. Download the Areas of Focus
Project Ideas to learn more. To plan a project, first understand the
needs and strengths of the community by completing a community
• Document and share your success. Throughout the project,
document and share your progress and success. Join or start a
conversation in a discussion group on My Rotary, find support
for a project on Rotary Ideas, and share your project on Rotary
Showcase to inspire others and promote Rotary’s work to improve
communities around the world.
Nominate your club for an award
Does your sponsored Rotaract club
already have an outstanding project?
Nominate it for a 2018-19 Rotaract
Outstanding Project Award!
Rotary clubs: Work with Rotaract clubs
as partner organizations when you
plan a global grant.