Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to work together to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

 

Rotary At A Glance. 

 

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Our work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from giving students a hand up in our own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

 

Rotarians focus their efforts in six areas: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, and Growing Local Economies.

 

Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:

 

 Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries. Our club sponsors the Chimacum High School Interact club; this is their page.

 

 Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.

 Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

 Visiting Training Teams (VTTs) are composed of knowledgeable Rotarians and non-Rotarians who visit other parts of the world to teach new skills or themselves learn new expertise.  

 Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary Clubs sponsor inbound and outbound high school students for year-long or summer exchange programs to develop lifelong leadership skills, learn a new language and culture, and build lasting friendships with young people from around the world. Our Club has participated in this valuable aspect of Rotary for nearly twenty years.

 New Generations Service Exchange. A short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30. Applicants don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.   

 

Membership Snapshot.

 

Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; small business owners, dentists, teachers and school administrators, executives, artists, doctors, college students, all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere. There are 1.2 million Rotarians across the globe, 59 of whom belong to our club.

 

Where: From across the United States, Canada and Mexico to Haiti and Greenland, Nigeria and Singapore, England, Croatia and beyond,  Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.

 

What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities around the world. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. We are currently wrapping up a project in Honduras, have begun to seek another international project, and are looking forward to being involved in a local project over the next several years.

 

Polio Eradication. Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Rotarians will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

In summary, Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting, positive change in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

 

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County meets on Thursdays at noon at the Tri-Area Community Center (10 West Valley Road - plenty of parking) in Chimacum WA. A cafeteria-style meal is served from 11:30 am - noon (lunch $10, salad $7). The meeting starts promptly at noon. Following a brief business meeting and announcements, a speaker, usually drawn from the communities around us, addresses the club and takes questions. The meeting wraps up at 1pm sharp. We encourage guests!

 

Rotarians come from all walks of life. We are friendly, intensely community-minded, engaged, and pointedly non-political. If you're at all interested in a speaker or in Rotary, feel free to walk in and check us out.

 

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