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International Service
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
 
Advancing world understanding and peace, is expressed in the fourth part of the Object of Rotary. International Services is the impetus for numerous service efforts and other cooperative ventures among Rotarians from different parts of the world through club-to-club contacts, international service projects, peace programs, and cultural and educational exchanges. International Service has a long-standing, close collaboration with the United Nations and many of its member agencies.  Every year the anniversary of the founding of Rotary, 23 February, is celebrated as World Understanding and Peace Day.
 
International Services is involved in a variety of programs across the world.
District Humanitarian Trip
 
Each year the District organizes a trip to a country in need of Rotary’s support to partner with local Rotarians in the destination country in performing service projects which benefit the needs of the destination country.  Past destinations include Columbia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.  The service projects have included wheelchair distribution, water and farming projects, schools and health clinics, and vocational programs.
 
Global Grants
Through our donations to the Rotary Foundation, money is available to work with other Clubs outside the U.S. in developing and executing humanitarian projects.  In the past, our Club has used this money to provide clean and reliable sources of potable water to an identified small town in Thailand, make corrective surgeries available to victims of polio, allow former drug addicts to achieve gainful employment and many others.
 
Global Grant Scholarships
Further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Since 1937 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 countries have studied abroad under this program.
 
World Peace Scholarship
Advance research, teaching, publication, and knowledge of issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding.