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When Clara Montanez was a student, she never heard the word mentoring. The idea of having a role model help you pursue your ambitions was unfamiliar to her.
"You basically chose your career based on personal interest and hoped you could find a job," says Montanez, senior director of investment for Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. "I went the route of getting married and having children first, and started my career later in life. I had no model for how to do that."
That changed for Montanez the day a friend invited her to join Rotary.
"Frankly, I was dragged into Rotary. I didn't see a connection at first," says Montanez, who's been a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., since 2003. "But then I met several women, including Doris Margolis, who took me under her wing and started mentoring me on how to get more involved. I began seeing the value in having someone I could count on as a mentor, and I have become more of a leader in our club, in my community, and at work."
Rotary's mentoring opportunities motivated Montanez, Rotary's alternate representative to the Organization of American States, to help organize an event for International Women's Day, 8 March. The event, to be held at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, will feature Deepa Willingham and Marion Bunch, both previously honored as Rotary Women of Action. Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones will moderate the event, which will be streamed on World Bank Live.
Montanez says Rotary has given her a platform to mentor young women as they balance career and family, as well as manage the challenge of repaying student loans. According to a recent study by the American Association of University Women, the student loan debt burden weighs more heavily on women because of the persistent gap in pay between women and men.
"I think Rotary has given me access to young people, like Rotaractors, and they are ready to accept guidance because Rotary is a safe place to reach out and get advice," says Montanez.
Similarly, Jackie Huie, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA, recognizes Rotary's mentoring power. In 2007, Huie's club created a program that matches high school juniors and seniors with a mentor in the field they'd like to enter. The program started with 40 students at one high school and has now expanded into schools across the area.
"I got a letter from a girl who came from a poor background, and through the program, she got a chance to meet with an attorney in town," says Huie, president of JohnsonRauhoff, a multimedia company that fosters creative thinking for artists. "It inspired her and gave her confidence to go to school and study law. She got accepted into four law schools and is on her way to becoming an attorney."
Besides the investment in young people's futures, mentoring brings clubs important community recognition. For example, Huie's club has 150 members, a large number for a club that doesn't hold membership drives, she says.
"Everyone in southwest Michigan knows about Rotary," says Huie. "We had a student who wanted to be a CEO for a large corporation. After we arranged for him to meet with the CEO of Whirlpool, his father was so impressed with the whole program that he joined Rotary."
Many of the program's early participants went on to form an Interact club, and there are now more than 200 Interact members at four area schools. Forty of them will travel to the Dominican Republic this summer to install water filters and take part in a medical mission.
"It's important for Rotary to make an investment in young people," says Huie. "My own daughter is in Interact because of my membership in Rotary. I think her world is broader, and she looks at the world differently. We all do, because of what we've learned through Rotary."
Rotary forges partnerships with like-minded groups – from community nonprofits to the United Nations – that make us stronger and more successful at what we do.
Rotary collaborates with international, governmental, and university groups to tackle global humanitarian issues.
- Polio: Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to end polio, along with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Peace and conflict resolution: The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution locally and globally. Rotary Peace Fellows receive a master’s degree or complete a certificate program at one of our six partner universities.
- Water and sanitation: Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to support water and sanitation projects through the RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration.
Rotary’s relationship with the following partners opens the door for Rotarians to work with them directly:
- Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library for literacy
- Global FoodBanking Network for hunger
- Peace Corps for promoting peace
- ShelterBox for disaster relief
- YSA (Youth Service America) for youth involvement
Our strategic partners
Rotary has formed strategic partnerships with the following organizations to offer service opportunities:
- UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
- World Vision
United Nations and Nongovernmental Organizations
Rotary appoints representatives each year to UN bodies and NGOs worldwide. Rotary’s representatives meet regularly with officers and staff from international agencies to:
- Discuss parallel concerns and potential areas for cooperation
- Inform organizations about Rotary’s programs
- Gather information about the developments and programs of other groups
Resources & Reference
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. Their work impacts lives at both the local and
international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a
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.
• 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
• 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.
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;
doctors, artists, small business owners and executives all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects
these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, 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 across the globe. 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.
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. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more
than US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children
against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018
for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary Global Rewards
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