February is designated as World Understanding Month. This month was chosen because it includes the birthday of Rotary International, February 23. During the month, Rotary clubs are urged to present programs, which promote international understanding and goodwill, as well as launch World Community Service projects in other parts of the world.

In the past, the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry was presented with an opportunity to launch a World Community Service project. Together with six other Rotary Clubs from North Idaho, we helped support the purchase of surgical equipment for the Bangalore India Eye Hospital. The Rotary Foundation provided a matching grant of $50,000.  The newly formed Interact Club of Sandpoint was instrumental in the initial funding to support the project.  In addition, Bonners Ferry Rotary has participated in a clean water project in Ecuador.