The District Service Resource Committee (DSRC) is organized around Rotary‚Äôs six areas of focus. By combining service for both international and community projects under the same areas of focus it is hoped that clubs will apply some of  the same best practices and lessons learned from international projects to the planning and execution of local community service projects. Though cultures may be very different, the needs of the people are often the same and a successful community service project will share many of the same characteristics of a successful international project including accountability, cultural appropriateness, encouraging self-reliance and sustainability, developing a champion for the project and/or a support group in the community and adopting a more holistic approach to the needs of the community is important. Rotary should become a catalyst for change, we need to encourage clubs to offer a hand up and not just a hand out approach to community needs. This is sensible service above self.
 
The six RI Service Areas of Focus are:
Water and Sanitation- Heidi Rickels heidirickels@gmail.com and Joshua Knight Joshua.knight@ghni.org
Disease Prevention and Treatment- Michael Hitchcock mhhitch@aol.com
(Rotarians 4 Mental Health) Bill Farrow whfarrow@gmail.com
Maternal and Child Health- Nan Jarvis johnnan@comcast.net
Economic and Community Development- Carolyn Schrader Schrader407@gmail.com
Basic Education and Literacy- Karen Loeb kcloeb@gmail.com
Peace and Conflict Resolution- Jim Halderman dghalderman2011@comcast.net
(Peace Corp alliance)- Steve Werner steve@stevewernerconsulting.com
 
If any members of your club are interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact one of the committee chairs.
 
Goals of the District Service Resource Committee:
 
1. Communication and Coordination: Between clubs, with other Districts, and with other organizations.
2. Guides and supports:
a. The District can provide clubs with information about themes and directions from RI and contacts with other organizations like IDE, Water for People, etc.
b. We can provide links to webinars and other mentors to help clubs develop projects, set up grants, and develop support.
c. It should be remembered that clubs are the creative energy of Rotary. The ideas for projects, the initiatives and champions for those service projects, some of the seed funding and allocation of resources all begin with the individual clubs
3. Focus efforts and analyze results.
a. With the help of your Rotary District it is hoped that clubs will analyze what projects they are doing and why. Are you incentivizing people to not only fill immediate needs but also influencing their thinking and behavior to actually improve the quality of their lives?
b. Does your club need to focus or prioritize your service projects so that you present to the public a unified signature theme or initiative?
c. In follow-up evaluations, how effective was your project in fulfilling goals?
 
The role and responsibility of our District leadership and its committees: The District Service Resource Committee along with the Grants committee and other District committees can provide clubs with information on what resources are available, how to maximize your investments of time and money in a project, how to connect you with other people who have experience with similar projects or who have expertise in specific areas of the world or areas of focus.
 
The role and responsibility of the clubs is to provide the District with information about what projects your club is doing, and what resources and volunteer time you are devoting to these services. We also encourage clubs to critically consider the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of programs they are doing and when appropriate ask the leaders in the District for help and guidance. Together we can do a better job.
 
Rotary has the potential to become a vanguard and an example to the world in the service to others both here and abroad.