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Rotary International says, “We are neighbors, community leaders and global citizens uniting for the common good and taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”
According to Rotary International, the mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs.
The International Services Committee assists the club in developing programs that promote understanding and good will among Rotarians and among peoples throughout the world. The Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self,” conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more that 1.2 million members.  International service projects promote strong fellowship among Rotarians worldwide while helping the poorest of the poor.
Committee members identify potential projects by attending a Rotary Project Fair typically offered annually in Ghana, Uganda, England, Ecuador, Colombia, Belize, and Peru, as well as by receipt of requests for project support from other clubs, individuals, and organizations.
International Committee Goals 2017-18
Projects developed internally in RC Reno or the International Committee will have higher priority than requests for funds that come from outside the club.
The committee will focus on three Rotary Areas:
  • health and disease prevention & treatment
  • maternal & child health
  • water/sanitation
Projects that fall in other areas of focus will be considered, but will not have as high a priority.
Start-ups will receive higher priority, as well as projects that have a larger impact.
The committee will seek to leverage club funds by partnering with other clubs & organizations to increase the impact of our funds, including hands-on involvement by Club members.
The committee will
• Advocate for maximum use of district level “share” allocations to current projects.
• Serve as mentor to smaller clubs in D5190 interested in global grants.
• Take into consideration project sustainability and local involvement.
Projects supported by RC Reno:
Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi
Panama Special Needs Orphanage
WASH Honduras Clean Water
Lebanese School for the Blind and the Deaf
SPARSH Hospice