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Patricia Kurtz, chair
International Service Committee
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Meets: Second Thursday of each month at 11:15 a.m.  


Our International Service Committee supports Rotary International’s Fourth Object of Service –i.e. the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace --  with its commitment to  expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe through project efforts for the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.   Included also is the support of Rotary International Aid for disaster areas.

Current Goals

To seek and participate in new international projects and partnerships around the world by sponsoring and cooperating in projects in another country, supporting international project partners with projects in their own communities, doing smaller focus area pilot projects in another country, and by personally volunteering at an international project site.  Included also is the support of Rotary aid to emergencies and disasters worldwide.

Recent & Current Projects

  • Global Training Grant aimed at saving thousands of lives of newborn babies in Ethiopia
  • Children's Peace Initiative Project in Kenya
  • District Grant project to provide water well on school grounds for impoverished children in El Transito, Nicaragua
  • District Grant to purchase image equipment for St. Leo's (free) Dental Clinic
  • Donations and hands-on restoration of flooring and covering for reception area at St. Leo's (free) Medical Clinic
  • Literacy Grant for a Title 1 school, Casa de Armistad
  • Participation in Microfinance group program for women through District projects of MRM in Zambia and in Liberia    
  • Participation in Microfinance program of MRM in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Global Grant to set up an Eye Care Centre in Ludhiana, India
  • Adopt-a-Village Global Grant projects in both Kenya and in Uganda
  • Pilot project in community development  via training project for homeless boys in Granada, Nicaragua
  • Global Grant that built 10 sanitation blocks at underserved schools in Ghaziabad, India
  • Pilot project in Gozny, Russia to provide winter clothing for underprivileged families
  • Pilot project to build classroom roof in impoverished area of India, with Club member participating in the building
  • Pilot project with member participation to provide wheelchairs and other equipment for low income seniors in Padada, Philippines


Recent and Current Donations to Rotary International projects for Disaster Aid

  • Shelterbox
  • Haiti Earthquake
  • Philippine disaster

Why Join Us?

We work to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves in other parts of the world.   We seek members who would like to work with other ISC members and participate in Humanitarian Grant projects as well as other Rotary International Service projects undertaken by the committee.  We enjoy fellowship and inspiration at occasional off-site meetings.