Rotary International’s mission is to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” Club Service Projects are key yo accomplishing this mission.
Rotary clubs engage in service projects in thousands of communities all over the world. Rotary club members form a diverse, global network of volunteers united through a common commitment to the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through service.
Representing a cross-section of professionals and business leaders in their local communities, Rotary club members tend to be knowledgeable about the local needs, priorities, customs, and resources that contribute to effective service projects. Effective projects, however, require more than an understanding of the community. They also depend on the club’s ability to effectively evaluate the community’s needs, plan relevant projects, and manage project resources.
Effective service projects do more than just offer a quick fix for problems. The most effective service projects
- Respond to real issues
- Improve community members’ lives
- Incorporate the abilities of those who are served
- Recognize the contributions of all participants as important and necessary
- Are based on a realistic assessment of available resources
- Aim for specific goals and objectives with measurable results
- Build effective networks
- Empower people and communities
To help clubs achieve their Service project goals, Rotary International provides a guide to effective projects.