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International Service

International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to PolioPlus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.

Buttons for Trade Aid

Button Sorting in Action

Trade Aid is a Rotary charity which helps local people restart their lives after devastating floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. The University of the Third Age (U3A) and the Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday Breakfast have set up a joint project to play their part.

They are collecting used buttons, zips and flat irons to send to Trade Aid. To help sort the buttons, they enlisted the help of the 7th Rugby (Bilton) Hurricane Beaver Colony. The colony members thoroughly enjoyed a task. It also helped them to earn a badge for charity work.

Joe Homan

John Dugmore

The Joe Homan Charity brings Joy and Hope to Children who are growing up in poverty in India and Thailand. For many years, Southam 2000 have sponsored two youngsters through the Joe Homan home where they are educated and taught skills to prepare them for careers to help them out of poverty.

Eye Hospital India

Peter Taylor

For many years, Southam 2000 has supported the construction and maintenance of Giridih Eye Hospital which provides operations, restoring sight to 1000s of women and men in this rural area of india.

Rotary Volunteers project update

Rotary volunteers at work

Due to extreme economic pressures, the Rotary Foundation was forced to cut the Volunteer Service Grant funds, March 2009 bringing many volunteer programmes to a grinding halt. We were desperate that the Kilimambogo Dental Clinic, Kenya, would not become one of these programmes doomed to fail because volunteers could not afford to travel and give a month’s service to this successful project. 

Around the Clubs in December


A lovely story from the Birmingham club’s January newsletter from Douglas MacDonald

Whilst on duty at the Sleigh before Christmas a man placed some coins in my collecting tin and then said “are you the same Rotary as the one which ran the Training Centre in New Canal Street in the 1980s”. I was pleased to confirm his belief and he then explained that having been made redundant he had taken a course in metalwork at the Training Centre subsequently gaining full employment until his recent retirement.

District 1060 Topics for December

RIBI Health and Safety and Insurance policies: a new 57-page document sets out the organisation’s Health and Safety Policies. Below is a five-point précis that should clear up the entire H & S issue. The full document is available on request from Alcester or on line on the RIBI web site.

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