The Fourth Avenue of Service is perhaps the area in which Rotary is most outstanding. With clubs in 152 countries, Rotary has a unique opportunity to further understanding and world peace through the programs of International Service that include Special International Meetings, International Educational and Cultural Activities, World Community Service and the programs of The Rotary Foundation. All club members should be encouraged to become personally involved in International Service.
INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS of Rotary present opportunities for fellowship and communication links that can last for years. These meetings include the annual Rotary International Convention and The Rotary Peace Forum.
EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE activities include Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges, Rotary Volunteers, and Grants for University Teachers to serve in developing countries. Some of these programs and The Rotary Foundation are described in further detail elsewhere in this publication.
FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGES arranged through district or club officers offer an opportunity to visit in Rotarians’ homes and experience hospitality in another land.
WORLD FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES is a program in which international friendships are fostered through hobbies and common interests, ranging from “ham” radio to chess by mail, golf, travel and yachting. A wonderful way to broaden and enhance a hobby and make friends around the world.
WORLD COMMUNITY SERVICE offers a range of activities through which Rotarians conduct projects to improve lives and meet human needs, promoting international understanding and goodwill by means of material, technical and professional assistance. A local example: eye doctors and dentists from District 5520 flying into remote parts of Mexico to treat adults and children who have neither the means nor availability of such care. Your club can join in such cooperative efforts with a Rotary Club in another country. Humanitarian assistance and development projects aimed at improving the quality of life and providing self help in developing countries are targets for World Community Service, A listing of worldwide projects needing help in fields of health, community assistance and food is available from Rl. Our District has a joint meeting with District 4110, our neighbor district in Mexico, each year. The purpose of this meeting is to match clubs in District 5520 with clubs in Mexico to assist in needed projects in both districts.
WORLD UNDERSTANDING & PEACE DAY is annually celebrated on February 23 as an International event by a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The event has included the President of Rotary International and other Rotary dignitaries. All Rotarians are invited.