INTERNATIONAL SERVICE (Director: Orin Abrams)…
International Service is Rotary’s fourth avenue of service. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and promote world understanding and peace.
The aim of International Service in Rotary is expressed in the fourth Object of Rotary; namely, to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Freedom, justice, truth, sanctity of the pledged word, and respect for human rights are inherent in Rotary principles and are also vital to the maintenance of international peace and order and to human progress.
In concept, International Service can be broken down into four general areas as follows:
- World Community Service Programs
- International Educational and Cultural Exchange Activities
- Special International Observances and Events
- International Meetings
The Anaheim Hills Rotary Club’s past International Service projects included: Purchasing and delivering an autoclave unit to a hospital in Jamaica; Bringing more than US$9,000.00 for an AIDS project (education, as well as supplies) to South Africa via the Rotary Club of Edenvale, South Africa; Hosting District Governors/leaders from other countries during their visit to Orange County; Traveling to Chicago, Illinois to actively participate in Rotary’s 100 year/Centennial Celebration Convention which drew over 40,000 Rotarians from all around the world; Being an integral part of, and working with committees involved with, the Rotary International Convention when it was here in Los Angeles, California; Contributing significant sums of money over many years in support of the fight to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth (which will hopefully become a reality within the next two or three years!); Building a house-in-a-day for a desperately poor young family in Mexico; Traveling to Caborca Mexico and walking door to door in villages to administer the oral Polio vaccine into the mouths of children under the age of 5.
The Anaheim Hills Rotary Club, working with several other clubs both within and outside of our home District 5320, participated in a very large project that brought water wells and water storage tanks to arid parts of Mexico, bringing fresh water to thousands of people (500 per well).
AHRC participates in the Water for South Sudan project which has directly benefited over 3,000 people in South Sudan, via the production of water wells that provide safe drinking water. In addition to the Anaheim Hills Rotary Club’s support, the project has received an exceptional level of support from the Rotary Clubs of Anaheim, Placentia and Tustin / Santa Ana North, as well as various Interact Clubs in District 5320. Combined funds raised to date exceed $13,500. Not to mention the $5,000 raised by Interact Governor Heigis in the last Rotary year, which will likely be exceeded this year by the current Interact leadership (amount is unknown at this time).
Clean water is a life essential, which directly relates to all of “Rotary International’s six areas of International Areas of focus.” Without clean water easily accessible to people (water & sanitation), there would be a lack of peace, conflict resolution, disease prevention, maternal & child health. Clean water lends a hand in a healthy life which assists in obtaining basic education. The project brings economic & community development to the people of the villages served by the wells. The people learn to maintain the well for sustainability.
AHRC is also responsible for spearheading a project that put several hundered USB computer thumb drives in the hands of students in the Philippines; a club member and his family traveled to the Philippines to deliver the drives and serval boxes of books destined for school libraries.
And AHRC contibuted to bring clean water collection structures to outlying villages in Myanmar (formerly Burma).
Clearly our reach goes to countries and regions all over the globe.