Rotary is an international service organization with chapters and projects all around the world. The Rotary Club of Woodstock continues to be involved in doing good in the world. Our international involvement has taken us to South America, Africa, Israel, and Europe. Not only do we have a long history of annually sponsoring international students for a year’s study and culture program right here in Woodstock, we have also sent our own students abroad through the Rotary Student Exchange Program.
Our International Service Projects have shared work in Senegal (Cervical Cancer screening in rural areas), Uganda (Women’s Health projects as well as food and sanitation work in the two refugee camps), Kenya (Water and Literacy projects), Guatemala (Literacy Projects and Dental Rays Initiatives), Argentina (Youth Wheelchair Project), Ecuador (Farm Project), and Shelter Box Project.
For more information on our International projects click here.
The Rotary Club of Woodstock supports Rotary International’s work to eradicate polio. This work has been going on for more than 35 years. The goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
Every year, the Rotary Club of Woodstock sponsors several high school students to participate in RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a training program for leaders and potential leaders. As a RYLA participant, the students attend an all-expense paid, three-day camp. For more information click here.
Peace in one of the major areas of focus and work in Rotary. Every April, the club sponsors an essay contest for 7th graders on peace. The specific topic varies every year, but the foundation is about how these students understand, live and promote peace. The top three essays from each school receive a cash award.