The object of every Rotarian is to serve their fellowman. This is achieved through a system of “branches” or committees. Each committee sets an agenda to address a particular problem faced by certain countries or peoples.
Here are some examples, of programs run by Rotary, with their respective acronyms.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) This is a one-week residential seminar, which concentrates on developing leadership, self-confidence, dignity and self-respect in 18-24 year olds.
Model United Nations assembly (MUNA) This assembly concentrates on building bridges of goodwill and understanding in the minds of youth as they debate, research and speak of a range of world issues.
Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) This program deals with the incoming and outgoing students from each District to and from other countries over a 12-month period. Very educational and eye opening.
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness. (RYDA) Promotes driver awareness in youth to prevent road deaths.
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Raises money and invests in worthy medical research such as Mental illness, Indigenous health and the provision of scholarships in Rural medicine and Rural nursing.
International Plastic Surgery (Interplast) Undertakes programs of plastic and reconstructive surgery such as cleft palates, severe burns, or other crippling injuries in children an adults from neighbouring countries.
Rotary Youth in Agriculture (RYAG) The various RYAG programmes listed below are developed and run by clubs to provide vocational experience for high school students.
Rotary Aviation Careers Expo (RACE)
Rotary World Community Service (RAWCS) is the body responsible for international services and projects in developing countries. The following committees come under the umbrella of RAWCS:
Rotary Volunteers (Fourth Avenue in Motion or FAIM) Volunteers work with and train local people in developing countries, mainly the South Pacific.
Donations In Kind (DIK) This committee collects, sorts, packs and dispatches goods when and where they are needed.
Pacific Training Aid (PTA) Educates people with skills they can then pass on to their countrymen. Also helps them experience the Australian way of life.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Addresses the prevention and treatment of Malaria through research, education and training.
Adopt A School (AAS) Matches a local school with one overseas to provide school equipment and correspondence.
Safe Water Save Lives (SWSL) Aims at providing clear water to overseas communities by a planned system of water catchment, storage and reticulation and to provide education, tank construction and related health programs.
There are other committees dedicated to various programs, but the above are an example of some of Rotary’s involvement in world and community projects.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Provides several and varied grants and scholarships for local and overseas students and programs.
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