November is Rotary Foundaton Month
November is Rotary Foundaton Month


My job as District International Service Chair is to:  "Help District 5420's clubs plan impactful service projects and design global grants of higher quality and greater scale."  At the recent International Convention in Atlanta I attended excellent breakouts. One of the best was, "Service Projects:  Is What You Are Doing Worth It?" had the following synopsis:  "The service continuum goes from nice to important to essential.  Too often clubs do nice projects because they haven't developed effective criteria for determining what they should do." They suggested evaluating projects with the following criteria, each criteria rated on a 1 to 10 scale.
  • Is there a need?
  • Are there adequate club resources?
  • Is there a club champion?
  • Does it have club buy-in?
  • Does it have PR value?
  • Does it fit in the club's vision statement?
  • Will it be fun?
  • How to rank it on nice-important-essential?
  • Is it measureable?
  • Is it in an Area of Focus?
  • How many people are affected?
  • Does it have long-term effects?
  • Is it easy?
  • Is it wanted?
  • Does it have a return on investment?
  • Is there a downside?
  • Will it be hands-on?
  • Is there community involvement?
  • Are there funding opportunities?
  • Is it sustainable?
  • Is it scalable?
  • Is there a duplication of effort?
  • Are there partnership opportunities?
If more than one club is involved with a project, as with a Global Grant, the answers to some questions need to be rated for both host club and international club...both need a champion, both need club buy-in, etc.
If you consider these questions as you select and develop your projects they will be more impactful and more sustainable.


Please ask me to meet with you as a club officer, with the appropriate project committee, or with your club as a whole, to consider your plans for an international project/partnership during 2017-18.


District International Service Chair Jerry Summerhays.


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