The Rotary Club of Corpus Christi is one of 34,000 clubs worldwide that make up Rotary International. Our mission of “Service Above Self” is not limited to South Texas and the Coastal Bend as our club is very active in making a difference in the world. Rotary International’s six (6) areas of focus are: 1) Promoting Peace; 2) Fighting Disease; 3) Providing Clean Water; 4) Saving Mothers and Children; 5) Supporting Education; and 6) Growing Local Economies.
This year’s international project is to raise money to purchase Shelter Boxes and donate these boxes to communities around the world. A Shelter Box is a pre-packaged kit that can provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. See shelterbox.org for more information.
In recent years our club has been focused on helping the people of Honduras as their country continues to recover from Hurricane Mitch. Our club has been a primary sponsor for water and sanitation projects with the Rotary Club of Choluteca, Honduras and has successfully recruited other Corpus Christi area clubs as well as clubs from Alaska to join us as Senior Associate and Associate sponsors.
Rotary also provides various grants and scholarships for non-Rotarians. There are also programs that help foster collaboration with other countries such as the Vocational Training Program. This is a program where a group of professionals (non-Rotarians) travel to another country either to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals about a particular field.
One of the most visible Rotary International campaigns has been the PolioPlus program that is determined to eradicate polio. Rotary has partnered with countries and world organizations to provide vaccinations to children to prevent the spread of polio and put and end to this disease.
Rotarian and Board of Director Alan Wilson is coordinating our club’s international service. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org