Our International Service

 

While much of our club’s efforts are focused on supporting and improving the College Park community, we support a number of international service projects, as well.

From our ongoing commitment to the End Polio Project to our support for children’s education in Ethiopia, we are doing our part to help improve the communities and the lives of people we will likely never meet. That is our definition of Service Above Self – something we believe is at the heart of every true Rotarian.

We are pleased that we have provided support of the following international service projects.

Building High School Classrooms in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

As the International Club of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, we, along with our Host Club, the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Arada, sponsored the construction of high school classrooms at the Kalala Learning Village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AdventHealth Global Mission Initiatives was our cooperating partner

Built gradually over 20 years ago, the school at The Learning Village began as a two-room school for 50 students. The school has grown and added a kindergarten program and an elementary school.  In 2015-2016, grades 9 and 10 were added. The Global Grant was to build 11th and 12th grade classrooms so that students could complete high school on the campus. The classrooms are completed and in use beginning in 2021.

Sharing Smiles

The club has supported Sharing Smiles, a program that sponsors surgical teams—comprised of skilled cleft surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, and other volunteers—traveling to Mexico, Central America and South America to provide reconstructive surgery to children in need.

We have assisted by joining other Central Florida Rotary Clubs and supporting Sharing Smiles trips to Mexico, Peru and Bolivia with funds to serve local children and to train local professionals.

Polio Immunization

Ending polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1988 with the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still strikes children mainly under the age of five in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Due to the combined efforts of Rotary, along with many other humanitarian organizations, the number of polio cases has been reduced by more than 99 percent, five million cases of childhood paralysis and 250,000 deaths have been averted.

Club Events

Weekly Club Meeting at Dubsdread Ballroom
Speaker: Robert Bunting, CEO, The Climate Adaptation Center
Topic: Climate Change
December 1st 2022 7:15 am
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Weekly Club Meeting at Dubsdread Ballroom
Speaker: Lenora Spence, Consumer Advocate, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Topic: Consumer Protection from Scams and Fraud
December 8th 2022 7:15 am
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Weekly Club Meeting at Dubsdread Ballroom
Speaker: Christmas Program by the Edgewater High School Chorus
Topic: Merry Christmas from the Rotary Club of College Park.
December 15th 2022 7:15 am
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Upcoming Speakers

Robert Bunting, CEO, The Climate Adaptation Center
Climate Change
Dec 1st 2022 7:15 am
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Lenora Spence, Consumer Advocate, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Consumer Protection from Scams and Fraud
Dec 8th 2022 7:15 am
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Christmas Program by the Edgewater High School Chorus
Merry Christmas from the Rotary Club of College Park.
Dec 15th 2022 7:15 am
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