Rotary is an amazing organization!
It is large enough initiate and lead the effort to eradicate polio throughout the world (almost there!) and send Shelter Boxes to disaster areas around the world to provide shelter for those in desperate need. It works to clean up the water supply in many impoverished parts of the world to save lives and improve the economy, provides free mosquito nets to fight malaria, provide free wheelchairs and send in teams to do free cleft lip and palate surgeries for those who otherwise would not have access to the services. Also provides micro loans to women in poverty areas to help them establish their own businesses, and on and on. It supports youth and professional cultural exchange programs to promote peace and understanding among people of the world and sponsors university degree programs to prepare people to work for world peace and goodwill.
The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club currently is partnering with the Sunrise Club in Lima, Peru, to provide inexpensive but highly effective water filters for families around Lima who currently get their drinking water from unsafe irrigation ditches and other unsanitary sources. We are now in the second round of RI grant programs which, so far, will be providing safe drinking water to some 5,000 children and adults.
Nearer home the Rotary District organizations combine the resources of local clubs to provide hands-on participation in Rotary International programs like those above, sponsor student and business exchange programs, conduct District and regional training and service projects, and so forth. Each year our club sponsors two local high school students for Camp Neidig, a youth leadership development weekend for students throughout our district.
Locally, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club partners with other service organizations like the YMCA, Ivins House, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army in community service. Also partners with the schools to provide I Like Me personalized reading books for kindergartners, Student Dictionaries for third graders, student service recognition awards and a unique Leadership Academy within the Morrisville High School. Conducts an annual Easter Egg Hunt for the community, sells food and refreshments at local events, puts on semi-annual Gourmet Breakfasts, sponsors semi-annual annual Carnivals and so on.
Rotary is nothing without its members and community support. So please look around this web site to find out more about Rotary and how you can make a difference.