How We Serve
International Service Committee
Committee Chairs: Cynthia Villis, Kathleen Roche-Tansey
Meets: First Wednesday of the month, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Harry’s Bar
(Date is subject to change. Members, please confirm with committee chair)
La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self is channeled through the Avenues of Service, which offer club members a framework for following their passion and implementing projects that have a positive impact locally and globally.
International Service is a channel developed by Rotarians to facilitate and promote international understanding, goodwill and peace. Following are examples of projects that our International Service Committee is proud to undertake to improve quality of life and enhance education around the world.
Afghanistan: One of LJGT’s longest-standing and most enduring partnerships
Rotary projects: Each year LJGT improves the quality of life in Jalalabad through projects with the Rotary Club of Jalalabad and other partner organizations on the ground there.
San Diego~Jalalabad Sister Cities: One of San Diego's 16 Sister Cities organizations, SD~Jalalabad focuses primarily on educational and medical projects in partnership with Nangarhar University and its medical school. Other partners include the US Department of State and USAID.
Computer Lab: Ixil high school and elementary school students interact over lessons in their culture and language in a computer lab with connectivity sponsored by LJGT.
Project Educare: Support leadership training project for students from rural areas, now at Campuchon College.
Global Grant: Work in progress to create a prevention and treatment clinic for HIV/AIDS in Ubud, Bali.
Mexico: One of LJGT’s longest-standing and most enduring partnerships
Children's Hospital in Tijuana: Once each year a special project or purchase is selected to improve the quality of care to child patients served at the Tijuana Children’s Hospital. LJGT Rotarians are welcome to participate in ceremonies or work parties as they occur.
Ensenada Escuela Primaria Centenario de la Revolucion: This school for grades 1-6 opened two years ago for a high population area in East Ensenada. The area houses low income families of which 192 children attend the school in year 2010/2011. La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club provided school supplies, sports equipment and restroom supplies for the children.
Surgery with MOST: For many years, LJGT Rotary member Dr. Dennis Bucko has performed pro bono consultations and reconstructive surgeries on children with cleft palates in Mexico.
SD Zoo visit: Each year LJGT Rotarians host school children from Mexico for a day at the zoo, including lunch.
Donkey, yak or nak: Working with an on-the-ground NGO and The Esel Initiative, LJGT Rotary annually funds one donkey, yak or nak (female yak) for a widow with children in the Himalayas.
Clean Drinking Water Filtration Plant: This is a district grant project involving a partnership with RC Pune Sports City, Pune, India (District 3131). The project will install a drinking water filtration plant for an underprivileged community in Jhang, Pakistan. The plant will produce 3,000 liters of drinkable water per hour. The purified water, stored in tanks for delivery will benefit 35,000-40,000 residents in the area. Door-to-door delivery of drinking water will be implemented (through a donkey cart system).
Philippines and Guatemala
Providing much-needed surgery to the poorest communities: Healthcare workers are brought in from America and conduct two weeks of surgery three times/year. Approximately 150 major and 150 minor procedures are completed each trip.
Literacy Program: Pre-school reading club for the young children of Caro Hills, one of the poorest townships near Durban. The children will gather to read along with video instruction.
The Professional Scholarship Program: Established in 2008 to overcome the shortage of trained professionals in the medical and health-care fields. By contributing to a scholarship, one qualified Tibetan refugee now living in India or Nepal will be able to obtain professional education and then serve their community.
Rotary Scholars, Kroc School of Peace Studies: Rotary Scholars enrolled in the MA program in Peace and Justice Studies at USD’s Kroc School of Peace Studies are either hosted by LJGT as a Host Club, or are sponsored to LJGT events or activities. Occasionally these funds are used for special purchases like a laptop that the Scholar can take home to his or her country of origin, or special training or travel within the US.
Non-Rotary Scholars, Kroc School of Peace Studies: Students in the MA program in Peace and Justice Studies at USD’s Kroc School of Peace Studies are introduced to Rotary through District 5340 events and activities, including District Assembly, District Conference, Rotarians at Work Day and other venues. These funds cover the cost of and/or travel to events, where students interact with D5340 Rotarians.
Somali Sewing Project: Women in City Heights, most of whom are refugees from Somalia, learn sewing skills and enjoy interaction with each other and LJGT Rotarians. LJGT Rotarians with special skills in sewing, tailoring, embroidery, obtaining fabric and other sewing materials, and/or sales are encouraged to participate.
UCSD International Café: International students at UCSD interact with LJGT Rotarians, and UCSD Rotaractors (and each other) once a year during this hosted lunch.
USD Rotaract International Service: USD Rotaract students are mentored in International Service projects and activities by ISC members.