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Overview - International Service
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International Service - The Fourth Avenue of Service

...through active support of projects and programs that make the world a better place to live.  Start a new World Community Service Project.  Participate in one of Rotary’s excellent exchange programs.  Fulfill the dreams and hopes of those in need by participating in the Matching Grants program of The Rotary Foundation.  Follow your Rotary dream for world peace and understanding.


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Some of the New London Rotary International Service Committees


Rotary Foundation Committee
The Rotary Foundation Committee educates the club in the programs of the
Rotary Foundation and promotes donations to the Foundation.

Vocational Training Teams Exchange
The Vocational Exchange Committee assists the district's area coordinator
for Vocational Training in finding homes and transportation for the VTT
team members when they are in the area.

Youth Exchange
The committee seeks out and identifies young people, preferably juniors in
high school who have an interest in and are likely candidates for participation
in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The committee advertises the program
or works with the local schools to identify candidates and then assists the
candidates in submitting applications for the program. The committee also
finds homes for Youth Exchanges students who come to our area for study.

Gift of Life
The Gift of Life Committee identifies opportunities for making a "Gift of Life"
through transplant or medical intercession within our local community or, when
the opportunity arises, to someone from another country when medical care is
not available in the other country. We have initiated a bone marrow donor
drive and cover the cost of testing for donors in order to build the national and
international marrow donor bank. The committee arranges for the collection of
blood samples at the same time and through American Red Cross blood drives.
The primary responsibility of the committee is to promote the marrow drives
through flyers, press releases, etc.

Ambassadorial Scholars
The Ambassadorial Scholars Committee generates an awareness of Ambassadorial
Scholarships at local institutions of higher education.

Matching Grant Program
The Matching Grant Program Committee investigates, identifies and proposes
humanitarian project opportunities suitable for RI's matching grant program.
Through this program NL Rotary provides financial assistance for the humanitarian
program or project and monitors program/project's progress through ongoing
contact with host Rotary Club. The grants proposed follow the criteria
required for a matching grant from Rotary International. If appropriate, apply for a
Miller Grant to assist in this effort.



The New London Rotary Club and the International Committee hosted a Rotary Exchange Student, Francisco (Pancho) Bobadilla, from Santiago, Chile from August through December.


The International Committee also organized a community talk on Refugee Resettlement, welcoming over 100 community members to hear a presentation by Chris George of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), New Haven, in October, 2015. The International Committee chose to support the resettlement of two Syrian families in New London along with Start Fresh, a community based group of volunteers.


Finally, the International Committee wrote a District Managed Grant proposal this year to join with other local Rotary Clubs (Montville, Mystic, Niantic, Stoningtons) to produce a project in Baste village, outside of Mumbai, India. This project created 30 individual toilet structures for 30 families chosen on the basis of need, size, commitment to the project, and women and girl members.