Community Service is one of the most important avenues of our club. That’s why we divided this service into 2 teams with 6 members each.
Community Service – Heath and
Community Service – Literacy and Basic Education
Within these two community services, our members find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
In the Heath Community Service, we work closely with the health professionals, medical university managers as well as with specialist associations who are usually dedicated and focused on a certain subject. Besides, we also cooperate with other Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in Istanbul, Turkey, and/or abroad. The projects can be large or small depending on our fundraising capabilities at that time for a project. The project subjects could be purchasing medical equipment, laboratory supplies, or providing training to the staff, etc.
Our Literacy and Basic Education Community Service team opens literacy courses for the adults, provides books and library furniture to schools, renovates school rooms to create new library rooms, and repairs the school buildings.
In addition to providing scholarships to some students, we also provide scholarship students with training on a variety of topics from Rotarians, who are experts in their fields, during the brunch events we hold twice a year. We also try to create job opportunities for our scholarship students after graduating from their universities, and support them to find a good job.
Rotary's programs for students and young people can change the lives of those participating in the programs. Through the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and programs such as Rotaract and Interact, young people can earn scholarships, travel culturally, or help the community through a service project.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for youth leaders of the community. Young people selected for their leadership potential to participate in a seminar organized by us to discuss and develop leadership skills through practice. During the 2-day seminar, Rotary member presenters demonstrate the importance we attach to young people and offer an effective educational experience for young potential leaders. The content of this program is at the forefront of encouraging youth leadership and appreciating young people serving their communities.
RYLA enables our Rotary Club to acknowledge the service of youth to the community while exposing a large number of young people, their families, and peer groups to the Rotary ideals of service. This program opens the visions of young leaders, offers them enhanced leadership techniques, and helps prepare them for future participation in Rotaract and Rotary clubs.
A Rotaract club is an organization sponsored by a Rotary club. Consisting of young people aged 18 to 30 years. It aims to provide its members in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual assistance, the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and methods to promote the development of their personality, taking into account the social needs of the community and to work for good relations between people.
Rotaract helps young people:
•Increase their professional competence and leadership skills;
•Respecting the rights of others and recognize the value of each;
•Recognize the dignity and importance of all useful occupations and consideration as a means of action within society;
•Accept, observe and promote high ethical standards as a basis for any professional activity;
•Appreciate and understand the needs, problems, and potential of the community and other countries;
•Lead, in individual or collective action in the public interest favoring local or international agreement.
Interact Club is Rotary International's service club for young people aged 12 to 18. Interact clubs are generally sponsored by a Rotary club or clubs, which provide support and guidance. However, they are self-governing and self-supporting. Each year, an Interact club completes at least two community service projects, one of which features international understanding and goodwill. Interact helps students develop leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others, understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advances international understanding and world peace. Interact is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs in Rotary, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, and with more than 200,000 members.
Vocational Services encourages promotes and awards the highest ethical standards in all occupations with regard to an organization or business owners or managers and employees while pursuing fair treatment to all concerned. The members of this committee recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just their own, and encourage each other to contribute his vocational talents and experiences to the problems and needs of society. The Vocational Services committee opens profession learning courses to teach professions to those who are in need.
International Service Projects Committee is in the center of Rotary's aim in promoting peace and understanding globally. This service committee works by sponsoring or volunteering in international projects, while finding partner clubs abroad.
Club Service focuses on strengthening friendship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. This committee promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. This involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.
In addition to the above service avenues, our club has two more committees, Namely, Corporate Relations, and Membership.
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