Rotary Inter-Country Committees Open Opportunities for Peace


Rotary’s Inter-Country Committees [ICCs] provide additional opportunities for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to meet the challenges of one of Rotary International’s seven areas of service – a combination of international understanding, goodwill, and peace. The ICCs provide help for clubs who are looking for partners for interesting club projects in other countries while developing international networks. The purpose of a Rotary ICC is to increase friendships and intercultural understanding while fostering stronger ties between members, clubs, and districts from different countries while establishing networks across borders.

The Rotary ICC ASEAN consists of 10 ASEAN countries – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. with the latest member being Vietnam. Rotary ICC ASEAN is comprised of over 1,500 clubs with around 42,000 members. As Timor-Leste is part of the ASEAN nations, we look forward to Rotary Clubs there joining the Rotary ICC ASEAN.

The following history was taken from Rotary International’s website:

Create bridges, foster peace and facilitate cooperation between different cultures and nations

“In Rotary we understand that the ultimate goal of all our service is a better and more peaceful world. We do this through the values that we hold, both ethical and cultural, and through the service and peacebuilding projects that we initiate. As ‘people of action’, we inspire others through our service to communities and to humanity.

In 1950, shortly after World War II, some German and French Rotarians met in Strasbourg with a goal of building peace and understanding. Together they made a gamble to emerge from tragedy through intelligence. What resulted from their talks was Rotary’s first-ever Intercountry Committee, or ICC.

Today we have more than 400 ICC relationships all over the world. With their simple and flexible structure, they are helping Rotarians and Rotaractors expand Rotary service, carry out large-scale projects and take an active role in expanding peace.

Consistent with the Rotary International Strategic plan, ICCs provide significant support to all programs of Rotary International and of the Rotary Foundation.

ICCs encourage Rotarians and Rotaractors to visit each other’s countries and homes and to do what Rotary does best, build strong and lasting friendships.

They help increase Rotary membership development by giving value of interest for young people and help setting new Rotary and Rotaract clubs.

To complement all of the international aspects we cherish about our great organization, we must use our ICCs to put into practice Rotary’s message and to build bridges of friendship with clubs and districts from different cultures and nations. For this is how we truly celebrate our differences, overcome our individual biases, and Serve to change lives.”

Please mark 10 September 2022 on your calendars. That’s the date of the 2nd annual RCBUS Bogies for Bali charity golf tournament held at one of the top golf courses in the world, Handara Golf & Resort Bali in Bedugul. Proceeds from this year’s charity golf tournament will support three RCBUS program: water projects in Bali and Lombok, Sewing for Living, and the Long Sam Environmental Program. It includes a BBQ, chipping contest, and an awards ceremony.

Members of RCBUS are friendly people of action. If you are considering joining RCBUS and would like to attend a meeting to see what we are all about, please contact Marion Hook at marion.hook@gmail.com for more information. If you are interested in Rotaract, please include the word Rotaract in your subject line. We meet every 2nd Monday and every last Monday of the month at Wedja Restaurant in Mas. If you would like to join this dynamic group of people from four different continents who love Bali and work to help the people who live here, information to do so can be found at rotarybaliubudsunset.org/how-to-become-an-rcbus-member/

 

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