ROTARY FOUNDATION – SUB-COMMITTEES

Global Education Grant Scholar (formerly Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship)

AH Rotary Club is eligible to submit a candidate for the District 5840 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.  Applications are taken in the fall.  Interviews by AH Rotary Club committee members determine who will be the Club’s candidate.   The next step is for the candidate to be interviewed at the district level.  If our candidate is selected, a member of the Club will serve as the sponsor and work with the Club president to submit the necessary paperwork to Rotary International.  Scholarships are a maximum of $30K and funds, one or two years of post-baccalaureate study at a recognized university in non-U.S. countries in a study discipline that supports the six key focus areas of Rotary and the Mission of the Rotary Foundation.  Club members are encouraged to seek out qualified candidates for the committee’s consideration.     Application and deadlines are provided on the District 5840 website at http://www.rotary5840.org/

Contact:  Marlene Merritt

Vocational Training Teams (formerly Rotary Group Study Exchange)

This committee seeks to promote the Vocational Training Team program of Rotary international.  Committee members are encouraged to seek out prospective candidates and assist with preparing a grant to support a vocational training team (VTT).   The VTT is a group of non-Rotarian professionals and Rotarians who travel to another country either to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals about a particular field.   A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.

Contact:  Stephanie Macchia

Interact

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people between the ages of 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school.  AH Rotary Club sponsors one Interact Club at Alamo Heights High School.  The committee members assist the Interact  Club by providing support and guidance.  The Committee chair keeps the AH Rotary Club apprised of the Interact Club activities and projects such as the annual Flight to the North Pole, where the students host seriously ill children and give them an experience akin to flying to the North Pole to visit Santa.  Since Interact conducts numerous service projects, all Club members have an opportunity to get involved.

Contact:  Frances Trevino

Rotaract

Rotaract’s purpose is to provide young adults from 18-30 years of age the opportunity for service and development of leadership skills.  At this time AH Rotary does not sponsor a Rotaract Club.  Members interested in starting a Rotaract Club at University of the Incarnate Word are encouraged to contact the AH Rotary Club president.

 Rotary Foundation

This committee seeks to inform members about the Rotary Foundation and its various programs that advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.  In the Rotary world, the month of November is especially focused on the Foundation as well as February which is “Have a Heart Month.”  Various forms of recognition pertain to the levels of giving.

The Alamo Heights Rotary Club has always prided itself on having a high percentage of its members who are Paul Harris Fellows or multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  To become a Paul Harris Fellow, minimum of $1,000 is donated to the Rotary Foundation in lump sum or accumulated and attributed to that person’s account over a period of time.  Many members use their birthday as an opportunity to contribute to the Foundation.

Contact: Sid Trawick

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

RYLA is Rotary’s leadership development program for young people, focusing on participants who are juniors and seniors in high school.  RYLA is an annual leadership camp held in January for high school students that are selected by local high schools and sponsored by local Rotary Clubs.  AH Rotary Club assists during the leadership camp by providing volunteers for chaperones, speakers, workshop presenters, advisers, and goodwill ambassadors.  RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.

Contact: Ron Greenberg

Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange students spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a country other than their own.  The AH Rotary Club works with the Rotary District 5840 to help interested outbound student to participate and to help host inbound students for extended home stays or special activities in San Antonio.

Contact:  Rotarians wishing to assist with Youth Exchange should contact the Alamo Heights Rotary Club president