Long Beach Rotary has a commitment to International Service through its ongoing projects in countries around the world. Rotarians not only belong to a local club, but participate in efforts sponsored by the Rotary International organization.
Long Beach Rotary International Service Projects
Angels Night to End Polio Now
In 1985, Rotary International adopted a pledge to eradicate polio for all children in the world. Thirty-five years later, this dreadful disease seems to be restrained in all but two countries in the world. Clubs develop their own events or participate in district-wide events to raise funding. Our club participates in an annual End Polio Now evening at an Angels baseball game, which also includes a chili cook-off competition. It’s great fun and helps raise substantial funds for the End Polio Now efforts internationally.
Golf Tournament for World Peace
This annual springtime tournament is intended to raise awareness and funds for Rotary International’s program for World Peace. This is the fastest day any golfer will face with a shotgun format and a quick, but enjoyable, reception after shooting 18 holes. Fun awards/recognitions and very appealing opportunity prizes add to the camaraderie. Thousands of dollars are donated to the Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow points are also awarded to Rotarians for their participation.
Polio Vaccinations, Mexico
Each year for more than a decade, many Long Beach Rotarians join other Rotarians from our district and travel to Caborca, Mexico. They deliver life-saving polio vaccinations to the impoverished children in and around the area. It’s a long trek, but the impact on the children and Rotarians that participate lasts a lifetime.
The Rotary Foundation
Funding for Rotary International projects are handled through the Rotary Foundation. Our club participates in several local or district-wide activities to raise money for the Foundation throughout each year. One important event we’ve held to raise money for the Rotary Foundation is our Annual World Peace Golf Tournament, which is fun for participants and a great source of funds for the Rotary Foundation. Another important source is Rotary Direct that enables automated direct contributions from members monthly or annually to help the Rotary Foundation and
earn Paul Harris Fellowship recognition.
Water Well Project, Mozambique
In conjunction with many other Rotary clubs in Southern California and other locations, we raised funds and will coordinate drilling and deploying multiple new water wells in various communities in Mozambique. These wells will dramatically and immediately enhance the lives of the local people that will no longer have to walk hours each day for unclean water. They will now have more time for other productive and enjoyable activities with their family and community.
Working Boys Club of Quito, Ecuador
In conjunction with a grant from Rotary International, our club is providing new dental and kitchen equipment and related training to the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador. Many of our Long Beach Rotarians will help with the installation and training of this equipment, which will enhance the health and nutrition capabilities and learning for the Working Boys Center and community in Quito.
World Peace Fellowship
As an important Rotary International goal to further world peace, our club has sponsored the Fellowship Scholarship for post-college graduates who wish to study abroad in programs designed to enhance good will and conflict resolution.
Our club was also involved in the organization of one of five 2016 World Peace Conferences—the only one scheduled for the American continents that was held in January 2016 in Ontario, California. The event was very well attended by many political dignitaries, well-known entertainers and hundreds of Rotarians. The message of World Peace was shared among our local community, and continues to be shared through ongoing Rotary events throughout the world.