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Rotary offers women opportunities to collaborate on community goals

By Lee Carter and Robin Loving Rowland

It is clear that many strong women living in San Miguel have become highly involved and dedicated to projects that help the local population. Of course, dedication includes finding resources – materials, volunteers, and funds – to make those projects effective. Rotary San Miguel Midday has managed the investment of over $750,000 dollars for such projects since it was founded more than eight years ago.

Rotary San Miguel Midday owes its strength in great part to its founding members – who were more than 50 percent women. Rotary took inventory recently and found that its percentage of women members had declined. Rotary is intent on rectifying that, for it’s clear that local women have huge insights into the needs that Rotary seeks to fulfill in the realm of humanitarianism. Rotary is the largest humanitarian service organization in the world.

Research shows that gender balance produces greater productivity and improved performance. However, some women remember that Rotary was for about 70 years an exclusively men’s club. That changed in 1989 – about 25 years ago, a full generation ago. So, Rotary is now officially recruiting enthusiastic woman dedicated to making substantive and sustainable change in our community.

Rotary professionally, intelligently and inspirationally unites diversely competent leaders to ethically and responsibly lead people to generate sustainable solutions to the world’s most acute humanitarian challenges through the strong connections of friendship and peaceful service.

Rotary clubs are nonreligious, nonpolitical, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Rotary’s global network of community volunteers represent a cross-section of local business, professional, and community leaders.

Rotary areas of focus are maternity and child health, basic education and literacy, water and sanitation, peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, and economic and community development. By and large, Rotary San Miguel Midday manages projects with funds raised by Rotary Clubs elsewhere. This is a win-win as most clubs elsewhere are seeking to do international good works, and Rotary here provides boots on the ground.

Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to nongovernmental organizations. In this capacity, Rotary has a voice within the UN system, allowing access to its people and resources worldwide. More than 20 representatives to the UN, its agencies, and other major international organizations participate in international meetings and events on behalf of Rotary.

Rotary brings dynamic speakers to weekly meetings. Rotary provides an opportunity to develop friendships and a sense of community. Rotary creates a safe atmosphere for members to explore their abilities and take leadership roles in the club and in other community organizations.

If you are looking for a meaningful way to serve and achieve your goals, Rotary is an option you should consider. For more information, contact Rotary President Lee Carter ( or member Robin Loving Rowland at Rotary meets each Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm at the Hotel Real de Minas on the Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson. Meetings are free. See more about Rotary at


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