International Service Projects

Rotarians helping build bridges in Costa Rica
The Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens has a strong history of international service. Here are a few of the highlights of our projects in recent years:
  • Club members such as Dr. Tudor Vlad and Dr. Milton Masciadri regularly visit other countries and attend Rotary meetings worldwide, resulting in collaborations such as bringing the National Youth Symphony of Uruguay to Athens for a concert and possible service collaborations with Romania, Argentina, and more.
  • Our club provided funding and school supplies for a school for orphans in Afghanistan (2012-13) and helped fund an electrification project in Zimbabwe (2013).
    Funds for Afghan School Project
  • Classic City Rotary was part of a District 6910 project to fund an ambulance for Haiti (2010), provided disaster relief funds to Haiti (2010), and collaborated with Athens Academy's Interact Club (2007-2010) to construct and supply a school library in Pallam, India, after a tsunami.
  • Our club also funded and shipped a Jaws of Life to Veracruz, Mexico (2002) and sent books to military serving in Afghanistan (2009) and to Afghan schoolchildren.
  • In 2007, our club provided funding for a bridge construction project in San Luis, Costa Rica. A team of Rotarians from our club visited the project site in April, 2007. As a follow-up, we funded the construction of a community latrine at their cemetery/soccer field.
    Costa Rica

  • We were the lead club for the 2003-04 District 6910 World Community Service Project in Zimbabwe, which sought to revitalize a rural agricultural community in Zimbabwe, helping the community to organize itself into a larger-scale agricultural production company. This project was spearheaded by Rotarian Hilton Bik. A team of Rotarians from our District went to Zimbabwe in Spring 2004 to see the progress of the project. This project received Matching Grants funding from Rotary International and was supported financially by other clubs in our district and by District Designated Funds, for a total of $50,000.
  • Classic City Rotary also served as the lead club for a matching grant assisting the Eyes for Africa program, which provided free eye care, eye surgery, glasses, etc. to rural poor Africans in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and neighboring countries. The Rotary Clubs of Morgan Co., Columbia Co., and Toccoa also supported this project as well, along with the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brooke in Zimbabwe. This project was funded at a total of over $46,000 in 2004, and concluded in 2007.
    Eyes for Africa

International Involvement

Our Club is a strong supporter of international programs of Rotary. We frequently sponsor and host Group Study Exchange team members, and are involved with the new Vocational Training Team program; sponsor and host students for the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program; participate in the Georgia Rotary Student Program; and in Spring 2011 began serving as community liaisons for hosting exchange students studying at UGA.

With the Jamainan GSE Team at District Conference

Classic City Rotary also has a strong record of leadership at the district level for international work.

  • Paul Matthews has served as the district's International Services Chair, Vocational Training Team chair, Group Study Exchange team leader to Argentina, GSE chair, and team leader of a "Friendship Exchange" team to Turkey. In 2006, Paul Matthews was recognized with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, given to a single Rotarian per district internationally, in recognition of his work.
  • Rotarians Corbett Chandler (past GSE team member) and Bill Mounts (past GSE team leader) have also served as the district GSE chair, and Walt Sanders was also a GSE team leader.

Friendship Exchange in Cappadocia, Turkey

  • Classic City Rotary has also sent students to study in other countries through Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarship and Rotary Youth Exchange programs, and has hosted both Ambassadorial Scholars and Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) students for university study.