Rotary Club of
Austin University
Area
 
                      
 
         Established 1987    
       "Service Above Self"
                                                     
 

Our Local and International Projects

The Rotary Club of Austin University Area participates in many local and international projects, primarily in health, human services and education. Most of the projects are funded by Rotary grants. Project administration and management are performed by club members work. Below is a sample of club projects.

Local Projects:  

F
or the love of reading
Using funds from a Rotary Foundation grant, the club helped fund BookSpring’s literacy program at Texas A&M University Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics in Round Rock. BookSpring provides reading experiences, tools, and books to children and their families so they can develop a desire to read and succeed in school and life. Access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy development. Our club wrote the grant, collected gently used books and purchased books from excess inventories at local libraries. BookSpring’s volunteers read to the children and assisted parents with reading. Hundreds of children have already benefited from the project. The Rotary Club of Laredo Reforma, Mexico was our international partner on this project.

 
 

Hurricane Relief

Doctors and nurses from our club provided medical and social services for the Hurricane Rita relief effort.

Youth Support

We support college and high school students by sponsoring the University of Texas Rotaract Club where they can exchange ideas, plan activities, projects, and socialize.
 
We also sponsor Rotarian Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) which provides leadership training for junior and senior high school students in Central Texas.

Early Childhood Education and Development

Along with Rotary Club Austin Cosmopolitan we provide and promote an exciting character building curriculum Early Act First Knight at Pecan Springs elementary school. The format teaches values such as compassion, honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance, service, perseverance, discipline, friendliness, and confidence by examples of the Knights of the Round Table. Every 6 weeks, each teacher chooses a student who has best displayed the character and real knights bestow medallions on the winning students. This program has reduced referrals to the office for bad behavior by 50%.  Members from both clubs attend the award ceremonies and provide teacher support throughout the year. Rounding out this program, the students form a service club at school and engage in service projects of their choosing. This year they collected sunglasses for Africa. Additionally through our involvement with BookSpring we assist with presenting books to each student to encourage reading at home.
 

Central America
Women’s Health

Our club used a Rotary Foundation grant to fund the purchase of gynecology equipment and supplies for gynecologic screening and care at three clinics in Nicaragua: Fundación Ortiz Gurdian, in Managua, Clínica Providencia, in Managua and Clínica Fara.  Cancer is the primary cause death for Nicaraguan women between the age of 30 and 60. This is primarily due to the lack of gynecologic screening and delay in treatment.  The instruments provided by the grant enable all three clinics to provide high quality gynecological screening and treatment.  Our partner club was Club Rotario de Managua Tiscapa.
 

Africa
Disease reduction

To help prevent malaria and reduce water borne diseases in Togo, West Africa, the Club partnered with Rotary clubs in Houston to obtain a Rotary Foundation Grant to acquire mosquito nets and water filters for use in that country.  Club members traveled to Togo to help local Rotarians distribute the supplies.
 
 

India
Aiding Children and Women

A Rotary Foundation Matching grant enabled the club to acquire medical equipment for St Ann’s Charity Hospital Maternity Clinic in Hyderabad, India. The Rotary Club of Hyderabad Decca partnered with the club on this project.
 
Another project in Hyderabad was the provision of sanitation facilities and playground equipment to the Children’s Christian Aid Home, which provides support for orphans, juvenile delinquents and destitute children.
 
 
Polio Eradication
 
Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to eradicate polio worldwide. Some of our members have traveled to India in support of this important program by administering the medication.
 
 
 

Mexico
Emergency Medical Services
 

Funded with a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, the club, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Nuevo Laredo Reforma, provided medical equipment to the Red Cross Emergency Clinic in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The equipment resulted in the Red Cross being able to perform 36,828 medical services.
 
 
 
Emergency Relief
Our club managed two projects benefiting Casa Del Migrante Nazareth in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico:
 
The first project served over 54,000 emigrants from Central and South America, who were deported from the U.S. and stranded in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
 
The second project provided kitchen equipment and bedding.
 
The club partnered with the Rotary Club of Nuevo Laredo Reforma on the projects which were were funded with Rotary Matching grants.
 
Tackling Tuberculosis
To reduce the high incidence of tuberculosis in Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, our club, with the assistance of the Rotary Clubs of Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo Refoma, provided the laboratory equipment and the training of healthcare providers to recognize symptoms and refer suspected cases to the new Regional Center for Tuberculosis. Rotarians also spearheaded community education campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with the disease.
 
In 2012 the cure rate increased to eighty-one percent and the death rate was reduced by sixty percent. 2012. The project was funded by a Rotary Foundation Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant.
 
 
Helping Feed Children
Our club partnered with the Rotary Club of Reynosa to purchase kitchen equipment that local parents and volunteers use to prepare nutritious breakfast and lunches for children at the Ramon Bahena Rodriquez Elementary School. Member Betty Richardson, shown in the photo surrounded by happy children, organized our clubs donation.
 
 
 
 
 
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