Baby naps and peaceful service: Dipping a toe into the world of RI

I took advantage of baby’s nap time on Tuesday to pop my head into the weekly meeting of my local Rotary International (RI). Whilst I’m not a member of the network and was not privy to the ins and outs of the organisation before today, I was touched by the warm welcome we received and was thankful for the chance to hear about some of their projects currently underway at the local level. Here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, RI works to fight disease and grow local economies, provide clean water, help mothers and children in need and support education. On the agenda for this week was a local tree-planting initiative, and a story-writing competition coordinated with La Esquina Toy Museum and aimed at local school children, with cash prizes being awarded to the top three budding writers. As an added bonus, one of the gents from the meeting gave me a copy of the June edition of The Rotarian magazine. The publication is a beautifully glossy number filled with gorgeous photography and uplifting stories of impact and sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges around the globe – solutions stemming from friendship, tolerance and peaceful service. I’m looking forward to learning more about the organisation’s work at the local and international level in the coming months!