100 IN 100 PROGRAM

On April 1, 2021, Mexico will celebrate 100 years of Rotary service in Mexico. The Ciudad de Mexico club was chartered on that day 100 years ago and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dallas,  Texas. This anniversary creates opportunities for Rotarians in both countries. For Mexico, it is a chance to spotlight Rotary all over Mexico and to engage more of their clubs with the US and perhaps in some cases even more with their communities. For the US partners, it is a chance to get more clubs (and hopefully more districts) directly involved on the club to club level.

 

100 in 100 Projects Logo

The celebration project is designed to engage at least 100 different US clubs to do service projects in Mexico during 2020-21 (the "100 in 100" program). These service projects range in size from approximately $500 to $10,000 USD, with a shopping list of opportunities for US clubs, depending upon their interest and funding options. US district grants could be used where available.

What this concept will also do is help the US clubs get more directly connected with Mexico club partners. Once this is done, more projects of all sizes can be done moving forward on a club to club level. Everybody wins, and most importantly, more people in need in Mexico will benefit from Rotary’s service.

The program is led by a US Rotarian team (headed by DGE Ron Appuhn, D6780 TN) working with a Mexico Rotarian team (headed by Reiner Jahn, D4170) that represents their entire country and works closely with FURMEX. Past District Governor Roger Sims (D6540 IN) organized and started the processes in the beginning and was serving as the US coordinator until his sudden death in late October 2019. Rotarians in both countries have lost a great friend, and we all have made even stronger commitments to make this program a success to honor Roger and his family.

Mexico clubs have prepared project proposals from July 1, 2019 through late October 2019 for review by the 100 in 100 teams, followed by project selection by US clubs and districts from January 2020 through spring 2021, with implementation of the projects beginning on or after July 1, 2020. (Note: Each project should start by March 31, 2021 but does not have to be completed by June 30, 2021 unless required by US clubs for their district grants. The COVID-19 challenges has altered the timing of projects.)

Rotarians in Mexico and the US continue to work on compiling all the potential partnering opportunities. The lists of projects will be updated from time to time, so we encourage interested clubs to review the lists periodically.

Thank you for your interest in the 100 in 100 program and in helping to make a difference for those in need in Mexico!

Frequently asked questions are addressed below. Other questions about the 100 in 100 program can be addressed to Ron Appuhn (rappuhn53@yahoo.com).

Updated November 7, 2020

Process for Reviewing and Selecting a Project

The process for selecting a 100 in 100 project for a club (or group of clubs, or district) is as follows:

1. Download and review the list of available projects. We have presented the projects by area of focus, and then within each area of focus by the estimated US dollar support. This spreadsheet list can also be sorted to match your particular interests (examples- by Mexico club/district or by Rotaract or Interact partnering).

As of November 7, 2020, we have just under 200 projects that have been made available for partnering and financial support.  (Note - Projects that are no longer available for partnering and funding will have the US partner club and district indicated and are identified with green. 23 projects have been officially selected as of this date.)

See the lower right hand corner of this page (at the bottom of  district listings) to download the spreadsheet of all projects.

The major areas of focus have been shortened in the descriptions as follows:

  • Peace = Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  • Disease Prevention = Disease prevention and treatment
  • WASH = Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Maternal & Child Health (same)
  • Basic Ed & Literacy = Basic education and literacy
  • Community Econ Dev = Community economic development
  • “Other” areas of support are included, such as the following:
    • Construction
    • Safety (in schools, hospitals, or communities)
    • Solar panels
    • Wheelchairs

2. Once you have located a project(s) which you would like to see in more detail, download and review the project summary and project application (two documents) for each project. To download a project summary and project application, please search in the appropriate district box to the right of this paragraph.

3. If you are interested in funding a project and/or want more information or details about an individual project, please contact the US Coach who is listed on the project summary page. This person will help guide you through the process from there. (Please do not contact the host Mexico club until notified by the US coach to do so.)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are both pesos and dollars listed? Are the US dollar support numbers firm?

We asked for project budgets to be presented to us in pesos, because of currency fluctuations and our need to add some administrative costs. Generally we have received project budgets in pesos or in dollars at a conversion rate of 20 pesos to 1 USD. Our estimated costs for the US share of each project was based on a conversion rate of 18.5 to 1. The costs will be recalculated for each project as partner matches are established.

2. What administrative costs are included in the US dollar support?
We have agreed to pay our Mexico partner FURMEX a 3% administrative fee for each project. FURMEX administers the projects financially on our behalf and has complete control and accountability for all expenditures. The Heart 2 Heart partners have worked with FURMEX for years with great success and accountability. This is a great arrangements for clubs and Rotarians in both countries. The administrative fee is calculated to be included in the conversion rate.
3. What is FURMEX?
FURMEX (Fondo Unido Rotario de Mexico) is a Mexico not-for-profit organization designed to help Rotarians complete humanitarian service projects in Mexico. Governing members represent the entire country.
4. How was the listed “area of focus” determined for each project?
There can be some subjectivity to what each individual, club, and district considers the applicable primary area of focus for a particular project. The listed area of focus is designed to be a general guideline to help in locating specific types of projects. The Mexico clubs made their initial assessments, and the US coaching team selected the listed primary area of focus.
5. I cannot open a document for a project. What do I do next?
Please contact the assigned US Coach for that project and describe your challenges. The US Coach will work to get you information in an acceptable format.
6. Who can participate in these 100 in 100 projects?

The major concept is a club to club project, with the intention to help build some relationships between clubs. US clubs are encouraged to partner together as needed to work on a project. Individuals are encouraged to support US clubs for these projects. Districts can also sponsor any project. With Rotaract and Interact projects included in the projects list, this also encourages partnering with US counterparts and their sponsor Rotary clubs. Any club from anywhere can participate – this is not confined to clubs and districts in Zones 30-31, nor is it confined to just US clubs.

7. Does the 100 in 100 program impact other Heart 2 Heart initiatives?
The Heart 2 Heart partners will continue to promote and support several global grants annually, will continue the annual November projects trip to District 4170, and will continue the annual February hands-on service trip to District 4140. The 100 in 100 program is a supplement to the Heart 2 Heart offerings and is intended to provide more humanitarian service to more people in need throughout Mexico.
8. Why do we ask US clubs to not contact Mexico clubs directly?
We need to know all the interested parties so that we don’t have multiple clubs thinking that they have arranged to support the same project. We need to insure that all projects run properly through FURMEX so that we have full accountability and transparency. There are language issues with many Mexico clubs, so our US Coaches work with the Mexico district coordinators (and their teams) to resolve challenges.

Project Summaries and Project Applications

Click on district then click on desired file to download