Heart 2 Heart – 100 in 100 Club-to-Club Projects
… creates opportunities for Rotarians in both countries to spotlight the power of Rotary
Heart 2 Heart – 100 in 100 Club-to-Club Projects
On April 1, 2021, Mexico celebrated 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 created opportunities for Rotarians in both countries. For Mexico, it was 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 was a chance to get more clubs (and hopefully more districts) directly involved on the club to club level.
The celebration project was designed to engage at least 100 different US clubs to do service projects in Mexico during 2020-21 and 2021-22 (the “100 in 100” Program). These service projects ranged 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 also does is to 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 prepared project proposals from July through late October 2019 for review by the 100 in 100 teams. Project selection by US clubs and districts began in 2020 and is on-going. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges altered the timing and implementation of the projects, but we are continuing to move forward. Over 50 projects have been completed to date.
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!
Questions or comments about the 100 in 100 program (and any of the project opportunities listed below) can be addressed to Ron Appuhn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updated December 31, 2023
100 in 100 Club-to-Club Project Opportunities December 31, 2023
Projects ready for immediate funding
1 Tlalpan Golf Mexico (D4170) – Girls’ Empowerment book – $3,000 US share needed
The Tlalpan Golf Mexico club is creating and will print 1,000 copies of a second book that promotes girls’ empowerment through a regional story. The books are written and designed by local authors and artists, with target age ranges based upon each different book and with trial readings. Over time the goal is to create and print 8 different books and expand from club distribution to district distribution to national distribution. This second book will also include a partner sponsorship from Baker McKenzie in Mexico City.
2 Guadalajara Colomos (D4140) – Robin library project at cancer center- $7,000 US share needed
In honor of the sudden passing in 2022 of club president Heron Rodriquez (known as “Robin”), the Guadalajara Colomos club worked with Robin’s widow and created a project to start a small library in the child cancer center at Hospital Civil. The hospital has provided the space and the program is being managed by a local non-profit. The US partners are asked to supply funds for books and materials for this library.
3 Tlaquepaque Industrial (D4140) – Computers for CRES Estipac school supporting indigenous students – $2,500 US share needed
The Tlaquepaque Industrial club seeks to purchase an additional 40 laptop computers for the library in the CRES Estipac school that supports 480 indigenous students with lodging, food, medical, school and extra-curricular activities. Only seven computers are still needed to complete this project. The cost per computer is approximately $350 each.
Additional project opportunities will be added as soon as more information is provided by the Mexico host clubs.
Projects that can be promoted:
1 Tlalpan Golf Mexico club (D4170) – scholarship for La Quinta (Unnido Foundation) children to attend Montessori school – $1,300 annual or $110 per month per student, based on current exchange rates
2 Tlalpan Golf Mexico club (D4170) – support for programs for La Quinta (Unnido Foundation) children (food, medicines and medical support, education and personal development, general support) – any financial support helps
3 Programs that address disabilities (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, mobility carts, prosthetic hands)
a. World Access Project (Richard St, Denis) – non-profit that serves the disabled with refurbished and personalized wheelchairs and some additional devices for the disabled
- Transportation costs for a container of used and refurbished wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes – up to $13,000 per container
- Annual Amigs Verdados camp for wheelchair users to learn how to maneuver through obstacles, play sports, do crafts, and give motivational presentations – $5,000
- Annual international wheelchair tennis tournament in Mazatlan – $5,000
- Tires, armrests, seats and back upholstery, cushions, and other parts needed to refurbish wheelchairs – $8,000 annually
b. Mobility Worldwide (Wayne Beare, Gary Moreau) – non-profit that provides mobility carts for people in places where wheelchairs are ineffective – $350 per mobility cart
c. Aztec Ministry (Tami Beller Gaddis) – non-profit that serves indigenous Aztec communities through various programs including medical brigades, optometry brigades, mobility carts, and literacy materials – any financial support helps (specific project list and costs are available)
Projects Under Development
Refurbished ambulances – One World Medics (Bryan Peterson)
Refurbished fire trucks & firefighter equipment – Baja Bridges (Katherine Van Diest)
Wheelchair Foundation – FURMEX (Reiner Jahn)
Project CURE container of repurposed medical equipment and supplies – Curando Mexico and FURMEX (Ron Appuhn)
Biology/chemistry lab classroom – Bajamar Satellite club (Bob MacDonald, Katherine Van Diest)
Devlyn Foundation – mass vision assessments (possible hands-on project for Spanish speaking Rotarians – FURMEX (Reiner Jahn)