Inter-Country Committee history

In 1950, a handful of German and French Rotarians gathered in Strasbourg. They were marked by a terrible war. Together they made a gamble to emerge from tragedy through intelligence. They created the first committee with a single goal: reconciliation between their two countries.

Since that date ICCs has helped Rotarians to create a climate of friendship with clubs and districts from different cultures.

The Inter-Country Committees with their simple and flexible structure are expanding Rotary’s service and carried out large-scale projects in the strategic areas of focus, particularly in promoting peace.

They help increase Rotary membership development by giving value of interest for young people and help setting new Rotary and Rotaract clubs.

Consistent with the RI Strategic plan, ICCs provide significant support to all programs of Rotary International and of the Rotary Foundation.

Today, ICCs have been established in many parts of the world and there are an estimated 400 ICCs relationships and their presence within Rotary International is a vital force in reinforcing its historic contribution to world peace.

Inter-Country Committees, in a very real sense, are the backbone of international policy in Rotary. Why? Because an Inter-Country Committee permits people, in two or more countries it links, to get to know each other well.

The ICCs provide assistance in finding partners for interesting club projects, in other countries, developing the network of twins clubs.

Inter-Country Committees provide an additional means for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to fulfill the responsibilities of the fourth Avenue of Service: international understanding, goodwill and peace.

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