The RI Europe/Africa Office, located in Zurich, Switzerland, is currently staffed by 38 people of different cultures and nationalities, taking care of approximately 300,000 Rotarians in 112 countries/ geographical areas.
The office has four sections:
Club & District Support (CDS)
Gives guidance on resources and services available from the RI Secretariat. Supports club and district officers in the accomplishment of their mission. Advises District Governors and assists Rotarians with administrative procedures, Board policy and constitutional documents. Carries out administrative procedures including new club applications, processing name and locality changes, etc. Also provides training at RI official meetings.
Foundation Services (TRF)
Processes all recognitions for contributions to TRF, such as Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), Benefactor and TRF Sustaining Member. Gives information on humanitarian and educational programs as well as the various TRF funds, including PolioPlus. Supplies a variety of TRF material for various events.
Records payments (e.g. per capita dues and contributions to TRF) using ten different currencies. Advises clubs on payments, Semi Annual Report (SAR) invoices, balances, reinstatements, and exchange rates, etc. Disburses budget allocations to District Governors and funds to recipients of Rotary Foundation programs. Reimburses expenses to RI and TRF officers.
Gives information on RI publications and distributes these in seven languages by bulk mailings. Also handles individual orders from Rotarians.
To order publications:
Send an e-mail to eao.order(at)rotary.org indicating the reference number of the publication, the quantity desired and a delivery address.
To find your Club & District Support or Finance representative, go to Rotary’s website,www.rotary.org, click on “About us”, “Contact us”, “CDS and financial reps”, then enter your district number and click on “Submit”. You can also send an e-mail to eao(at)rotary.org
A brief history
Rotary International first opened its doors in Zürich in 1925 with a staff of two serving 30 clubs in continental Europe. At that time, who could have imagined that a staff of 38 would be serving almost 7,930 clubs in 2009?
From the outset, the number of clubs throughout Europe grew steadily. However, during the Second World War the majority of clubs were forced to disband. After the war, the office was re-established and in 1975 celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Another milestone was the opening of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. The end of the Cold War saw a revival of old clubs, for instance those in Warsaw and Budapest, and the chartering of many new ones such as the Rotary Club of Moscow in 1990. This triggered the extension of Rotary in Russia and the newly independent states.
Our office serves a steadily increasing number of Rotarians in seven of the nine languages used in Rotary.
To provide high quality service in an efficient, professional, friendly, and culturally sensitive manner to Rotarians in Europe, Africa and part of Central and Western Asia; and support them in attaining the objectives of Rotary.
8032 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: (41-44) 387 71 11
Fax: (41-44) 422 50 41
Hours: 08:30 – 17:30
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish