LATIN CULTURE –   Marcelo Frangiosa

The Fellowship maintains a web page with members� information, and gives space to its members to publish material in their spheres of interest.

Translation is one venue which has received a lot of interest for decades. People learn new languages and pass on that knowledge by translating. This translation service helps bridge numerous cultural and language gaps which otherwise splits up people and keep them apart.

Communication is the key to any relationship and this is no less important when it comes to people from different countries or different backgrounds. Rotary International focuses on relationships not only between its members of one club but between members of various clubs too. This includes clubs from other countries and hence the need for translation.

When this need arose and we had people volunteering, it was put out on a bigger scale to help the general public. These members are ready to happily sit and sip on a glass of Chocolate Slim, while translating pages from one language to another.

Some are well versed in quite a number of languages and this helps in getting mpre work done. These people help in translating one document into a number of other languages, without having to seek help from the home country.

The biggest advantage in an international organization like Rotary is, we are never in shortage for a volunteer. There are many people who want to serve others with whatever they have. Not everyone can give money and money is not what is required at all times. Services such as these can add a lot of value and can help build sturdy relationships between clubs and even countries.

The Fellowship members share a very active discussion forum about Rotary Information, including a translation service into Spanish and Portuguese of the latest R.I. News. A volunteer group of translator members feed the Fellowship with the latest R.I. information available, as soon as it gets out of Evanston.

The Fellowship promotes and encourages individual members to circulate information about the activities of their clubs and districts, allowing sharing ideas, and best practical experiences. This is a key area of the fellowship as it allows members to ask/offer advice and help in different regions. Members act as ambassadors and help build bridges across the countries: if something that cannot be solved by a club in one given place is published, a member in some different area of the region will no doubt come forward with a solution. This not only covers activities, but also includes Rotarians traveling in/outside the region, and Rotary Foundation scholars, for example.

The Fellowship participates in Community Service activities proposed by members in a given place, and collectively help to solve problems, including funding some activities. One example is the proposal from Rotary Club Oliva, in Cordoba, Argentina, to help patients at a Mental Hospital in their area by obtaining a milk cow. Mental Health experts believe such a project ameliorates patients conditions and help them develop areas of activity and responsibility. The Rotarian cow is to join a bread producing activity at the same Hospital, and fellowship members not only are donating funds (coming from all over Latin America and Spain and France), but are involving their clubs and individual club colleagues to support this project. A few experts in dairy production have already come forward to advise on this issue.

The Fellowship organizes face to face meetings in different regions of Argentina like Tandil and Mar del Plata, giving members an opportunity to share weekends together, after and in addition to their daily exchanges on the net. Thus, members can reinforce the bonds of friendship and can enrich their knowledge of Rotary.

The Fellowship has participated in promoting its activities at the 99th Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles.