Rotary Club Utrecht International

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  • Do you want to contribute to creating a better world?
  • Do you want to make new friends and increase your network?
  • Do you enjoy cross-cultural encounters?
  • Do you thrive in an international atmosphere, where the common language is English?
  • Do you like the idea of a service club where more than half the members are women and almost half are under 40?

Then Rotary Club Utrecht International might be right for you! Chartered in March 2005, we are still growing and currently have 24 members.  We meet every two weeks on a Tuesday evening for socialising over dinner, followed by a presentation from a guest speaker or from one of our members in the series “sharing a cross cultural experience.”

If you are interested in joining our club, please do not hestitate to send an email to our Recruitment Committee at join@rotary-utrecht-international.nl. We are always happy to welcome new members with diverse backgrounds from all over the world and would be excited to hear from you!

Recent Club News

SUB (Stichting Utrecht Breed) is a foundation/charity whose mission is ‘to bind as many children and local residents as possible to the playground and thereby become the beating heart of playing in De Meern (Veldhuizen) and Vleuten (Vleuterweide)’

  • Volunteer Activity: Members of our club will be helping to renovate the community centre, to make it nicer for the community, in particular the children
  • Date: Saturday 23rd June 2019
  • Time: 10:00 to 17:00 (to be confirmed)
  • Address: Augustusweg 30, 3453 KS Utrecht (behind restaurant Balijepark)

Find out more about SUB at: www.sub-vdm.nl

Want to help? If you’re not a member of our club but like the idea of helping your local community in this way, please contact our Membership Committee (recruitment.rcui@gmail.com) to find out more about becoming a member.

SUB Community Centre

Guest Speaker: Wouter Jan Strietman

About the speaker: Wouter Jan Strietman is a researcher at Wageningen University, Department of Economic Research. His work is positioned between marine environment, economy and society. He has expertise in sustainable development of fisheries, marine litter and the Arctic development.

About the presentation: In this presentation, Wouter Jan will take us on a journey to a faraway place; the Arctic. Most people think of this as an unspoilt region, but this is far from the truth.

Even though the Arctic is nearly uninhabited, it’s coasts and seas are becoming increasingly polluted with plastic waste. Most of this litter arrives there through ocean currents from North America, Europe and Siberia, but some of it is also of local origin. This litter accumulates, providing an increasing threat to the environment and local communities.

There is an urgent need to put a halt to this constant inflow of plastic waste. But how can this be achieved? Cleaning up is one solution, but the most effective solution is prevention at the source. In the Artic Marine Litter Project, researcher Wouter Jan and his team are gathering previously unavailable data on the sources of marine litter in the Arctic. In addition, they are engaging local stakeholders and fishing industry experts. The results of this project can be used to take preventive, targeted, action and reduce marine plastic pollution in this region. The project has started in Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and is currently working on upscaling the project to the wider North-Atlantic Arctic region.

NL Doet is the name of the annual volunteer day in the Netherlands. This day is organised nationally every year by the Oranje Fonds together with thousands of organisations across the country; the largest volunteer action in the Netherlands. NLdoet puts volunteering in the spotlight and invites everyone to roll up their sleeves for a day.

Nine RCUI members and three of their children braved typical Dutch weather (cold, rain and strong winds) to join the other volunteers at Maximapark Utrecht. Gardening was the order of the day; a great many unwanted weeds were removed from the fence line around the dog exercise and swimming area, enabling the young shrubs to flourish.

Rotarians hard at work
Warm and cosy inside building bird boxes

Hot drinks were delivered despite the winds to the workers! And afterwards hot soup and sandwiches were gratefully received at the office of the Máximapark foundation, followed up with chocolate brownie.

Rotary Club Utrecht International