Committees & Working Groups


In addition to your local and global projects, ESRAG is supported
by member participation in Board-appointed committees,
task forces, teams, and working groups.

The history of Preserve Planet Earth, ESRAG

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To help you get started, here are templates you can use for forming a District or Club Committee for Protecting the Environment.

Why set-up an Environmental Committee in your Rotary District or Club.

The environment we live in is critical to the health and well-being of us all. It provides the air we breathe, the water we drink and supports the animals and plants with which we share this planet. Loss of habitat, endangered species, polluted air, reduced water quality and the effects of droughts and wildfires are evident in today’s world. Our environment is a critical part of our world affecting our well-being, and our economy and changes for the worse are, to a large extent, a result of our actions.

The environment sustains all life on Earth, and Rotary cannot effectively or sustainably serve humanity without also focussing on supporting the well being of the planet. In June, 2020, the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors unanimously approved adding “Protecting the Environment”as a new area of focus. This enhances Rotary’s potential to develop, fund and implement projects which aim to have a positive environmental impact.

In a world where more and more people are expressing concerns over the environment, Rotary’s adoption of this new area of focus will ensure it continues to be seen as relevant and embracing the issues of the modern world. Focussing on the environment is an opportunity to connect with younger people and encourage them to be part of an organization which is addressing their need to work for environmental improvement and sustainability.

Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will gives Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world with increased impact. Supporting the environment joins peace building and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development as the Rotary Foundation’s funding priorities.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted from July 1. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support.

Executive Committee*

The Executive ensures that ESRAG files its Annual Report as required by Rotary International. ESRAG’s Bylaws/Administration Procedures, Section 11).  The Executive may enter into Memoranda of Understanding with other Rotarian Action Groups that contribute to the fullfilment of ESRAG’s mission, subject to the Board’s approval.

Administration & Governance

The Administration & Governance Committee is responsible for the oversight of ESRAG’s Board Nominations process, Administrative Procedures changes, ESRAG’s master plan and strategic direction, ESRAG’s Operations Procedures and the cohesive working of the Board.

Nominating Committee*

Recommends and administers the process of soliciting and proposing candidates for the Director on the ESRAG Board of Directors. The Committee is chaired by a member of the Executive Committee and is comprised of the Executive Officers or their appointees.

Finance Committee*

Generates the budget, supports financial decisions, generates monthly and annual budget reports.  Chaired by the Treasurer.

Membership Division*

Encourages, inspires and engages ESRAG membership; replies to membership correspondence and facilitates connections with other ESRAG committees, teams and working groups. See also Local and Regional Chapters. 

For more information, write to .

Communications Division

Proposes and implements editorial policy on content and tone; develops and posts to ESRAG social media (FacebookTwitter, ESRAG website, etc.); advises on content and presentation of resources;  advises and supports design of ESRAG publicity materials. ESRAG’s Newsletter Reporter Ariel Miller collects photos, stories, and questions for ESRAG newsletters. 

Read ESRAG’s Editorial Policy here.

Projects Division

Fuels, facilitates and promotes projects supporting environmental sustainability across Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.  Serves as a gathering place for people to interact around issues affecting a region whether they are local or global.  

For more information, write .

Information Technology Division

The Information Technology Directorate advises, researchs, recommends and implements on content and capacity associated with the website, document management, database management, teleconferencing, social media, administrative processes, and email communication platforms. 

*Asterisked committees are established and defined in ESRAG’s Bylaws.

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