In recent years the Maryville-Alcoa club has been very active in international service.
Heart 2 Heart - Mexico
The club's most significant and on-going projects have involved a major leadership and support role in the Heart 2 Heart program, which promotes both global grant projects and other non-grant projects in District 4170 (central Mexico). The club has been actively involved in this program since 2008.
In 2017-18, the club is partnering with several District 6780 clubs, several clubs and districts in the southern and central US and Mexico District 4170, and with the Rotary Foundation to provide Global Grants to support the following six projects:
1. Kidney transplants for young adults and teenagers.
2. Equipment for a remote secondary school in an indigenous community.
3. Cleft lip and palate surgeries in a rural community.
4. "Solid rain" technology to provide food for rural, arid and impoverished communities.
5. Mediation training project to address family peace andd conflict resolution.
6. Equipment to expand the leading autism training center for the country.
In addition, the club is also working with other district clubs to provide the following three non- grant projects:
1. Computer training program for a girls shelter.
2. Solar panels to provide hot water for an orphange.
3. Water pumps that serve 10 communities in a remote mountain region.
Maryville- Alcoa is the US sponsor of the global grant for equipment for the remote school. The club also is the leader in all three non-grant projects. For all Heart 2 Heart projects, the club serves as a leader for connecting other clubs and districts. Several different clubs and districts serve as partners in each of these projects.
In 2017-18 the club will support a global grant in Malawi (sponsored by District 6510 Illinois) to provide water and sanitation for a local mission school and hospital.
PDG, Past Rotary International Director, and club member Karen Wentz has traveled twice with other Rotarians from District 6150 to a small rural village mission and hospital in Embangweni, Malawi (Africa). The Rotarians worked at the mission and hospital for several days, assisting with well digging, visiting bush clinics and vaccinating babies for polio and other diseases, visiting other local projects, and doing small jobs around the hospital and mission. On each trip the club sponsored Karen with a trunk packed full with 50 pounds of medical supplies for the hospital and clinics.
Other Projects in Prior Years
The club supported a global grant and a humanitarian matching grant for community water filtering systems in Thailand (sponsored by other District 6780 clubs), and the club has supported other District 6780 clubs' projects in Haiti, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.