At a District 5020 WCS Workshop in late 2006 there was a report from a group of 11 Rotary Clubs in the Victoria area (called the “Project Unity Committee”) that had been meeting regularly to foster inter-club cooperation in identifying and delivering World Community Service projects. Inspired by this example, a group of WCS representatives from mid-Vancouver Island held a series of exploratory meetings in early 2007 to determine the feasibility of establishing a similar group in their region. Based on a consensus among representatives from 11 mid-Island clubs, the group was formalized as the Mid-Island Rotary WCS Group (or the MIG) in the fall of 2007. (Since then several more Rotary clubs have joined the Group. At present there are 17 member clubs.)
The specific purposes for the MIG are:
• to increase the ability of member clubs to identify appropriate host clubs in developing countries and their priorities for Rotary projects,
• to improve understanding by members of the requirements for Rotary Foundation matching grants,
• to create opportunities for clubs to pool funds, develop larger higher-impact projects and obtain larger Rotary Foundation grants,
• to identify opportunities for club members to participate as volunteers on Rotary projects in developing countries, and
• to elevate the profile of Rotary's international development work among mid-island Rotarians and the general public.
As in the case of the “Project Unity Committee” the MIG collects an amount of $500 annually from each participating club. This “pool” of funds is allocated to specific World Community Service projects after they are reviewed and approved for funding at a meeting of the Group.