Posted on Jun 22, 2021
Almost 300,000 members of Rotary, out of the total 1.2 million worldwide, in almost 9,000 clubs throughout 114 countries, are served by the Europe Africa Rotary office in Zürich, Switzerland. The office was been operating there since 1925, the earliest office after the headquarters in the Chicago area's Evanston, Illinois, which opened in 1911.
Elizabeth Lamberti has served on staff of Rotary International for 17 years in various roles, at the world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, and for the past eight years at Rotary’s Europe-Africa Office in Zürich, Switzerland, where she is the Senior Major Gifts Officer. She works with Rotarians in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to help develop a fund development strategy for the region.  She works closely with regional Foundation volunteers, Major Donors and Bequest Society members to promote support for The Rotary Foundation.
Raised in the USA, Elizabeth has lived in Europe for around 15 years total, including her time with Rotary.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kenyon College in Ohio, a master’s degree in Italian literature from the University of Pavia in Italy, and a master’s degree in non-profit administration and fundraising from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.  She speaks Italian and English and basic German.  
A popular form of "taxi" in some African communities has been
the motorcycle, requiring close physical contact.
The many taxi motorcycle operators were suddenly out of
business when the global pandemic hit. Rotary provided food to
the displaced taxi motorcyclists
Opening Europe Africa to major giving to The Rotary Foundation
has taken many years of changing attitudes
Rotary International President Holger Knaack and wife Susanne
visit a gallery of major Rotary Foundation donors in Europe Africa
Rotary staff in the Europe Africa office