The fall of communism in Central Europe throughout the 90s led to the birth and rebirth of Rotary. The Rotary Intercountry committees plaid a significant role, helping European Rotarians reach out to Poland, Russia and Ukraine in the early 1990s, which helped reintroduce Rotary to this part of the world.
The ICCs have been a major factor in the expansion of Rotary in Eastern and Central Europe. Without their help, Rotary’s first steps into the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine would undoubtedly have been more difficult.
In this region, the ICCs have an additional role of promoting Rotary’s expansion by sponsoring new clubs.
French ICCs were particularly active and dedicated to Rotary’s growth in Ukraine, Romania, Poland and Russia.
ICCs created in the Middle East with Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel have become an essential part of district international service.
In 1950, shortly after World War II, some German and French Rotarians met in Strasbourg with a goal of building peace and understanding. What resulted from their talks was Rotary’s first-ever Intercountry Committee, or ICC. This was a critical first step in building Rotary in postwar Germany.