The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (RFPD) started with a collaboration between three friends. One of these men was Robert Zinser. Robert established RFPD to educate the family of Rotary on population and development and to serve as the resource for the area of focus of Maternal and Child Health.
Robert Zinser Fellows
The Robert Zinser Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute or have contributions made in their name of $1000 to The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development - Head Quarters.
The honor was established in 2017 to show appreciation for contributions that support population and maternal and child health projects worldwide.
Robert Zinser Society
The Robert Zinser Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development who elect to contribute $1000 or more to support RFPD, its home office and its projects around the world.
The purpose of the Robert Zinser Society is to honor or thank individuals for their generous support of RFPD and its ongoing outreach around the world.
RFPD prefers to honor new members of the Robert Zinser Society at its Annual General Meeting at the Rotary International Convention each year. Each new member is presented with a certificate, pin and a chevron at the meeting. If a member cannot attend the convention, the award may be presented at the member’s club by an RFPD Board Member.
What your giving supports
By giving each year and every year, you will support families and change lives. Robert Zinser Society gifts will help provide:
• Vocational education for indigent women who are unable to obtain an education otherwise
• Reduce maternal and infant mortality
• Mosquito nets and birthing kits to women worldwide in areas where they are not readily available
• Educational resources to help educate women and young girls that family planning is a choice
Robert Zinser history
Since 1978 Robert Zinser is member of RC Ludwigshafen-Rheinschanze, implemented several projects in Nigeria, Pakistan and Uruguay and served as chairman of international and of world community service in D1860. In 1994/1995 he served as District-Governor. At the RI Assembly in 1994 he met DGE Dolapo Lufadeju, Nigeria, implemented with him from 1995-2000 the Pilot-Project “Child Spacing and Family Health” in Kaduna State, Nigeria, and cofounded 1996 with him and PDG Buck Lindsay the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (RFPD). Together with PDG Lufadeju PDG Zinser initiated the scaling up of the pilot project with a 3-H grant from 2000-2005 in six states of Northern Nigeria. He started and coordinated the large-scale project “Improvement of Maternal Health – Prevention and Treatment of Obstetric Fistula” in Kaduna and Kano State 2005-2010, is advisor of its 1st scaling up project and coordinator of its 2nd scaling up project in Enugu state, Nigeria. ZInser received 1996 the “RI Service Above Self Award”, was Member of RI Committees as well as Chairman of RI-UNFPA Presidential Conference “World Population Growth and Development” in Zurich 2000. He served as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of RFPD and is presently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD).
Robert Zinser studied Economic Sciences and made his career in BASF, a chemical company. For 15 years he was President of BASF in Asia. He is Honorary Professor for "International Management" at the university Giessen and was honoured with the "Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” and "The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit" of the Republic of Korea
Robert continues today at age 90 to work tirelessly to support and help mothers and children around the world.