“a little rain must fall”, but not June 14th


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Rescheduled END Polio Now RVA GAME – June 14

Yes, more than a little rain fell on May 16th as area Rotarians in District 7600 attempted to assemble at the Diamond to watch the annual End Polio Now Baseball game.  Even the Flying Squirrels decided to take their acorns home for the evening.  Many End Polio Warriors made it to the Diamond and others were caught in downpours or traffic tie-ups attempting to get there.

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Norm & JoAnn Meaker

Club baseball ticket organizers should contact Garrett Erwin at the Flying Squirrels at 804-359-3866 x327.  The same number of tickets previously purchased by the club will be reprinted with the June 14 date.

Additional tickets may be ordered as well. Remember that $2 of each ticket goes to End Polio Now and is matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.  If you do the math that means that $6 for every ticket purchased goes to EPN.

And many thanks to the Rotarians who made the effort among whom were AG JoAnn and Norm Meaker above and below, AGE Shel Douglass, District End Polio Now Games Organizer Stan Wall, and District Polio Plus Chair Colleen Bonadonna.

More to follow soon.

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Shel Douglas (L), Stan Wall, & Colleen Bonadonna

Giving Tuesday strikes a chord


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Giving Tuesday 2018 sets record

District 7600’s second Giving Tuesday exceeded the amount given on Giving Tuesday 2017, as reported by Chuck Arnason, District Rotary Foundation Chair, and he didn’t even have to get his hair shaved off!

Chuck’s message in the May 2018 Spirit of 7600 is reprinted below:


Chuck Arnason giving all for the TRF.

District 7600’s Giving Tuesday was a resounding success in no small part because of the support of Evelyn Wolf of the Rotary Club of Smithfield.  Evie and her late husband, Don, have amassed several thousand Recognition Points over the years as Major Donors and Evie continues to be a supporter of the Rotary Foundation. It was through Evie’s support of Giving Tuesday that we were able to transfer 46,354 to Rotarians in the district. That is up from the 37,252 that were distributed last year.

Total Giving to the Annual Fund was $52,639.00, a 6% increase from 2017 Giving Tuesday’s amount. Just think of how much good those dollars will do towards making a difference through Rotary. Half of those funds will return to the district in three years in the form of District Designated Funds. Those funds will support district and global grants as we continue to “Do Good in the World.” By matching outright contributions with Foundation recognition points a club may reach or even surpass its Annual Fund goal, as well as achieve 100% Paul Harris Fellow recognition. 197 Rotarians received recognition points which is a 20% increase in participation from last year.

I want to thank everyone who participated. Remember, the hopes of people in places you
will never visit and faces you will never see are brighter because of the donation each of you has made to our Rotary Foundation.

What’s ahead:

May 14 – District Grant Applications due through Grants Module in dacdb.com

May 17 – Rotary Night at the Diamond. See club representative for tickets for End Polio Now Game.

August 4 – District Workshops for Foundation, Membership, and Public Image in Williamsburg. Register on dacdb.com in early June.

May 15 … District Grant apps due


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Please don’t wait to work on your district grant applications:

The District Grant applications are due via the Grants Module on dacdb.com by May 15th.  All portions of the application must be submitted to that location.  If you have questions, please ask them.  District Rotary Foundation Chair Chuck Arnason and SuAnne Bryant are eager to be of assistance.Removing old windows

Fifty-six of our sixty-two clubs qualified to file for district grants.  This means that there should be a lot of competition for the grant funds available this year.  The exact amount the district will have is not yet known, but soon will be.

The MOU is on the ‘Grants and Scholarships’ page on d7600foundation.org.  There is also a checklist to assist in your effort.  The slides from the March 24th Grant Management Seminar are also on this page and may answer some questions you may have.

Good luck on your grant application.


Giving Tuesday-Double Your Fun!


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In Case You Missed It:  Your Contribution Doubled!

Donate to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation on District 7600 Giving Tuesday, March 27, 2018,  and your donation will be doubled.  How does this work?  What are the rules?



  • contributions must be to the Annual Fund
  • contributions matched with recognition points up to an individual contribution of $500.
  • the contribution must be made online, on March 27, at “My Rotary” at rotary.org.
  • your “My Rotary” account must be set up in advance of March 27 as it takes a day or two for the account to be activated
  • PHF+8s are ineligible for the recognition points as such points don’t count toward Major Donor status

No “My Rotary” Account?

How_to_create_my_rotary_account  is a pdf set of instructions for setting up your “My Rotary Account” at rotary.org.


Redundancy is a good thing


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Push back is also a good thing!

In our last blog, we wrote about a disappointed club which had to wait until Round 2 to get their district grant approved because the grant writer had not submitted the club’s MOU as part of the initial grant application.  The Parable was supposed to highlight that, though the club had three attendees at the Grant Management Seminar (GMS), the grant writer had not been one of them and just assumed that somehow the MOU had already been dealt with. However, our gentle readers mistook our article to be critical of the grant writer when what was intended was the criticism of the club’s GMS attendees who didn’t advise or assist with the club’s grant application.

So let’s be clear … the teaching point to clubs is … send attendees to the GMS who commit to being engaged in the club’s grant application process.

Another sad story is actually a rather common one.  The club has only one member attendee at the GMS.  The club is now eligible to apply for a Rotary grant.  However, that one attendee passes away, moves away, becomes ill, or leaves the club.  This situation leaves the club in a similar situation as the story above.

So another teaching point to clubs … send at least two of your members who will be committed to engaging in the grant application process.

Not only does this provide some redundancy, but having more than one attendee at the GMS will help be sure that what one person doesn’t hear or understand, the other one might.

Enough teaching points for today.  We don’t want to be accused of being pedantic.

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All Rotarians are welcome to register and attend either the March 24, in-person GMS in Williamsburg or the April 21 GMS Webinar.  Both with meet the club’s attendance requirement and both will deal with both district and global grants.  Registration is available now for March 24 on dacdb.com calendar.  The Webinar registration will be available around between March 5th and March 15.   Please see the March24 Flyer.

GMS Registration now live!


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A little news you can use!



SuAnne Hardee Bryant (R) Grants Chair

Clubs, have the members you assigned to work on your 2018-19 district or global grant application register for the Grant Management Seminar (GMS) which will be held on March 24, 2018,   Registration is at the dacdb.calendar by scrolling down to the March 24th date.  It will again be held at the Colonial Heritage Club in Williamsburg, Virginia.  It will be from 8:30 until Noon and the price of $25 includes a Full Southern Breakfast.


It is important that a club send at least a couple of grant assigned people so that if one person moves, gets sick, or goes off on a honeymoon, there is another club member who knows the drill.

Last year a very well known club was declined on the first pass. Why?  Because the grant writer had not submitted the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).  Why? Because the grant writer was not one of the three people from the club who attended the GMS.  Happy ending though, the club received its grant on the second pass.

Remember that the grant application process is totally online.  No FEDEX, no faxes, no personal hand deliveries to the Grants Grants Chair.  If you want money for that special project, accept all the training and suggestions you can get.

A GMS webinar will be held in April but it is still in the planning stages and the registration is notyet available for it.

It’s a little red hen thing … be prepared!


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How to plan for the Grant Management Seminar on March 24th …



Registration on dacdb.com during 1st week of February.

The Grant Managment Seminar (GMS) is required for a club to be eligible for the award of a district 7600 grant or global grant. The Rotary Foundation requires that these GMSs be interactive and District 7600 will provide an in-person GMS on March 24th in Williamsburg at the Colonial Heritage Club and will also provide a webinar on April 21 which may be attended in person in Hampton or via webinar. Registration for the March 24th GMS will be available the first week of February on dacdb.com

Preparing for the GMS:

No, you don’t have to do any homework for the GMS, but looking over some of the 2017-2018 grants in dacdb.com (yes, you have to log in) will give you an idea what kinds of information are required and/or permitted in your online application package.

After you log on to dacdb you will see an array of tabs going across the screen.  Click on the ‘GRANTS’ tab and you will see a list of the grants approved for 2017-18.

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This image is too hard to read on a laptop (if on a mobile device you may be able to pinch and expand)  but you will see the line of tabs across the screen just under the blue and red DACdb logo. About 2/3rds across you can see that one tab is highlighted in blue.  That is the grants tab.

When you click on the grants tab you will see beneath the Grants tab the 2017-18 grants.  The first column lists the clubs involved in each grant.  The second column is the name of the grant.  You can click on each grant and it will pull up documents and pictures provided by the club(s) for the grants committee to consider in its deliberative process.

An example of the grant application documentation.

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Again, we know this is hard to read unless you are looking at it on a mobile device.  You should be able to pinch and expand for a bit more detail.  Here we clicked on the South Hill Grant.  This is an instance when the club provided some pictures to increase its chances of an approval by the grants committee.  Just above the pictures is a section which includes the documents necessary for grant consideration.  There is for sure … the grant application and the MOU and whatever other documents required such as a budget, any agreements with participating partners, and so on.

So, what’s the point?

Well, here is the chance for your project/grant committee to look at how other clubs (remember, these were all approved grants) have put together their grant submissions. There is also contact information for the leads on each project.  It is a chance for your grant committee to learn some of the ropes from those who have already been successful.  It may also help your grant committee hone in on questions to ask at the GMS in March.

It will help the club so much in its efforts if it asks at least two members to attend who will actually be involved in the grant application, submission, execution, and closing of grant documentation.  It will save so much confusion.

Prepare for the upcoming grants year!


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Dates have been released to help with completing and submitting those grant applications … district & global:


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SuAnne Hardee Bryant

The application deadline for district grants is May 15. To help clubs submit successful grant applications SuAnne Hardee Bryant and the grants team will be providing an in-person Grant Management Seminar (GMS) on March 24 at the Colonial Heritage Club in Williamsburg Virginia, which will cover both district and global grants.  It will be followed on April 21st by a Webinar devoted to Global Grants. Attendees may attend remotely or in person at the Peninsula Workforce Development, TNCC, Hampton, Virginia.

More information will follow about registration information and seminar materials but do get these dates added to your calendar now.

A few points about the district GMS:

  • attendance is required each grant year for a club to be eligible to submit a grant application
  • The Rotary Foundation requires that the GMS be interactive, therefore watching a video is not acceptable to meet the requirements for eligibility purposes; however, watching the video of the webinar is acceptable to refresh one’s memory of the information provided and to share with other members of the club or project team.
  • the grant application process is totally online through the grants module of the district and club database (dacdb.com)
  • the grants team is available to assist with human kindness, provided the request is not “a last minute”, urgent request.

Other 2018 Dates are on the Events page:

Watch this site for updated grant materials as they are developed and released.

Rotary Partners … brave new world


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Rotary partners with Habitat for Humanity:

habitat-for-humanity-logoRotary has a number of established partner relationships.  On October 2, 2017, Rotary announced its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In the announcement, Rotary shared a figure provided by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements;  over one billion people worldwide reside in substandard housing.

This partnership adds to the goal of Rotary to do good works in the world by partnering with an organization with a stellar reputation for how it uses donations, volunteer sweat equity, and construction expertise to provide humane housing for people.   “The partnership will facilitate collaboration between local Rotary clubs and local Habitat for Humanity organizations, enabling Habitat to extend their volunteer pool by tapping into Rotary’s 1.2 million members in 200 countries and regions.”

Not all of Rotary’s good works necessarily fit into district or grant criteria, but an interesting challenge will be how to fit our good works into either district or global grant criteria … or how to adapt grant criteria to facilitate a home construction project. This may not be as daunting as we might think as Rotarians can provide labor, expertise, and club donations rather than seek grant funding for projects.

What do you think?  What are the possibilities?

Visit Habitat for Humanity for Humanity for more information about this iconic organization.

Into the future … 2018 here we come


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Thank you, District 7600 Rotarians:

District 7600 Rotarians are among the most generous donors in the Rotary world.  As a district, we are among the upper echelons of giving to The Rotary Foundation.

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Chuck with Reem Ghunaim, Executive Director, Rotary Action Group for Peace

Our Rotarians give not only money but also time and sweat equity.  We have Rotarians participating in National Immunization Days (NID) in at-risk countries; this year we are being represented by Carol Chamberlain (Warwick@ City Center), Jan Rowley (Prince George) and Colleen Bonadonna (New Kent) in the India NID in January. Colleen, District Polio Chair, has been on many such NIDs.  Earlier this year, many of our 7600 Rotarians traveled to Honduras as part of the work with the pediatric heart surgery clinic we helped establish in a widely supported global grant.  Your support of the Foundation makes a world of difference by helping others in need – from supplying vaccine that protects children from the polio virus to providing water filtration systems that protect villagers from deadly waterborne illnesses.  At home, you are ringing the bells for the Salvation Army, refurbishing parks, donating and distributing dictionaries, and many, many other good works in our communities.


So, at this time of focus on family and home during the holidays, I thank you, our District 7600 Rotary family for your generosity and caring. I am honored to be among you.  Because of you, we are Rotary: Making a Difference.

Chuck Arnason

District Rotary Foundation Chair

How The Rotary Foundation spends its funds


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The Annual Report

Past District Governor Bill Pollard posted a link to the online Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation 2016-2017  this week on the Rotary D7600 Foundation Committee Facebook page.

A click brought us to this description of how The Rotary Foundation spent its funds. The numbers are amazing:

  • Polio Plus: $108 million
  • Global Grants: $73 million (net of returned funds and other adjustments)
  • District Grants: $26 million
  • Program Operations: $23 million
  • Fund Development: $9 million
  • General Administration: $5 million
  • Peace Centers: $5 million

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With our giving in District 7600 we are part of the worldwide reach of The Rotary Foundation. What we donate in the 2017-18 year will be of benefit to others in future years.

There is also an incisive report on our efforts to prevent disease and on the status of Pollio Eradication.  Please take the time to take a peek at the Annual Report.




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Economic & Community Development Grants (continued):

We began a series on economic and community development district grants about a month ago.  There were a few hiccups in the publication schedule … the District Foundation Awards Banquet, a week of vacation, and a most interesting Windows 10 upgrade which imposed some unexpected adventures with the publication platform.  Today we offer the final article in the series about the 2017-2018 economic and community development district grants.

The District Foundation Committee awarded 19 district grants shared by 30 clubs.  Of those 19 district grants, 7 were devoted in total or in part to Economic and Community Development. As published previously, grants in this area of focus encourage multi-club, co-operation, partnerships with local governments, corporations, or non-profits, and these grants create the opportunity to make sizeable, long-lasting regional impacts.

We described three of these grants in considerable detail already, but here we provide a brief synopsis of the 7 grants and the clubs involved.  You can get more detail by logging onto dacdb.com and clicking on the ‘Grants’ tab.

The seven grants:

Blackstone:  A bus stop structure to protect riders from the element.

Bon Air:  Safe ramps for homes in partnership with project:HOMES.



Chester:  Improvements, remodeling, and repair to a regional K-9 training facility for law enforcement.  Will allow training of K-9s to assist with the elderly and with youth.

Colonial Heights, Petersburg, & Petersburg Breakfast:  Refurbishment of a deteriorated park to provide a safe playground for family outdoor activities.

Fluvanna:  In conjunction with Carysbrook Elementary,  this grant will create and stock an advanced STEAM lab for 3d and 4th graders, which enrollment population is expected to grow in the next few years.

Hampton Roads and Norfolk-Sunrise:  Winterization, repair, and improvements to cabins at this Girl Scout Campground.  The Campground has been an important regional resource for decades.

Prince George Resource RoomPrince George County: Improvement and enhancement of a Computer Resource Room at the Central Wellness Center.  The Center is a recent adaptive rehabilitative use of a former county middle school.  Under the auspices of the county Parks and Recreation Department, this facility will provide wellness equipment and classes, a computer lab, as well as high-speed broadband in an area of this rural county with limited access to such services.

Sharing the wealth:

In past years at every district training, the most frequent request was to have a way to share ideas among the clubs about their projects and activities.  We humbly suggest that the district and club database (dacdb.com), the district website, and the almost universal facebook pages for district clubs are starting points.

“See” you on Thursday.









Promoting Local Economies


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We’ve done two articles on Community & Economic Development District Grants:

Today we look at another two of the District 7600 grants in this area of focus … framed as promoting local economies.  This is a broad topic.  Last week we featured work on the significant improvements to a deteriorated playground by the Area 7 clubs.  The grant application emphasized that the park is really a regional resource and would benefit a larger number of citizen families, greatly improving quality of life, recreation and play resources for children, and forming a lasting, impactful partnership with the local government.  Today we look at two more District 7600 grants which have designated Economic & Community Development as the primary or one of their primary areas of focus.

Blackstone Rotary’s Bus Stop Grant:

Blackstone Bus StopThe Town of Blackstone currently has a bus service, however, there is only one covered bus stop shelter along its route. The Rotary Club of Blackstone wishes to partner with the Town to construct one covered bus stop shelter in a busy section of Town. The Town agrees to donate $1,000 towards the project. The Rotary Club will purchase a covered bus stop shelter and through coordination with the Town, survey, pour concrete and construct the bus stop shelter. We also hope to inspire other organizations to assist. (Picture and italicized text from the grant application.) 

What could have been emphasized here was that this will probably serve a population which will use this bus stop to get to work, get to medical appointments, shop, and get to recreation facilities, thus there is an impact on more than one area of focus.  Rotarians will be actively involved in the hands-on work, will build a lasting asset for the community, set an example for other organizations, and enhance an already existing strong relationship with the town government.

Support of Police K-9 Training Center by Chester Rotary:

Yep, Chester Rotary has gone to the dogs.  This summary below of the club’s grant application best describes the grant.

The Rotary Club of Chester Virginia seeks to assist with the upgrade, maintenance, and repair of the Chesterfield County Police K-9 Training Center. The center continuously trains handlers and tracking and narcotics detection dogs (handlers and dogs are either training or working 8-hour days 20 days per month). Going forward, the county plans to increase the number of handlers and dogs as a component of its strategic community education and safety effort. This training center is bare-bones funded by Chesterfield County in the annual budget process and funding does not keep pace with need. The center, however, supports and is used by at least four smaller police departments and local Virginia State Police that offer no contributing resources or funds. Overuse of the center results in more rapid wear and tear of items and facilities reduces training time and can be a safety concern. Items to be purchased will increase the number of dogs and handlers that can train at the facility at the same time, expand the scenarios for training, and will protect dog and handler from injury. Maintenance and repair (M&R) labor support will be provided by members of the Chester Rotary Club; individual members of Chester’s local Boy Scout Troop and the Thomas Dale Interact Club will be able to earn credit towards merit badge and community service requirements. Our marketing strategy is to ensure club sponsorship: is listed on the club’s web page and is added to the marketing list of community projects supported by this Rotary club; is included in information announcements in area community newspapers; additionally, the K-9 handlers with dogs have agreed to exhibit at our major BBQ fundraisers to educate the community – this will also counter stereotypical images of police dogs frequently on display via Hollywood/television entertainment media. The K-9 department is currently seeking county approval for a Rotary emblem at the training facility entrance. In sum, our effort will assist the Chesterfield County Police in its effort to protect the citizens of this county and will help other departments across the greater Central Virginia region. and will have sustaining value year-over-year for the working life of the dog.

Besides partnering with the County Police Department, there will be support for an opportunity for engagement with the Boys Scouts of America and with one of the club’s Interact Clubs.  What is mentioned elsewhere is that the facility will promote the training of Police K-9 for community safety, not just tracking duties, which will enhance the ability for the Police Department to provide services to the elderly and youth in the  community.

The grant application did not include any pictures, but we figured you knew what a dog looks like.  OK, can’t resist.  These are not Police K-9s, but they will suffice for the moment.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.