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 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

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 (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:


SuAnne Bryant Grants Chair

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 (
  • 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.




Rotary helping communities

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 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 (, 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.

Economic Development Grants


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As promised, a bit about Community and Economic Development District Grants:

On October 19th we posted an article about Community and Economic Development as being one of the Rotary Areas of Focus to not be overlooked when looking for a worthy global or district grant project.  You can scroll down on this page after this article  and reread the October 19th blog.

cropped-historic-triange-equine-assisted-therapies.jpgWe promised to come back with some of our District grants which listed Community & Economic Development as a primary or joint area of focus.  The District 7610 Peace Conference and the Foundation Reception and Awards Banquet intervened, but today we will begin a series about Community and Economic Development District Grants.

We begin today with the $42,527 multi-club 2017-2018 District grant (partially funded by the grant) awarded to the Area 7 Rotary clubs of Petersburg, Petersburg Breakfast, and the Colonial Heights.  The paragraphs in italics are clipped directly from the application for this approved grant and can be seen on the grants tab of

“The Lakeview Park Playground/Gazebo project’s objective is to remove the old unsafe playground equipment and replace it with new equipment which will carry a Nautical Theme since it is located new the reservoir at Lakeview Park. The project also includes the building of a new Gazebo that replaces the one that was removed about 2 years ago due to its safety. The project will bring together the 3 clubs of Area 7 (Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Petersburg Breakfast) in a multi-club district grant and in partnership with the City of Colonial Heights Park and Recreation Department and City of Colonial Heights Lawn Maintenance Department.

The community need is to provide safe playground equipment for the children of the city of Colonial Heights as well as the surrounding South Chesterfield County area as with this location of Lakeview park it is visited by both city residents and county residents. We will also be providing a Gazebo at the park for the families to socialize with their fellow citizens and have a place they could also have small family picnics. The long-run benefit will be for the children to grow up with the opportunity to have a safe place to play and get exercise while making friends and families having a place they feel they can come and enjoy family time and make new friends. We also want this to be an opportunity share the message of Great Rotary Work and partnership with our city to the citizens of the community.”

Lee Park RotariansThese clubs have a great track record completing Community and Economic Development grants.  Their grant last year was completed at The Lee Park Meadow in Petersburg.  That grant had Prince George partnered in the grant as well.  These grants are improving the entire Crater area region.

Just remember that it is annual fund giving that results in monies returning to the district to help fund such grants.

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Foundation Rock Stars


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Baked brie, smoked salmon, chocolate cake, music, and wine, Oh My!

District Rotary Foundation Chair, Chuck Arnason, and Rotary International Director-Elect (RIDE), David Stovall, assisted Past District Governor Diane Hagemann to celebrate the year of Foundation giving during her tenure as District Governor.


Michael & Beverly Reception

Photo by Jan Rowley

The evening of November 9th in Williamsburg was actually two events.  The Friends of the Foundation Reception honoring Major Donors, Bequest Society Members, and Paul Harris Society members, was sponsored this year by District Governor John Padgett and Maguire Woods, LLC.  DG John is the Managing Partner of the Norfolk Office of Maguire Woods.   During the Reception, three new Major Donors were recognized, by Rotary International Director-Elect (RIDE), David Stovall,  DG John and Lee Ann Padgett, Bill and Lois Billings, and Colleen Bonadonna & Daniel Hockenberger.  Kyle Davis, on guitar, provided music.



Major Donor Honorees

Lee Ann & DG John Padgett, RIDE David Stovall, Lois & Bill Billings, Colleen Bonadonna & Daniel Hockenberger


The second event, the Foundation Awards Banquet, is the culmination of the two-event evening.  It is at the banquet that the highest giving clubs, recipients of District Services Awards, and the recipients of the three highest Foundation Awards are recognized. The Banquet was accompanied by a cash bar reception, wicked baked brie,  and music on the keyboard by Jeff Paul. RIDE David Stoval did double duty, being both our keynote speaker and the chief presenter of the awards. Bill Billings was the event photographer.

The 2016-17 Awards list is provided here for a description of all of the club and individual recipients.


PDG Bill Pollard, PDG Bob Preston, PDG Jim Probsdorfer, RIDE David Stovall, Alex Ritchie, PDG Diane Hagemann

Alexandria Ritchie of the James River Club received the Outstanding Alumni Award.  She was an Interact member and is currently a member of the John Tyler Rotaract Club and the James River club, as well.  She is an undergraduate biomedical student.


DavidBillHennSukiChuckThe recipient of the James Russell Pierce Foundation Leadership Award was William “Bill” Henn of the Rotary Club of Petersburg Breakfast. Bill received the award from Suki Pierce (Rotary Club of Virginia Peninsula), the widow of Jim Pierce.  This award is conferred on Club Rotary Foundation Chair who served his or her club and The Rotary Foundation with distinction.

Bill Henn Pierce Foundation Leadership Awarrd

RIDE David Stovall, Bill Henn, Suki Pierce, PDG Diane Hagemann, Chuck Arnason

The final award, the Citation for Meritorious Service, is unique in that it can be only awarded once each Rotary year by a district and the recipient may receive the award only once.  The Award recognizes extraordinary service to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and is not awarded for monetary contributions.  The recipient this year was Ken Hodge of the Newport News Club honoring his service and accomplishments for three years as the Development Chair for the District Rotary Foundation Committee.

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RIDE David Stovall, Ken Hodge, Chuck Arnason, Jim Probsdorfer.


All photos except the shot attributed to Jan Rowley are the art of Bill Billings.

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Happy Rotary Foundation Month


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Time of celebration in District 7600!

Having broken three giving records … per capita, annual fund, and total giving, the district is up for a celebration next Thursday night on November 9th at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club at our annual Foundation Awards Banquet.  We really hope you are among the Rotarians planning of sharing in the celebration.

Waging peace … an area of focus.

A number of District 7600 Rotarians joined Rotarians from our neighboring District 7610, at a Peace Conference in Fredericksburg last week.  Among the speakers was Pat Schafer whom many of us met and learned from at the District Conference in September.  Pat shared, again, the message about building structural environments for peace and conflict resolution.  She was joined by some remarkable Rotary Peace Scholars, who though young, were already well educated, well traveled, and already committed to building a more peaceful world in their own realms of endeavor.


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Chuck Arnason, Reem Ghunaim, PDG 7610 Juanita Cawley, Matt Ford, Pat Schafer

Matt Ford is an analyst with the World Bank and is learning how income disparity, low national Gross National Product, and climate change contribute to conflict.  Reem Ghunaim is the Executive Director of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace based in Portland Oregon.  Reem is originally from Palestine and Matt is from Australia and both are Peace Scholars from the Duke-UNC Peace Center.

The conference was inspiring, informative, and challenging.  Building peace is hard work.  You can learn more about the roles Rotarians can play in waging peace by joining the Rotary Action Group for Peace at


Chuck, Reem, Juanita, Ronnie, Matt

Can you find D7600 District Governor, Ronnie Chantker?




Foundation Banquet Ahead


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no lie … it is time to register for the District Foundation Awards Banquet!

Change of plans:

In last week’s blog, we promised to feature one or more of the district economic & community development grants and, in due course, we will do that, but …



Photo Credit Bill Billings (Rotary Club of Franklin)

We are only one week away from the registration deadline (November 2)  for the District Foundation Banquet at which stellar Foundation giving clubs and outstanding Foundation leaders will be recognized.  Thirty plus clubs will be receiving banner awards and a number of individuals will receive praise for their dedication to The Rotary Foundation.


The dinner is the World Famous Americana Buffet dinner with a large variety of food to satisfy individual tastes. There is also the opportunity, for those who wish to be more civilized, to purchase wine, by the glass or by the bottle, for their tables.  We need not mention the cash bar and appetizers prior to the dinner.

Attire is business formal, but you know Rotarians.  This is not a stuffy event, though.  Register your spouse while you are at it and, voila, instant date night at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club in Williamsburg. And/or register one of your younger or newer club members as your guest, so they can get a chance to see how friendly, warm, and encouraging District activities can be.

David StovallThe keynote speaker, is David Stovall, the Rotary International Director-Elect from Zone 34.  David is an aviator, long-time Rotarian, and avid funster. You will enjoy meeting him as he prepares to begin his term as a Rotary International Director in 2018. Hope he wears that hat.

All of you know the drill to register.  Pull out the credit or debit card.  Go to the calendar.  Scroll down to the date, November 9, and register for the Banquet by November 2nd, please.  Don’t like doing it that way, call the District Executive Secretary, Maryann Tetreault, before 12:30 a.m. any weekday morning and she will help you out.

Hope to see everyone there.  We have a lot to “crow” about.

Economic & Community Development Grants


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There are 6 Areas of Focus in the Rotary Foundation world … Economic & Community Development is one of them:

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IPTC Creator: Alyce Henson     IPTC Credit (c) Rotary International

We cruise Rotary Images on from time to time.  When you pull up Rotary Images you can input a search term to pull up a cluster of photos meeting that search criterion.  This photo is one of the images which popped up when we searched “Economic and Community Development.  In the photo, Christopher Castro (center) of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, New York, is in Nan Sema on the island of LaGonave, Haiti.  He is helping to secure solar panels on the roof of a local clinic.  With Rotary Foundation Matching Grant 73919 Rotarians from District 7250 and Haitian Rotarians, staffed a week-long medical clinic, installed a laptop and satellite to be used to for telemedicine and converted the community center’s power source to solar energy. After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Port Au Prince residents fled to the island, increasing the population by 30%, creating stress on the available services on this small island.


The thought came to mind that with the recent ravaging of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other weather destroyed communities, such a similar grant effort might be considered.  The uses for such projects are so many … water pumping & purification, fire & ems (any first responder) services, schools, communications … so many possibilities.  Just planting a seed …

Local Economic & Community Development Grants

The first round of District 7600 grants have been awarded and round 2 grants are in the bin.  In the next issue of this blog, we’ll report on some of the District Grants which had the economic and community development identified their primary area of focus.  Helping communities overcome barriers to employment, transportation, health, education and other community enhancers is a worthy Rotary goal. It will be informative to learn what some of our local clubs are doing in this arena.

Don’t forget to register for the District Foundation Awards Banquet (November 9) on the calendar.  Enough said for now.