#STARS and #Million$Year


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#STARS 16 Days & Counting:

Good news.  You have 16 days to register for the District 7600 #Join the STARS (#STARS for short!)

At least 3 members from each club should attend, if not more.  There are three separate seminars and each Rotarian registers for just one of the seminars … either Membership, Public Image, or Foundation. The chairs or at least a member of each club committee in these areas should be present to learn:

  • best practices
    • Foundation led by Chuck Arnason & Team
    • Membership lead by Mike Jallo & Shel Douglas
    • Public Image led by JoAnn Meaker & team
  • latest Rotary International messaging in each seminar
  • requirements in the documentation updates for clubs activities & projects
  • latest grant requirements with a focus on Community Assessments
  • Lashonda Delivuk, D7570 Public Image Vice-Chair, speaking in both the membership & public image seminars

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Clubs, a message to all … want to excel in innovative club presence, reporting, and starsvitality … send as many club members as possible to be exposed to and ride the rockets that will send your club to the #STARS.

Register by July 28th on dacdb.com calendar and #JoinTheStars!

When you have registered consider, going on your facebook page and put #STARS into your post and mention that you have registered for one of the seminars.  If you want to tell folks which one use a hashtag, e.g. #foundation or #membership or #publicimage. That will build the buzz for the seminars.


The Rotary Foundation books have closed for the 2017-2018 year.  There will be some adjustments, but it is totally safe to report that in Past District Governor John Padgett’s and District Rotary Foundation Chair, Chuck Arnason’s past year, District 7600’s members donated 1.1 million dollars in total giving. More refined figures will be released soon, but needless to say, this is a B A N N E R year for District 7600. More on the other figures very soon.


Debbie Wall, District Secretary, (seated left) Stan Wall (seated) PDG Bob Preston (seated) & Catherine Garcia. Standing Left  Rudy Lee Garcia, District Development Chair, and Appaiah Ballachanda, (white shirt).  All at RI Convention in Toronto.

#JoinTheSTARS – August 4


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Sensational Trio of Rotary August Seminars:   #JoinTheStars

Register for the summer seminars which District 7600 offers to clubs providing the new ideas and inspiration necessary to have a dynamic Rotary club year. The #STARS are on August 4 at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg, VA!

Learn what’s newest in specific areas of club functioning:

This year the #STARS will feature three different training tracks, not just two as in years past. The latest best practices and requirements from Rotary International will be the focus in each of the respective seminars … Foundation, Membership, and Public Image.

The three featured seminars are symbiotic:

Our Public Image stories will share the good works of our clubs and of our Rotary bright-starFoundation. These stories of our good works with our will inspire our membership to become more engaged and invite others in the community to become Rotarians or join in the fun as Rotarian partners and supporters. Our stellar public image efforts and our vibrant membership will inspire us and our friends to continue or step up our generosity of dollars and volunteerism in our good works through club projects and through The Rotary Foundation.

Are you up to the challenge to inspire your club colleagues to attend one of the workshops?

The inspiration of others begins with each of us. Register on dacdb.com calendar and be an inspiration to others.

One more request … just one more:

When you have completed your registration for the #STARS, please post on your personal facebook page and on the club facebook that you have registered and use hashtags such as #STARS, #JoinTheSTARS. Then hashtag which seminar you are attending, e.g., #publicimage, #membership, or #foundation. Help us inspire juice for the #STARS .










The 2018-19 Rotary Year has begun


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We are off to a rollicking start: Tally Ho!

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What has happened so far?

The Spirit of 7600 July 2018 issue has been published and sent to every Rotarian in District 7600.  Our District Governor Susan and Spirit Editor JoAnn Meaker braved swollen streams and database outages to get the Spirit published on time with some gentle assist from, now, Past District Governor John and the District Rotary Foundation Chair Chuck.

If you don’t see the Spirit from Susan, look in your spam folder.  If it is there, label it is “not spam” and it should come to your email account thereafter.   If you want to see your club’s name in lights, get your articles and pictures to JoAnn by around the 20th of each month. You may send Foundation related articles to Carol Woodward, but all submitted articles will be considered for the Spirit.

The Rotary International database has returned after a few days of  R and R.  Between the 15th & 20th of July we should have a very close accounting of our district’s giving history for the 2017-18 year.

Dacdb.com took Saturday and Sunday off for some rollover maintenance functions, but it has returned just in time to satisfy all of your unquenchable needs for district information.

What is going to happen?

District Rotary Foundation Chair Chuck and his grants team are in the process of notifying clubs as to the status of their grant applications.  Good luck everybody!

The District Awards and Change of Leadership will be on July 14 at Colonial Heritage Country Club in Williamsburg and you have a few more days to register on dacdb.com calendar.

Your club should #JointheStars or the Sensational Trio of August Rotary Seminars on August 4th.  Click on the link for the Join the STARS Flyer. Register through July 28th for this stellar training opportunity.  Go to dacdb.com calendar and register for one of the three topical seminars … Foundation, Public Image, or Membership.  Yes, you choose only one topic.  Maybe you could get some of your club colleagues to register for the other seminars.  More details will follow, but just think great breakfast, great topics, and door prizes, door prizes, door prizes.

What is new & improved?

The giving portal on rotary.org has been streamlined and it is so, so easy to give online now.  Go to myrotary.org/donate and “voila” you are in the donation portal. To complete your donation you will need to log on by entering your username (usually your rotary email address) and your password.

See you on the 14th in Williamsburg!











2018 – 19 District Grant Status


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More grant applications, more $ requested:

The District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC), Chuck Arnason, and his crew of grant reviewers will really have their work cut out for them.  In these notes sent to the writer, a clear image of the task ahead emerges.

DRFC Chuck reports that 49 clubs applied for 23 District Grants totaling $237,863.38. Unfortunately, the funds available for District 7600 Grants is only $144,000.00.  Some grants may be fully funded and others may be awarded, but at somewhat reduced amounts.

Of the 23 grants, 12 are multi-club  projects involving 38 clubs.  There are 11 single club applications.

Half of the grant applications are “Supporting Education” in some form or another.  Another 25% of the applications address “Growing Local Economies.”

Chuck hopes to announce the awardees by June 21 (TODAY!), 2018, and then he plans to escape to Toronto on the 22nd.

Are you ready for some baseball?


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Be there … Richmond … The Diamond!

Baseball 2018Yes, we were rained out in May.  The whole idea had been to have our Richmond area game earlier in the year to beat the heat of July.  Well, we did, but what had not been anticipated was the rain, not a polite, respectful rain, but a deluge of a rain. The Squirrels, rightfully, called the game and helped us reschedule for the June 14th date.

District Secretary Debbie Wall and Past Assistant Governor Stan Wall are recognized as the End Polio Now Rotary Night at the Diamond organizers. These two amazing Colonial Heights Rotarians have full corporate careers, but also make the time to be active regional and District Rotary activities.  This last weekend they were front and center at the Zone 33 Training in Greensboro, North Carolina. A real perk of that event was the opportunity to meet the Rotary International President Elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin and his lovely wife, Esther.

SaM & Debbie Wall

On June 14th they’ll put their red End Polio Now tee shirts back on and greet all comers in the name of Rotary.  Check in with your club Rotary Night representative to get updated on the plan to replace your previous tickets or buy tickets if you hadn’t already.

Tickets are $10, $2 of which goes to Rotary’s End Polio Now … but wait, there’s more. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching that $2 by a 2:1 ratio meaning that your ticket will actually result in $6 being donated to End Polio Now in the name of your very own club.  How cool is that?

Play Ball!

Memorial Day & Rotary:


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Rotary & Veterans:

International Fellowship of Military Veterans:

Did you know there is an International Fellowship of Rotarian Military Veterans?  It is now an official Rotary Fellowship.  One may join even if not a veteran, but simply one who is supportive of those in service.  The annual cost is $10 and a life membership is $100.  For more information you may visit the Rotarian Veterans site or their facebook page.

Wreaths Across America:

This nonprofit is not Rotary affiliated but our District Newsletter Editor, JoAnn Meaker, is active in this organization which urges involvement in recognizing the sacrifices of our military dead, by remembering those who lie beneath the stones. Learn more about how you can be involved by visiting Wreaths Across America.

JoAnn is a published author and historian and has raised awareness of this grassroots effort to honor the country’s fallen.

We hope everyone’s Memorial Day Weekend has been enjoyable, memorable, and respectful.  Now this writer is going to go hug her favorite veteran.

“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.