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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 

March is Water and Sanitation Month

Our district ROMAC child  Chriselda and her mum Belina flew home on Sunday 18th February back to Timor Leste. Two year old Chriselda had cardiac surgery on February
 6th at the Royal children’s Hospital. She recovered very well and enjoyed her stay in Melbourne having visited Healesville Sanctuary, Arthur’s seat and a visit to the Dandenong market.
The host family Elizabeth and Tim Jones did a fabulous job in looking after Chriselda and Belina. The hosts are non-Rotarians but were very keen to help Romac after losing their 4 year old 
son to a cardiac problem in 2015. Also a big thanks to the Rotary Club of Dandenong South East for being the sponsor Club. At the Club’s farewell meeting to Chriselda and
Belina, Elizabeth and Tim handed a cheque for $15,000 to ROMAC which was from their amazing fundraising efforts since the passing of their son.
 
Regards, Colin
Published on January 12, 2017
General Secretary and CEO at Rotary International
 
We are close to eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history. A global public-private partnership has reduced the poliovirus caseload by 99.9% over the last 30 years, but there’s still plenty of work to do.
Even before we reach that milestone, the knowledge and infrastructure built to fight polio is being repurposed to take on other global challenges.
 
3 countries where polio is still endemic
 
Fewer than 40 children were paralyzed by polio in 2016, the lowest number in history. This is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries that the world saw in 1985 — the year that Rotary International initiated a worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease.
 
155: the number of countries involved in largest coordinated vaccine switch in history
 
In 1988, Rotary was joined in the effort by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF (and more recently the Gates Foundation) to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
 
Today the virus is limited to a few areas in just three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
In response, Nigeria intensified surveillance activities to pinpoint where the virus is circulating.
 
In Pakistan, innovative tactics are being used to focus polio immunization drives. Health workers are trained in the use of cellphone data reporting, which allows real-time recording of immunization coverage and public health surveys of populations.
 
In Afghanistan, the program continues to adapt in order to reach the maximum number of children possible despite a volatile security situation.
 
There are three different strains of the poliovirus. Once a strain is eliminated (type 2 was officially eradicated in September 2015), we have to match our vaccines to the remaining strains to protect children globally.
 
This transition is a massive undertaking, requiring significant funding and coordination to accomplish global health feats that have never been attempted.
On Saturday, 26th November, Rotarians and friends from across D9820 gathered in support of the Gala Dinner held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre to celebrate our Rotary Foundation turning 100 years. 
That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.  All of us in attendance enjoyed a great night of fun, laughter and dancing ‘til we dropped, to the music of The Baker Boys.  Past District Governor and The D9820 Rotary Foundation Chairman Tony Spring, along with Past District Governor David Louden and District Governor Lynne Westland cut the cake which was enjoyed by everyone.  Through our Foundation Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.  The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the our community and the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
All of us in attendance had a great night and sincerely thank TRF Chairman Tony Spring, DGN Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs for all the hard work that went into an extremely successful night.  Well done, and ‘thank you’.

Four months of this Rotary year have gone already and this month we will celebrate our own charity – The Rotary Foundation, which transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

I hope to see many Rotarians, partners and friends at our Gala Celebration of The Rotary Foundation on 26th November at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.

I know it will be a great night, so get a table together and book in now!

End Polio now!!!

Sam Owori
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension. Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants, alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in the coming years.  "There are many places which need Rotary and numerous potential members who have never been invited," he says. "The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the doors."
 
Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
 
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Owori is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.
 
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