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The Rotary Foundation

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The Rotary FoundationOur Governor has set some very high targets for the coming year – and some of them relate directly to The Rotary Foundation. 

I’m sure that the goals will appear prominently elsewhere in the directory, so I’d like to take this opportunity to set out just which programs are funded and supported by The Foundation. Each of the programs will be dealt with in more detail on following pages.

Global Grant Scholars:

Haida Passos (Belconnen)

Your contributions to The Rotary Foundation help fund scholarships for postgraduate students in fields related to Rotary's six areas of focus.

Global Peace Scholars:

Garth Britton (Canberra Sunrise)
Our District has been very successful in recent years in nominating a Peace Scholar to travel overseas to study some form of International Relations – working towards the Rotary objective of “International understanding, goodwill and peace”.

Rotary Foundation Alumni:

Graeme Waite (RC Woden Daybreak)
Individuals who have participated in any of the above programs, or as a Rotary Volunteer are members of The Foundation Alumni.

Many of these individuals are NOT Rotarians – and it may well be because they have not been asked recently! The Foundation has made an investment in our alumni – and it is up to us to check regularly on our investments.

Polio Plus:

Ken Hutt (Berry)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledge of US $200 million over 3 years is a challenge that we must accept. The world wide eradication of polio is sooo close! If every Club in this District contributes US $1000 each year for the next 3 years – then we will have met that challenge. New and innovative means of raising that total are only limited by your imagination.


PDG Bill Seelis (Berry)
It is hoped that we can participate in at least 5 matching grants this year. A worthwhile project in a developing country CAN be completed if your Club gets involved.There is funding available through District Designated Funds that could see your Club's contribution multiplied by a factor of seven!

 Humanitarian Grants

A new initiative that will replace the former grant categories of Helping Grants, New Opportunity Grants, Transportation Grants and Community Assistance Grants. 


PDG Paul Street

 Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)                                                                                                                                                                            Sustaining Member                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul Harris Society (PHS)

Centurion Program:

PDG Rowley Tompsett (Canberra North)

For less than a cup of coffee each week, you can become a Centurion, donating $100 each year to the Rotary Foundation. Perhaps you could simply add $2 to the cost of each meeting and every Rotarian in the Club could become a Centurion. This is a very easy and 'painless' way to contribute to our charitry.