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					          Our Rotary
                                                                          Our Foundation - September 2007

                                              A NEWSLETTER FOR ROTARY LEADERS

                       A SOCIAL
                          A friend recently sent me a link to             A social
                    website that addressed and defined the term       entrepreneur is
                    “social entrepreneur”.
                                                                      a mass recruiter
                              Its definition: “Social entrepreneurs
                       are individuals with innovative solutions to
                                                                          of local
PRRFC Eddie Blender
                       society’s most pressing social problems.        changemakers
Editor, Our Foundation
                       They are ambitious and persistent, tackling
                       major social issues and offering new ideas
  for wide-scale change.” Changemakers? Change-agents?
       Rather than leaving societal needs to the government
 or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not
 working and solve the problem by changing the system,
 spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take
 new leaps.
        Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-
 friendly, understandable, ethical, and engage widespread sup-
 port in order to maximize the number of local people that
 will stand up, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other
 words, every leading social entrepreneur is a mass recruiter
 of local changemakers—a social entrepreneur is a role model
 proving that citizens who channel their passion into action
 can do almost anything.
       Changemakers? Change-agents? This truly defines
 Rotarians for me!
                                 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
                         RAVI VADLAMANI HONORED (D3150 India)
                                                      Rotarian Ravi Vadlamani’s passion to help the needy
                                              and underprivileged is exemplary and worth emulating. Work-
                                              ing with Rotarians and large multi-national companies he has
                                              undertaken many projects in the areas of education, health, wa-
                                              ter and sanitation, women empowerment and poverty alleviation
                                              in the India.
                                              Ravi working with many Rotarians and districts worldwide:
                                              • provided more than 100 Tube wells in the villages of Gun-
                                              tur and Prakasam Districts of Andhra Pradesh and a number of
                                              Districts of Tamilnadu.
Ravi Vadlamani (on right) receives Honorary   •   As President -Round Table of India, under his theme “Right
Doctorate from Acharya Nagarjuna University   to Learn”, he was responsible for the construction of more than
                                              130 school buildings in 63 cities throughout the country.
               •         He has been responsible for constructing Lift Irriga-       Sri Ravi Vadlamani firmly
                    tion Schemes in Rajupalem, Eleswaravaripalem, Jammu-            believes in doing good in the
                    lapalem, Mylavararam, Baddepudi, Martur, Uppalapadu,            world, the motto of The Ro-
                    Ongole in Prakasam District, Ghattusingaram, Teku-             tary Foundation and its Mis-
                    lagudem in Khammam District and Kotappanagar in Gun-            sion Statement , “to advance
                    tur District at a cost of Rs.400 lakhs.                         world understanding, good-
                                                                                     will and peace through the
               •        The safe drinking water scheme undertaken by him at
                                                                                     improvement of health, the
                    a cost of Rs.400 lakhs in Khammam District, particularly,
                                                                                   support of education, and the
                    tribal areas remain as a milestone in the services track of
                                                                                       alleviation of poverty.”
                    Sri Ravi.
               •       Provision of 1,000 bore wells at a cost of Rs.2.5 crores in Andhra Pradesh made him
                    “Borla Ravi”.
               •         Sri Ravi has also provided several irrigation wells to the poor farmers. With his ini-
                    tiative, 5,000 school benches at a cost of Rs.100 lakhs were provided to the Primary and
                    Upper Primary Schools in and around Guntur. Rural Schools in Telangana District re-
                    ceived more than 500 computers at a cost of Rs.1.5 crores. His sincere efforts resulted in
                    the construction of 25 school buildings at a cost of Rs.75 lakhs and 200 houses at a cost
                    of Rs.1.2 crores in Nizampatnam.
               •       He has provided more than 3,000 sewing machines to the poor women and also pro-
                    vided 300 Milch cattle to the underprivileged women.
                In the words of R.I. President Wilfred Wilkinson it is the magic of Rotary at work – we
               quote – “The magic of Rotary is that Rotary allows ordinary people to do extraordinary
               things. Rotary allows people like you and me – people whose lives revolve around our
               families, our jobs and our communities – to reach beyond our daily lives to do, and be,
               something more. It allows us to open our hearts to people we might never meet and to
               share the love that we have for our own communities with a community thousands of
               miles away. Because Rotary is about human beings’ love for other human beings, who-
               ever and wherever they may be. Rotary allows us to express that love and to share it.”
OUR   FOUNDATION   -   SEPTEMBER 2007                                   PAGE 3

              DID YOU ATTEND THE
        During those three days prior to the convention you
 were able to witness firsthand what Rotary is doing to build,
 educate and promote peace and understanding in the world.
 While at the Peace Symposium you had the opportunity to
 interact with over 200 of our Rotary Peace Fellows and learn
 how they are working to make a difference – working to            YOU HAVE THE
 change the world. Change-Agents!                                 ABILITY TO REACH
                                                                   OUT, EDUCATE
        The Rotary Centers remains the highest educational          AND INFORM
 priority of Our Foundation and the Rotary Centers will con-       OTHERS OF OUR
 tinue to be an important focus in terms of fundraising for the    FAR-REACHING
 2007-2008 Rotary year.                                           ROTARY CENTERS
        In the coming months our TRF Major Gift Officers
                                                                   PLEASE WORK
 will strive to match the interests of Rotarians around the
                                                                   WITH OUR TRF
 world with the fundraising needs of the Rotary Centers.
                                                                    MAJOR GIFT
        We need your help. It is one of our goals is to seek         OFFICERS.
 support for Endowed Rotary World Peace Fellowships at the
 $500,000+ level, as well as Named Rotary World Peace Fel-
 lowships currently at the $60,000 level. If you are aware of
 someone who has an interest and the financial capacity, ei-
 ther outright or through a bequest, to support the Rotary Cen-
 ters we ask that you please contact us: EBlender@aol.com

    Our Rotary Foundation needs Rotarians, Rotary clubs
and districts to become more involved in the Rotary
World Peace Fellows program and they may do so by
recruiting, nominating and nurturing applicants and by
creating named endowments and allocating District
Designated Funds to fully support this program.

             2004-2005 PROGRAM AWARDS
                    (94.5 MILLION)

                                Humanitarian Grants
                                Program 41%
                                PolioPlus 35%

                                Educational Programs

             2005-2006 PROGRAM AWARDS
                    (91.1 MILLION)

                                 Humanitarian Grants
                                 Program 49%
                                 PolioPlus 27%


                                     Continued on next page

OUR   FOUNDATION    -    SEPTEMBER 2007                                                         PAGE 5

           AND FOR 2006-2007 —




                                                                  *PolioPlus Partners grants are paid using flow
                                                          through funds of cash and DDF specifically designated for
                                                          PolioPlus Partners. In 2006-2007: US$5,762,125

                         OUR ROTARY PROGRAMS LEAD TO PEACE!

                          PRIP Luis Vicente Giay stated, “Everything we do through our Rotary
                        clubs — from fighting poverty to eradicating polio — is intended
                        ultimately to promote world peace. What better way to contribute to that
                        effort than by helping to develop future world leaders committed to
                        achieving peace and understanding.”

                                   Past Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul recently
                           said, “In one way or another, all of the excellent programs of The
                           Rotary Foundation contribute to world peace and understanding.”
                2006-07 ROTARY YEAR:

         GRANT PROGRAM                 NUMBER OF             TOTAL GRANT
                                         GRANTS                AWARDS
         Blane Community Immu-               56                 US$83,486
         nization Grants
         District Simplified Grants         379               US$5,573,074
         Health, Hunger, and Hu-             18               US$4,704,763
         manity (3-H) Grants

         Matching Grants                    2,008             US$21,887,048

         Volunteer Service Grants           202                US$990,000

         ---------------the number:         2664            US $33,216,163
         And by adding in DDF                               US $15,000,000
                        TOTALS:                             US $48,216,163

    Humanitarian Grants District Support Forum
        Beginning 1 July there is a new resource available to those leaders that
   work most closely with Humanitarian Grants: RRFCs, DRFC Chairs and
   DGSCs—the Humanitarian Grants District Support Forum.
          This online forum, which is accessible through Member Access, will pro-
   vide a wide range of humanitarian grants-related information, such as news
   and calendar items, downloads, instructions on how to obtain an activity re-
   port, discussion forums, photos and much more. You are encouraged to visit
   this site regularly for updated information pertaining to Humanitarian Grants.

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OUR   FOUNDATION   -   SEPTEMBER 2007                                  PAGE 7

               MATCHING GRANTS
     The Rotary Foundation’s Matching Grants program offers
an excellent means to obtain additional funding for humanitarian
      The program provides matching
funds for international humanitarian pro-
jects of Rotary clubs and districts. These
grants assist clubs in carrying out a
broad range of humanitarian projects de-
signed to improve the human condition
and advance Rotary’s ultimate goal of
world understanding and peace.
      Matching Grants projects must involve a Rotary club in the
project country and an international partner Rotary club in another
country. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant appli-
cations can be submitted any time between 1 July and 31 March.
Approval general takes approximately six weeks.
       Help is available to find international partner clubs or dis-
tricts. Your sponsoring Rotary club will often be your best re-
source. Contacts made at other Rotary meetings and events can
also help. If these contacts are unavailable or unable to help, Dis-
trict 5500 (Southern Arizona, USA) has offered to facilitate find-
ing potential international partners. Contact District 5500 Grants
Subcommittee Chair Sally Montagne. sally.montagne@cox.net

 Please Note: Matching Grants are awarded to clubs and districts,
not to individuals or scholars. Read eligibility requirements and
other program information.
             Dear fellow Rotary World Peace Fellows,
                                            I was inspired in Salt Lake City. Very in-
                                     spired. As Rotarians donate to our programme, I
                                     wanted to give something back, now that I am able
                                     to. For the $95 million endowment planned for
                                     2015, they have already raised $18 million. Amaz-
                                     ing. And the endowment will make this programme
                                     permanent. I want that to happen. Sixty to 70 new
                                     fellows every year — imagine that!
                                           So I pledged my support. I pledged that I
Peace Fellow Alumni Scott Lang
      and Gert Danielsen            would also give $1,000 per year until I die. That’s
                                    about $84 a month. And I will give another $1,000
             a year if five of you also give $1,000 a year until you die.
                    Scott Lang has accepted the challenge. Now we need four more
             fellows to pledge. Together, we can tell Rotarians that we give $7,000 per
             year for the rest of our lifetime. Will you accept the challenge?
                    I am not rich. I am comfortable. I have
             huge debts, but I want to prioritise giving back,                If you would like to
                                                                     support the Rotary Centers
             getting more fellows — from Africa, from disad-
                                                                     with a financial contribu-
             vantaged countries and regions. I believe in peace      tion, please include the
             education, long-term solutions. And I want to           words “Permanent Fund –
             show Rotarians that I believe in the programme I        Rotary Centers Pooled
                                                                     Fund” on your check
             benefited from. I hope you will join me.                and/or contribution form.
                   Help me get into more debt, help me pro-                   This will ensure that
             mote an African centre.                                 your gift is correctly allo-
                                                                     cated to the Permanent
                    Thanks for your time and attention. If there     Fund. Earnings on your gift
             is a will, there is a way. I hope you will join Scott   will be directed to Rotary
                                                                     World Peace Fellows annu-
             and me in showing Rotarians that we also believe        ally.
             in what we have been given.                                      For further infor-
                                                                     mation, please contact Gift
                                 Yours, in peace,                    Administration at 847-866-
                                      Gert Danielsen, MA             3380.

OUR   FOUNDATION   -   SEPTEMBER 2007                                      PAGE 9


       In a recent letter addressed to the Dis-
trict Governor, District Governor-elect, Dis-
trict Rotary Foundation Committee Chair,
District Grants Subcommittee Chair, District
PolioPlus Subcommittee Chair and the Dis-
trict Rotary World Peace Fellowships Sub-
committee Chair, TRF General Manager
                                                  John T. Osterlund, General Manager
John Osterlund wrote: “Districts that                   The Rotary Foundation
                                                        of Rotary International
have available DDF not committed to
projects planned during 2007-08 are
encouraged to put the funds to use by
donating DDF to:
• the PolioPlus Partners program and

• the Rotary Centers for International

  Studies in peace and conflict resolution

 (847-866-3362; STEVE.LYONS@ROTARY.ORG)
           BY DISTRICT REPORT.                                                 Continued on next page
                              IN PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

                         Recent events in the Middle East, Iraq and in other areas of con-
                         flict around the world remind us of the importance of continued
                         efforts to make and keep peace. In the last 15 years alone, 3.6
                         million people have died as a result of civil wars and ethnic vio-
                         lence, and more than 45 percent of these deaths are likely to
                         have been children.
                 The Rotary Foundation has shown its             District Designated Funds
          commitment to creating a more peaceful          have helped us in our mission to
          world by establishing the Rotary Centers for achieve world peace and interna-
          International Studies in peace and conflict     tional understanding.
          resolution and the Rotary World Peace Fel-             As of 20 July 2007, District
          lowships.                                       Designated Funds for only 20 out
          Each year up to 60 new fellows, chosen from of 60 Class VII (2008-10) Rotary
          various countries and cultures, come to one World Peace Fellowships have
          of the Rotary Peace Centers to earn a mas-      been donated. We need your
          ter’s degree in international relations, inter-
          national law, public health, political science,
          and peace and conflict resolution, among               Your district can help en-
          other subjects.                                 sure the selection of a full class of
                 The Rotary Centers’ curriculum           fellows by contributing DDF to
          teaches graduate students to identify the root the Rotary Centers pooled DDF
          causes of conflict, such as poverty, unsus-     fund by 1 October 2007
          tainable development, and lack of political
          freedom. Courses also train students to exercise diplomatic discourse as a
          means for solving international problems. With such a degree, Fellows are able
          to obtain positions at the United Nations, World Bank Organization of Ameri-
          can States (OAS), non-profit organizations, etc., that they would not be eligible
          for without such a degree. Through the first six classes, The Rotary Foundation
          has received over 1000 applications from over 400 districts and the Rotary
          Centers Committee has selected 340 candidates representing over 50 nationali-
                 Over 180 program alumni such are already making a demonstrated im-
          pact on the peace and security of peoples lives around the world.
                                                                          Continued on next page
OUR   FOUNDATION    -   SEPTEMBER 2007                                                      PAGE 11

         In order to provide more opportunities for low-income dis-
tricts to sponsor scholars, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation in-
vite all districts to donate to the Scholarships Fund Pool for Low-
Income Countries. This donation will help support one of the em-
phasized objectives of the Ambassadorial Scholarships Program: En-
couraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportu-
nities for scholars from low-income countries. The Scholarships Fund
Pool for Low-Income Countries is a permanent funding option of the
Ambassadorial Scholarships Program.
     All districts, including low-income districts, are encouraged to
         donate any amount to the Scholarship Fund Pool for Low-
                                                                                 The deadline for submis-
         Income Countries as they make their SHARE funding deci- sion of applications for the Schol-
         sions for program year 2008-09.                                 arship Fund for Low-Income
     Even if a district cannot afford to donate an entire scholarship, Countries will be the same as for
         there is the option of donating a smaller amount to achieve all 2008-09 Ambassadorial Schol-
         the same goals.                                                 arship applications: 1 October
     These scholarships will be awarded exclusively to approxi-          2007.
         mately 32 candidates from low-income countries, regardless              For more information on
         of whether their district contributed to the fund or not.       selection criteria, please refer to
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?                                           the Program Guide for Rotarians
     Each low-income district and low-income country within a            (publication 012).
         multi-country district will be invited to submit one applica-
                                                                                 For other questions, please
         tion total (not one per type of scholarship) to TRF. (Recent
         Trustee Decision: Rotary districts comprised of more than       contact Renée Stephenson, Re-
         one low-income country may now submit one endorsed              source Development Senior Su-
         Ambassadorial Scholarship application for each low-income pervisor, Educational Programs,
         country within the district).                                   by phone at (847) 866-3314 or
     A candidate may choose to apply for any of the following types e-mail at:
         of scholarships: Academic-Year or Cultural.
     The scholarships will be awarded on a world-competitive basis.
     A Rotarian selection committee appointed by the Trustees will
         review the applications according to the general eligibility and selection
         criteria for each type of scholarship. Candidates who plan to return to
         their home countries after their scholarships to share the knowledge and
         skills they acquired abroad will be given preference.
     The final number of scholarships awarded will depend on the pooled fund
         and the number of qualified applications received.                                   Continued on next page

                 Progress – Polio Eradication IS Realistic:
                       The technical feasibility of eradicating wild-type poliovirus
                was confirmed in October 1999 when the last case of paralytic polio
                due to wild poliovirus type 2 (1 of 3 types) was detected anywhere
                in the world. By 2002, the feasibility of eradication was reaffirmed
                by certification of eradication of all 3 wild poliovirus types in three
                of the six World Health Organization (WHO) Regions.
                The Case – Completing Polio Eradication:
          In 2006, only four countries still had wild-type poliovirus, limited to small
  geographic regions of Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. This war on po-
  lio will not be won until the last case of polio is gone. This must be done as
  quickly as possible.
          Rotary launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 and contributions to the
  PolioPlus Fund continue to support the most essential components of polio
  eradication activities in our partnership with the World Health Organization
  (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF. With
  Rotary’s community-based network worldwide, Rotary is the volunteer arm of
  the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio.
  PolioPlus Partners:
          In 1995, a sub-program of PolioPlus, the PolioPlus Partners program
  (PPP), was developed to allows individuals, Rotary clubs, and districts the op-
  portunity to directly contribute to polio eradication projects submitted by fellow
  Rotarians in polio-endemic, importation, and high-risk countries through the PPP
  Open Projects List.
  The Need – PolioPlus Partners in 2007-08:
          Contributions to PPP go directly to Rotarians conducting social mobiliza-
  tion and surveillance activities in the polio-endemic, importation, and high risk
  countries. Social mobilization is organized community activities designed to
  help make immunization activities successful. Rotarians play a critical role in
  these activities by using PPP contributions to purchase:
  • Media and posters to communicate when and where the immunization activi-
      ties will occur.
  • Caps, aprons, badges, and megaphones to identify health workers and volun-
                                                                      Continued on next page
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OUR   FOUNDATION   -   SEPTEMBER 2007                                  PAGE 13

 •   Stickers or balloons to reward children and parents to encourage future
 • Bicycles, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and motorcycles to distribute the vac-
 • Vaccine carriers, refrigerators, and ice packs to maintain the integrity of
     the vaccine.
               These tools are provided through the PolioPlus Partners pro-
 gram. Additional funding of at least US$5 million will be needed to purchase
 these tools in 2007-08.
 The Incentive – Matching Funds for PolioPlus Partners:
        Since the Polio Eradication Fundraising Campaign (PEFC) ended in
 2005, fundraising for PPP, in addition to PolioPlus, remains a pri-
 ority. The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation recognize the sig-        INTERESTED IN
 nificant funding needs for PPP and will continue to match both             DONATING
 cash and District Designated Funds (DDF) contributions US$.50                  DDF?
 for every US$1.00; up to US $1 million in 2007-08. This match-
 ing opportunity is an incentive for individuals, clubs, and districts     SEE PAGE 17
 to make a contribution to PolioPlus Partners in 2007-08.
 The 2007-08 PolioPlus Partners Challenge – What Can Rotarians Do?
        Funding for PolioPlus Partners is essential to help all Rotarians achieve
 the goal of a polio-free world. To help meet the significant and ongoing fund-
 ing needs, we are extending a Challenge to all Rotarians, clubs, and districts
 to become 2007-08 PolioPlus Partners:
        1. Asking for 100% participation from all Rotary districts to allocate a
 minimum of 10% of their available DDF.
        2. Asking all Rotary clubs and districts, Interact and Rotaract clubs to
 have a club program for PolioPlus Partners by March 2008.
        3. Requesting district leaders to encourage all clubs chartered after 1
 July 2003 to consider making a club contribution, having a fundraiser, or
 making individual contributions to PolioPlus Partners.
        4. Requesting zone, district, and club leaders to encourage new mem-
 bers after 1 July 2003 to contribute and become a part of Rotary’s number
 one goal of global polio eradication.
        5. Encouraging all Rotarians that view PolioPlus as their primary Ro-
 tary interest to make another contribution to PolioPlus Partners.

    With everyone’s continuing support, we shall
 demonstrate our resolve and achieve a Polio Free world.
                WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW?
                                       Nidhi Khosla
                                           … was sponsored by District 3010                         CE
                                   (India) to study at the Rotary Center at                    FEL
                                   Duke University/University of North
                                   Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Rotary World Peace
                                   Fellow from 2005-07.
                                          Nidhi will begin her Ph.D. studies in public health at
                                   Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland USA this
                                   fall. She received full funding for five years of study from
                                   the university.
                  As a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center at Duke/UNC she was fortunate to
            have received the similar offers from other prestigious universities, but the program
            at Johns Hopkins offered the best fit.
                  This Ph.D. opportunity will allow Nidhi Khosla to continue to work toward
            her goals of exploring HIV, AIDS and gender issues as part of community health
            programs and bringing field experience to policy planning initiatives.
                  Nidhi’s areas of expertise include: Institutional fund raising, development
            project management, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS and development issues
            and her most recent job position was the Program Officer, for ActionAid India.

                                                                                    AS S A
                                                      Ainash Alpeissova was the    SCH DORIAL
                                               very first Ambassadorial Scholar to     OLA
                                               come from Kazakhstan (District 2430).
                                               Awarded the scholarship from highly selective Fund Pool
                                               for Low-Income Countries, she studied law at Harvard Uni-
                                               versity during the 2001-02 academic year.
  Former Ambassadorial Scholar Ainash                 “I would like to express my gratitude to the Rotary
Alpeissova (left) stands in traditional Kazakh
       dress with her host counselor,
                                               Foundation for the financial support to study at Harvard," she
                                               says. "It changed my life and opened new opportunities for
                          professional and personal growth. I met people in the Rotary organization
                          and admire their dedication, service and hard work to make the world a bet-
                          ter place and I am planning to join this organization in the near future.”

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      大使の Scholar は日本とガーナを結ぶ
       Keiko Sawa’s learning journey as a 2004-06 Ro-
 tary Foundation Multiyear Ambassadorial Scholar in
 Ghana took her to the front lines of humanitarian ser-
 vice and broadened international understanding among
                                                             Ambassadorial Scholar Keiko Sawa gives oral
 the Rotarians of her sponsor and host countries as well.        polio vaccine to a child in Ghana.

        While she was at the University of Ghana, Sawa
 researched Ghanaian families to investigate whether the fos-
                                                                     M UL
 ter care system has become a hotbed of child trafficking in    AMB TI-YEA
 the Volta region. The study became the basis for her dis-             A SSA     R
 sertation.                                                          S CH    DOR
                                                                          OLA IAL
        At the same time, she helped extend Rotary’s reach in her host        R
 country. As a member of the Rotaract Club of University of Ghana,
 Sawa provided rice, maize flour, cooking tools, and books in a project
 supporting the Teshie Orphanage.
        She also participated in Ghana’s PolioPlus immunization cam-
 paigns in 2004 and 2005. “We gave oral polio vaccines to children,” she
 stated in a report to The Rotary Foundation. “I also met some people
 who suffered polio when they were children.”
        As the first Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club
 of Korien, Osaka, Japan, Sawa updated club members on her activities
 every month. “They had a sense of distance between Japan and Africa,”
 Sawa said. “Now, however, they think about many problems — for ex-
 ample, education, poverty, child labor, and polio — in Ghana and Af-
        Sawa also introduced Japan to many Ghanaian Rotarians at the
 district conference and assembly and club meetings.
        “The Ghanaian people have a rich culture,” she said. “They help
 each other not only as families but as neighbors. It is said that the fam-
 ily link is getting to be weak in most developed countries. The Ghana-
 ian people have something that we have forgotten recently.”

                                                                                           Continued on next page
                                     Jean Irwin was sponsored            ASSA
                              by the Rotary Club of Sparks, Ne-         SCH DORIAL
                              vada, USA (District 5190) to study as a          R
                                Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the
                                University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England in 1988-89.
                                The scholarship helped her to conduct a research on hearing
                                disabilities and to receive a Masters Degree in education for
         Rotarian Jean Irwin    the hearing impaired.
                                       Irwin was acknowledged as Reading Teacher of the
     Year by the International Reading Association of Nevada in 1992, as Best Young
     Educator by the Reno Jaycees in 1993, and received the Best of Education Award by
     the Reno Gazette Journal in 2004. She also had a role in establishing a legislative bill
     on mandatory hearing tests for newborns in Nevada which enables the early interven-
     tion that is critical to their language development. She currently teaches hearing im-
     paired students at McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada.
             Irwin became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset
     in October, 2004, because, in her view, “Rotary makes positive changes throughout
     the world.” She was recently a part of the team that helped an orphanage in Mexico,
     started a new role in training outbound ambassadorial scholars, and has spoken at 120
     conferences for both Rotarians and teachers of the hearing impaired where she shows
     how she teaches the profoundly deaf students to speak.

                                       Father Giovanni Contarin did not need to travel      PEA
                                far to attend the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies               CE
                                Program program in January of 2007. Rayong,               STU
                                where he works as Director of HIV/AIDS care at the
                                Saint Camillus Foundation, is a relatively easy journey to Bang-
                                       As one of the oldest students in the program and one who
Father Giovanni Contarin        combined his class work with his professional work on weekends
                                and during breaks, he sometimes found burning the candle at both
                         ends to be taxing. Yet he greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and
                         share experiences with others involved in peace and conflict resolution is-
                                "It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he says.
                                Currently he embarks on a new project in the south of Thailand
                         with the Burmese and Moken ethnic groups in which he will coordinate a
                         team of five people for a three year program on HIV/AIDS education
                         aimed at prevention and protection and on building up a network of sup-
                         port associations.
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                                 Mini Puri was a
                                                       G     RO U
                                                                    P ST
                          1994-95 Group Study
                                                                  TEA DY EXC
                                                                                EMB HANGE
                          Exchange team member
                          from District 3010 (India) to District                   ER
                          4410 (Brazil).
                                 Puri started Synergy International, a consulting
                          firm which works to provide sustainable business so-
                          lutions for the Indian marketplace. Puri and his asso-
ciates design, develop, or source technologies which can provide cost-
effective and sustainable solutions to empower rural people from the devel-
oping world, so that they can fight their poverty more effectively. The sectors
which they focus on for socio-economic development are water, sanitation,
health, power, education, and employment.
        Puri also helps international organizations, institutions, individuals,
and students who want to study or undertake development work in the Indian
sub-continent. One of Puri’s principal projects is Naiade, a solar-powered
drinking water disinfection system. The system is capable of delivering 2,500
liters of safe drinking water per day (in 10 hours), which serves the needs of
about 1,000 people per day.

                          For attendee Elisabeth Abeson (International Christian Uni-
                   versity 2003-05), the Rotary World Peace Symposium was a mile-
                   stone event:
                          Before attending the recent Rotary World Peace            PEA
                   Symposium, I was a firm believer that the Rotary Cen-                  CE
                   ters program would gain momentum and take hold. I                    LOW
                   knew it was evolving alongside the fellows, whose di-
                   verse contributions infused me with a sense of steady movement
                   toward a collective goal. Until then, I was patiently waiting for a con-
crete sign that it was living up to its remarkable, and rather daunting, potential.
      The contributions shared by fellows at the symposium showed that there is no
more need to wait for this program to realize its potential. We are there. The sympo-
sium showed me that the program has indeed taken hold and provided scores of dedi-
cated donors, trustees, Rotarians, and Foundation staff with return on their investment.
       Discussions at the symposium with donors, Rotary Foundation trustees who nur-
tured the program, RI and Foundation staff, Rotarians, and fellows gave me a firm
sense that this little-known fellowship that I had won in 2003, this seemingly idealistic
notion of creating a generation of cross-sector peace wagers, is enveloping our global
network of communities now.
                                WHAT PAUL HARRIS SAID...
                                                      "If the money in this world which is do-
                                               ing its possessors more harm than good could
                                               be diverted to charitable purposes, charity
                                               would have no financial problems; and it
                                               would be unnecessary to intercept the course of
                                               any decent, honest dollar going on about its
                                               business without homicidal intention… My
                                               work in Rotary is nearly done."
                                                                           Paul P. Harris, 1912
                                                      Paul Harris’ words of 95 years ago reflect back
                                               on to ourselves as we begin to work towards fulfilling
                        Paul P. Harris         The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund target
                                               for 2007/08.
sage will be sent (free-of-charge) to you              Paul Harris, like Arch Klumph after him, be-
every other week and also to whomever          lieved in voluntary giving from Rotarians without
you wish. Please register for this free ser-   any financial obligations placed upon Rotary members.
vice at: www.historycomment.org                This remains true today. Harris, like so many others,
                                               could see that when we use our voluntary donations for
                                               charitable purposes, the world will see what we can do
                                               with every ‘decent, honest dollar’.

                                                      From our ambitious Rotary Centers in Peace and
                                               Conflict Resolution to our continued drive towards the
                                               elimination of polio, our freely given contributions to
                                               our Rotary Foundation will continue to fund the charita-
                                               ble purposes Paul Harris dreamed of almost a century

                                                       Sadly, Harris gets it wrong when he concluded
                                               with the words that his work is ‘nearly done’ - Paul Har-
                                               ris would continue working for the Rotary movement for
                                               another 35 years. This truism is consistent to every
                                               member of a Rotary club - our work is never done - nor,
                                               is our commitment to The Rotary Foundation.

                                               Calum Thomson
                                               RGHF Chairman/President 2006/07
                                               R/C Longniddry & District
                                               District 1020, Scotland.

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              September 2007
               Edward Blender, Editor

         CALL FOR 2009-11 ROTARY
                       Though the deadline for receiving
                 applications for the 2008-10 Rotary
                 World Peace Fellowship has passed, it is
                 not too early to start thinking about next
        Spread the word!
        Rotarians and Alumni you can help your district
   to identify interested candidates — perhaps you know
   promising students, friends, or former colleagues who
   work in peace and conflict-related areas.
        Find details about the fellowship program, includ-
   ing applications, at the Rotary Centers online.