Our Foundation - September 2007
A NEWSLETTER FOR ROTARY LEADERS
A friend recently sent me a link to A social
website that addressed and defined the term entrepreneur is
a mass recruiter
Its definition: “Social entrepreneurs
are individuals with innovative solutions to
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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
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!
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.”
• Provision of 1,000 bore wells at a cost of Rs.2.5 crores in Andhra Pradesh made him
• 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
ROTARY WORLD PEACE
SYMPOSIUM IN SALT LAKE CITY?
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
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
will strive to match the interests of Rotarians around the
WITH OUR TRF
world with the fundraising needs of the Rotary Centers.
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.
EDUCATIONAL, HUMANITARIAN AND
OUR PROGRAM AWARDS —
WHERE DO WE USE THE MAJORITY OF OUR FUNDS?
2004-2005 PROGRAM AWARDS
2005-2006 PROGRAM AWARDS
Continued on next page
OUR FOUNDATION - SEPTEMBER 2007 PAGE 5
AND FOR 2006-2007 —
THESE ARE UNAUDITED NUMBERS
*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.”
GRANT APPROVALS FOR THE ROTARY YEAR 2006-07
THE FOLLOWING GRANTS WERE APPROVED DURING THE
2006-07 ROTARY YEAR:
GRANT PROGRAM NUMBER OF TOTAL GRANT
Blane Community Immu- 56 US$83,486
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 PROGRAM
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.
OUR FOUNDATION - SEPTEMBER 2007 PAGE 7
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. email@example.com
Please Note: Matching Grants are awarded to clubs and districts,
not to individuals or scholars. Read eligibility requirements and
other program information.
A CHALLENGE TO ROTARY
— AND A CHALLENGE TO ROTARIANS
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
DO YOU HAVE UNCOMMITTED
DISTRICT DESIGNATED FUNDS (DDF) ?
FOUNDATION GENERAL MANAGER JOHN OSTERLUND
SUGGESTS HOW TO USE AVAILABLE DDF
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
IF YOU WOULD LIKE DETAILS OF YOUR
SHARE DISTRICT REPORT AND YOUR
PROJECTS FUNDED THUS FAR IN 2007-08,
PLEASE CONTACT STEVE LYONS
FOR A SHARE TRANSACTION DETAIL
BY DISTRICT REPORT. Continued on next page
DONATE YOUR DISTRICT DESIGNATED
FUNDS TO THE ROTARY PEACE CENTER
INITIATIVE — PLEASE SEE PAGE 19
THE ROTARY CENTERS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
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
ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO DONATE YOUR
DISTRICT DESIGNATED FUNDS
— PLEASE SEE PAGE 19
SCHOLARSHIPS FUND POOL FOR
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.
WHO CAN HELP?
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
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS POOL?
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
AND ANOTHER WAY TO DONATE YOUR
DISTRICT DESIGNATED FUNDS — PAGE 19
POLIOPLUS PARTNERS CHALLENGE 2007-08
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.
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-
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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
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.
ROTARY FOUNDATION ALUMNI
WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW?
… 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
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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CONNECTS JAPAN AND GHANA
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-
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
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.”
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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-
OUR FOUNDATION - SEPTEMBER 2007 PAGE 17
Mini Puri was a
G RO U
1994-95 Group Study
TEA DY EXC
Exchange team member
from District 3010 (India) to District ER
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-
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
A "WHAT PAUL HARRIS SAID" mes-
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.
RGHF Chairman/President 2006/07
R/C Longniddry & District
District 1020, Scotland.
OUR FOUNDATION - SEPTEMBER 2007 PAGE 19
Do it! Fill out this form, designate your funds, sign and mail or fax to TRF.
Our Rotary Foundation
Edward Blender, Editor
CALL FOR 2009-11 ROTARY
WORLD PEACE FELLOW CANDIDATES
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.