Good News, Bad News
By Ralph Hammond
First, the good news. Six Rotary clubs in our district submitted District Grant Projects last week. It is wonderful that so many clubs are taking advantage of Annual Fund Contributions.
Now, the bad news. There are only three District Grant slots remaining for the current grant cycle.  

There are just 14 days until November 30, when funds in the District Grant Account will go to all clubs. The extra cash is offered on a lottery basis and is available to clubs hoping to fund a second project.   So far, three clubs are queued up for that extra cash, which is enough for up to three $3,000 projects. 

New projects receiving Foundation funding
Here are the nine grant applications that were approved last week, in alphabetical order by Rotary club name:
  • Acton: Food Pantry Project
  • Auburn: Robert Goddard Park Renovation 
  • Ayer: Liberia School & Water  Project  Finalized at District Level
  • Bedford: Track & Field Equipment for High School
  • Governor Jim Fusco:  $10,000 Allocation
  • Groton-Pepperell: Teen-Age Anxiety Project in Groton-Area Schools
  • Littleton: Loaves and Fishes Project  
  • Montachusett Area: Liberia School & Water Project Finalized at District Level
  • Northborough: Crock-Pots for clients of Northborough Food Bank
Giving money to the Rotary Foundation
Here is the prestigious “Every Rotarian, Every Year” (EREY) list of Rotary clubs that have reached at least the 80-percent rate for membership giving to The Rotary Foundation:
  • Billerica: 100%
  • Brookfields: 100%
  • Charles River: 100%,
  • Tyngsboro-Dunstable: 100%
  • Milford: 93%
  • Montachusett Area: 92%,
  • Wachusett Area: 91%
  • Brookline: 86%  
Last year, only 18 percent of clubs reached at least the 80-percent EREY mark. Right now, 16 percent are on that list.   
Ralph Hammond, chair of District 7910's Foundation Grant Coordinator Team, may be reached at