Foundation Notes - November 2, 2015
Foundation Notes: Great News On Annual Giving Toward Cash For Grant
By Ralph Hammond
For next year's cash, as of this October 31, District 7910 has an average of $18 per member. We’re ahead of the same date a year ago by 124 percent, or more than $5,000. Last year, among 543 districts worldwide, we stood at No. 133, with only 25 percent of those other districts doing better. It would be great if we can grow to at least No. 133. Currently, we are on a pace to do even better.

Two clubs in our district are now above the $125-per-member goal: Bedford and Milford.

Four new District Grants were approved last week:
  • Milford Swim Program for the Local Community
  • Montachusett Area Governor’s Special Food Packing Event Project
  • Needham Back Packs for Maine Project      
  • Wachusett Area Food Pantry and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Service) Project
Slots for 10 District Grants of $1,500 each remain, with a balance of $14,145 for the upcoming November 30 offer to all clubs. This balance may not hold.
Next May 31 marks the end of the 2017 Peace Fellowship application cycle. Follow the application process very, very carefully. The Rotary Foundation would reject an application if any section is not completed. Both the long-term Two-Year Masters Program and the short-term Three-Month Certificate program are free, so there is no cost to either the district or your club. For more information:
  • Contact Terrence Parker of the Rotary Club of Bedford at
  • Click here to visit the Peace Fellowship Application page on RI’s website
  • Click here to view the Peace Fellowship video on RI’s YouTube page
Shown, right, is Maria Effendi, a former Peace Fellow who is now working as an assistant professor in peace and conflict studies at National Defense University (NDU) in Islamabad, Pakistan. “I teach courses on conflict analysis, applied conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and peace-building in the master’s program,” she states. “NDU is the pioneer institution that introduced peace studies and conflict resolution as a discipline to Pakistan’s education system in 2008, and I joined the NDU team in early 2009 to further establish the department and curriculum."
Shown, left, is Path Heang, who spent part of his childhood toiling in the rice fields of a Khmer Rouge camp in Cambodia. The experience left him determined to help his country heal from the years of brutality that killed around two million Cambodians. Path is a former Peace Fellow now working as chief of a UNICEF field office. “I am in a senior position because of the analytical skills and tools I learned as a Rotary Peace Fellow,” he states. “Now I can influence national policy for the poor in Cambodia.”
Ralph Hammond, chair of District 7910's Foundation Grant Coordinator Team, may be reached at