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Now that the first year of the
new Grants Model has been
completed it is time to see
how it is working. One of the
most positive outcomes is
that more clubs and districts
have banded together to
implement larger sustainable
Our Rotary Foundation
funded 488 District Grants
worth a total of $US23.5 million and 868
Global Grants worth $US47.3 million.
The Trustees are very conscious that
they have a fiduciary duty to ensure
Foundation funds are spent wisely.
To help in achieving this, clubs and
districts have the support of a cadre of
Technical Advisors. These are Rotarian
volunteers who have been
vetted as specialists either
in one or more areas of
focus or in financial audits.
Last year, on behalf of the
Trustees, these volunteers
carried out more than
153 assignments. Forty-
four were technical (desk)
reviews prior to funding
approval, and 68 were
mandatory onsite screenings for larger
projects, either before approval or
during the project`s implementation.
The cadre also conducted 41 audits
of projects and districts, some Trustee
policy mandated and some at random.
We have also learned that some
sponsors of Global Grants have
struggled with needs assessments,
sustainability and monitoring and
evaluation. This is where the cadre
can be of practical assistance and the
members have been asked to increase
their availability to grant sponsors,
right from the start of the application
process. Clubs and districts sponsoring
grants can access this assistance by
contacting their regional grants officer
to support this initiative.
We are looking to add volunteers
to our cadre in all areas of focus and
in auditing. If you are interested in
joining the cadre email cadre@rotary.
org for more information.
The aim of the Trustees is to make
the new Grants Model as user friendly
to clubs and districts as possible.
In Rotary, we have the
opportunity to build bonds
of friendship with fellow
Rotarians around the world.
And once a year, at our
we have the chance to get
together with all of our
Rotary friends to share new
ideas, plan new service and
just have fun.
What better way to celebrate the
end of the 2014-15 Rotary year, and
Light Up Rotary with your friends, than
to travel together to the 106th annual
Rotary International Convention in São
Paulo, Brazil? Whether you have never
been to a convention before or are
an experienced convention goer, this
will be one you won’t want to miss.
Preregistration pricing ends on March
31, so plan now for the biggest Rotary
party of the year.
The convention will begin on
Saturday, June 6, and after the
opening ceremony there will be a
traditional Brazilian Carnival party and
a Samba School Parade at
the Anhembi Sambadrome.
Even if you think you have
no rhythm or can’t carry a
tune, you will find yourself
dancing, singing and
laughing all night long.
The party and parade will
feature the bright colours,
feathers and sequins of
Carnival costumes as well
as the sights and sounds of samba,
the Afro-Brazilian music and dance,
and the delicious food and drinks of
On Monday night, Ivete Sangalo,
winner of two Latin Grammy Awards,
will entertain Rotarians and every
evening of the convention, Rotary
Restaurant Nights will let you enjoy
discounts in the culinary capital of Latin
America. Savour fish from the Amazon,
sushi with a Latin flair, Brazilian beef
and other offerings from some of São
Paulo’s 30,000 restaurants and bars.
Admission to several museums in São
Paulo, including the excellent soccer
museum, will also be free with your
Brazil reflects a diversity almost as
great as Rotary’s: Paulistanos, as the
people of São Paulo are known, have
created a lively culture with influences
from all over the world. One of the
highlights of any Rotary convention is
always hospitality night, where you can
get to know local Rotarians. Monday
night is your chance to experience the
paulistano lifestyle with the Rotarians
of Brazil – but be sure to book early as
numbers are limited.
In Rotary, service and friendship go
hand in hand. As you focus on the
work of this Rotary year, I ask you
not to lose sight of the importance of
international friendship and to register
for the São Paulo convention now at
President, Rotary International
Get ready to party all night long in Brazil
The New Grants Model and your cadre of technical advisors
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