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2021-2022 and beyond
What is Rotary?
Rotarians typically respond to this question in a variety of ways; they often respond that Rotary is…
  • A local community service Club.
  • An International humanitarian charity.
  • Service Above Self!
Each of these answers, and many others involving the concept of Service, are true. 
How about the members of your community, how would THEY describe Rotary or your Club? 
To be known as a service organization, we need to…
DO SERVICE!    Here in District 7210, we Do GOOD & Have FUN!
What role does The Rotary Foundation play in your Rotary Club's Service? 
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Our District’s Rotary Foundation Goals are to ensure that every Club will:       
  • Apply for a District Grant and/or Global Grant for their Projects.                                                                
  • Support the Foundation's Annual Fund at an average of $144/member & 100% participation.
  • Support the Foundation's Polio Fund with at least $100/Club.                               
Rotary’s Areas of Focus                                           
Rotary is dedicated to improving lives and creating a better world through these seven Areas of Focus:       
  • Peace Building and Conflict Prevention
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment                                                                                                                  
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 
  • Maternal and Child Health                                                                                                                                
  • Basic Education and Literacy                                                                                                                            
  • Community Economic Development                                                                                                       
  • Environment         
Rotary Foundation Grants                                                                                          
There are two primary ways in which your Club can receive Rotary funding for YOUR service projects:
District Grants fund smaller scale, short-term projects in your community or around the globe.  District 7210’s very simple one-page District Grant application is typically due in early spring, for projects to be conducted during the following Rotary year (July 1 – June 30), with about 30+ Clubs receiving grant awards typically ranging from $250 to $4,000, with an average District Grant award of about $1,000.
Global Grants support significant projects with sustainable and measurable outcomes in partnership between at least two Districts from different countries.  The extensive application process for Global Grants, with grant awards between $15,000 and $400,000, often takes a year or more, but the benefits are obviously worth it.  Recent examples of Global Grant projects currently underway by Clubs in our District include clean water projects in Haiti, and a pending opioid addiction prevention project here in our own Hudson Valley.
Which types of Grant has your Club received?  Which Grants are you applying for this year?
Foundation Recognition for Clubs                                                                             
  • 100% Foundation Giving Banner; $100/capita average to any Foundation Fund,100% participation by every Existing Active Member at $25 minimum.                                                               
  • 100% Every Rotarian Every Year Banner; $100/capita average to Annual Fund - SHARE, 100% participation by every Existing Active Member at $25 minimum.              
  • Top Three Per Capita Club Banner; Top Clubs in Annual Fund Giving.
  • 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Banner; All current Members are Paul Harris Fellows.
  • Learn more at 
Foundation Recognition for Individuals                                                                         
  • Foundation Sustaining Member: $100 to Annual Fund each year 
  • Paul Harris Fellow: $1,000+ to Annual or Polio Funds (9 levels)                                     
  • Paul Harris Society: $1,000+ to Annual or Polio Funds each year                             
  • Benefactor: $1,000+ bequest or donation to Endowment Fund      
  • Major Donor: $10,000+ donation to Foundation (4 levels)
  • Bequest Society: $10,000+ bequest to Endowment Fund (10 levels)
  • Arch Klumpf Society: $250,000+ to Foundation Funds (6 levels)
  • Learn more at 
The Rotary Foundation's Funds                                                                                  
  • Annual Fund - SHARE: Support for our Projects today                                                              
  • Endowment Fund: Providing for a secure tomorrow            
  • Project Specific Funds: Such as Polio Plus, Disaster Response, Areas of Focus, etc.
The Rotary Foundation's Other Programs                                                                    
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships                                                                      
  • Rotary Scholarships                                   
  • Vocational Training Teams
Where Can Your Club Find and Share Service Project Ideas?                            
You will find the following highly useful Online Tools listed on your home page at               
Rotary Showcase                                                                 
The source for searching/posting Club and District projects!  Post some of yours here today!                       
Rotary Discussion Groups                                                        
Join a group, or many, and exchange ideas about virtually any Rotary topic.                                                     
What are the challenges faced by your Club, and how can a great service project help to solve them?     
General Categories of Service Projects                                                                   
The service projects conducted by the Clubs in our District typically come from 3 general categories, and the most vibrant Clubs are likely to have one or more projects of each type:
  • Local Projects or International Projects
  • Hands-on Projects or Checks written to others for their projects
  • Fundraising Events…are they service?
What type of service projects benefit your Rotary Club and members the most?  More on that later…
Benefits to Your Club of Signature Hands-On Service Projects                         
In addition to obviously benefitting the recipients of your service project efforts, having a well known “signature” hands-on service project will benefit your Club and Members in many ways, including: 
  • Engage existing members & increases Club fellowship (FUN!)                                                                 
  • Increases retention of existing members                                                                                                        
  • Raises awareness of your Rotary Club in your community                                                                        
  • Increases support (financial and otherwise) for your Projects and activities                                         
  • Attracts new members to your Club                                                                                                                
  • Known to attract the target demographics beneficial for Rotary’s future (youth, women, etc.)        
  • Provides an opportunity to work with the youth programs you support, such as Interact or YEX 
Get Out There and be People of Action!                                                                 
The District’s challenge to you and your members is to not only achieve the goal of ensuring that your Club is actively engaged in significant service projects and generously supportive of The Rotary Foundation, but to develop at least one of your projects to be a Signature Hands-On Service Project.  Please post all of your projects on Rotary Showcase (a requirement for District Grant recipients) so that others can learn from, and build upon, your experience and efforts. 


Contact our District’ Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Louis Turpin
for assistance and/or to have Louis do a presentation for your Club or Region:
Rotary Foundation Resources
Foundation Program Director & DRFC:
PDG Louis Turpin
VTT/Scholarship Chair:
PDG Bill Bassett
District Grants Committee:
Greg Bolner
Billy Flash
Irene Monck
Shannon Modafferi
John Romano
Rose Shaffer
Gary Silver
District Giving Committee
Assistant Governors &/or Representatives from each Region