PDG Wade Nomura escaped the smoky south coast (Sherpa Fire) coming to Los Olivos with a history of the Rotary Foundation. Rotary International is the administrative arm of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation is the charitable are that does all the projects world wide. He explained the differences between district, global and packaged grants and the criteria for project approval. It is interesting that the criteria is based on criteria developed earlier by District 5240.
After making us all feel good about all the good things Rotary does all over the world, Wade cut to the chase - What can we do for Rotary? Paul Harris Fellowships (one time gift of $1000), Paul Harris Society ($1000 a year), Benefactor, Bequest Society, Major Donor, Arch Klumph Society ($250,00 or more). Norm mentioned there are two clubs in South Korea that are 100% Arch Klumph Society members. Click here
details on all these programs.
Our club usually contributes $100 per member to the Foundation and half this money comes back to the club three years later as a district grant. Individual donations to the Rotary Foundation from members increase the amount of district grant money available when it comes back.
Wade also spoke about his involvement in Rotary projects all over the world. Besides participating in a National Immunization Day in India, he has participated in over 40 projects, mostly in Central America, where he approves or denies project applications for water and health related projects.