Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 05, 2019

What Do Rotarians Do? As Rotary Club members, we take action to contribute our skills, expertise, and financial support to address six causes - promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We accomplish a great deal of this work through Rotary grants, which are used to fund local projects here in our communities and global projects around the world.

To effect local change within these areas of focus, Rotary Clubs use local grants, funded through money raised by our fundraising projects. A Club may also qualify for and use a District Community Grant, half of which is funded by a Club, and half of which is funded by the Rotary District to which the club belongs. District Community Grants are matching grants, in that the Club’s money is matched by the District’s money, up to $7,000 in one year. Each Club is allowed one such grant per year.


The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County has used many such District Community Grants over past years - to help build the Rotary Pavilion in H.J. Carroll County Park, to build the Bookmobile Bus Barn at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, to contribute to the construction of the playground at the Elementary School, to support our high school scholarship program and to support improvements in facilities and student mentoring at the Jefferson Teen Center on the campus of Chimacum High School. 


This year, through the District Community Grants program, and with the Club’s financial support and leadership, we have marshalled skills from across our communities to build a pavilion in the garden area at Chimacum High School to support the school’s vocational horticulture program. 


Club members plan District Community Grants two years in advance in order to work with as many community organizations as possible within the constraints of the grant, and to make the most positive change possible in the lives of those in our communities.  Each grant is carefully and fully developed before it is funded by the Club and by our District, Rotary District 5020 (which stretches from the north tip of Vancouver Island BC almost to the Columbia River, on this side of the Salish Sea). We also seek to involve as many Rotarians and their expertise in the development and execution of the grant. Our parent organization, Rotary International, approves nearly 500 such grants each year, and spends over 26 million dollars to support them. 


Interested in learning more? Email Foundation Committee Member John Erickson, or Club President Paul Wynkoop at >< or >< .  




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