Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 540 Issue Date: 9 Sep, 2019

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Where the donations go!

Rotary Foundation

Guest Speaker Greg Thurston introduced by Kevin Watson: Greg was born in Perth and attended Tuart Hill High School. He has been in Rotary for 19 years and is married with three children. His hobbies are golf, hockey and ballroom dancing. He is also a Rottnest Island volunteer guide.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. It does this in six ways

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

  • Disease prevention and treatment

  • Water and sanitation

  • Maternal and child health

  • Basic education and literacy

  • Economic and community development


    Greg spoke of District Grant and Global grants

    District: Small scale, short term, local or international activities that must be completed in a year. Funding is on a $1 for $1 basis. Applications for our District 9455 close on 31/05. In the current financial years twenty five grants totalling $56,000 were awarded.

Global: Large, long term with up to $30K US available per grant. Must be sustainable, measurable, and align with areas of focus. There is a world fund to match the $30K US. Applications are accepted at any time.

Greg then showed two examples of global grants with Australian Rotary clubs in operation one in Vanuatu and one in India.

Some final information re charities including that Australians on average donate $318 pa across three charities. For further information consult

Some final information re polio – in 1988 there were 350,000+ cases of polio reported. Last year there were 33, all in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border area.

Polio eradication is one of several Rotary 'giving' programmes. Others include Centurion, Paul Harris, Bequests and Arch Klumph.

Questions from

Kevin Watson: Is there ongoing Rotary monies for projects undertaken?

Clark Scarff: How does global grants and financial leveraging work?

Guest Speaker thanks from Geoff Watson.

Author: Grant Woodhams

Published: 16 March, 2019


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Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
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Fines Master
11 Sep, 19
Hugh Lavery
Bill Frazer
Douglas Bruce
Dan Crisp
Jason McCarthy
Jim Dillon
Kim Stokes
Robert Houwen
18 Sep, 19
Peter Svensson
Raj Mavath
Viki Fennell
Geoff Watson
Phil Martin
Graeme Bylund
Michelle Mitchell
Hugh Lavery
25 Sep, 19
02 Oct, 19
Bruce Ralph
Jim Dillon
John Gooch
Laurie Dines
Kevin Watson
Kerryn Horo
Robert Houwen
Jason McCarthy
09 Oct, 19
Clark Scarff
Grant Woodhams
Steve Muir
Lew Hills
Peter Sukiennik
Tom Maina
Ray Haynes
Jim Dillon
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