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Welcome to Rotary District 5100’s website and blog for District 5100 International Service activities.

Hello, I am Kathy Stromvig, a Rotarian from the RC of SE Portland.  We have designed this site so that all 76 clubs in our district can experience the joys of participating in a International service project or activity. As you can see by the 2011-12 International Matching Grant Participation V6.0 report, we had a very good year for matching grants in 2011-2012. We want you and your club to be a part of this all-important Fourth Avenue of Service. This website has explanations, resources, forms, tips and links ready for your use. If you are stuck and can’t find the answer here, call on our experienced International Service Rotarians. You’ll find the main District5100 website here.

To be on the email list for our newsletter (a periodic), please submit your name, club name, and email me,  Kathy Stromvig.

Does your club have a project but needs other partners? Or does your club have funds available to team up with another club that is already sponsoring a project? Want to know what the International committee is doing? Want to know more about international activities in our district? Or do you as an individual simply want to participate in the International Avenue of Service? We can help. Start here, then contact one of us for further information.

Kathy Stromvig, Chair
District 5100 Matching Grants Cheerleader
503  319  3755

 District 5100 International Service Committee

Meeting Notes

June 21, 2012

We concluded the 2011-2012 Rotary year with a bang.  Over 40 Rotarians and guests participated in our special meeting at Solar World.  

Hillsboro Rotarian Amy Keiter, gave us an overview of Solar World and its social responsibility initiatives.  Her presentation was followed by George Green, IV, a professional engineer and a principal with Water Missions International, an NGO from North Carolina doing water and sanitation projects around the world.  He talked about their project in Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria and how they approach projects from a systematic engineering approach.  They also have projects in Honduras, Kenya, and Indonesia.  He and other representatives were in town to talk about a strategic partnership with Solar World.  He impressed us with what they do and how solar-powered pumps are more sustainable and maintenance free in the long run.

 Seaside President, and past D5100 WCS Vice Chair Stewart Martin gave us a glimpse into the future with the PEP Pilot (Project Enhancement Process) by The Rotary Foundation in cooperation with Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group, commonly known as WASRAG.  He cited studies of other organizations showing that 30-70% of water and sanitation projects can fail within five years – and asked us what our success rate is over time.  More international partners (like our clubs) are involved in the planning and choices around project work; not merely funding. The emphasis for both Future Vision and Wasrag is on good design, planning and sustainability. While Wasrag helps Rotarians with all sizes, the PEP Pilot will apply to larger projects, typically $200,000 or larger (Global Grants over $100K).  You can find a copy of his presentation by clicking here: Wasrag News & Presentation by Stew.

PDG Dick Elixman gave us a short overview of the New Grants Model (formerly known as Future Vision) and how that will affect international projects starting in July, 2013.  We will still do business as usual for matching grants, and things remain the same this year in regards to pilot and non-pilot districts.  So don’t hold back—get going!  However, on top of all of our normal activities this year, we will also have special training sessions.  Any club wanting to participate in an international matching grant in 2013-14 will need to have at least two members (which may include the President-Elect) attend these training sessions.  Here is the schedule by region.  

Roles for 2013:

PDG Christie Halvorson Chair of the District 5100 Foundation, replacing Dick Elixman
Bob Brandon Matching Grant Coordinator, replacing PDG Christie Halvorson
Christie Huot Grants Subcommittee Oversight Stewardship Coordinator
Kathy Stromvig Chair of Grants Promotion/International Service Committee, replacing Ron Kelemen

 Rotary Year 2012-13 Plans

We have $124,661 of District Designated Funds (DDF) available for matching grants

We have $38,665 available for District Simplified Grants (DSG)

 The second half of our meeting was all about getting our new Rotary year off to a strong start.  Via email, DGE Deniel Banks shared this message to us:The following activities are ones that I hope the committee can embrace this next Rotary year.  

  • Continue to be the promotion and educational arm of Rotary’s and the District’s International Service
  • Collect and/or encourage your Rotarian friends to submit 2 minute personal Rotary Moments to be highlighted in YOUR VOICE:  the 2012-13 Club and District eNewsletter.  Send stories and photos to AG Jim Walker at jim.r.walker@comcast.net.
  • Promote the district-wide photo contest and encourage all clubs with International Service projects to submit a photo.  Awards and displays will be at the 2013 District Conference at the Lloyd DoubleTree Hotel from May 17-19.
  • Recruit clubs early the need to get ‘qualified / certified’ to participate in the new grant structure which comes with the launch of Future Vision in July 2013. Training will start next winter.   Set an objective for attendance from each geographic area.  All club PEs will receive their Grant Management training at Pre-PETS.
  • Promote to clubs the value of attending one of the four fall Foundation training sessions.  Set an objective for attendance from each geographic area.
  • Encourage 100% participation by club International Service Chairs or their representative to attend next the 2013 District Training Assembly on April 20 at Lake Oswego High School.
  • Perhaps consider joining me in writing a ‘haiku’ in honor of our in-coming RI President Sakuji Tanaka and Kyoko. 
  • Consider joining in on a ‘flash mob’ or ‘rap’ presentation on International Service with an Interact club at the 2013 District Conference. 

 Well, I’ve given the committee a lot to think about.  You’ve had a legacy of good leadership and the legacy continues.  Thanks for all that each of you do for others who are less fortunate. 

Deniel, DGE

Once again, we have over $124,000 of DDF and $38,000 of DSG funds available.  We went around the room and asked club representatives how much they thought their club had available for international service projects this coming year.  The estimates total about $135,000, and that is from only those clubs present!  This means that we are off to a record year and that all of the DDF and DSG funds could be committed before the end of the calendar year.  We are already off to a great start with a multi-club project in Peru championed by Rotaract and with a proposal for a sewage disposal system in Nicaragua sponsored by the Dallas club.

 Therefore, if your club has a project idea—even if it is only in rough format—please complete this form.  We will add that information to a table summarizing all of the potential projects, their locations, and how much additional funding is needed from other clubs.  The backside of the attachment is the place for you to list what funds you think your club may have available.  We will also publish forms, meeting notes, and useful information in our updated website, located at www.D5100wcs.org

As with last year, those clubs that got their ideas published earlier and promoted them at our monthly meetings, were usually the ones that got enough funding to apply for a successful matching grant.  Please submit these forms to our new Chair, Kathy Stromvig at K.stromvig@comcast.net. For questions, she can be reached at 503-319-3755.  (Please note that although Ron Kelemen will still be an active member of our group, he is no longer the Chair, so please direct all your inquiries, suggestions, and compliments to Kathy.) 

 Next meeting:

Wednesday, July 18, from 4:00-5:30 at the District Office Conference Room, located on the 2nd floor in the AGC Building in Wilsonville.  See you then!

Want to get a quick overview on how to get your club involved in Rotary’s 4th Avenue of Service.  Then review this two-part Power point presentation: International Service 101. Part 1 and International Service 101, Part 2   This was the presentation by Stewart Martin and Ron Kelemen at the District 5100 Training Assembly on April 21.  It will give you four basic ways to do something international and how to go about getting started on a matching grant.  It’s actually easier than it seems, and this presentation gives you lots of helpful links to resources.

On behalf of the International Service/Matching Grants Promotion Committee, I want to thank all of you and your clubs who participated in an international project this Rotary year. For a while, it seemed like we were going to leave a lot of matching grant money on the table because of an initial shortage of projects and light club participation. But in the end, it turned out to be one of our best years ever.

We sponsored 19 matching grant projects in 16 different countries, with a total project cost of about $495,000!  Think of all the lives around the world that will be made better because of this!

Forty-two (42) clubs participated in one or more matching grant projects, and 16 clubs participated in more than one project. This represents $130,250 of hard-earned money from club fundraisers and member contributions. Kudos go to Portland for participating in 11 projects, taking the lead in three of them. Salem and Lake Oswego came in second with six, followed by Tualatin who participated in five projects.  These are only the Matching Grants and the District Simplified Grants.  (Several clubs participated in other non-matching grant projects.  I hope to highlight them once we have received all the information from them).

Through the power of leverage, these clubs’ contributions were matched with either District Simplified Grants (DSG) or as matching grants from our District Designated Funds (DDF) and funds from the Rotary Foundation. These matches from District 5100 totaled $125,439. And keep in mind, this money available from our district came from your Paul Harris contributions to the Rotary Foundation over three years ago.

Is your club on the list? Do you want to take a bigger role in this Rotary Fourth Avenue of Service? Here are two suggestions:

1. Get your club to commit to allocating a percentage of its fundraising dollars this coming year.

2. Attend our regular International Service workshops. They are held the third Wednesday of every month in the District office in Wilsonville at 4:00 p.m. The next one will be June 20.  If you are going off your club’s International Service Committee, please encourage your successor to attend.

More details about our results this Rotary year are on the Final 2011-12 International Matching Grant Participation V6. Thanks again, and let’s make the 2012-13 year even better. Too many people in other parts of the world are depending on us.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Ron Kelemen
District International Matching Grants Cheerleader

International Service 101  Here is a short–and to the point–presentation I made to the Clackamas Rotary Club September 15, 2011.  If you want a quick overview of why you should do an international project and how to get started, this is for you.  The main focus is on matching grants.International Service 101.ppt

Fellow Rotarians,

As you know, we are doing another DSG this year for Water and Sanitation on the primitive Island of Sumba in Indonesia.  You’ll see slide show in prior post.  Well, here’s the update.  Our friends from RC Bali Ubud Sunset – Past Presidents Sue Winske and Cat Wheeler, along with fellow member Gabe Monson traveled an hour or so by air to West Sumba Island, were greeted by natives with a musical/percussion welcome, given gifts and treated royally – because of what you have done in providing them fresh water tanks that collect rain water, and hold trucked water occasionally, as well as eco-composting toilets, all made from local materials.  Founder of our partner, Project Hope Sumba, Ann McCue told me by email yesterday two tidbits:

  • “It was splendid to have Cat, Sue and Gabe with us, and we were all heartened that they saw the absolute need for the water tanks and were able to speak to so many people directly about their lives and how they are affected.”
  • … the progress (next few days) will be limited as there is NO CEMENT ON THE ISLAND!!  Just to show you yet another of the little obstacles we have to deal with. A ship is expected in the next few days, and we will be moving once again.”

Here is a short written report, and to the right is a special presentation with pictures for us from Sue, Cat and Gabe (click on photo below).  It’s a powerpoint, made into a PDF so you can show it on any PC, Mac or smartphone (large file, takes a while to download).

Cover image for Cat report 711


The diseases caused by lack of basic sanitation (over 2.4BB people!) or safe water (900MM people) are mind-numbing.  The U.N. has launched a new 5 Year Drive to Sustainable Sanitation, starting on the African continent. Maybe it’s time we had a different “waste appliance”.

Our flush toilet system in the US just doesn’t fit with much of the world. And may not fit with our future either, since it is so wasteful of water, an increasingly precious resource here, as well as around the world. It is a design that dates back a long time – read this speech made in Rwanda.  Current toilets clog easily, move fecal waste all over town, and they don’t turn the waste into compost or energy.  And they are incredibly expensive – not just the toilet at the plumbing store, but the infrastructure and taxes to pump water into them and waste back out to treatment centers.  Imagine what would happen in “the big earthquake” when sewage is pouring all through the streets. Yecchhh.

With over a million children, under 5 years of age, are dying every year for lack of basic sanitation and fresh water – several will die in the time you take to read this post –  it is time every Rotary club in District 5100 support a WASH project (WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene).  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agrees, and has given a grant to several universities around the world, and will award a prize for the best new toilet. The best design will not use piped water or require sewer sytems, or external electricity – they will generate fertilizer or energy, and cost less than 5¢ a day to use.  Now that’s affordable.

See the cute video:


Happy World Water Day!

As you probably know, Water and Sanitation is a principal Area of Focus for Rotary, in the past and in the Future Vision.   Simple methods – aka “appropriate technology” – are often better than any fancy “American” method.  Here is just such a simple method, from India, called Tippy Tap. It readily solves a big problem affecting health and well-being in developing countries, using readily available and free or inexpensive pieces.  And saves lots of water in doing so.

First, thanks to Rotarian Scott Mills of GeoDesign for bringing this to all of our attention.  Watch the video below to learn more about the Tippy Tap – and pass along this idea to every Rotary club and NGO (nonprofit) you are in contact with. Especially for schools or any water or sanitation project.

The tippy tap is a hands free way to wash your hands that is especially appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap. It uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands versus 500 millilitres using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table.

Stew Martin
Water & Sanitation Coordinator

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