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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

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