Welcome to Week 4 of Rotary International’s Youth Activities’ Month!

Recently the “Foundation Minute” reported on the Global Grant between several southeastern Rotary Clubs in Iowa, led by the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant (Evening) and the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown (District 3060), India. That grant paid for the construction of 8 Smart Centers in 8 of the 96 government-run primary schools in the city of Rajkot, India.  Each of the centers is equipped with 30 laptops, several CCTVs, routers, a server, headphones, software and educational content library. This $87,510 Rotary Foundation Matching Global Grant aims at increasing English and math proficiency of no less than 3,094 students. 


These two groups of clubs are collaborating in another Global Grant.  This time the grant’s focus is the ongoing COVID-19 rampage.  District 6000 PDG and president-elect of the Mt. Pleasant (Evening) Rotary Club, Calvin Litwiller, received an email from Vikram Sanghani, a member of the Rajkot Club, in April about a project to purchase ventilators. Commenting on the urgency of the grant, Litwiller, also the chief collaborator of the project, explained that Rotary has made it known that “they will expedite any project that relates to COVID-19.” Mr. Sanghani’s area of 61 million residents have only 2,800 ventilators. An Indian government designated company will build and sell the new ventilators for only the cost of the materials.  The $120,000 (USD) Global Grant was approved by TRF within two weeks. Twelve government hospitals across northwest India are the beneficiaries of the 85 TRF funded ventilators.

In a bid to counter the rising level of food insecurity, worsened by COVID-19 pandemic, The Rotary Club of O’Neill, NE (USA), has helped meet the need for a stable food source. The club contribution of $750 was matched by an additional $750 from TRF.  The Meals on Wheels program and the O’Neill Community Food Pantry will benefit from these funds. Rotarians Cindy Cole and Steve Lind were delighted to provide some relief to neighbors. According to them, “Just when use of the pantry is spiking, we are able to provide assistance to those struggling in our community.” Rotary District 5630 has granted over $25,000 to be used throughout Nebraska in its response to COVID-19’s impacts on communities.

“As Rotarians, Rotaractors, and members of the family of Rotary, we are connected…Every day, but particularly during this pandemic, the Rotary community has demonstrated its aloha spirit. It is a gift to be shared, and we are each a steward of this gift of Rotary.” Mark Daniel Maloney, President, RI. Culled from The Rotarian, June, 2020.


In Rotary,

Olabisi Gwamna Ph.D,
Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
Editor, Foundation Minute