• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/30/2015
  • Rotary Year: 2014-2015
  • Award Category: International Service
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NameJamie Dunn
  • Address: 
    P.O. Box 770
    Blacksburg, VA 24063
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  • Email: jdunn@hjmcpa.com
  • Brief Description: 
    • We contributed $3,000 to Rotary Global Grant 22656-Sunyani Ghana Grant and have pledged $2,000 for an upcoming grant for Ghana
    • $1,000 was used to purchase solar lights from Unite To Light- the lights were delivered to the Mulanje District of Southern Malawi, Africa
    • $1,000 donated to Othakarhaka Charity Foundation to help support over 30 farmers for a year to assist them on their way to sustainability
    • Continued support of Shelter Box by purchasing boxes for disaster relief
    • Celebrated Rotary Foundation month (November) with two speakers:
    o D. Keith MacKenzie of the Rotary Club of Bluefield West Virginia presented to our Club about the water grants in Ghana and his in-country experience
    o Ron Ferrell spoke about The Rotary Foundation
    • A member of our Club, Marquita Hill, provided a weekly program about the Othakarhaka Charity Foundation and their sustainable agriculture work
    • A multi-club delegation traveled to Haiti to meet with local Rotarians, visit potential project grant sites and hold eyeglass clinics in two villages in cooperation with local youth in Haiti
    • Rotarians and an Interactor spoke at the Rotary Club of Montgomery County and shared their experience in Haiti
    • Supported the Blacksburg High Interact Club with their international work to promote clean water in Africa by supplying LifeStraws
    • Participation by our members at the Rotary International Conference
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    80% of the club membership worked together to raise money for our club projects through various fundraisers including raffle ticket sales, yard sale, golf tournament and our Chocolate Festival.

    Our World Community Service Committee, comprised of seven members, has an annual budget of $10,500 that is used for international projects.

    Our Club has donated $10,415 to The Rotary Foundation and $2,400 to Polio Plus this year. Approximately 70% of our members have participated in making these donations.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    We developed a greater understanding of Global Grants through our submission this year and learning about work ongoing in Ghana, South Sudan, Malawi and Haiti. We understand better the requirements for Global Grants and know that detail on sustainability is critical.

    We continue to support projects where communication is good and we have contact with Rotarians or others in the community. Our support in Malawi is shared with the club and gives members a good sense of what well-used funds can do in a developing country.

    We learned about new solar powered devices available through United to Light and about personal water purification devices through our work with Blacksburg High Interactors.

    A speaker from outside the district shared the impact of water projects in Ghana in their district and in Ghana. Hearing about experiences in other countries motivates us to keep doing good in the world.

    Partnering with organizations like Lions Club and Blacksburg Baptist Church makes our work more meaningful and impactful and spreads the word and work of Rotary.

    Continued support of Shelter Box empowers us when we feel helpless after devastating natural events occur. We gain a better understanding of the international aid arena.

    A member attended the Rotary International Conference and brought word back of the experience. This will inspire others to attend and to make worldwide connections.

    Continued support of Polio Plus keeps our membership current on the work Rotary International does in cooperation with the Gates Foundation, WHO and others.