DISTRICT CORNER DEADLINES
NOMINATE & ENTER
For district governors to submit
Significant Achievement Award
nominations (one per district).
To enter Rotary’s first Rotary
Friendship Exchange Video
Contest. Any Rotarian who has
participated in a Friendship
Exchange is eligible. Learn more.
To submit all 2013-14 district
To register for the 2014 RI
Convention at a reduced rate;
after this date, you can register
online at on-site rates.
For canceling registration or event
tickets for the 2014 RI Convention.
To purchase tickets to host events
for the 2014 RI Convention; after
this date, tickets may be purchased
To submit Unofficial Affiliate
Event forms to Rotary for
publication in the 2014 RI
For making hotel reservations for
the 2014 RI Convention through
For district governors to receive
completed 2013-14 Presidential
Citation forms from Rotary,
Rotaract, and Interact clubs.
For Rotaract club presidents to
update club and membership data
using My Rotary.
For district governors to report
clubs (Rotary, Rotaract, and
Interact) that qualify for the
2013-14 Presidential Citation
in My Rotary.
When Rotarians in District 4420
(part of São Paulo, Brazil) learned
that literacy rates had fallen
to 50 percent in 2011 from
55 percent in 2007, they decided
to take action. With the help of
a Rotary Foundation District
Grant, they began Project READ
(Reading and Education Center)
to provide reading rooms for
children in poor communities.
The project equips each center
with books and toys that
encourage reading among
children ages 5-12. A local
monitor supervises each reading
room and tutors students.
“We believe that investing in
reading for children will bring a
big change in their lives as well
as their families’,” says Marcos
Franco, past governor of District
4420 and president of the board
of Project READ. “Many clubs in
our district have adult literacy
and youth education projects,”
he adds. “(Literacy) is a major
concern in our district.”
To address the literacy decline,
12 clubs collaborated to build
13 reading rooms, 6 of which
received district grant funding.
The rooms are located in
hospitals, community centers,
and other public facilities.
“Our experience with the use of
district grants shows that they
provide a great opportunity to
leverage specific and necessary
projects for the local community
with much agility and a fantastic
return, strengthening Rotary’s
image and changing lives,”
How a district grant helped fund
reading rooms for kids
Here are some tips to help you
plan your next district grant
Get creative. District grants
can be used for a variety of
projects, as long as they support
The Rotary Foundation’s mission.
This flexibility allows clubs to
improve communities through
smaller projects or initiatives
such as disaster relief and
Work together. Each club
participating in Project READ
was asked to identify a local
partner organization in the
significantly expanding project’s
reach. Working together and
sharing responsibility with
other clubs also provides an
introduction to the working of
Use technology and social media
to share information about your
district grant project. Project
READ posts news and photos on
Facebook and maintains a blog
that’s updated with project posts.
“The district grant was an
excellent opportunity to develop
the reading rooms because we
could decide where to apply our
resources quickly, unlike with
a global grant, where we need a
partner who does not know our
reality and needs time to learn
more,” Franco says.
Learn more about Rotary’s
A student reads a fantasy book in the reading room at Cais Professor Milton
Teixeira, a school participating in the READ project.