A Past District Governor once said to me that until your Rotary Club receives a grant for one of its projects, the membership will not totally realize the power of Rotary and our foundation…The Rotary Foundation. Already in our short history, we have received a District Grant for our support of Rippleffect.org. This grant was written mainly by the founder of Rippleffect.org, Hasan Khosravi, and then it was proofed by one of grant writers for submission to Rotary. The grant was small, but the good it will do is immense. I guess you could say that this first step will be a learning platform for greater things to come. But who are these grant writers who will forge us into District and Global grants of the future? Who will see the implementation of these grants to their conclusion? Let me introduce you to our esteemed team of “Certified Rotary Grant Writers”.
Dr. Anna Scott is an Upper School Science Instructor at Athens Academy. She received her Ph. D from the University of Georgia. Anna has been the Interact Advisor, a Rotary sponsored club for middle and high school students, for Athens Academy for as long as I can remember. She has successfully written grants for over ten years and her total for written and implemented grants reaches into the $100,000’s. In addition she is a mom and loving wife to our fellow Rotarian Trey Scott.
Amy Poulsen is an Instructor and Math Chairman at Lakeside Middle School. She received a Masters Degree in Math and Science from Valdosta State University and in May of 2013 she will receive an Education Specialist in Design, Research and Implementation from the same. She has written successful grants from such prestigious firms as Prudential, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments and Bank of America. She is a successful step-mom to fellow Rotarian Neil and loving wife to yours truly.
Rachel Hanson has a Masters degree from Georgia State University. She is actively involved in writing education. Perhaps our most experienced implementer of large grants, she collaborated and is in implementation of a $4,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Rachel is a mom and loving wife.
All three ladies started their certification process last spring. Each had to watch over four hours of training programs, attend Leads and or the grant writing workshop in August and as Rachel just did, complete the satellite workshop in Athens. President –Elect Chuck and myself completed the “MOU”, memorandum of understanding and as of Saturday November 10th, our club is now certified and qualified to write grant requests to The Rotary Foundation.
Yours in Rotary,