First Impression of 5110 Quarterly Grants Meeting

The stories behind the grants brought tears to my eyes, reminding me of the profound difference we are making in people's lives.
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Chris Waugh

District Governor Nominee and Owner of Leader Support Service, providing business consulting and leadership development.

By Helen Williams, member of Eugene Southtowne Rotary Service Network

I attended the Quarterly Grants Meeting on January 27, 2024, for the first time. As a brand-new Rotarian, I am continually inspired by the impact this organization has on both our local community and the world at large.

In a world where the noise of our daily lives often drowns out empathy, I have been deeply moved by the stories behind the grants we provide and the remarkable transformations they bring about. These narratives have brought tears to my eyes, reminding me of the profound difference we are making in people’s lives.

I have had the privilege of discovering the diverse funding sources available, including the exciting opportunities offered by USAID-Hearts of Europe funding. This has expanded my perspective, showing me the immense potential, we have available to us to effect positive change on a global scale.

What strikes me most is the genuine compassion demonstrated by individuals who step up to take action, addressing challenges that others may shy away from. I also appreciate the thoughtful planning and foresight that go into transforming a simple idea into a fully realized project. Equally important is the sense of responsibility we bear in ensuring the sustainability of our endeavors.

Together, we are not just creating change; we are shaping a better future for those in need, and I am honored to be part of this incredible journey with all of you and encourage anyone who has a desire to be a part of improving and impacting the people of our planet, to get involved.

4 Responses

  1. Thank you for your heartfelt comments, Helen. It is fun isn’t it…to not only imagine it, but with partners and support, make something meaningful part of our legacy. I have been doing this a long time and it still brings me to tears. Nice to have you joining us. Welcome to Rotary!

  2. Helen, Glad to have you with us. And just to add to your comments, the best thing is that it feels sssssoooooo good to help.

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