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When the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the US-based professional association of fundraisers, rates The Rotary Foundation (TRF) No 1 in the World, it's worth taking notice.
 
The AFP was founded in 1960 and promotes stewardship, donor trust and effective and ethical fundraising. It boasts a membership of 30,000 in 233 branches throughout the world.
 
On November 15th, the AFP recognised The Rotary Foundation as The World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016The highly-regarded award places The Rotary Foundation in the illustrious company of previous winners, The Kellogg, Komen and MacArthur Foundations. 
 
“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Members of EarlyAct in D9350 raised the bar on their Rotarian counterparts as they spoke with passion and conviction, on Saturday, about their community projects.
 
The opportunity to do so was presented by the EarlyAct Workshop, organised by D9350's Youth Committee with enthusiastic support from D9350 Rotaractors.
 
Maitland Garden Village Primary provided the venue for the gathering of EarlyActors, teachers, Rotaractors and Rotarians to meet and learn about each other, the projects of each group and the wider network that is Rotary International. The programme included discussions on Building Relationships, Library Corners, Social Media and Operation Shoebox and also gave EarlyActors the opportunity to learn how they fit into the Rotary organisation.
 
The level of care, concern and ingenuity demonstrated by these young community activists was an inspiration and a sure indicator that investing in our youth will yield great returns.
 
You can learn more about chartering an EarlyAct Club in your area here.
 
 
 
Making Playtime Safer in Lüderitz
 

The Lüderitz Rotary Club has upgraded the Nautilus playground at a cost of N$230 000.
During the recent inauguration of the Nautilus playground President of the Lüderitz Rotary Club Maritz Morgan said this is the eighth playground renovated by the Rotary Club at Lüderitz. 

 
 
School Libraries Score with a Global Grant

Global Grant #1527314 was recently awarded by The Rotary Foundation to the The Rotary Club of Waterfront for their School Libraries Development Project.
 
The process for securing the above Global Grant (GG) started in 2014. During 2015 this complex process continued requiring considerable work from five RC Waterfront Members. We battled to garner sufficient support from Rotary Clubs, companies and individuals to cover the minimum seed fund of US$ 15 000, and to gather the available District Designated Funds (DDF) contributions.
 
 
Entrepreneurs and youth a key focus for Rotary
 
Caption: Geraldine Nicol (left), has handed over the District Governor chain to Ian Pursch (right). Pursch will commence his 2016/2017 duties on 01 July 2016.
 
 
 
 
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