World Community Service, 2017 - 18

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Our World Community Service auction and raffle on March 8, 2018, raised $8,613.   That gave the WCS committee $12,613 towards the Rotary Global Grant application for the keystone for a $110,000 clean water development project with Water Mission.  One of Rotary’s six areas of focus internationally is funding long term successful clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.

The fundraising started with $30,000 in local cash, with the  $12,613 from Springfield Southeast and the rest from other clubs in Springfield. Those funds were then matched with District Designated Funds (DDF), required Host Club/District funds, and a Rotary Global Grant to reach the $110,000 total for a safe water and sanitation project in Naupe, Peru.

About Water Mission

Water Mission ( is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for communities around the world that lack safe water (Community Development) and also in response to natural disaster and emergency situations (Disaster Response).

It has an office in Haiti that is working with 42 permanent water systems. It also has 10 additional systems that it deployed for disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. More recent disaster responses include Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean Ocean after the hurricanes and in Mexico following the earthquake in 2017.  Water Mission has worked with Rotary on more than 90 projects since 2003.

Michael Pessina chaired the planning committee that organized the auction and raffle.  Ray Meyer served as the auctioneer.

In the past four years, our club's WCS auctions and raffles raised about $60,000 for 19 international projects. 

Community Grants criteria

The community grants committee of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast is charged with the responsibility of recommending to the board of directors those charitable contributions made in the club’s name for the Rotary year. (Rotary years begin July 1 and end June 30.) The funds for the year are generated from the service fund assessment.

Organizations are welcome to apply for a community grant; however, all applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

CHARITABLE. Grants must be used for a charitable purpose by a 501(c)3 organization.

LOCAL. Grants must used within southwest Missouri.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT. Proposals must specify a community benefit. Requests for funds for general operating expenses are discouraged.

RECOGNITION. Proposals must specify how the contribution will be acknowledged in a way that promotes community awareness of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.

Springfield Southeast wishes to utilize community grants to achieve the greatest possible impact across a broad range of projects each year. To do this, we award grants ranging from $500 to $1,000+.

Every year, Springfield Southeast determines its scope of grant interest based on Rotary International’s goals and club goals. Usually, grants are focused on literacy, hunger, and health; however, occasionally, other areas are considered.

Community Grants application process

Applications for grants are reviewed by our community grants committee. Requests for funds come from Southeast member suggestions, mail solicitations, personal solicitations from community organizations, and ideas generated by committee members.

There are two grant cycles every Rotary year, and organizations are encouraged to submit their proposals any time throughout the year to be considered for the next review cycle on the calendar.

The grant process includes two steps:
1) A review of the proposal by the committee
2) An in-person presentation (approximately 10 minutes) by the applying organization to the committee.

After presentations, the committee reviews the proposals and makes a recommendation to the board of directors. After the board of directors approves the grants, the committee notifies applicants.

Submit your proposal by email as an attachment, as well as proof of your 501(c)3 status, to