On August 4, 2020, Magnolia Rotary Club President Hope Moye spoke to the membership about possible choices for our upcoming District 5910 Grant Project. Pictured above is Hope Moye.
Hope opened the discussion by reminding everyone that the deadline for submitting a grant project was moved out to September 1, 2020 (due to COVID-19). Hope also felt that helping the organization Hope Rising would be a great project for our club. Hope pointed out that she had spoke to Sherry Clements at Hope Rising and was especially moved to help their Equine Therapy program by sponsoring a horse ($250 a month). Hope also wanted to get members of our club to attend sex trafficking training in order to be able to spot the problem should the opportunity arise.
After some discussion, Real Provencher told everyone that although a great idea, grant funds can not be used to give money directly to a non profit (like Hope Rising) as it is expressly forbidden in the rules for getting a grant. However, our club can complete a project that benefits Hope Rising organization so the discussion then turned to what our club might be able to do.
Real also told everyone that the rules for getting a grant can be found at: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/district-grants should anyone want to look over them.
Since Hope Rising is moving into a new building that needs work both inside and out (landscaping, out buildings, etc). Hope agreed to get back with Sherry Clements to see what outside project our club might do for them. It was also pointed out that since we don't know if we will be able to have a fund raiser this year until at least until November 2020, it would most likely be December 2020 at the earliest before we could start any project. It was also suggested that we might be able to get Interact clubs and local businesses to help in any project we come up with.
Hope then suggested that we wait until 2 weeks from today (as she will not be at next weeks meeting) to make a final decision about what project to do (if funds become available).
A photo of the meeting can be seen below: