Pat Armstrong has been a Rotarian for 15 years, having served as a club board member (including past president), a District trainer and with several District committees. She has chaired the District 9810 Sustainable Communities Committee for the past six years. This committee has organised the planting of over 10,000 locally indigenous trees on rural properties in a water catchment area in Western Victoria.

Supporting the Environment Becomes a New Area of Focus

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2022. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.