Article submitted by Colin Byron - District International Chair (DISC)
What is a District Resource Network (DRN)?
Rotary International is calling on all Districts to enhance Rotary’s impact
in the community through all six areas of focus by establishing a District Resource Network.
While District 9820 has had an informal Resource Network for many years, we need to strengthen our DRN to encourage more Club’s to participate in humanitarian service. Our DRN will comprise local experts and resources that clubs can access to improve the quality, impact and sustainability of their projects or global grant proposals. 
Once established the D9820 DRN will help clubs obtain advice on:
  • Aligning a project or grant with Rotary’s area of focus
  • Project planning, design and implementation
  • The Global grant process
  • Completing a community assessment
  • Identifying local and international partner clubs and cooperating organisations
  • Securing funding
  • Incorporating measurement and evaluation benchmarks
  • Project publicity
Call to Action for Clubs:
 If you have project planning or Area of Focus expertise or if you know someone willing to help the DRN that is not a Rotarian but willing to help and has scientific, technical or professional expertise please contact me directly via email and I will discuss the details of the role.
The areas of focus include:
  • General Project Management, Basic education and literacy,Economic and Community Development,Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,Water, Sanitation and hygiene, Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution