Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and to experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others.Our primary charity fundraiser Events are Make A Difference Day pasta dinner (last Saturday in October) and Savor the Flavor of Fairport (first Sunday in March). The Fairport Club meets on most Mondays at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Green Lantern Inn, 1 East Church Street, Fairport, NY 14450.
Terry agrees with our Past Pres. Enzo (right) that Rotary Foundation does important work
Why are Rotarians in 162 countries focusing on the Rotary Foundation this month? The short answer is: because it’s time to give to the Foundation so that the Foundation can give back to us.
But wait! Most people join Rotary to meet people and volunteer in their own communities. Who needs a Foundation to do that? We do, so that we can make positive, lasting changes in our communities and the world.
The Rotary Foundation funds international activities such as Rotary International’s partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, the CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. In 1988, polio existed in 125 of 196 (64%) of the countries in the world. Today, polio exists in three countries. Per a rotary.org article, as of June 25, 2103, Rotary clubs worldwide contributed $1.2 billion to end polio. That happened because Rotarians gave to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation works on the local level as well. Each club can apply for a Foundation grant to support their own humanitarian projects, scholarships or training. We give to the Foundation so that all clubs can benefit.
Rotary Foundation does not spend money to make money. Donations are invested for three years and then disbursed to programs and grants. A portion of the interest income pays for promoting and managing the Foundation. All – 100% – of the donations made by Rotarians goes to projects, scholarships and training.
Why are we focusing on giving to the Rotary Foundation in November? Because now is the time to make a positive difference that will last for years.
See your club president to become a part of that difference today.