Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. As we approach November things continue to be an exciting time in my Rotary story. I have visited sixty-seven clubs and participated in another dozen events for RLI, service projects, three fundraisers, four social functions, two recognition events, and one 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Membership of our District. I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and experiences around the District! As we begin November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and other special holiday times.
We were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the District’s Rotary Foundation plans and programs. We had to postpone the Fall Club Foundation Seminar and reschedule the Grant process and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing /training, but we are back on track. Clubs reported collecting and donating over $20,000 to one of the four Foundation Donor Advised Funds established for disaster relief. We executed a highly successful World Polio Day / week Campaign and Challenge resulting in significant giving to Polio Plus to eradicate Polio… nearly $50,000 was collected by the clubs and donated to the Rotary Foundation and was matched by the full $25,000 DDF. The overall impact after all matches from the Gates Foundation and World Fund was more than $250,000 provided by District 7770 for this one week effort! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.
As we continue to view our Rotary Foundation as our “Charity of Choice,” I urge you to continue to give and raise funds to help those in need and who so desperately need the assistance. We are an extremely giving people within District 7770. People who understand that others have needs that are greater than their own. I urge each of you to give generously to our Foundation! Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, constantly receiving the highest praise and ratings for non-profit organizations.
At the Fall Club Leadership Foundation Training, clubs received their District Grant match checks. With these checks, numerous Community Service projects will be executed. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events, to name a few. The fall will be another fun-filled season for these projects as well as the major fundraisers to be held to raise money for the Foundation for programs and projects in the coming years.
I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18 through the Rotary Foundation. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
District Governor, 2017-18