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Charity – a noun:

1. The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those

in need.

2. an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in


As we view our Rotary Foundation, we must essentially view it as “our charity”. The

Rotary Foundation is our way to give help to those who need it the most and a way to

raise money for those in need. We are generous and philanthropic people; people who

recognized that there are others who’s needs are much greater than our own. This

month, as we look at the Rotary Foundation, I urge EACH of you to give generously.

Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, consistently receiving

high marks on GuideStar, the non-profit barometer of foundations who deliver on their

stated purpose. I am proud of our district in SO MANY ways, but especially proud

when I reflect on the fact that we are #1 in the U.S. in Foundation giving and #6 in

the WORLD in Foundation contributions!! Just think, a state in the U.S. known for its

economic challenges, and a portion of the state most noted for unemployment and low

per capita income, rises to the top when we are asked to give. We are generous people

who understand the concept of giving to others when possible. Won’t you join me in

November as we focus on giving and sharing? There is a world out there in need of our

help and our assistance. Our Foundation is but one way in which to deliver to those

most in need. Make a gift today – give generously! Happy Thanksgiving!

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