Nov 022015

Dear Rotarians of District 7770,

We generally have programs in our clubs during November to emphasize giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Most Rotarians know that a Paul Harris Fellow is someone that has received credit for giving $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation and that a Paul Harris Society member has committed to contribute $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation.  But have you stopped to ask yourself why we Rotarians are generous in our support of our charity, the Rotary Foundation.  Notice that I asked you “why” not “how.”  Most presentations related to the Rotary Foundation concentrate on the “how” and not the “why.”  I urge you to read Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why.  It will change the way you approach challenges and opportunities and how you make decisions.

Most Rotarians who give generously to the Rotary Foundation do so because they want to help eradicate polio.  They want to know that they helped bring clean water and sanitation to people who have none.  They want to know that they helped people learn to read.  They want to know that they helped to improve the health of mothers and children.  They want to know that scholars are being trained in peace and conflict resolution.  They want to know that they helped to bring hope to people who thought they had none.  They want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  They want to know they made a significant difference in the world.  Does that describe you?  When you are asked why you are a Rotarian and why you do or do not contribute to the Rotary Foundation, what will you say?  What will be your answer?  What is your why?

When you give to the Rotary Foundation, you are supporting projects both locally and internationally.  Will your gift to the world this year be a generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation?

Rod Funderburk




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