What is your club doing in November to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation?
This is the question we ought to answer this Rotary Foundation Month — a time when districts and clubs all around the globe devote themselves to forward initiatives that will further empower The Rotary Foundation.
For those who do not know, The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the well-managed and most effective charitable organizations in the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, it aims to transform your gifts into projects that change lives. More than a reputable century since it was established, The Rotary Foundation has already spent an estimate of $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
As of date and since the beginning of the Life-Changing Year, The Rotary Foundation has already granted 490 district grants, 339 disaster response grants, and 1,359 global grants with funds amounting to $33.6 million, $8.4 million, and $95.6 million respectively.
In our district, I have always highly encouraged all of you to continue, if not strengthen, your support and contribution to what I call, the lifeblood of our organization. We must remember that without it, we will barely do good to the world. It is through The Rotary Foundation that grants are made possible which enable us to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
Keep in mind the challenges and goals I have posed for this year. I hope that you, together with you clubmates, are working to surpass, if not meet, a TRF contribution of US$100 per capita and an EREY of $30, for one of Rotary International”s main goals this year is to increase our impact by increasing contributions to the TRF Annual Fund and Polio Plus.
That being said, I am hoping that your Rotary Club will conduct initiatives that will further empower The Rotary Foundation and expand its solutions to challenges that are persisting locally and globally such as poverty, illiteracy, poor and inaccessible healthcare, and malnutrition. I hope that for this month, all of you will direct your efforts to enhance our local and global impact, alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the most vulnerable.
To make a contribution, go to rotary.org/donate or you may directly connect with our district TRF District Committee.
My dear Rotarians of District 3810, this is our act of service; a part of our vow to serve to change lives. God bless us all.
Robert G. Koa
Incoming District Governor