NOVEMBER - ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH

In 1917, Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed an endowment "for the purpose of doing  good in the world."  His vision became The Rotary International Foundation.  In 1917, Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed an endowment "for the purpose of doing  good in the world."  His vision became The Rotary International Foundation.

The Foundation’s Mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  When you give to The Rotary International Foundation, you fuel RI service projects - projects that eradicate polio, promote peace and improve developing communities. 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most.  More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

Rotary Club of Melbourne (RCM) and its Members can contribute in a range of different ways including:

• The Paul Harris Society recognises Rotary Members who undertake to contribute $US1,000 each year to The Rotary International Foundation of Rotary International.  Rotary Districts often honour new Members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event.

• Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)The EREY initiative asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary International Foundation every year.  In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund on a regular basis, Members are encouraged to get involved in a Foundation project or program.  A goal which many set for themselves is $US100 per year.  This program is managed for RCM by a volunteer Rotarian. 

• Annual Fund Contribution by RCM budgets for an annual contribution from Rotary Club of Melbourne Community Foundation that is funded by the Club’s ongoing appeal to Members.

• End Polio Now Contribution by RCM budgets for an annual contribution from Rotary Club of Melbourne Community Foundation that is funded by the Club’s ongoing appeal to Members.

Individual Rotary Clubs can apply to the Rotary Foundation - both through their Rotary District and Rotary International - for grants towards their projects. Accordingly, funds we contribute to the Rotary International Foundation can be returned to us to support our own projects.   


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