June 1, 2014
Club Support of The Rotary Foundation Recognized
At the Rotary 7430 District Conference in May at Bushkill Falls, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club was cited for its exemplary support of The Rotary Foundation.
“The Foundation is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world. It is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary ‘to do good in the world’." (1) Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than US$1 billion. (2)
At the conference it was reported that the club currently has two Major Donors, one at Level I, representing over $10,000 in contributions over time, and one at Level II, representing over $20,000. The Level II Rotarian also is in the Bequest Society for having made the Foundation a beneficiary of his estate.
(The club currently has 22 donors to the Foundation, 18 of which are Paul Harris Fellows including some who are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Each Paul Harris Fellow represents a contribution of $1000 to the Foundation.)
At the District Conference, recognition was given to the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club for having achieved the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) goal in the Rotary year of 2012-2013 of $100 average per capita plus 100% of the members giving something to the Foundation. The club was number 6 out of the 20 clubs who were at the $100 per capita level of giving with a per capita of $182.
Three members of the club were recognized as members of the Paul Harris Society for having committed to a obtaining a Paul Harris Fellow annually when financially possible.
Currently the club is the District leader in per capita giving for this Rotary Year of 2013-2014 at $233.36.
(1) Quoted from Wikapedia website 6/6/2014. (2) from The Rotary Foundation website 2/6/2014.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$73 million contributed in 2000-01. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.
The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
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