As Foundation Chair for 2008-09, he has distributed his goals and hopes for this Rotary year:

In recent years, it has become customary for the incoming trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation to establish goals that will motivate Rotarians to action and provide a framework for measuring our achievement.


In developing goals for the Foundation in 2008-09, I considered what broad objectives could best make our Foundation even stronger and more prominent today. I asked myself what Rotarians can do to help the Foundation better meet the world's ever-increasing human needs. After much thought, I determined that during 2008-09, The Rotary Foundation will:

  1. Keep our promise to eradicate polio.
  2. Embrace the two Foundation pillars of support: the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative, and the Permanent Fund.
  3. Participate in Your Foundation/Our Foundation, a "lend a hand" program for sharing funds from club and district foundations to permanently establish the Rotary World Peace Fellowships program and support global polio eradication.
  4. Enhance Rotary's public image.
  5. Support the Foundation's Future Vision Plan.

These are truly exciting times for our Foundation. We are moving closer to realizing our dream of a polio-free world, and our Future Vision Plan promises a more efficient and effective use of our resources. I ask all of you to join with the Foundation Trustees in supporting our goals and making 2008-09 a banner year for The Rotary Foundation.

Jonathan Majiyagbe
Foundation Trustee Chair

Jonathan B. Majiyagbe, a senior advocate of Nigeria, is principal counsel in J.B. Majiyagbe and Co. in Kano, with a wide commercial law practice in Nigeria. Born in Lagos, he is a graduate of the University of London.

Jon is a member of the Honourable Body of Benchers, a past vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a member of the International Bar Association. He has served as a trustee of the Kano Lebanon Club and the Kano Club. He was a longtime chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Kano and chair of the Kano branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. He is currently a trustee of the Bible Society of Nigeria and a member of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture.

A Rotarian since 1967, Jon is a member of the Rotary Club of Kano. He has served Rotary International as district governor, International Assembly instructor, committee member and chair, Rotary Foundation trustee, director, and president. He is a recipient of the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award.