Posted by Bob Cox
Bob Cox gave an update on the Rotary Foundation Committee at the weekly Club luncheon on August 1.  The Committee held their first meeting of the new Rotary year on July 30 to set goals and plan activities.  A key goal for the year is expanding Club participation in Foundation giving.  Bob noted that while Anchorage East Rotary is one of the most generous clubs in the District, only 70% of active members contributed to the Foundation in the last Rotary year.  The upside opportunity is to encourage the other 40 or so Rotarians to join the fun. Using Rotary Direct, this can be very easily done.
Bob announced a campaign to encourage Rotarians to sign up for Rotary Direct.  You can do this on line at or Bob will distribute forms next week if you prefer to sign up the old fashioned way.  You can select the amount you want to contribute (minimum is $10), the frequency and the method.  You can select which causes you would like to support; the Annual Fund is the usual selection, as a portion of these funds come back to the District over time.  However, you may also choose the Polio Fund or one of several other good choices.
As an added incentive, every person who signs up in the next three months will be entered into a drawing for 25,000 Alaska Airline miles, donated generously by Rayli Wilson.  The drawing will be held during November, which is Rotary Foundation Month.  In addition, if this is your first time donating, you will receive 100 Paul Harris points generously donated by one of several “senior” Rotarians to assist you in reaching the Paul Harris recognition level faster.