Bruce Howard, TRF Chair, began by introducing the Rotary Club of Cambria TRF Committee:  Julie Jenkins, PolioPlus Chair; Gerry & Paula Porter, TRF Endowment Chairs

Bruce explained that The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives close to home and around the world. By giving to the Annual Fund, you make these life-changing projects possible so that together, we can keep Doing Good in the World. The Annual Fund is the main funding source for Foundation programs. Your gift empowers Rotarians to carry out sustainable service projects in your community and around the world. At the end of each year, contributions directed to Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund. The Rotary Foundation uses the World Fund to support Rotary’s highest-priority grants and programs, which are available to all Rotary districts. Your district uses the District Designated Fund to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects the clubs in your district choose. 

Julie Jenkins explained to us that she was only 8 months old when she contracted Polio so has no memory of the experience. Her dad contracted polio at the same time but the impact on him was more severe. While Julie survived and lived a full life, she would like to see every child have the opportunity to do the same. That is why, hearing that there have been only 2 cases of Polio so far in 2021, brings her to tears. Donations to Polio Plus allow Rotary to continue its world-wide immunization projects. 

Gerry Porter presented Julie Jenkins with a book he purchased while at the Inter-national Meeting in Seoul in 2016. The book is entitled “Doing Good in the World: The Rotary Foundation” by David C. Forward. Mr. Forward was a speaker at the convention and signed the book “Thank you for helping Rotary’s great campaign to eradicate Polio”. Gerry had been hanging on to this book since 2016 waiting for the perfect opportunity to present it to the perfect person. Julie obviously fit that bill! 

Gerry went on to explain that the Rotary Foundation is by far the most difficult to understand by many of today’s Rotarians. Its role as a not-for-profit corporation to support the efforts of Rotary International is very complex and as such becomes hard for people to comprehend. 

Little did he know, when in 1917 Arch Klumph proposed establishing an endowment fund, he was “creating a monster” that in the years ahead would tackle such things as the eradication of polio, 

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TRF and the Neal Jensen Foundation 

 

the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program for university-level students (Ambassadorial Scholarships), Rotary Grants for University Teachers, Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowships, Vocational Training Teams for professionals, cultural and educational pro-grams, national and international humanitarian programs, the list goes on and on and will continue to do so thanks to his vision. 

The challenge we have as Rotarians of today is to teach and carry on in the spirit of those that came before us. The Fourth Object of Rotary – “the advancement of in-ternational understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of busi-ness and professional persons united in the ideal of service” is significant to the success of The Rotary Foundation. This, in my opinion, is the hardest thing to get across to our club members. Many clubs have the mentality that the monies that they raise for projects should only go for local community projects – “why should we spend dollars for some project in Africa, or India, or South America when there are plenty of needs right here in our own back yard?” 

We can start by setting an example in becoming Paul Harris Fellows, Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members by contributing $100.00 per year or more, or becoming a benefactor by contributing $1000.00 or more or even better yet, place the The Rotary Foundation in your estate plan for a minimum of $10,000.00 and become a member of the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society. 

In addition Gerry described the opportunity for Rotary members to open a Donor Advised Fund by making a tax-deductible contribution through The Rotary Foundation where the proceeds may be donated to any IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization. 

Paula told us that she just got this request from City of Hope where Gerry's doctor was and our son was a patient. They were wanting us to consider them for a donation in our will or trust. All organizations do this-colleges, universities, religious organizations and yes Rotary. They all desire similar donations. Because of Rotary' history and the highest rating on Charity Navigator I chose Rotary knowing my gift will continue to help those in our country and around the world in perpe-tuity. I feel safe that whatever pandemic or flood or other disaster my money will be used wisely. So for my peace of mind I chose TRF." 

To learn more about the Rotary Foundation Endowment, check out this short video at https://youtu.be/x3aMYHpE3uU