This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation.  Our incredible endowment began with the grand sum of $26.50 left over after paying the expenses of the 1917 Rotary Convention.  Then outgoing R.I. President Arch Klumph proposed the idea of starting a charitable foundation for “the purpose of doing good in the world.”  The Foundation gave its first gift in 1929, a $500 donation to the International Society for Crippled Children.  That organization, founded by Rotarian Edgar F. Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.  More recently, during the Rotary year 2015-2016 alone, the Foundation gave out $25.2 million in District Grants and $68.7 million in Global Grants.
 
The Governor’s challenge is this: he would like each Rotarian in each Club in the District to help celebrate the Foundation’s 100th birthday by making a special donation of $26.50.
 
The Rotary Club of China Lake is taking up that challenge!  Members may either donate directly to the Foundation or they can bring a check to a regular club meeting.  David Saint-Amand has agreed to collect the checks and will work with the Club’s R.I. Foundation Coordinator Steve Goad to send them in to the Foundation. 
 
Please make checks out to “The Rotary Foundation.”  If you wish your donation go to a specific designated fund, such as the Polio Plus Program, please write the name of the fund in the Memo section of your check.
 
If you would like to make a donation directly to the Foundation, please remember to identify your Club.  The Club’s Id number is 633.