Service Above Self





In honor of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, District 6840 is rolling out what will be -with your Club’s involvement - the most memorable and rewarding District project since the 2011 International Convention in New Orleans.


Rotary’s 100 DAYS OF SERVICE will combine your own Club’s unique service initiatives, great fund-raising possibilities and unlimited public relations opportunities.  The goal is to have a significant impact on the lives of the people in our District by involving our members in more than 2,500 hours of service, raising a minimum of $65,000 for The Rotary Foundation and using it all as a public relation showcase to demonstrate the value that Rotary delivers both here and around the world.


We are asking all clubs to take part in a districtwide service effort over the course of 100 continuous days, from January 1, 2017 to April 10, 2017.  During that time, clubs will count up the service hours they work, the projects they have worked in and update the District weekly.  We will alert the media to our efforts watching our totals grow and documenting the effect we are having on people’s lives.  [We hope that Clubs will design spectacular new service projects but that is not necessary.  But it must be a service project, not a fund-raiser].


At the same time, we have a unique fund-raising opportunity.  Rotarians can raise money in honor of The Rotary Foundation anniversary by asking people to contribute a fixed amount/hour of service, much like a biker will ask for donations per mile for a bike-a-thon.  The Rotary Foundation President Ray Klinginsmith, hearing this idea, suggested the figure of $26.50 per hour of service an individual works because $26.50 was the original donation that started The Rotary Foundation 100 years ago.  This also will offer us the possibility to ask people outside of Rotary for the donation and give us the opportunity to talk about the value of The Rotary Foundation and what we do here and around the world with funds from the Foundation.


And finally, Rotary’s 100 DAYS OF SERVICE is virtually an unlimited publicity initiative through regular media updates, radio and television exposure, social networking.  By the time April 10 rolls around, through our combined efforts the visibility of our clubs and the services we provided here and around the world will be significantly increased.