“The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone. If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds…we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity.”— Arch C. Klumph, December 1928
Klumph, best known as the father of The Rotary Foundation, was born 6 June 1869 in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, USA
Every Rotarian, Every Year - EREY
Every Rotarian, Every Year aims to engage every Rotary club member in the life-changing programs of our Rotary Foundation. EREY strives to encourage every Rotarian to participate in a Foundation program every year
Encourage every Rotarian to personally contribute to the Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund every year
With their volunteerism and generous philanthropy, Rotarians are at the heart of The Rotary Foundation’s mission to eradicate polio and further Rotary’s humanitarian and educational programs worldwide. Financial support of the Annual Programs Fund (APF) from every Rotarian is the key to helping rebuild suffering communities and nations by resolving conflict, eradicating disease, providing safe water, feeding the hungry, educating children and adults, and alleviating poverty.
Every Rotarian, every project, and every contribution makes a difference every year.
Rotary Foundation Mission: The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
Rotary Foundation Motto: Doing Good in the world
You are all invited to join us on the following Saturday mornings:
November 21 – Club Training by John Fuller
November 28 – DRFC Lindsey Cancino
December 5 – Discussion of a water project in Haiti by RC of Soldotna
Is your glass half-empty or half full? A very interesting question! How you answer the question can impact your life.
The program on Wednesday this week was a video about positives and negatives. Generally, we tend to hang on to the negative longer than to the positive. It is the positives that we need to practice.
Alison Ledgerwood is a social psychologist (professional people watcher) who is fascinated by how people think. In this 10-minute video, you can see how it may be possible to change your way of thinking and improve your well-being. A lively discussion followed. Most of you missed the show, so here is your chance to see what we saw. What do you think?
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Those in attendance – John, Lou, Kitty. We had a great fellowship – talked about the video and then talked about fundraising ideas with “St. John’s Flavors” and a similar activity this past weekend in Anguilla.
Our speaker last Saturday was Heather Geluk, a Canadian living and working in the UK and a frequent guest speaker at Rotary Club meetings.
Not only is Heather a senior consultant with a global professional services organisation, she is also a courageous mountaineer and humanitarian volunteer. It is no surprise then that she is also the sister of our fellow Rotarian and current President of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Ryan Geluk.
Her recent plans to climb two more mountains in Nepal this past year were stopped mid-climb by the devastating earthquake in Katmandu. She recounted the aftermath with pictures and videos. A very moving account of her experiences. She provided us links to help out in general shown below and then her specific project, the rebuilding of a school. Click here to see a brief description of that project.
As Rotarians, we naturally consider the ethics of our actions. Please take a few minutes to read the following Ethics Dilemma and consider what action you think would be appropriate for the Mayor.
Political Perk or Part of the Job?
When Marty Gibson became the mayor of Williams, he set a strict code for himself: no freebies, no gifts, no special treatment. His pledge came, in part, because of the free-wheeling attitude of his predecessor, who had become known in the community for demanding special privileges based on his public office. More than one business reported that they had felt "coerced" into giving major discounts on goods or services, or providing items at no cost when the former mayor came by. Gibson reasoned that as long as he stuck to his pledge, no one could accuse him of taking advantage of his office or of being biased in any decisions that came before the council.
The other members of the city council weren't willing to completely give up the "perks" and decided to follow the city code and state laws, which allowed them to receive gifts as long as they were reported.
The mayor faced a dilemma when the invitation came for him to throw out the first pitch at the opening game of the Williams Hornets, a national baseball franchise, and watch the game from the VIP box. The owners of the ballpark had submitted plans for expansion of the facility to include a major retail component, which was opposed by local businesses. He was struggling with the decision because it could appear to the public as a "political perk" or simply as part of his official duties as the mayor. The other members of the council planned to accept the offer of VIP tickets, and the vice mayor indicated she would be more than willing to throw out the first ball.
Question: Should Mayor Gibson throw out the first ball?
If he does, should he stay for the game? Sit in the stands or in the VIP box?1
1 This case study was developed by Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and former mayor of the city of Santa Clara, Calif. The story is fictional, but the case represents a typical dilemma confronted by elected officials.
ANNUAL FUND is the primary source of funding for all Foundation activities. Our annual contributions help Rotary Clubs take action to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Our gift helps strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children and fight disease.
Through our annual Sustaining Member contributions of $100 or more, the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020 has been a 100% EREY contributor since we were chartered in 2013. Let us continue to support The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through our annual donations.
We have been and continue to “Be a gift to the World”.