In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s one century of Rotarians improving lives and communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating. Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide people with basic education.
Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but continue to need the help of Rotarians to achieve this goal. Polio is now endemic in just two countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Foundation in Our Club
This year, the Club was successful in being awarded its first District Grant. This grant, for the sum of $1000, matched dollar for dollar by the Club, assisted in our participation in the Dahlia and Arts Festival by supporting an art workshop for local school children and promoting the achievements of the Club over it first 50 years. It is to be hoped that this participation will assist in the recruitment of new members for the Club.
Twenty-one of our members made or continued personal commitments to the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program under which they give at least $100 a year to support the work of the Foundation. This high proportion of member participation is truly a credit to our Club.
A further eight members of our Club are also members of the Paul Harris Society (PHS) which requires each of these members to commit themselves to a minimum contribution of US$1,000 each year to the Foundation, as long as they are able to do so. Two members are also Major Donors, who have each contributed in excess of $US10,000 of personal giving.
A total of thirty-seven of our current members, partners, friends and community representatives have been recognised by the Club with a Paul Harris Fellow Award (PHF) for their contributions to the Foundation, the Club and the community. Twenty-five PHFs are currently active members of the Club, including 14 with Sapphire or Ruby (US$2,000 or more of giving) recognition.