Rotarians set to celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s centennial


– 100 Years of ‘Doing Good In The World’

“We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others”. (Arch c. Klumpf)

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith addressed district governors at the 2016 International Assembly in relation to the celebration of the Foundation's centennial year, 2016-17. Since the Foundation was established in 1917, it has spent more than US$3 billion on programs and projects to improve the lives of millions worldwide, said Klinginsmith. The centennial celebration officially kicked off in May 2016 at the Rotary Convention in Korea and culminates at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.

Under the leadership of PDG Dennis Shore, the District 9800 Foundation Committee is working on a plan that the District and clubs can use to celebrate this significant year. If this were to coincide with the last reported case of polio, you will be all part of a once in a lifetime celebration.  Check out the new ‘Rotary Foundation - Rotary District 9800 Foundation’ Facebook page for updates on this exciting year

Don’t forget to attend one of the Foundation Success Seminars being held on:

City - Monday 25 July 2016 – 5.30 for 6.00 pm, Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton

Country - Monday 01 August – 6.00 for 6.30 pm, Rotary Gateway Function Centre, 26 High Street, Kangaroo Flat

Subjects to be covered include:

  • How to qualify your club to apply for a Foundation Grant
  • District Grants: What are they? How to apply
  • How Grants are financed by club funding to the Annual Program Fund
  • Global Grants:
    • How to build a Global Grant Humanitarian Project
    • What is required for a successful Global Grant submission
    • How to submit your Global Grant application online

Learn more about:

  • How your club can fund a Rotary Global Scholar or nominate a Peace Fellow
  • How your club can participate in the GVE program
  • The Royce & Jean Abbey Award and Scholarships
  • How your club can support the great work of The Rotary Foundation
  • Changes to the Foundation funding model
  • Update on changes to Foundation Grants
  • How your club can celebrate the Centennial of The Rotary Foundation
  • The Resources of the District Foundation Subcommittee

History of The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 world convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children and when Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Evolution of Foundation programs

  • 1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
  • 1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
  • 1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against Polio.
  • 1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
  • 1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
  • 2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of US$26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totalling more than US$1 billion

Every Rotary project anywhere in the world started with one person who had an idea – and they developed that idea by using the powerful network of Rotary and the funding engine of The Rotary Foundation to really make a difference in the world. And if there is one thing we’ve learned from the polio eradication campaign, it’s what can be achieved if we are working together and moving in the same direction. Let’s make this 100th year of doing good in the world one that shows our communities what Rotary is really all about – ‘Making A Difference’.

Neville John
District 9800 Governor 2016-2017

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