– 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 https://www.facebook.com/D9800Foundation/?fref=ts.
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
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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.
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’.
District 9800 Governor 2016-2017