November is Rotary Foundation Month


Two wonderful opportunities to promote the amazing power of Rotary to the public have occurred in the last few weeks and days, with the Lift The Lid/Hat Day and World Polio Day in October.

Research into the prevention of mental health issues and Ending Polio are not small things. Everything we we do in Rotary means a lot to the lives of those we help, no matter how small we think our work might be. One person had the idea conduct research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), under the banner of Australian Rotary Health; and one person had the idea to to immunize the world to end polio.

Every Rotary project starts with one person’s idea, which is leveraged through Rotary’s huge powerful network of Clubs, Districts, Zones and Internationally. We are a vocationally diverse organization with reputable core values and when we work together, we can do anything we set our minds to. A big thank you to all clubs and individuals who engaged in wearing funny looking hats and collecting funds in public spaces on Hat Day.

It’s not just about the money, but more about what we do with it and the lives we change through, and the public awareness of Rotary’s role. The Purple Pinkie for Polio on World Polio Day has just been completed as we again create awareness of Rotary’s primary role in eradicating polio from our world.

This year there was a live Facebook stream from Rotary International, which I found very informative and worthwhile. I’ve seen pink pinkie’s and purple ones, but the men have to lift their game because they nail polish colour clashed badly with their clothes. There are more public awareness opportunities ahead to showcase Rotary stay tuned for what’s coming up.

"You can achieve almost anything if you’re not looking for personal credit. You can plan, create, build for the future."- Clifford L. Dochterman

The Rotary Foundation Centenary -  One in a Hundred Year Opportunity

The creator of what we know as The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Arch Klumpf, believed that we should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others. This year we celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation, the engine room that funds many wonderful local and global projects that change the lives of so many for the better.

TRF enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. 100 years of ‘doing good in the world’ is a major milestone in the history of Rotary. November is Foundation month and many clubs are conducting events that showcase programs and projects that benefit from foundation funding.

Please make sure to invite the public and friends so that they get know why TRF is special. They may even want to join your club, or donate to TRF (just saying).

Did you know that District 9800 has a webpage and Facebook page that is exclusively related to Foundation matters. Check them out at and

"We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others." – Arch C. Klumpf

Neville John

District Governor 2016-2017

"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

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