Update on the Rotary Foundation

Our own PDG and PP Carl (The Hat) Kaliszewski spoke with us about the benefits of Rotary Foundation.  Carl serves as Chairman of the Club’s Rotary Foundation Committee.  He reviewed the history and facts, stressing the importance of each member donating in order to be / remain a sustaining member of the Foundation.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  The Foundation has six causes supported by members in 35,000 clubs.  These causes are:  Promoting Peace, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies, and Fighting Disease.

In the ‘Fighting Disease’ cause, a child can be protected from polio for as little as 60 cents.  And for every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.  So far, 99.9 percent of all polio cases have been wiped out.

And, 91% of the funds donated to the Foundation are spent directly on service projects and programs making lives better in our local communities and around the world.  Carl urged us to participate and to do so generously.

2009-10 Pres Carl Kaliszewski