The July, 2024 Foundation First Newsletter is here      
 
 

    Michelle Bell, District Foundation Chair 

Foundation First newsletter 

Happy New Year! Today marks the first day of the Rotary year as we enjoy the Magic of Rotary!   I ask that you start out the year by considering a personal donation to the Rotary Foundation of $100 more than you typically give each year. If you've considered getting more involved with the Rotary Foundation I encourage you to reach out to me, our District Governor Shannon Duncan or anyone else to ask how.  We would love to have more involvement on the District committee or at an event. No contribution of your talents or treasures is too small.
 
Foundation History 101
 
The Rotary Foundation began at the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed an endowment for doing good. The Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO made the first donation of $26.50. The Foundation was formally named at the 1928 Rotary Convention in Minneapolis, MN. And in 1930 the first grant was awarded for $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children, later known as Easter Seals. This organization was founded by Rotary member Edgar F. Allen and seemed the logical choice for the first grant.
 
District Grants
 
District 5970 grants applications have been received and approved by our District.  These will then be submitted to Rotary International for approval and funding.  Next month I hope to announce the final list of projects.
 
Flooding in Northwest Iowa
 
Historic flooding in NW Iowa has had an enormous impact on our clubs and the towns as well as others outside of our District.  Our prayers are with all suffering at this time. We will be applying for a disaster grant this week to provide support where it's needed.  Please reach out to myself or DG Shannon Duncan if your club has been affected and you have specific needs we can assist with in the near term or to discuss ongoing options.
 
Michelle Bell
Foundation Committee Chair
Past District Governor 2019-2020
240 West 33rd Avenue, Marion, IA 52302 |
Phone 319-431-2755
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary International is launching a campaign called, “Countdown to History.”  Goals were set and pledges were made, the and we can’t do it without you, as Rotarians. We are asking for Rotarians across District 5970 to give a minimum of $40 to End Polio Now. This will get our District to the goal set by Rotary International.
 
A New Polio Banner is available for Club Events! See it here.  Contact foundationchair@district5970.com to borrow it