The January, 2021 Foundation First Newsletter is here      
        Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair
Dear Rotarians,
 
Welcome to 2021!  The year that promises to be so much better than 2020.  Our lives have been changed, in some ways permanently.  Our communities look different, but our neighbors are good and kind.  Our Rotary Clubs are continually adapting, which we need to do always. Yet we look forward and give thanks.  The holiday season causes us to reflect on what gives meaning to our lives.  Here is a quote from Howard Thurman (1900-1981), a Black theologian musing about what Christmas means.  It seems so appropriate for today:
 
The symbol of Christmas—what is it?  It is the rainbow arched over the roof of the sky when the clouds are heavy with foreboding.  It is the cry of life in the newborn babe when, forced from its mother’s nest, it claims its right to live.  It is the brooding of the Eternal Spirit making crooked paths straight, rough places smooth, tired hearts refreshed, dead hopes stir with newness of life.  It is the promise of tomorrow at the close of every day, the movement of life in defiance of death, and the assurance that love is sturdier than hate, that right is more confident than wrong, that good is more permanent than evil. 
 
Truly a wonderful creed to live by, this is why we are Rotarians.  Service Above Self.  The Four-Way Test.  Helping people all over the world reach their dreams. 
 
A sincere thank you to all who have given to the Foundation in this first half of the Rotary year.  Because of you, the world lives in hope.  Let’s keep it going!
 
Read more about Foundation activities here.
  • Rotary Rush continues
  • Spencer Rotary has another successful book sale
  • Update from Global Scholar Rebecca Draus from Scotland
  • Endowment gifts are gifts to the future
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District 5970 Foundation Chair
 
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!