Thought for the Week
John Devlin distributed the following quote: “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity; and the liar by speaking the truth.” The writer was Buddha, but Pam Serdar observed that the quote sounded like something Jesus would say, adding that all religious are “common at their core.”
Happy Dollars and Announcements
- Lots of people were happy, including Happy Dollars, including Jean Fox who e-mailed a photo of her “Standin' on the corner" in Winslow, AZ, along Route 66.
- David Melcher thanked Chip Groth for organizing the January 12 Happy Hour with members of the Bloomington Daymakers. About a dozen Rotarians and spouses participated, including David's wife, Joan, who "had a blast." And - as David said - "If Joan is happy, I'm happy!"
- Anthony thanked President-Elect Chip Groth for being willing to fill in for him during his upcoming absence.
Program: The Rotary Foundation and Richfield Rotary Foundation - John Devlin, Chip Groth, and Steve Jedlund
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
John Devlin shared that, at the 1917 convention in Minneapolis, 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 (TRF), and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. Since the first gift of $26.50, the Foundation's assets have grown significantly, and more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects — transforming millions of lives around the globe.
Members watched a video-taped presentation by John Kenny, Chairman of the Board of TRF. Kenny called TRF “the engine that drives the Rotary machine” and added, “The future of TRF depends on each and every local Rotary Club.” Major areas of focus of TRF include polio eradication, providing funds to Rotary Districts for international and local community project grants; fostering world understanding and good will through six peace centers across the globe and sponsoring 100 Rotary Peace Fellows annually. Click here to watch this or other videos about TRF.
Richfield Rotary Foundation
Foundation Treasurer Chip Groth shared background information assembled by outgoing treasurer Jay Clark, summarizing grants made during the 2014-2015 program year, and to date in 2015-2016. Chip noted that the RRF currently has $7665 available for grants, with additional designated funds for the Darlene Meyer/Gertrude Ulrich memorial, Cameron Scholarships, and the President’s discretionary contributions. Club Treasurer Pat Dale added that approximately $500 in Happy Dollars will be transferred from club operating funds to RRF.
Additional contributions are expected as club members fulfill their pledges for the 2015-16 program year and make additional donations / pledges for the 2016-17 program year.
Steve Jedlund, chair of our joint Foundation fund drive, announced that $11,487 was pledged for 2015-2016, $6512 to TRF and $4975 to RRF. He encouraged members to fulfill their 2014-2015 pledges before the 2015-2016 fund drive commences in February / March.
Chip suggested that Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander call a meeting for the purpose of developing a Foundation expenditure budget for 2015-2016. (Note: A meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM at Houlihans. More information will be included in a future e-Spokester.)