Before you attend any Rotary
meeting on grants or other aspects of TRF,
learn this history and share it.
Those who know give more.
a young set of parents in Afghanistan, it was a life-saving immunization
for their five-month-old son. To a woman with seven children in Malaysia,
it was a loan to start a sewing business that enabled her to feed her
children. To North Koreans, it was an ambulance that equipped a hospital
to be able to take care of them. To thousands of college students in
almost every country on earth, it was the chance to study abroad, with
all expenses paid, and learn their educational specialty up close and
Ask anyone who has been touched by The Rotary
Foundation what it is and every answer will be different. Ask anyone who
has been touched by The Rotary Foundation just how important it is, and
every answer will be identical.
Rotary Foundation was born as an endowment fund in 1917, the brainchild
of RI PresidentArch C.
Klumph. It was reborn 12 years later in the form we know today, The
Rotary Foundation of Rotary international. However, it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t
be until after the passing of Paul P. Harris in 1947 that TRF would
reach the financial health and world importance that it enjoys today.
Technically speaking, it is a not-for-profit corporation that supports
the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and
peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural
exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions
from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a
Its expenses are borne solely by the interest
earned on its contributions over a three year period. As an endowment
fund for Rotary "to do good in the world," its initial contribution was
US $26.50 in 1918. When it became The Rotary Foundation in 1928, it had
a value of US $5,739.07. In the most recent year that we have complete
figures, the Foundation had more than US $73 million contributed in
2000-01. But, that's not what The Rotary Foundation is all about. Its
event-filled 85 years has been a story of Rotarians learning the value
of service to humanity, and the citizens of the earth benefiting from
Humanitarian Programs of the foundation help fuel international Rotary
projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean
water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the
major Humanitarian Program is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the
polio virus worldwide by RotaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 100th birthday in 2005. Through
its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200
students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to
university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges
of business and professional people. Even its former participants in the
Foundation's programs can continue their affiliation with Rotary as
have called the attention of the organization this year to the
possibility of a future endowment fund for Rotary. Carrying on, as we
are, a miscellaneous community service, it seems eminently proper that
we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world,
in charitable, educational or other avenues of community progress; or
such funds could be well used for extension work. I know of no more
commendable use for the vast millions possessed by men in this country
than that certain sums might be endowed to Rotary for the purpose of
establishing Rotary clubs in all nations of the world".
From the Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Rotary Convention inAtlanta,
1917, page 19: "Arch ... has always been firm in the
belief that his persistence would eventually be rewarded, that it would
not always be necessary for him to walk alone. Long after ArchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
journey is ended other men will be following the trail he has been
blazing throughout the years."Paul
P. Harris, Page 237 "This Rotarian Age" 1935
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