Foundation looks to the future with
At the International Assembly, Foundation Trustee
Chair-elect Jonathan Majiyagbe outlines the Foundation's 2008-09
Enhancing Rotary’s public image and asking clubs and
districts to partner more with The Rotary Foundation are just two of the
new 2008-09 Foundation goals.
Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Jonathan Majiyagbe asked
the more than 530 district governors-elect attending the International
Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, to accept the duty of achieving
the goals and to Make
Dreams Real .
The 2008-09 Foundation goals are:
1. Keep our promise to eradicate
2. Embrace the two pillars of support for The
Rotary Foundation: the Annual Programs Fund through Every
Rotarian, Every Year and the
3. Participate in Your Foundation/Our
Foundation, a "lend a hand" program for sharing funds from club and
district foundations to permanently establish the Rotary
World Peace Fellows program
and support global polio eradication.
Rotary's public image.
5. Support the Future
Vision Plan of The Rotary
The first two items are similar to the 2007-08
goals of eradicating polio and ensuring contributions to the Foundation.
The last three, however, are new.
If Rotarians work together toward the third goal of
supporting Your Foundation/Our Foundation, Majiyagbe believes the
Foundation can both permanently endow the Rotary World Peace Fellowships
program and help eradicate polio.
"Many Rotary clubs and districts have their own endowment
funds or foundations, some of which have greater funds than our Rotary
Foundation," he said. "In the past, The Rotary Foundation has sometimes
viewed these entities as competitors for Rotarian contributions, but I
would like to change that perspective. I would like to see our
relationship move from that of competitors to partners."
The Foundation can accomplish much more if club and
district foundations contribute at least 10 percent of their funds to
the polio eradication effort and the peace fellowships program, said
Majiyagbe. He also urged Rotarians to use their affinity
credit cards ,
which have raised US$5.5 million for the Foundation since the program’s
inception in 2000.
With so much to accomplish, now is the ideal time to work
on the fourth goal of enhancing Rotary's public image, a task that must
be carried out at the grassroots level. "Better public acknowledgement
will help us attract new members to our Rotary clubs, and it will help
us attract new donors to our Foundation," he said.
The last goal of supporting the Future
Vision Plan will help keep
the Foundation viable, make it more efficient, and "meet the needs of
the ages," said Majiyagbe.