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Rotary District 6950 provides an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. This Rotary district provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and builds goodwill and peaceful relationships throughout the world.
Rotary is a world fellowship of business and professional persons who accept the ideal of service, individually and collectively, as a basis for success and happiness in business and community life. Rotary is present in over 160 countries worldwide, with over 1.2M Rotarians in over 30,000 clubs. We look for ways to serve the needs of our local communities, as well as worldwide efforts to improve health, goodwill and peace.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the object of Rotary by:
- Fostering unity among member clubs;
- Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world;
- Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary; and
- Providing a system of international administration.
We invite you to join any Rotary club and see what we are about. Meet like-minded members of the community who want to build friendships and make a difference!
November 2017 District Newsletter
Greetings District 6950 Rotarians,
“May our happiness increase with our usefulness. What Rotary will be one hundred years hence, none living can imagine.” Paul Harris
Such prophetic words from one of Rotary’s founding fathers. What began as a small networking club in Chicago over 100 years ago has indeed transcended anything they could have imagined at the time, with 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. In the course of over 100 years of making a difference, Rotarians have, through our Rotary Foundation, spent over $3 billion in life-changing, sustainable projects all around the world. 91% of our Foundation’s revenues go directly to funding these projects here at home and around the world. This places the Rotary Foundation among the top-rated charitable organizations in the world, and is one of the reasons the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to continue their partnership with Rotary through the eradication of polio and beyond. They have seen what we can do and have come to realize what so many other Rotarians already knew. There is no other organization like Rotary and there is no other foundation like our Rotary Foundation.
With your support, our Foundation has reduced polio cases by 99.9%, trained future leaders in peace and conflict resolution, provided clean water and sanitation where none was available before, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and stimulated small businesses in some of the world’s most economically challenged areas. Your Foundation has enabled clubs to complete small but meaningful projects in their hometowns as well as supporting large clubs or groups of clubs in performing amazingly complex projects that have forever changed the lives of entire communities that many of the supporting Rotarians will never have the opportunity to visit, making a difference for people they will never meet.
November is Rotary Foundation month and there is no better way to celebrate than by continuing your support for our Foundation. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, now is a great time to assess your annual giving to the Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians who donate at least $1000 per year to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Direct has made giving easier than ever before. Signing up to donate just $84 per month earns your place in the Paul Harris Society and provides the necessary support to allow so many amazing projects to be fulfilled. Matching points at the club and district level make it easier than ever to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Ask you club, area, or district Foundation chair for details.
Paul Harris conceded that he couldn’t predict the future, but he did believe that Rotary could do what many thought was impossible. 100 years later, it appears he could see into the future more than he believed. With Rotary on the brink of eradicating only the second major human disease after smallpox, his assessment of Rotary’s future ability to do the impossible was spot on. Of course, none of this is possible without you. With your continuing support and the support of your clubs, our Rotary Foundation will continue to do amazing things in the world, maybe even some things that many think are impossible. As long as Rotarians continue to dream big and believe that together we can accomplish anything, we will continue making a difference in ways no other organization can..
Your Friend in Rotary Service,
Perry Bean, District Governor