PROGRAM: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.
Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.
Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects.
Virginia Vanstory gave an overview of the Rotary Foundation. Founded in 1917 by Arch C, Klumph. Its first contribution was in 1929. He gave $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children, which later became Easter Seals. When Paul Harris died, contributions poured in.
Foundation projects include:
Ambassadorial Scholars started in 1947
Group Study Exchange started in 1965
PolioPlus started in 1985
Matching Grants & Awards for Technical Trades
The Foundation website devotes 38 pages on how Foundation funds are invested.
Jim West chronicled some of our clubs Foundation Projects, beginning with a water and sewer project at Little Samaritan’s Mission in Moldova. Jim and several other Club members went twice to work on that project. We also funded the purchase of a van in Uruguay and converting it and equipping it as an ambulance.
We have hosted Group Study Exchanges with Finland, Denmark, Nigeria and others. Our Rotarians led Exchanges to Mexico and Australia. And every year we host Youth Exchange students visiting our district, feeding, housing and taking them skiing.
Alice Salthouse spoke about two Matching Grant projects our club worked on. In each case our club gave $5,000. Which was matched by the District and then funded by Rotary International so that there was a total of $17,500. One Belize grant project, by 10 club members and some others, refurbished a Dental Clinic, and installed all new equipment, chairs and tools. They also repainted and put in playground equipment. Alice described David Wray fighting to remove a metal pipe which stood up just under a swing set
Also in Belize Alice and her team, including Mike Capristo and Mike Kebelbeck, refurbished school. They painted it, put screens in the cafeteria windows, installed electrical lines, replaced plumbing, built a playground and provided musical instruments and computers.
Our club also sent a team to Haiti including Alice, Basil, Mike Capristo &Van Joffrion. .
Foundation grant money sent local Rotarian, Brian Bennet to Croatia as a visiting professor. Our Rotary District has also funded International Ambassadorial Scholars and one International Peace Scholar. Alice said that such trips are life changing and encouraged other Rotarians to join them.
Foundation money has also helped finance our local dictionary project and scholarships through district grants.
C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we’re number two. We try harder!
Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola.