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ROTARY FOUNDATION NAMED WORLD’S OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION FOR 2016

(Arlington, VA) The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation's assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation's top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation's advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact. Today, polio is on the verge of becoming only the second human disease ever to be eliminated after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent decrease in cases since the initiative began.

To mark the Foundation's centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. "We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which give us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation's centennial year," said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. "The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world."

Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. In 2002, the Rotary Foundation took a direct approach by providing future leaders the tools to become catalysts for peace in their communities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master's degree or certificate program at one of Rotary's Peace Centers in partnership with universities around the world. Today, more than 1,000 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

"While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe," said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. "On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation."

The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP's 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.

 

The "Purple Pinkie" table at the Foundation Gala  November 5  was a huge success.  Volunteers collected $2178.50 for Polio Plus from those who attended the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation celebration.  Every donor left with a purple pinkie and a big smile knowing they helped eradicate polio from the planet.
 
The volunteers were Past District Governor Marge Cole and City Heights Rotaractors.  They are skilled with painting those pinkies purple. 
Our District website now provides an updated and expanded list of Rotary club filing requirements for the IRS and California agencies. 
 
November 15 2016 is the upcoming deadline for IRS Form 990, 990EZ, or 990N, and California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Form 199 or 199N.  Every club, whether large or small, is required to file these annual returns with the IRS and FTB.  There is an extension available.  Other listed requirements have varying deadlines. 
 
In general, these filing requirements also apply to club-affiliated foundations.  Foundations should be registered with the California Attorney General "Registry of Charitable Trusts" (including corporations and associations).  Attorney General Form RRF-1 is due at the same time as the IRS Form 990 series. 
 
Rotarians Dan Malloy of the Rancho Bernardo Club and Michael Wexler of the Del Mar Club have developed this updated list.  Additional educational materials are being developed, so feedback and participation is welcome.  To provide feedback, email: Michael@wexlerlawgroup.com.
 
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The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships.  The website for this new fellowship is www.rotarianeducators.org.  I encourage you to go to the website and see all the great efforts that are underway.  You will note that one does not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member.  All you need is to have a passion for or an interest in education.  Membership is available for one year ($20US), three years ($50US) or a lifetime membership ($100US).  We have made it easy to make payment either with a credit card or through PayPal.  Check us out!
 
 
 
Attention all Club Global Grant Committee Chairs:
 
There are exciting upcoming changes to the RI Global grant application tool.  In December, it will become the Grant Center where you will see both a new look and a streamlined application.
 
As part of that change, RI is preparing a guide to explain each step of the updated application.  They plan to email this guide in November along with details on how the changes will affect grants at each stage.
 
The application's format and questions will change significantly.  RI would like to make sure all clubs are updated.  More information will be sent as it is developed. 
Most of us as Rotarians have found that special something called a "Rotary Moment" many times over.  These moments are what inspire us; without them we are not likely to last long in Rotary.  These moments provoke our emotions into action and many wonderful projects occur as a result.  I encourage all of you to think of your Rotary moment(s) and share your story.  In this edition of NewsBits, Dale and Lupita Proctor of the Route 78 Rotary Club tell of one of their moments, which inspired them into action.
 
While down in Ensenada volunteering at a Thousand Smiles Clinic, my wife and I were introduced to an interesting project happening in Ensenada that I call our Sewing Machine Project.
 
We noticed a couple of women were teaching some young mothers  how to sew.   We also learned that this effort also drew the attention of a local manufacturer who offered piece work to seamstresses who were qualified to do the work needed by their company.  Starting with a group of approximately eight women, they started taking on assignments out of their home allowing them to watch over their children at the same time.   These women went from dependent to independent with the ability to care for and support their families.  The program has now grown to more than 50 mothers.  The program touched our hearts in ways that are indescribable.  In a poverty stricken country, these women had a chance to be productive citizens, wage earners and good mothers all at the same time.  
 
This program is now being run by a social government organization called Unidad de Atencion a Groupos Vulnerables.  They train the women, fix the machines and set seamstresses  up with machines when one becomes available.  This is where we came in.  We wanted to make this program thrive and we have been working at finding used machines to provide to this organization. 
 
We'd love your help!  Share in our Rotary Moment.   If you or your family or friends have a sewing machine not in use, we want them.  There are literally millions of machines in the United States that haven't seen the light of day in a decade or more.  Other sources for acquiring these machines are garage sales, thrift shops and even Craig's List.  If you explain what it is for, many will discount or will just donate it to you.  We have had to pay up to $40 for some, but we will do it because the ROI is huge!  If you haven't the time,  a donation to the cause is always alternative way to help.  We pick up machines as we find them and we also provide fabric, buttons, zippers, pattern, etc.  All of it is so appreciated by these women.   We will be happy to pickup any machines, or sewing items you may have.  Together, we will empower these women to be self sufficient for a lifetime. 
 
For more information on how you can help, email dfproctor@gmail.com
Presenting a couple of machines to Groupos Vulnerables.  On the left, Ellen Daly who helps train the women; Dulce Gutierrez Men7doza, a coordinator; and on the right, Dale and Lupita Proctor from Route 78 Rotary Club.
 
 
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Joe Max of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.  This is no ordinary birthday; some would say its even an extraordinary birthday.  Why?  Because last month, Joe turned 99 years young.  Extraordinary, because he is a very spry and active man for his age.   All the while putting service above self and continually thinking of others.
 
Joe was born on September 23, 1909 in Philadelphia, PA.  Now, a resident of Rancho Bernardo, he celebrated among family and friends his 99th birthday.  Joe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 32 years of walking the beat,  finishing his career as a sergeant.  After retiring, Joe had several consulting jobs in security positions working in the Belgian Congo, Vietnam and the United States.  He settled in El Cajon in the 1980s, joined the El Cajon Rotary Club and met his now wife, Roberta, (affectionately known as Peaches) at an El Cajon Elks dancing function.  Besides being a regular attendee at the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club and frequently the club's joke teller, he and Peaches stay active by going dancing two to three nights a week!  We want to wish Joe a very Happy Birthday.  Congratulations for staying so young. 
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Members of Rotary meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in our community.
 
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Marilyn Sanderson
Rotary District 5340
District Governor (2016-17)
 
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