GUEST SPEAKERS:   David Penney (Director of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood’s Rotary Foundation Committee) and Ted Morrison (Past District 7070 Governor and Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and the “Mill for Bill” Campaign)

Introduced and thanked by President Lennis Trotter

The program tonight focused on the Rotary Foundation.

The purpose was to educate our newer members how important the Rotary Foundation is to the very existence of Rotary.

A short video was shown that outlined the programs of the Foundation and how they have impacted the world.

Ted then described the “share” program that is unique to The Rotary Foundation and allows small clubs like ours do major projects in faraway places.

He gave examples from our own club getting District Grants for the Kids Safety Village and for Kids Against Hunger as well as our successful global grant with Ganguli India putting new washrooms, buying a school bus and computers.

Ted reminded Rotarians that giving to the Foundation is different than giving to polio eradication.

He also told them of the announcement last week of the US$2.6 BILLION dollars pledged last week by governments of the world with 1.1 billion being pledged Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, The Bequest Society, Major Donors and the Arch Klumph Society were also briefly discussed

Here is a handy link:

Here is the video we saw:


The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.

Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.


For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.


We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:

Promoting peace

Fighting disease

Providing clean water

Saving mothers and children

Supporting education

Growing local economies


At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.


Meeting Adjourned


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