Our club had a very successful campaign for the Rotary International Foundation during the month of May, and we thank all members who contributed. Including the amount raised in May, in addition to other gifts members made during the year through the dues billing check-off item, we have exceeded the needed amount of $50,400 required by our district to be eligible to apply for matching grants. We have raised over $60,000!
We held an event on June 8 at the HotelRED to celebrate meeting this goal, and fifty Rotarians were in attendance. Jason Ilstrup generously donated the space and food for the reception at the beautiful HotelRED. Thank you, Jason!
Linda Baldwin’s spirited introduction at the event set the lively tone for the evening’s program. She reminded us of Rotary’s tradition of raising money, providing global grants, volunteering and how those present contributed to this tradition. Linda also specifically focused on our club’s international project in Ghana to help girls stay in school, and this is a first-hand example of a project that is funded by gifts to the Rotary International Foundation. And, as Mark Moody mentioned during the event, the value of those contributions will be further matched by Rotary International and our Rotary district.
Thanks to all members who made a gift during the 2016-17 Rotary year to help us achieve our funding goal. Our club is now able to continue to apply for matching grants from our Rotary district and the Rotary International Foundation to continue our club’s project in Ghana.
In July, we will be recognizing members for their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and will be providing an additional update on our club’s project in Ghana.