Tag Archives: The Rotary International Foundation

COVID-19 Efforts

–submitted by President Andrea Kaminski

Many of our members have asked what they can do through Rotary to contribute to COVID-19 relief. We have an opportunity coming up, and that is our club’s fund drive for The Rotary International Foundation, which supports sustainable projects including fighting disease and responding to disasters. You will be receiving a letter in the next week from our Rotary Club office encouraging you to participate.

Of course, this year COVID-19 is having a global impact and is devastating many communities around the world as well as here at home. Grants for COVID-19 relief efforts come from The Rotary International Foundation’s Disaster Response Fund and are helping people in need of food, supplies, shelter and much more.  Our Rotary district has requested support from The Rotary International Foundation for COVID-19 efforts here, and we expect to receive funding for local projects for people in need in the coming months.

In addition, The Rotary International Foundation is now applying the vast infrastructure developed to fight polio to protecting vulnerable people from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the program is drawing on years of experience fighting outbreaks to support governments as they respond to the new virus. Read more about this effort:  https://www.endpolio.org/polio-eradication-staff-support-covid-19-response  

Maybe the best part is that contributing to The Rotary International Foundation stretches your philanthropic dollar. If members of our club contribute a combined total of $50,000 by June 30, 2020, our club will be eligible for $75,000 in district and international matching dollars for future international projects such as our club’s Change HERstory project in Ghana.

I hope you will make a contribution, according to your ability, to The Rotary International Foundation. Your philanthropy will support COVID relief or other worthy projects locally and internationally.

By the way, to be sure our club is credited for your contribution, please make your check payable to The Rotary International Foundation and mail it to our Rotary Club of Madison office, 2 S. Carroll Street, Suite 255, Madison, WI 53703


Get to Know Rotary! New Member Event on September 17 at Madison Club

–submitted by Sandy Morales; photos by Donna Beestman

From left: Mpoli Simwanza-Johnson, Club President Ellsworth Brown, Zack Robbins, Brett Topham and Jenny Sanders

Last Thursday 25+ new and experienced Rotarians came together to network and learn about the opportunities that come with being a Rotarian.

NME 9 17 2015 EJason Beren from the Member Development Committee welcomed the group and everyone had a chance to introduce themselves. A presentation followed and started with the work that is supported internationally and locally with both The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and our club’s Madison Rotary Foundation. Rotarians are encouraged to participate in both and Paul Harris recognition is given to those that contribute at least $1,000 to The Rotary International Foundation which can be a cumulative gift over time.

There are many ways to participate in Rotary outside of the regular scheduled weekly luncheon and is highly encouraged and also a way to do make-ups.  One member explained that fellowship groups are a great way to engage a spouse, partner or family. Rotarians can also attend other Rotary clubs locally or anywhere else in the world, since we have 34,000 clubs internationally.  Rob Stroud also encouraged members to consider becoming involved at the district level and meet other Rotarians from the region.

From left: Kris Ashe and Sandy Morales

From left: Kris Ashe and Sandy Morales

There was a one-question quiz at the end – What is the maximum number of make-ups you can garner on one Wednesday? Can you guess? Answer is four. 1) New Member Coffee 2) Committee Meeting before Rotary 3) Committee Meeting after Rotary 4) Evening Fellowship.