Honor thy mother and father

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Give a gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund in honor of your mom on Mother’s Day and your dad on Father’s Day.

In new District 5110 initiatives called “Honor thy Mother” and “Honor thy Father,” fillable e-cards can be emailed to Rotary members’ parents for their special days.

Just log into DACdb.com, click on “files,” then on “Foundation,” and you’ll find a selection of cards.


‘Giving Tuesday’ is an opportunity to support The Rotary Foundation


Join the “Giving Tuesday” movement Nov. 29 by making a donation to The Rotary Foundation.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by social media and encouraging people like yourself to help other through the gift of time, donations, goods or by speaking out. And what better way to give than through a donation to The Rotary Foundation?

“The Rotary Foundation is one of the most beneficial philanthropic organizations in the world,” says  Jim Lussier, 2016-17 District 5110 Fundraising Chair for TRF, “because of its international humanitarian work and what it does for communities, children, scholarships and the advancement toward peace on our planet.

This year, each Rotary club president and TRF chair is asking every Rotary member to consider making a commitment to contribute according to their financial capability. In our club, the TRF chair is encouraging every club member to donate at least $100 to Rotary’s Annual Fund in recognition of TRF’s 100th anniversary.

You can be assured your dollars are well spent. The Association of Fundraising Professionals recently recognized TRF with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

It’s easy to make a donation to the Annual Fund. Just contact Rogue Gateway Rotary TRF chair Margaret Bradford at pubcrawlers@hotmail.com. Or visit rotary.org.

Go ahead… make a positive difference in the world.

Dr. Bruce Aylward: How we’ll stop polio for good

Dr. Bruce Aylward is assistant director-general on polio eradication and humanitarian response at World Health Organization. Although this Ted Talk is about five years old, it’s well worth watching and an excellent explanation of how Rotary International and its partners are working to eradicate polio — forever. EndPolioNow

Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / United Nations Geneva / CC BY-NC-ND



Which foundation deserves your dollars?

By Charles L. Root
District 5110
Foundation Chair
Rotarians know that The Rotary Foundation routinely earns top rankings from the various nonprofit measuring groups. This year, Charity Navigator gave TRF a perfect score of 100 – only 10 international nonprofits earned this top score.
While on Giving Tuesday, CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards.

Which foundation deserves your donations? – we think you know. Please tell your friends.

End Polio Now dinner set

Register today for Rogue Gateway Rotary’s End Polio Now dinner, set for Oct. 22, and help Rotary in the fight to wipe out this dreaded disease worldwide. EndP13737568_1124835247588564_7925032143809591221_oolioNowDinner

The $100-per-plate dinner is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Asante Center for Outpatient Health, 537 Union Ave., Grants Pass.

Proceeded by appetizers and a social hour, the four-course dinner will be prepared by Jeremiah Hezog, executive chef at Asante.

The keynote speaker will be Cort Vaughan, polio survivor and chair of the District 5110 PolioPlus committee. A silent auction also is planned, and entertainment will be provided by the Grants Pass High School Orchestra Ensemble.

Just 100 tickets will be sold, with $65 of each ticket donated in the ticket-purchaser’s name to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund and tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Join us for the gala evening because no child anywhere should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease.

Questions? Call Rogue Gateway Rotary Club President Doug Walker at 541-660-2178.


Join the fight to end polio


Save the date for Oct. 22, when Rogue Gateway Rotary will host an End Polio Now dinner. Details about ticket sales will be announced soon.

Scheduled 6-9 p.m. at Asante Center for Outpatient Health, 537 Union Ave., Grants Pass, the $100 per plate dinner will raise funds for the effort to end polio throughout the world. A silent auction is planned as well as music and presentations on polio and the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.  Continue reading