North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 7, 2017
      Club Members were informed about Chuick Rehberg's physical challenge.  He will be be on a leave of absence until all is well again.  We wish you God's speed in recovery, Chuck!!!  Editors to take notes for Sandy to send out:  John Mailliard; Michelle Fossum, Tim Zacharius.
         Club Fund Raiser Gearing Up: Today club members were assigned to teams for our annual fund raiser.  Chairperson, Robbie Jackson, encouraged each of us to find a way in which we could contribute to the fund raiser.
            The Rotary Foundation is a “not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation”. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to “enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty”.
            The Foundation accepts contributions and uses them to fund its two main programs, Polio Plus and the Annual Fund-Share. All contributions to Polio Plus are used to eradicate polio and Polio Plus is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority. Contributions to the Annual Fund-Share are used to fund a broad range of local and international Rotary Foundation activities.
            Polio Plus was launched in 1985 to eradicate polio in over 125 countries. Since then, 2.5 billion children have been immunized and the incidence of polio has been decreased 99.9 percent. Currently polio still exists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. As of 2015, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort are in excess of $1.5 billion.
            The Annual Fund-Share provides both Global Grants and District Grants. The Foundation’s six areas of focus are peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. In addition, the Foundation funds Rotary Peace Fellowships, Scholarships, and Vocational Training Teams.
            Contributions to the Annual Fund-Share are forwarded to the Foundation by District. Fifty percent is credited to the World Fund and fifty percent is credited to the District Designated Fund. The World Fund pays for worldwide grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary Districts. The District Designated Fund is held for three years and the portion contributed by each district is returned to that District to fun its grants and projects. Spokane North Rotary Club was a recipient of a $1000 District grant this year which is being used to support our efforts at Holmes Elementary.
            Foundation recognition to individuals is the Paul Harris Fellow award. When a Rotarian contributes $1000 or more through small contributions or as a single donation, that Rotarian becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. Additional contributions are accepted and sapphires are added to the Paul Harris Fellow pin for each additional $1000. After the initial award, Recognition Points are accumulated by the individual Rotarian, one point for each dollar contributed. The Recognition Points can be transferred to other Rotarians or non Rotarians at the request of the points owner to make other individuals Paul Harris Fellows. Some Rotarians have transferred Recognition Points to make their spouse, children, grandchildren and/or friends Paul Harris Fellows.
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: John Mailliard and Sandy Fink
Photo: Sandy Fink
Program coordinator: Brad Stark