14 November 2012: Rotary Foundation – at Sunset!

President Tom opened our meeting right on time with a sharp strike on the big Rotary bell. Judge Kayes led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Anticipating Thanksgivings with friends and families, Rotarians joyfully offered up their Happy Dollars to  an ever-expanding smile on Treasurer John Feldman‘s face. Our treasury is doing just fine, thanks to our generous members!

President Tom introduced our speaker, Assistant District Governor Ken Courville. Ken is also the District 5160 Rotary Foundation / Paul Harris guru. In his talk, Ken educated us on the Rotary Foundation (now over $850 million in assets). The Foundation is very well run, with operating expenses amounting to about 2.5% of assets. In 2010-2011, Rotarians contributed $208.5 million to the Foundation, and there was $119.5 million in income. The Foundation paid out $168.8 million (including $75+ million to PolioPlus) in programs and grants, and invested the rest.  Ken also spoke about the Paul Harris Fellow program of donations to the Foundation, the General Fund, Polio Plus or approved grants. Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows by donating $1000. This amount can be given in $100 increments (Sustaining Donor) or in lump sums. Multiple donations are acknowledged by the number or type of stones on the am Rotarian’s Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin. Donors of larger amounts may become Major Donors ($10,000 – $249,999) or Arch C Klumpf Society members ($250,000 and up). Ken also talked about the Foundation’s grants programs. In a word, a Club can triple its financial donation to a major project by applying for matching funds from District and the Foundation.

Many questions followed ken’s informative talk.

Liz Burleigh was Rotarian of the Week. She gave us her abbreviated biography of growing up in the Valley and moving to Vallejo for good when she married Secretary Bryant. Liz also told of the pleasures of being Director of Volunteers at kaiser hospital for more than 20 years.

President Tom announced that we will be “dark” next week, 21 November, in observance of Thanksgiving. For our 28 November meeting, Past President Brian and Club Historian Janet Kendall’s daughter Tawnee will speak to us about Google +, and wheat it can do to help us stay connected as Rotarians.

Our meeting ended promptly at 6.15, when President Tom rang the big bell.

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