The 2013-14 Rotary Year is nearly over, and our club has accomplished much.  Our membership is growing; our Operation Warm, Kids Against Hunger and Community Grants programs were all great successes.  We have much to be proud about our club, and about being a part of the greater fellowship of Rotary.

One goal we have yet to reach is our contributions to the Annual Program Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  Through June 28, 43 members of our club have contributed $8,199 to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund, or 94% of the ambitious goal set by President Eric and our board.   We thank these 43 Rotarians for already making their annual contribution, especially those in bold who are Paul Harris Fellows:

Sam Badger*, Bob Baker, Wes Baumann, Mary Lou Bilder-GoldDavid BirkensteinEric Birkenstein, Tom Evans, John Gilchrist, Dave Gotaas, David Grant*, Lousie Holland, Tony Kambich*Mark Kotz, Marie KuipersRich Lalley, Denny Lauer, Robert Mardirossian, Tim McCabeBernie Michna, Rodger Morris*,  Tom Nash, Chuck  NortonLee Padgitt, Brooke PeppeyAlan Ramsay, Keith Reed, Randy Reeves, Fred Schwimmer, Mike Shelton, Gina Sich, Heidi Sibert, Peter SkalskiTodd Stephens, ‚ÄčJohn Stone, Liz Taylor, John Thomas, Barb Tubekis, Dirk TussingPatti Van Cleave, Alison Wertheimer, Clyde Willan, Rebecca Wolf and Mike Wurzburg.  
* signifies a Major Donor.

There are many reasons to give to the The Rotary Foundation:

  • Contributions support humanitarian and educational projects initiated and run by Rotary Clubs and Districts in six areas of focus- Disease prevention and treatment, maternal & child health, education & literacy, water and sanitation, economic & community development and peace & conflict resolution.  Learn more by reviewing the Foundation’s annual report.
  • Contributions come back to support projects of our club, like our coats for kids, Kids Against Hunger and International grants projects like the water well project we helped fund for an orphanage in Kenya and the digital x-ray/community health clinic project organized by District 6440.
  • Charity Navigator gives The Rotary Foundation its highest “Four Star” rating, giving it a score 60.34 out of 70.
  • Giving to The Rotary Foundation is an easy way for you to participate in Rotary’s service work beyond our club, providing you a personal connection to this great organization and the good it does throughout the world.

It’s easy to give.  You can donate with a check or credit card at lunch; you can send a check to “WNRCF” (mark TRF in the memo line) to our club at 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka; you can donate via PayPal by clicking here, or you can donate directly to The Rotary Foundation at or by calling 866-976-8279. One very convenient way to give is by making a recurring monthly gift on your credit card, which you can set up on Rotary’s website.

If you have any questions about The Rotary Foundation or how to give, contact Rich Lalley.