Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 01, 2017

The 2016-17 Rotary Year has come to a close. Please join the millions of beneficiaries of projects funded by The Rotary Foundation in thanking our members who have honored the commitment of Every Rotarian, Every Year, contribute to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund.

Our club members donated a total of $8,230 in the 2017-18 Rotary Year, surpassing our goal of $8,000!

Please thank these 33 Rotarians for making their annual contribution, especially those in bold who are Paul Harris Fellows:

Sam Badger*+, Wes Baumann, Bob Baker, Mary Lou Bilder, David Birkenstein+, John Ford, David Grant*, Heather Higgins, Anna Helfman, Tony Kambich*, Mark Kotz, Rich Lalley+, Denny Lauer, Bill Leske, Robert Mardirossian, Ned Meisner, Rodger Morris*, Tom Nash, Lee Padgitt, Brooke Peppey, Randy Reeves, Kieth Reid, Fred Schwimmer+, Greg Skirving, Mike Shelton, Peter Skalski, John Stone, Liz Taylor, John ThomasBarb Tubekis, Dirk Tussing, Julie Tye, Patti Van Cleave.
* signifies a Major Donor signifies Paul Harris Society ($1,000 per year)

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's projects, 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. This year, we received nearly $4,000 for our Kids Against Hunger project! But we must give to receive.
  • Charity Navigator gives The Rotary Foundation its highest “Four Star” rating, giving it a score 100 out of 100.
  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals named The Rotary Foundation the World's Outstanding Foundation of 2016!
  • 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.

You can get a great start on the new Rotary year by making a contribution now. 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.

2017-18 Club President Tom Nash has set an ambitious goal for this year's Every Rotarian Every Year Goal- $10,000. Consider becoming a monthly donor, and for those who can, stepping up to the Paul Harris Society by pledging to give $1,000 each year. 

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