This page should inform regarding the standards and ideals of Rotary Membership. Below is info from RI.
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.”
The Foundation’s programs are:
- Polio Plus: After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease. Rotary alone cannot achieve this goal, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
- Educational Programs: Rotary has a long tradition of fostering peace and international understanding through increased educational opportunities, locally, nationally and internationally. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people.
- Humanitarian Grant Aids: Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to support service projects that provide water wells, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need. The Foundation’s Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world.
Paul Harris Fellowship
Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation’s charitable and educational program. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding. For gifts of $2,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow is eligible for
- Recognition as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
- Option to honor someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow with their Foundation contribution
A sustaining member is an individual who contributes or in whose name is contributed a minimum of $100 with the commitment to contribute $1,000 within a ten-year period.
Every Rotarian, Every Year
The Every Rotarian, Every Year effort encourages Rotarians worldwide to participate fully in their Rotary Foundation. Endorsed by the Foundation’s Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors, the purpose of the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative is twofold:
- Encourage every Rotarian to participate in a Foundation humanitarian or educational project that truly makes a difference in the world, every year.
- Encourage every Rotarian to contribute to the Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund, every year.