www.mybaycity.com December 12, 2017
Rotary Article 11098

Past District Governor Addresses Bay City Rotary

December 12, 2017
By: Stephen Kent

Past District Governor
Eileen Jennings
Past District Governor Eileen Jennings updated the club on the Rotary Foundation's humanitarian projects throughout the World and how our support makes these efforts possible. Commenting on how the Bay City club is one of the foremost district supporters of the Foundation, Jennings reminded members that as we make our tax-deductible donations before the end of this calendar year, this is a good opportunity to support the foundation.

The RI foundation consistently scores as one of the best charities, according to "Charity Navigator". Fully 92% of the Foundation's expenditures go to programs. Another 6% goes to fundraising, and the final 2% supports administrative expenses.

The long-term strategy of the Foundation is to ensure that there are sufficient funds to operate while maintaining a fully funded operating reserve. Surplus funds are transferred to the Foundation's endowment fund.

The endowment fund is usually supported by gifts from estate planning and the "benefactor society". When gifts reach the $10,000 level the donor becomes a member of the Bequest Society. Gift methods include living wills and insurance policies.

Most funds come via the Annual Fund drives. These funds support international grants but also support local programs through the SHARE system. Shared contributions are credited to the donor's club and applied to the club's goal.

Jennings noted several times the importance of designating your gifts as going to the SHARE system. There are places both on paper and on the online systems for SHARE to be designated. But this is not automatic. You must designate SHARE.

Every year the district strives to achieve the goal of "Every Rotarian, Every Year". The hope is that every Rotarian will contribute something to the RI foundation and achieve 100% participation. When a total of $1,000 has been given, over any period of time, the donor is awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. With each additional $1,000 an additional "level" is awarded. At $10,000 the PH Fellow becomes a Major Donor.

The suggestion is to give at least $100, but in fact, ANY amount that a member can afford is appreciated. As the tax year comes to an end, this is a perfect time to make your gift.


Reminder: This year's Rotary Rocks concert scheduled for February 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets and program ads on sale now. Rob Clark will be home and plans to MC the event.

The annual Christmas Holiday program will be held on December 19. Be sure to mark your calendar. Other clubs are being invited. Entertainment will be provided by the Bay City Central Jazz Band.


No meeting on December 26, the day after Christmas

December birthdays will be celebrated on January 2, 2018


Dig out your favorite Rotary memory photos and
let Brenda Scramlin use them for the weekly
Club slide show. It'll be fun for everyone!


Next summer's International Convention will be in Toronto, an easy trip for many of us. Be sure you sign up with her to attend this life-changing Rotary experience.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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December 19, 2017 Holiday Program at the Doubletree. Other clubs are being invited.

December and January Dictionary and Thesaurus deliveries.

February 8, 2018 Rotary Rocks Concert at the State Theatre.

May 4-5, 2018 - District Conference Frankenmuth
    New format and breakout sessions.
    1 and a half days rather than two full days.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

December 19, 2017: Annual Holiday Program with entertainment. Other clubs invited.

December 26, 2017: NO MEEETING - Day After Christmas

January 9, 2018: United Way Community Impact Rotarian Marybeth Laisure will speak on how the United Way of Bay County has moved from a traditional model of funding agencies to a Community Impact Plan. The Impact model will be launched on January 3rd, and grants may be submitted from any non-profit that fits within the new Initiatives and Strategies that were developed to address our changing community.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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RotaryBayCity.org BayCityMorningRotary.com
District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at RotaryEclubOne.org
The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
Rotary Global History.

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