The West U Rotary Foundation is a separate entity of The Rotary Foundation. The West U Rotary Foundation Officers and Directors term is from July 1 to June 30 and is a 3-year term.
WURCF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity. The current Board of Directors 2016-2017 are:
Carl Stutts – President
Greg Faldyn – Secretary
Janice Stooksberry – Treasurer
George Adams – Club President Elect
HISTORY OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
GROWTH OF THE FOUNDATION
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
EVOLUTION OF FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION TURNS 100!
The Rotary Foundation marked the Foundation’s centennial with a year of festivities. The celebration kicked off at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul and will culminate at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.
Join in and show your support for The Rotary Foundation. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Plan an event in your community to raise awareness of Rotary and its Foundation.
- Promote projects your club or district is involved in that are funded by the Foundation.
- Empower The Rotary Foundation to support the good work of Rotary clubs around the world by making a special contribution. Give
- Apply for a grant from the Foundation to fund a project.
- If you’re an incoming district governor, look for more centennial information at the International Assembly in January.
Come back to find more ideas and resources for celebrating the centennial over the coming months.
A CENTURY OF DOING GOOD
“WE SHOULD NOT LIVE FOR OURSELVES ALONE, BUT FOR THE JOY IN DOING GOOD FOR OTHERS.”
— ARCH C. KLUMPH, LETTER TO ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENTS, 5 FEBRUARY 1929
The seed for The Rotary Foundation was planted by Rotary President Arch Klumph at the Atlanta Convention in 1917. From the first gift of $26.50, the Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects — transforming millions of lives across the globe. Learn more about the Foundation
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 helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
The Board of Trustees manages the business of the Foundation, led by the trustee chair. The Rotary International president-elect nominates the trustees, who are elected by the Rotary International Board of Directors. The trustee chair serves for one year and trustees serve for four years.
Fundraising is a vital and intricate part of any Rotary club.
Without fundraising, our club cannot do the community and international service projects that we commit ourselves to doing.
100% of our fundraising supports these projects. None of these funds are used to support the ongoing operations of the club. These expenses are paid through member annual dues.
Our Most Famous Are:
- The Flag Subscription
- Golf Tournament
- 4th of July Colonial Pool Lunch
Annual Golf Tournaments
1996-1997 $10,000 benefiting West U Rotary Club Foundation
1998-1999 $13,500 benefiting Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos
2001-2002 $19,000 benefiting Pershing Middle School
2008-2009 $16,000 benefiting Caring Friends
2009-2010 $21,000 benefiting The Weekley YMCA
2010-2011 $19,000 benefiting Health Empowering Humanity
2011-2012 $22,000 benefiting Help a Hero
2012-2013 $20,000 benefiting Positive Works
2013-2014 $21,500 benefiting Positive Works
2014-2015 $18,000 benefiting Weekley YMCA
2015-2016 $23,000 benefiting Emergency Aid Coalition
4th of July Pool Party in Colonial Park
Rotary Club of West U has hosted a hot sandwich lunch at the Annual 4th of July Holiday Swim Party in Colonial Park annually since 1995. We have made barbecue beef, hamburgers and hot dogs.
This event is to bring community awareness about the Rotary Club and what they do, as well as earn a few dollars to support a favorite community service.
Rotarian Randy Bullard led the effort for many years and served as “chef” and “jack of all trades” to this annual event. In recent years, Richard Lazear has coordinated the hamburger/hot dog lunch with the parks department concession company.
Sometime along the way, the Kazoo Marching Band was started and has now become another fun tradition, marching from the Little League Dugout to Colonial Park Pool.