(from the Vice President's December Newsletter - Article by By Karen Oakes, Zone 24 East Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator)
For many, the month of November brings a focus to the good work undertaken by our membership in living The Rotary Foundation motto of “Doing Good in the World.” Many Districts highlight achievements in club giving. Perhaps November is the month when your District Foundation Committee members extend a personal thank you to Foundation supporters for their donations. Maybe your club took advantage of Giving Tuesday, November 28, to become a 100 percent Rotary Direct giving club. In short, November is the month when THANK YOU is expressed in many ways!
Some clubs set aside a meeting during November to select a partner for their next Global Grant and to develop a plan of action to ensure a successful partnership. Other clubs take the opportunity to showcase past humanitarian grants to their membership to build that sense of pride in the clubs` work in both new and ongoing members.
Alternatively, November may have been when your District decided to fully engage its members in greater outreach to their local communities to understand the value of Rotary. Only through good public image work can we share the news that Rotary is here to help those less fortunate, both at home and around the world. Our areas of focus — Water and Sanitation, Disease Prevention, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economic and Community Development, Basic Education/Literacy and Maternal/Child Health — touch the greatest needs of humanity and should not be a Rotary secret. We need to share the remarkable ratings of The Rotary Foundation on Charity Navigator beyond the walls of our own Rotary clubs to reach the hearts of others who may join our efforts. We need to speak often to our own families and friends of the efforts of Rotary to eradicate the dreaded disease of polio and to free the future from this scourge. It all comes down to sharing the success stories of The Rotary Foundation which we make happen.
Yes, November is a special month. But the work of The Rotary Foundation never stops, and neither should our celebration! It’s critical to continue to voice appreciation for the ongoing support to The Rotary Foundation and to celebrate the milestones reached each and every month of the year. We are the power that makes it possible to “Do Good in the World.” Let us each, one and all, be the champions of The Rotary Foundation whenever and however often we can.