August, 2018


Dear Rotarians,

Your District has a dedicated District Foundation Committee ready and willing to serve you.  We want to highlight this outstanding group of Rotarians so that you are familiar with who they are, and which area of the Rotary Foundation’s work they lead.  

Don Meyer, District Foundation Committee Chair 
Bill Jacobson, Ombudsman
Neil Fell, District Governor
Suellen Kolbet, Communication Director 
Erik Miles, Treasurer
John Wasta, Fundraising Committee Chair
Amy Weber, PolioPlus Committee Chair
Rebecca Schultz, Global Grants Committee Chair
Jim Coloff, District Grants Committee Chair
Jeff Hassman, Stewardship Committee Chair
Dick Moeller, Major Donors/Bequest Society Chair
Ken Kolek, Paul Harris Society Chair
Nora Tobin, Peace Scholars Chair 
Ward Budweg, District Grant Committee 
Michelle Bell, DGE and Lowell Stoolman, DGN (ex-officio members)

We encourage you to call on the expertise these folks offer at any time as you plan and implement the Rotary Foundation activity in your club.  They are from 10 different clubs in the District and have a wealth of experience in Rotary.  

You will find a link to the organizational chart of this Committee on the District web site under the District Foundation tab.  Check it out at

I hope to visit each club in the District at some point during my three-year term.  Please call on me any time you would like someone from our team to visit your club.  I will also be reaching out to you.   

Don Meyer
DRFCC 2018-2021

Eradicating Polio remains the top priority for the Rotary Foundation.  Rotary members, through the Rotary Foundation, have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Their efforts have ended polio in 122 countries. Today, polio is thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries.
Did you know that mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the eradication of polio?  Rotary and its partners are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life.  Health workers in these countries can use the phones to send real-time data from remote areas to the proper officials for easy monitoring and assessment.   
The next time you send or receive a text message on your cell phone, think about how your giving to the Rotary Foundation has helped save lives in our effort to end polio now.  
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 Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate       cellphone messaging.


Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair