March, 2021


Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair

Foundation First newsletter
March, 2021
Dear Rotarians,
We all have choices as to what missions we want to support.  We’re drawn to those missions that we feel are making a difference in the world, in our country, in our community.  We’re Rotarians because we love what Rotary does, what Rotary stands for, and what Rotary means to the world. 
This past week I attended an update meeting about Rotary’s Peace Fellow Program.  It started in 2002 and today has a $180 million endowed fund to support it.  With 1400 alumni from 115 countries, it’s incredibly successful.  Over 93% of these alumni have jobs connected to peace development around the world.  That’s success.  That’s what Rotary does. 
If you know of anyone who would be a good candidate for the Peace Fellow Program, please encourage them to check it out at  Thanks for doing your part in promoting peace. 
The Rotary Rush Opportunity
Thanks to each of you who took advantage of the Rotary Rush opportunity!  The opportunity ended on February 28.  As of ten days ago we had over 40 District 5970 Rotarians take part in the campaign.  We’ll share the final report next month.  Thanks again for your support of Rotary’s Annual Fund.  Those are the dollars that return to us in the form of District Grants!
Want To Apply For a District Grant?
One of the first things you need to do is attend a Grant Management Seminar.  This is required for your club to qualify for applying for a district grant.  If someone from your club attended the training last year, you still need to attend again this year.  Each club is required to renew their qualification each year.  We have two seminars scheduled, but you only need to attend one of them.  Both sessions are online and here are the dates:
Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 am  Register here.
Saturday, May 1—time to be determined.  This will be part of the District Conference.  Register here.
Please note:  To register for the May 1 seminar you need to register for the District Conference since the session will be part of the conference, even if you only plan to attend the grant seminar. 
Our Monthly Update from 2020-21 Global Scholar Rebecca Draus
Becca shares more about her experience in Scotland where she is studying at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.  Read her letter and see the photos here
Becca Draus
Don’t Miss the “Duck Pluck!
This year’s “Duck Pluck” will take place on May 1, 2021, virtually.  The winning ducks will be plucked out of Michelle Bell’s hot tub during the District Conference!
Here’s how it works:
  1. Each club and individuals from that club will be represented by a single duck in the race.
  2. The first three ducks to be plucked will be the winners.  Once the winning three clubs have been determined a computer pick at random will occur to choose one winner of a Paul Harris Fellow designation for each of the three winning clubs.
  3. Each club participating in the race will receive Foundation Paul Harris Fellow points for the full    amount of dollars contributed by the club through the purchase of ducks.
Ducks are $5 each and checks can be made payable to The Rotary Foundation and mailed to (must be mailed to arrive by April 20, 2021):
John Wasta
221 Kent Court NE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404  
Phone:  319-361-8527        Email: 
Ducks can also be purchased online at
If you choose to purchase ducks online we kindly request you pay for the credit card fees, therefore ducks are $5.42 each.  
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District Foundation Chair                                                                                                                           

Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair