October, 2019


Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair

Foundation First newsletter
October 2019
Dear Rotarians,
Congratulations!  District 5970 was recognized at this year’s Zone Institute in Kansas City last week.  Our District finished second in our Zone (which includes 23 districts) in total giving ($207,549) to polio eradication in 2018-19.  I wish you all could have walked on stage to receive the certificate award.  It only happened because of you!  Thank you for your continued giving to the PolioPlus fund.  Even though a few new cases are still being reported, we’re almost across the finish line, so now is the time to keep the energy going!
World Polio Day is coming this month, on October 24. Rotarians around the world will be holding events to raise funds that day to eradicate this crippling disease.  Soon you’ll be hearing from Amy Weber, District PolioPlus Chair, who will give you resources and ideas for your club to take part on World Polio Day.  Go for it!  
Remember November!
Now only one month away, I hope you’re planning for your club’s celebration of the Rotary Foundation in November.  November is Rotary Foundation month.  Again, we have several folks on our District team who are willing to visit your club and help promote and celebrate the Foundation in your club.  Just let me know, and I’ll make the arrangements.  Need ideas?  We can help with that, too!
New Paul Harris Society Coordinator
We are pleased to announce that John Wasta, currently our District Fundraising Committee Chair, has agreed to also lead our District as Paul Harris Society Coordinator.  You’ll be hearing more from John as he promotes the Paul Harris Society opportunity across the District.  PHS members are those who commit to giving $1,000 or more each year to the Rotary Foundation.  If you’ve been giving at that level for the past few years and have not become a PHS member, let John know at john.wasta@gmail.com and he will enroll you.  You’ll receive a chevron to attach to your Rotary pin along with a membership certificate.  Last year, donations from Society members made up 16.4 percent of total contributions to the Annual Fund.
Global Scholar Speaking Opportunity
Katie Wilford, District 5970 Global Scholar for 2018-19 has recently returned from her year of study in Melbourne, Australia, where she received her Master of Education degree.  During her year she attended 29 Rotary meetings at 17 different clubs in two Districts.  She volunteered 127 hours of time on Rotary and Rotaract projects.  She also co-hosted a “Rotary In Action” radio program.  Since returning to Iowa she is looking forward to telling her story to Rotary Clubs around Iowa.  If you would like to Katie to speak to your Rotary Club, please contact John Stewart, District Global Scholar Chair, at jstewart2375@gmail.com .
Did You Know? 
This is a new feature in each newsletter that will better inform you about Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.  These nuggets come from The Rotary Foundation:
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through our grants program, which offers two opportunities for funding:
District Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
How it works: Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund, based on the amount of DDF generated from a District’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings.
Global Grants – fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s six areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. 
How it works: The minimum budget for a global grant project is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches. DDF is matched 100 percent and cash is matched at 50%.
New Grant Project in Decorah 
The Decorah Rotary Club is helping to provide a new fire department training facility in Decorah through a 2019-20 district grant project.  They will be helping to purchase and install a special portable fire door for firemen to use in fighting fires.  Decorah firemen presented a program at a club meeting last week to inform the club how they will be using the new training facility.  
Left to right:  Decorah Fire Department firefighters Marcus Hageman and Kurtis Johnson, Decorah Rotary Club President Shannon Duncan, District Foundation Chair Don Meyer, and Decorah Rotary Club Treasurer Kelly Regan.
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District Foundation Chair



Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair