March, 2020


Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair

Foundation First newsletter
March, 2020
Dear Rotarians,
What do you hope for?  Last week I attended a funeral for my wife’s cousin.  He was a Lutheran pastor.  He was known for visiting his parishioners regularly.  At the end of each visit he would ask that question.  What do you hope for? 
Our engagement with Rotary revolves around that question daily.  What do we hope for?  Our focus on peace among nations, clean water for the thirsty, eradicating polio for our children, gives hope to people across the world and across the street.  People we will never meet, and people we know. 
Every gift we make to the Rotary Foundation builds a foundation of hope.  Every gift says Rotarians do not give up hope.  Instead, every gift GIVES hope.  Thank you to all who have made their gift this year!
Here are a couple reminders about giving opportunities that will end soon.  
One Month Left of Rotary Rush!
For the month of March 2020, the District is offering a matching gift incentive to all Rotarians who give to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. The match applies to every gift that brings Rotarians to their next Paul Harris Fellow level. 
For example, if you are $600 away from your next PHF level, a gift of $300, matched with 300 recognition points by a generous donor in our District, will move you to that next PHF level.  Again, the matching points are applied only to gifts that reach the next level.  The maximum match is 500 points (which matches a gift of $500). 
To participate in this opportunity, you will need to fill out Form 123-EN which is available at the Foundation tab on the District’s website at , or click the link below.  Please email the completed form to or mail the completed form to John Wasta, 221 Kent Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA  52402.  If you are paying by check, please make it payable to “The Rotary Foundation”, and please include the check with the form. 
If you make your gift online at, please make a note of the amount of your gift on the 123-EN form and send it to John to receive your match.  Please do not send credit card information via email. 
Wondering how close you are to your next PHF level?  Just email John Wasta or Don Meyer, DRFCC Chair, at or call him at 641-251-4655. 
Rotary Rush ends on March 31!   Make your gift now!
Our Ducks Will Be Arriving Soon!
Our annual District Duck Race will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the District Leadership Summit.  All proceeds from the Duck Race will go The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund
You may purchase ducks at $5 each as an individual or your club may purchase a duck for each member. 
Please access the flyer and purchase form at this link:
District Grant Training Starting This Month
If your club is planning to apply for a District Grant, at least one person from your club must attend a Grant Training Seminar to qualify your club for receiving a grant.  This year we’ll have around $75,000 available for distribution.  Here are two opportunities for the training sessions:
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00 am  (Online    only)
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the District Conference/Leadership Summit in Cedar Rapids at the Cedar Rapids Marriott   (In person or online)
You may register for the March 28 session on our District website at 
You may register for the April 24 session using the email that was recently sent to you or at
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District Foundation Chair                                                                                                                              

Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair