Posted by John Weiss

November Foundation Month

November is the month we give pause and reflect on our Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation allows us to collectively do good in our world. It means that your club can raise $20,000 and end up with a project of over $50,000. Our district has a history of extraordinary giving to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects representing millions of SMILES! Additional information and cool stories can be found each month in “Changing Lives”, our district monthly newsletter featuring the Foundation giving and stories of clubs in our district.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. So SMILE as you write that check or swipe your credit card. For ease consider the Rotary giving form 123EN attached below and accessible online here:

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting Rotary service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,500 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2. Which is to say that each dose with the match is about 20 cents.

District Conference 2017

My sincere thanks to our hard working committee, the communities in and near Ventura, to our sponsors, our sister districts from South Korea and Mexico, and to the 300+ Rotarians that were in attendance. I heard so many heart-felt thanks and positive comments. We featured our youth, local talent, Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange and so much more. Now we look forward to our next one in Bakersfield in October 2018!

40 visits and only 39 visits to go!

Christine and I are having a great time as we visit the amazing clubs in our district! At each club my goal is to listen to your members share the amazing projects your clubs performs. Some projects are simple like selling tickets for a worthy non-profit with a small number of members to an annual auction dinner requiring all hands on deck to help. Either-way it should be FUN and an opportunity to get to know your club members while we Make a Difference or Celebrate Rotary. Thinking about “Making a Difference”, how is your club doing on planting a tree for every club member (or more)?  I had the opportunity to plant a tree with the Rotary Club of Nipomo. My driver was none other than the Club of Templeton Kathleen. 

Celebrate your Friends, Service Projects while having FUN and Celebrating your Health!

I will be taking my second (and hopefully final) break of this year with a needed surgery. Thank you for all of your thoughts and super support. You all are my inspiration along with my wonderful wife Christine, district governor classmates, co-workers, and friends! 

 Interact District Conference -  Mark your calendars : February 24th, 2018 (venue TBD) 

Our Youth Service team lead by Darin Arrasmith (Thousand Oaks) and Greg Gillette (San Luis Obispo) are busy working to inspire and develop leadership skills and vital topics are working hard to make this a great event. Parents of all Interact students will be invited and encouraged to attend. Look for further announcements soon.