From the Governor’s Desk
We are nearing the end of the first quarter of our Rotary year. The energy level is high, and the commitment is strong. Foundation giving is off to a good start. So far we are ahead of last year’s record-breaking year. We still have a long way to go, but it’s exciting to see everyone renew and even expand their com-mitment to what makes us such a special organization. Our Foundation allows the vision of one person to become a reality.
Polio Plus giving is off to a great start as well. It’s critical that we continue our support of our #1 project. With 14 cases in Pakistan, 8 in Afghanistan and 3 new cases in Borno, Nigeria we are not only working against a virus, we are also working against tremendous unrest and violence in the remaining affected areas.
It’s truly exciting to travel the District and see the impact of our Foundation as clubs begin to use their District Simplified Grants and work on global grants. There are at least 4 groups of clubs working on global grants. The District matches club contributions $1 for $1 until the global District Designated Funds are depleted for the year. District Designated Funds (DDF) are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. Grant applications must be completed, approved and club funding must be in place in order to be eligible for available DDF. Any grants not funded this year are certainly eligi-ble for funding next year, so keep up the great work.
There are all kinds of projects, fund raisers and anniversaries happening throughout the district. Please send reports of what your club is doing to Dick Mazanec at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want everyone to know what makes us such a great District.
David T. Bixler
District Governor, 2016-2017