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Ithaca Sunrise Rotary
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Ithaca  NY  14851

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Ithaca Sunrise

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Ithaca, NY  14850
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The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that utilizes contributions for programs three years after they are received.  The three-year cycle gives districts time for program planning and participant selections, and allows The Rotary Foundation to invest the contributions.  The earnings from those investments help pay for the Foundation’s administration, program operations and fund development costs. 


At the end of the three year period – say in 2021-22, ½ of district’s contribution made in Rotary year 2018 – 19 is returned to the district for district projects while the other half is placed in the World Fund which is used to match project expenses and support the fight to eradicate polio. 


This approach of using donations wisely has won a four star rating from Charity Navigator for many years. 


Please consider supporting The Rotary Foundation now and get involved in planning future projects.  Thank you. 


About three years ago, on the nightly news in Berlin, Rotarian Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw refugees arriving in Berlin after fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries. Wanting to help, she gathered a bag of clothes to donate and headed to a nearby gym filled with refugees.


When she arrived at the gymnasium to drop off her donation, Skarabis-Querfeld found sick children, most of them untreated because hospitals in the area were overrun. Helpers were not allowed to give out pain relievers or even cough syrup due to legal constraints. All they could do was send people to the emergency room if they looked extremely ill.


Seeing this, and knowing about the treacherous journeys the refugees had just made across land and sea, Skarabis-Querfeld, who is a medical doctor and Rotarian, returned that same afternoon with medical supplies and her husband, Uwe Querfeld, who is a professor of pediatrics and also a Rotarian. The couple spent most of that holiday season treating patients in the gymnasium. 


“The suffering of the people, their bitter fate, … wouldn’t let go of me,” says Skarabis-Querfeld.  “You just don’t forget.”


What began as a single act of charity eventually evolved into an all-encompassing volunteer project: Over the next three years, Skarabis-Querfeld would build a nonprofit organization called Medizin Hilft (Medicine Helps) and run a network that, at peak times, would include more than 100 volunteers helping thousands of refugees at community centers, tent camps, and other shelters across the city.  Today, her nonprofit continues to treat patients who have nowhere else to turn.


The Rotary Club of Berlin-Nord was quick to support Skarabis-Querfeld’s nonprofit. National media took notice of her efforts, and other Rotary clubs, including Rotary Club of Berlin-Tiergarten, joined the effort.  A Rotary global grant of $160,000 made it possible for Medizin Hilft to run an open.med clinic as well as information campaigns.


People of Action continue to make a difference in the world and your support of The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.


Ricardo Roman was shopping with his wife at a department store in Chile in 2012 when a woman in her early 20s approached him.  He didn’t recognize her – for two good reasons – he had last seen her more than a decade earlier and her smile had changed drastically! 


Roman, a member of the Rotary Club of Renaca, Chile, is the national coordinator of a program that has helped thousands of children in Chile with cleft lips, palates, and other birth defects – including this stranger who now wanted to give Roman a hug. 

She told me, “This is my Rotarian smile,” Roman recalls, his voice full of emotion, “It was a very gratifying moment.”


Since 1993 Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive surgeries.  The project was started by California Rotarians and has evolved into a nonprofit organization that has since sent teams to 26 countries. 


This is another example of Rotary’s People of Action and how Rotarian’s ability to give works!  Thank you


A quote:  “What we as Rotarians do is touch other people … open the horizon to them … say “You matter.”  You see, the five men who chose me to become an Ambassador Scholar are gone … but they’re not.  They never will be. Because along the way, I will in my own share with others – and have what those five men and the 60 members of the Marshall (Texas) Rotary and the tens of thousands of other members of Rotary did in 1956 when they said, “Bill Moyers, you can matter.  This quote was said by Bill Moyers, TV journalist and commentator, and former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.


Although Ambassadorial Scholarships per se are no longer available– Rotary still offers a myriad of scholarships for secondary, undergraduate or graduate study through club, district and global scholarships.


For more information about scholarships - contact your club president or district governor. Your continued financial support enables this to happen.   Thank you.



During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, countless lives have been made better in your communities and the world.  The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through its grants program which offers two opportunities for funding:


District Grants fund small, short term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad.  Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.


And Global Grants that fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s six area of focus.  Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams. 


As a Rotarian you are eligible to participate in any one of these programs where it interests you.  Just contact your club and/or District Foundation chair. 


Thank you. 


The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth present, Arch C. Klumph as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.”  It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than $4.4 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.Sixty-eight years later, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Over the next year, a short weekly message about The Rotary Foundation, its programs and the need for your support will be shared with you.  To begin – here is a quote from Paulo Costa, Past President of Rotary International in 1990-91.  “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation.  It transforms our dreams into splendid realities … it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”


It is an honor to belong to Rotary International and to be part of such an organization that not only makes a difference in the world and our communities, but as People of Action serves above self.  


Thank you. 

What does The Rotary Foundation do with its money?  It spends its charitable contributions on multiple programs – from the eradication of polio, to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian projects.  The funds are used for programs and projects about which Rotarians feel passionate. With a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for ten years in a row and over 1.2 million Rotarians over-seeing the funds at a grassroots level, its funds are in amazing hands doing amazing work in our communities and abroad.  


Your contributions enable this to happen.  Thank you

The Rotary Foundation was founded by Arch Klumph is 1916 and left us with these words: “The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it;  if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary … we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity.


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation will make this happen.  Thank you.  


What is a Paul Harris Fellow?  First of all, Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and in 1957, under the direction of Arch Klumph, President of Rotary in 1916-17, the Paul Harris Fellow was established.  The recognition is given to individuals who contribute financially, or have contributions made in their name, of $1000 to the Annual Fund, Polioplus, or an approved foundation grant.  Recognition consists of a certificate and a pin.


Paul Harris Fellows can also be given on behalf of someone through Foundation Recognition points or through a combination of points and outright donations.  Points are given for every dollar contribution to the Foundation. Since the creation of the Paul Harris Fellow over 1.6 million people have become Paul Harris Fellows.  


Join your fellow Rotarians in financially supporting The Rotary Foundation by becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.  Thank you.


What Is the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund?  It is the primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation.  From digging clean water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.


In the 2016-17 Rotary year, a record US $140.2million was donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund.   Rotarians completed over 30,000 Rotary service projects and dedicated 24.3 million hours to volunteering in the communities that need us most.


The Annual Fund is comprised of donations from Rotarians, friends of Rotary corporations, and workplace giving vehicles.  These donations can be matched by corporate gifts to leverage donations.  There is even an online resource that allows Rotarians to see if their company has a charitable matching program … check it out a Rotary.org/matchinggifts.


Your generosity has made it possible for Rotarians to stay hard at work Doing Good in the World. You have until June 30 to make your gift for 2017-18.  If you haven’t contributed this year – please do so – and give generously. 


Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues.


The campaign is an initiative of PeacejJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Mencu tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020.


Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates.  Winners are chosen by people from around the world.  


Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category.  Rotary and the five other winners will be recognized at a ceremony on June in Monaco.  Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland will present the award.  


We all should be proud to be a Rotarian!  You are People of Action and Make A Difference in the world.  Thank you. 

Foundation Minute for Week of May 28


The Rotary Foundation celebrated its centennial with a year of festivities that began at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea, and culminated at the 2017 convention in Atlanta, Georgia.


Throughout the year, members organized celebrations, educated their communities about the Foundation’s impact, raised funds for the Foundation, and shared their own centennial projects on social media.  In the US, the Rotary Club of Austin, Texas packed more than 22,000 meals for people in need.  In South Africa, the Rotaract Club of Durban Berea celebrated Diwali by handing out boxes of treats to children, police and maintenance workers.  And in the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Midtwon-General Santos visited a retirement facility to serve lunch.  


In 1917 Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world.” What started with an initial contribution of $26.50 has grown into a foundation that has invested $3.95 billion in programs, projects, and scholarships.  


Your contribution to TRF has made this possible.

            (Annual Report – 16-17)

Turkey is home to more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations.  To promote understanding among Syrian and Turkish schoolchildren, the Rotaract Club of Izmir Ekonomi trained young students to become partners in peace.  Working with the Council of Europe, European Law Students’ Association, the UN, and child psychologists, the Rotaractors hosted two workshops, asking the children to express their feelings through painting.  The artwork revealed that the students had a lot in common.  Club members also taught the children conflict resolution skills.


For establishing peaceful relationships in the community, the Izmir Ekonomi club received the 2016-17 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award for Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.  


This is Rotary at work – its mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, good will and PEACE through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.  

            (Annual Report 2016-17)

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are separate legal entities that comply with

the laws and accounting standards of the countries in which they operate.  Philosophically and practically, however, they function as one organization.  


As a global organization that operates in almost every country of the world and in 29 currencies, Rotary takes stewardship of its funds very seriously.  Stewardship begins as funds are received around the world through its prudent investment practices and continues as funds are spent to provide life-changing and sustainable grants, and programs and services for members. 


You as a Rotary member support Rotary International with your dues, and The Rotary Foundation through your voluntary contributions.  We Rotarians are passionate about making positive, lasting changes at home and abroad. Clubs and districts direct the funds provided by the Foundation into grant projects that serve humanity.


Rotary is well positioned to remain the world’s foremost membership and service organization while continuing to serve its members.  


Be proud that you are a Rotarian.

                        Annual Report – 2016-17)

The Rotary Club of Leogane, Haiti, brought electricity to the Respire Haiti Christian School in Gressier – and with it, education for children and adults.  The school serves 500 orphans, disadvantaged children, and restavecs(child domestic servants).  For a long time, its six buildings had no electrical power, forcing teachers to rely on the sun as their primary light source and preventing the school from offering evening classes to address the community’s high adult illiteracy rate.


Using funds from a Rotary global grant, the Leogane club and its international partner, the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado, installed a hybrid energy system, featuring locally sourced solar panels, to power lights, computers, and even the school’s water pump. Teachers received training in adult literacy instruction so the school could offer evening reading and writing classes in Creole and French.  Now both young students and adult learners are receiving the education they deserve. 


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you for your support.  

                                                (Annual Report – 2016-17)

Like most rural communities in Papua New Guinea, the village of Kurt has relied on water from rivers and other unprotected sources.  Contaminated water and poor sanitation increases the risk of illness and raises infant and child mortality rates.


To improve conditions in Kurt, the Rotary Clubs of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, and Centralia, Washington worked together on a multiphase global grant project.  They used grant funding to install and maintain a 36,000-liter rainwater harvesting and distribution system, and built toilet facilities at the Madan Coffee and Tea Plantation, the area’s economic center. The project also provided systems to turn toilet waste into fertilizer, reducing the spread of water borne diseases. Today residents have sustainable access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.


The clubs’ work will not end there.  Members are planning economic and education projects to continue supporting the Kurt community.  


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.

                                                                        (Annual Report 2016-17)

In August 2016, Nigeria reported its first polio cases in two years.  They occurred in Borno
State, where ongoing conflict had prevented health workers from reaching some children.


Working with the nation’s government and Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, Nigerian Rotarians traveled from across the country to join the emergency response team, which immunized one million children in the weeks after the outbreak. By December, an additional 60 million children had been immunized.  


Resolve in Nigeria remains strong.  “Polio eradication is about national pride and honor,” said Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole.  “ We will not let our citizens or the world down.”


This year there hasn’t been a single polio case in Nigeria.  However ,6 cases have been reported in Afghanistan, 3 in the Congo and 1 in Pakistan.  


Over 400 million children are immunized against this dreaded disease every year and 16 million people are walking today who otherwise would have been paralyzed.


Your continued support towards polio eradication enables this to happen.  Thank you.  

                                                (Annual Report 2016-17)

In Brazil's Riberia Valley, a neonatal intensive care unit faced a problem.  It didn't have nearly enough equipment.  With only seven incubators, the unit at the state-run Dr. Leopoldo Bevilacqua Regional Hospital filled up quickly.  Newborns often would be transferred to another facility - a harrowing journey that the tiny, fragile patients sometimes didn't survive.  This factor contributed to the hospital's high mortality rate.


The Rotary Club of Registro, Sao Paulo, stepped in to help, partnering with the Rotary Club of Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan, on a global grant.  They raised funds to purchase equipment, including incubators, cribs, ventilators, and monitors, and launched a publicity campaign about the importance of prenatal care and breastfeeding.  The clubs also provided training for at-risk pregnant adolescents and education on maternal-infant health.


The new equipment doubled the capacity of the unit, which now provides care t o220 of the community's newest and tiniest residents each year.


Your continued support of The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you.

                                (Annual Report 2016-17)  

Did you know that Rotary not only offers you a chance to help others, but as a member you can also receive benefits .  Rotary’s Global Rewards program is its benefits program designed exclusively for Rotarians and Rotaractors.  The extensive collection of discounts and special offers cover the types of goods and services that members care about most – for getting a project completed or just treating yourself after a job well done.  
Categories include entertainment, travel, business services, insurance, dining and retail!  There are also opportunities to give back to Rotary – for instance when you shop Amazon Smile – 6% of your purchase will be sent to The Rotary Foundation. 
 For more information go to rotary.org/globalrewards or download the Rotary Global Rewards App
Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease found in tropical climates, causes high fevers, severe headaches, fatique, and vomiting.  In Surakarta, Indonesia, the Rotary Club of Solo Kartini and its international partner, the Rotary Club of Estport, Connecticut, decided to tackle dengue head-on by interrupting the lifecycle of carrier mosquitos.  The insects breed in standing water, including in waste areas and bathtubs. 
First, using funds from Rotary global grants, club members lined more than 3,500 dark cement bathtubs, which are common in Indonesian households, with white tiles so mosquito larvae would be easier to see and remove.  Then, they began edu cating the community about properly cleaning the tubs, closing the lids on water contains, and burying waste to limit the places where mosquitos can breed and grow. 
Surakarta’s public health department plans to expand the white-tile project to other parts of the city and continue to fight dengue fever.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you.    
Senior Annual Giving Officer Steven Solomon recently visited India and a community development program partly supported by gifts to Rotary’s Annual Fund. Through a Rotary global grant, Rotarians implemented an integrated program in Piyali India with health and dental care, sanitation, solar utilities, safe drinking water, adult education, tree planting and vocational opportunities with micro-credit.
This project has helped decrease the human trafficking of young girls and has improved the lives of the whole community.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.  Thank you. 
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Many of these projects are directed towards conflict and violence that has displaced millions of people each year.  Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90% are civilians. 
Rotary refuses to accept conflict as a way of life.  Its projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. 
In the past Rotary and its members have helped Tanzanians with albinism find safe futures.  It helped a university professor and a Rotary club fight Boko Haram by helping those women who were kidnapped find a new life.  It has helped Brazil’s youth escape from slums by offering them judo and helped end domestic violence in Australia. 
A Rotaract club in the Philippines conduct anti-bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age, and local Rotarians in Louisiana dealt with domestic violence – the fourth highest incidence of death in the US -by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy and counseling to over 500 women in one year.  
Rotary supports peace – with your help our foundation can continue to promote peach through projects and education.  Thank you.  
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day.  Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.  Along with the Foundation they provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.
Rotarians make amazing things happen:
The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses so they could pool their money and fund their own micro-lending program.
In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership.
And in West Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests.  Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce.  The results: increased crop yields and profits.
Your support of The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen. Thank you.
The Rotary Foundation, its districts and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution as well as water and sanitation. 
District grants can be used to sponsor secondary school, undergraduate or graduate students studying any subject, either locally or abroad.  The scholarship may cover any length of time, from a six-week language-training program to a year or more of university study. 
 Rotary clubs and its districts can also apply to The Rotary Foundation for global grants to support scholarships.  These grants are for graduate students studying in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:  Promoting peace, fight disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.  Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program.  Global grant scholarships are funded using cash or District Designated Funds, which are matched by Rotary’s World Fund. 
Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate and /or graduate study.  They are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. 
In the past over $7.5 million on average have been given each year for over 350,000 scholarships. Contact your club, district or The Rotary Foundation for more information. 
Your contribution to TRF and its Peace Center enables this to happen.  Thank you.    
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A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

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