Rotary District 6690 Foundation Fund Raising Chair Gary Vaughn was invited to Gallipolis to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
Vaughn has been a Rotarian for over 30 years and he is the Immediate Past President of the Short North Rotary Club in Columbus. He is an experienced public utilities operator/manager and he is known as the “water guy” within Rotary District 6690. Vaughn has facilitated many Rotary Global Grants helping to provide clean water and sanitation projects in the developing world. He has led numerous Rotary teams to Central America and Africa to help change and improve lives. He has also been deployed to the Honduras four times as a member of the Salvation Army’s Medical Brigade.
Vaughn noted how the Rotary Foundation transforms local Rotary Clubs donations into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Rotary Foundation taps into a global network of over 1.2 million Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into priorities that help others. The Foundation focuses on the eradicating diseases such as polio, providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers and children, stretching local economies in the developing world and promoting peace. Foundation grants help to empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that will leave a lasting impact. Sustainability has become a primary yardstick for approving a global grant.
The Rotary Foundation has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. Since 1985 over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated against polio in 122 countries. Today polio is endemic in only three countries; Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria and in 2016 only 37 new cases of polio were reported. For every dollar donated to the Rotary Foundation 50 cents goes to World Fund Grants, 25 cents to Global Grants conducted by local Rotary Clubs and 25 cents goes to District Grants in local communities. Since 2012 local grants in the 59 Rotary Clubs in Central and Southeastern Ohio have increased from 17 grants valued at $24,000.00 to 46 grants valued at over $77,400.00. In Gallia County the Rotary Foundation has the Gallipolis Rotary Club fund scholarships for graduating seniors. The Rotary Foundation is among the highest rated charities in world.
The Rotary Foundation was established at the conclusion of the 1917 Rotary International convention in Atlanta, Georgia by Ohio Rotarian Arch Klumph with a donation of $26.50. That small donation has generated billions of dollars that have helped Rotarians change lives around the world. Gary Vaughn noted on more than one occasion that a centennial celebration of the Rotary Foundation will take place in Atlanta, Georgia in June when the Rotary International convention returns to Atlanta.
Prior to Vaughn’s review of the import work provided through the Rotary Foundation the Gallipolis Rotarians discussed their donation to the upcoming Science Day at the University of Rio Grande on March 25, distribution of scholarship applications to Gallia County seniors, recruitment of students to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program at Ohio University this summer and efforts to support the Field of Hope.
The next meeting of the Gallipolis Rotary Club will be at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Doctors’ Dining Room at the Holzer Medical Center.
Submitted by Greg Ervin on behalf of the Gallipolis Rotary Club.