Ceremonies all over the world are being held to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation during 2016–2017. And one of those commemorations is about to occur here in our area. A gala “Million Dollar Journey Celebration Dinner” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Springfield Country Club (5:30–9 p.m., 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064). Rotary International John Germ, the leader of 1.2 million Rotary members in 200 countries, will be the guest of honor.
As a remarkable enhancement for the Dec. 7 centennial celebration, a local Rotarian donor has recently made a $1 million bequest gift to the Rotary International Foundation. This gift involves a challenge to area Rotary members to match this contribution through individual legacies. The Million Dollar Celebration Dinner will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary International Foundation and also be focused on the success of this matching challenge.
From a humble initial contribution of $26.50 in 1917, individual donations of many of hundreds of thousands of individual Rotary members worldwide have built the Rotary International Foundation into one of the largest ($1 billion) and most reputable foundations in the world.