Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia Highlights 2018-2019

The Little Engine That Could” is an American fairy tale. For almost one hundred years, children have been thrilled by this story of this heroic little engine that is faced with the formidable task of pulling a large load of train cars over a mountain. “The Little Engine That Could” challenges himself with the phrase “I think I can…I think I can.” And then, “The Little Engine That Could” does the impossible…he successfully pulls the huge load of train cars over the mountain.

Well, there is indeed a parallel here with the Rotary Club of Philadelphia because we are truly “The Little Engine That Can and Does!” And specifically, it is our own club foundation that has created a signature, a signature that defines our extensive caring and outreach into our community and beyond.

Philadelphia Rotary Celebrates Its Grant Awards for 2017-2018

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia, the “Little Engine That Makes Good Things Happen,” will celebrate its 2017-2018 grant awards given to 12 different organizations at its luncheon meeting on June 7 at The Philadelphia Racquet Club (noon-1:30 PM, 215 S. 16 Street). The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is one of 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide making good things happen in their communities and beyond. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is the 19th oldest Rotary Club in the world and distributes about $30,000.00 annually to worthy and needy causes.

The Rotary Foundation is Celebrating 100 Years of Humanitarian Outreach

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.