2017- 2018 Rotary Club of Fortuna President
THE FOUR OBJECTS OF ROTARY
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Hi, I’m Bob Rogers, and I have the honor and privilege of serving as your District Governor for this next Rotary year.
As you may all know, The Gates Foundation, for the last 4 years, has offered us a 2:1 match for PolioPlus funds, up to $35 million per year. At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta last month Bill Gates Jr. announced they will continue the 2:1 match, and have INCREASED the match to $50 million (from $35 million) and extended it for 3 years.
To that end, District 5130 will strive to do it’s part to help raise that $50 million, by staging a 6 day bicycle ride, from one end of our district to the other called Pedal 4 Polio. A dedicated cadre of Rotarian bike riders will ride from Crescent City to Petaluma and solicit pledges for their rides, at the very minimum, of 10 cents per mile (Remember the March of Dimes?). 10 cents times 350 miles equals $35. If each and every one of us in this district donated $35 towards a rider, that would amount to $84,000 (And after the Gates match, $252,000)…That’s “Making a Difference” Please consider supporting your favorite rider. Right now the list of riders are, in no particular order:
- Jennifer Carter - Petaluma Valley
- Matthew Carter - Petaluma Valley (Honorary Member)
- Brian Bauer - Sebastopol Sunrise
- Brad Walton - Willits
- Mike Pastryk - Rohnert Park/Cotati
- Julie Montgomery - Santa Rosa East
- John Fitzgerald - Petaluma Valley
- Michael Hixson - Sebastopol
- Mike Merrill – Santa Rosa West
- Peter Hoberg – Santa Rosa Sunrise
- John Cottle – Mendocino
- Richard Power – Sebastopol
- Troy McAdams – Sebstopol (Friend of Rotary)
- Greg Gill – Sebastopol
- Sid Noyes – Southwest Eureka
- David Moon-Wainwright – Calistoga
- Kevin Eisenberg – Calistoga
- Bill Sauber – Sebastopol Sunrise
- Monica Rosenthal – Middletown
- Patrick Laherty – Sebastopol Sunrise
- Chris Ranney – Petaluma
- Bob Rogers – Sebastopol
If you’re not riding, pledge to sponsor one of the riders. Riders and your club’s Foundation Chair or Treasurer have pledge sheets for you to sign up on. Make checks out to “The Rotary Foundation” and in the memo section put “Polioplus” If you want to use your credit card, go to rotary.org, click on “Give” in the upper right corner. (Make sure to tell your Foundation Chair your using this method so they can record your donation on the pledge sheet. And remember, all pledges count towards your Paul Harris).
We are also looking for more riders, especially for the last day’s ride from Cloverdale to Petaluma. Can’t make it to Cloverdale? Then join the ride in either Healdsburg or Santa Rosa as they come through your area. The 3 Petaluma Clubs, along with Rancho Cotati and Rhonert Park-Cotati are puttin’ on a party to end all parties as the cyclists arrive at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma.
Music, food, beer, wine and good ole Rotarian Fellowship. What’s not to like. To find out more information about the ride, the party, and to register for the ride, go to: http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=65555
One additional thought. This is truly a District wide event. Clubs all along the ride will be supporting the riders as they arrive, with either a rest stop, or at the end of the day, with a potluck/social, then host them for the night in their homes, and then send them off in the morning with a hearty breakfast and a God speed. For this to succeed we need everyone’s help…and donations…$35 or more, to make this a great District 5130 success. Feel the pride of being a District 5130 Rotarian!!!
As a polio survivor, this will be one of my main focuses this year. Please support us and do your District a favor…do Rotary International a favor, do every child on earth a favor…End Polio Now!