Rotary helps the world

Rotarian Jeff Dolinsky shares his views on the service the Rotary Club provides.

Jeff Dolinsky

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Name the cause: disaster aid, drilling water wells, redeveloping farmland, educating destitute children, promoting peace, and Rotary has done it.

When you have a motto like “Service above Self,” the scope for humanitarian projects is practically limitless. With over 1.2 million Rotarians in more countries than the UN, Rotary’s global network allows for very efficient delivery of help where it is needed.

The engine for the club is its membership and the fuel is the donations to the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation spends all it takes in after investing it for three years. This investment income creates the necessary funds to cover most of the Foundation overhead. This results in one of the most efficient organizations in the world, spending less than 10  per cent on overhead from funds donated to the Foundation . Over $700 million has been spent to date by the Foundation on projects. In Canada, we can leverage donations by multiples of four or more to take the donations to a very high level of impact on any project.

Right now, significant funds are being targeted to eradicate polio and since 1985, this program has nearly done its duty with over 97 per cent of districts reporting polio free status.

In Golden, we are very proud of the work that Rotary had done here and when we travel, we see the positive results of clubs around the world.

If you want to know more about what it takes to be a Rotarian, please call president Greg at 250-439-3995. He’d be happy to let you in on the best club in the world!