In the Rotary world, November is Foundation month. The Rotary Foundation makes a difference around the world and right here in Roswell. The Rotary Foundation is a Four Star Charity (highest ranking) by Charity Navigator and 91% of the funds are spent on Rotary projects. Giving to the Foundation is an important part of our service as Rotarians. This week, our own Cheryl Greenway (Past District Governor and soon to be District 6900 Foundation Chair) will educate us on the Rotary Foundation and how the money we give comes back to Roswell. This year, through the funds given to the Rotary Foundation by Roswell Rotarians, Roswell Rotary has provided tools to help educate RHS students in construction and mats and blankets to keep homeless men, women and children warm this winter. Please consider giving to the Rotary Foundation online or ask Alicia to bill you. New Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows will be recognized by Rotary International President Barry Rassin on February 16. You will make a difference.
Giving can change you. Several years ago, in preparation for Christmas, our family members only wanted gift cards. They didn’t “need” or even “want” anything, so gift cards were what they asked for. While we are so fortunate that this is the case, I was really saddened and depressed that gift cards were what they wanted. No shopping for the perfect sweater, no “had to have” toy, no new books or music. That year, Mitch’s school had a list of families that were in need for Christmas. One grandmother had recently taken in her five grandchildren. She needed five air mattresses, sheets, towels, clothes for the children and food. At first, this project seemed like too much for one person, but I decided to find my giving spirit by giving them everything they needed that Christmas--anonymously. I shopped and shopped and with each gift bag I filled—six big bags in all—my heart filled with the giving spirit of Christmas. I heard later that that family had a wonderful Christmas and so did I, because that Christmas, I learned that giving is really what Christmas is all about.
So, during this holiday season, I hope you will give—a smile, a handshake, a hug, a pat on the back to someone who is working hard, or a gift (even if it’s a gift card) to those in need!
See you Thursday!