As we slip through November, International Rotary Foundation month, I am reminded that a unique celebration to those of us that live in the United States is about to occur – we call it Thanksgiving.  Therefore, I would like to take a minute or five to reflect on why we, as Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Ames, might want to pause and offer our thanks to all that has been accomplished and is being accomplished. 
 
In no small part due to your time, treasures, and talents you have provided globally this year the following through the Rotary Foundation:
 
Global Grants by Area of Focus
 
Basic Education and Literacy:                       
    341 Grants for $12.1 Million
Community Economic Development        
    254 Grants for $17.0 Million
Disease Prevention and Treatment         
    1,020 Grants for $74.8 Million
Maternal and Child Health                            
    129 Grants for $ 8.4 Million
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention    
    128 Grants for $ 5.6 Million
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene                  
    341 Grants for $25.7 Million     
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!
 
From Rotary International regarding your Foundation and its purpose:
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
 
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
 
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
 
Our mission:
 
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
 
What impact can one donation have?
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
 
THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!
 
On November 28th at our noon meeting, we have the opportunity to recognize and extend our thankfulness to “Heroes of the Community.” – Individuals that have contributed to our health, safety, and over all well-being.  Join us for this celebration. Let us take the time to truly celebrate Thanksgiving and Thankfulness this year for those that serve so faithfully!
 
THANK YOU AND THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR CONTINUED SERVICE ABOVE SELF!