Centralia Rotarian Receives Special Award

September 4, 2019

Centralia Rotary Club held their weekly meeting on Monday, August 26.
Before the presentation, President Jay Luse presented Rotarian Nancy Peebles with a Paul Harris+5 pin, which commemorates her recent donation to the Rotary Foundation and to Polio eradication efforts. A Paul Harris +5 means this is her sixth donation of $1,000 to the effort. Paul Harris was the original founder of Rotary and started the first club in Evanston, Illinois. To commemorate his efforts, in 1957, Rotary

International started the Paul Harris Fellow program. This helped raise monies for the Rotary Foundation while honoring his great work. To become a Paul Harris Fellow, one needs to donate $1,000 to the Foundation (Annual Fund, Global Grants, or Polio Plus).

The meeting speaker was Past District 6510 Governor (2012/2013) Thomas H. Ripperda who gave a very informative presentation on The Rotary Foundation and giving venues. Ripperda explained that the District would be holding a Rotary Foundation Legacy Dinner at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon on April 24, 2020. This dinner event will be to recognize donors who have made major gifts to the foundation. It promises to be a great evening.

Ripperda went on to explain how someone can give to Rotary. These methods include donating cash or a pledge to donate, appreciated stocks, real estate, a bequest in a will or trust, life insurance, life income agreements, retirement plan assets, IRA charitable rollovers, or the Donor Advised Fund. Each of these methods was explained in detail and each have distinctly different advantages for people in different situations. Additionally, he explained, there are the named endowed funds.

The Rotary Foundation offers many opportunities to help Rotary do good in the world. The Rotary Foundation received Charity Navigator’s highest ratings possible—100 out of 100 overall, 100 out of 100 for financial stability, and 100 out of 100 for accountability and transparency. This means you can be assured the money you donate to The Rotary Foundation will be used efficiently for its intended purpose.

Pictured above: President Jay Luse presents Nancy Peebles with PHF+5 Pin.

Past District 6510 Gov. Thomas Ripperda speaks.

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