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All members are required to pay dues of $200 per year. Approximately $130 of this goes directly to Rotary International (RI) and the district for member dues and The Rotarian Magazine subscription. The remaining $70 supports club operations, including supplies, office expenses, and club activities. A detailed budget is available to club members upon request to the club secretary.
Pledge: Grants Pass Rotary Foundation
These funds will go to the Grants Pass Rotary Foundation. This foundation directs all of our giving to local causes, including Community Grants and all our youth services. The youth services includes Youth Exchange, Student of the Year, RYLA, and Interact. Club members are asked to donate $250 per year to this fund. Non members are welcome to contribute also, any amount is appreciated. This is a 501 (c)(3) charitable contribution.
Making a Difference in the Life of a Child
With the help of generous sponsors and the community, the Rotary Duck Derby raised almost $1.6 million over the years for various projects in Josephine County, all to help children and families.
The 2020 Rotary Duck Race was canceled due to COVID-19, and will also not take place in 2021.
However, thousands of families are currently struggling with unprecedented hardships. These include loss of a steady paycheck, managing changes in the way they work, and navigating changes in the way their children attend school. These families need our help, now more than ever! Thus, the Rotary campaign for 2021 will be known as Making a Difference in the Life of a Child.
Our donations this year will go towards nonprofits providing services to youth and to educational distance learning support. We will offer financial assistance to the families of children who attend these nonprofit facilities, which can cost an average of $160 per week per child.
Terry Soeteber has put together a very nice golf raffle basket, to continue with the program we were having in our club of having a monthly raffle to raise more money for our foundation to be able to do more good in our community. We will be raffling this basket off, the tickets are $15 each.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is a foundation of Rotary International (RI), which is different from the Grants Pass Rotary Foundation (our club foundation). There are two funds within TRF, The Annual Fund and Polio Plus. Donations directed to the Annual Fund are invested by RI for 3 years, after which they are returned to the district. These funds are then available to clubs in the form of matching grants for local (District Grants) and international (Global Grants) projects. Polio Plus is an RI project to eliminate polio from the entire world. RI works with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and has the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, here is a brief guide.
We are not accepting donations to TRF through our website at this time. You can pay by check through our Foundation Committee or by card through Rotary Direct.
You may send check to:
PO Box 1201
Grants Pass, OR 97528
Be sure to designate Annual Fund or Polio Plus.