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Foundation Committee


Richard Tatara

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The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance
world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of
health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. 

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary
contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision
of a better world.

From the number one goal of the eradication of polio, to disaster recovery
worldwide, the programs and grants of the Rotary Foundation are changing
the world. The programs and grants can finance a well for a village that lacks
clean water, improve the environment, or provide scholarships to educate
the next generation.

The Rotary Foundation

The Foundation Committee of The Rotary Club of Naperville develops and implements a plan
to support The Rotary Club of Naperville, its members and the Foundation through program
participation and financial contributions.  "Foundation" refers to The Rotary Foundation which is
connected to Rotary International and is a Foundation that funds programs worldwide. 



  •  Educate Club members about the Foundation and related Club, District and Foundation goals.
  •  Encourage Club members to participate in Foundation programs and support the Foundation
  •  Work toward achieving the Club’s Foundation goals for the coming year.

Current Initiatives

Every Rotarian Every Year (E R E Y) & Paul Harris Society Sustaining Member

E R E Y is a program through the Rotary Foundation that provides the opportunity for every
member of our Club to donate $100 per year to go to various projects worldwide the Rotary
Foundation sponsors. 
Our Club's goal is for every member to be an E R E Y

If you want to become an E R E Y or want more information contact any committee member.

Paul Harris Society Sustaining Member

This program through the Rotary Foundation gives a member of our club the opportunity to donate
$1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation and become a sustaining member.  We have members
of our club who have made this commitment and would like to invite others to become sustaining
members!!!  If you would like information about this program, contact any committee member.

Paul Harris Recognition Event

The Rotary Club of Naperville is a 100% Paul Harris Club. It is a significant honor to be a
Paul Harris Fellow, and to be eligible, a Club member must contribute $1,000 to the
Rotary Foundation. The pin that accompanies this honor is recognized throughout the rotary world
and immediately identifies someone who is committed to the Rotary Foundation’s worldwide mission. 
This is an outstanding accomplishment made possible through a matching fund program from
Naperville Rotary Charities.

Each year The Rotary Club of Naperville recognizes those in our Club who have donated to the
Rotary Foundation and others in our community who exemplify the value of service above self. 


2020 Paul Harris Community Award Nomination Form

2020 Nominations are due May 1.

For additional info please contact Foundation Chair, Rich Tatara or email PHF COMMUNITY AWARDS

Overview: Rotarians believe in the motto “Service Above Self”. The best example of this is the work performed through The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Rotary established the Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for individuals who have made substantial contributions to The Rotary Foundation.The award is named in honor of the founder of RotaryPaul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Since 1979, each Rotary club has been challenged to make at least one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Naperville has chosen to honor several non-Rotarians each year with Paul Harris Fellowships presented at a noon club meeting typically held in May.

Club members nominate non-Rotarians from our community who they feel are worthy of consideration for a Paul Harris Fellowship. The Foundation Committee reviews the nominees and selects the final recipients. The Foundation Committee also organizes the awards luncheon where a formal presentation is made to each recipient.

Nominations for the awards are organized under the 5 Avenues of Service” that guide Rotary Clubs worldwide. For the community awards, we extend the category definitions to include persons who contribute to other service clubsnon-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies serving our community.All nominees must not be members of any Rotary Club. One or more awards are typically given each year in each category at the discretion of the CommitteeHere are the categories:

Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. Facilitation of training helps to strengthen member knowledge and skills.Clubs have serious topics to work toward, so having various social events that bring together members and their guests informally and for fun, contributes to genuine fellowship.

Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. Nominees typically have contributed significant effort and leadership toward achievements by their organization that reflect the spirit and character of projects Rotary Clubs would undertake.

International Service encompasses actions taken to expand humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Nominees have supported International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.

Vocational Service nominees serve others through their vocations and practice high ethical standards consistent with the expectations of Rotary Club membersThey have significantly contributed to the betterment of the community using their professional skills.

New Generations/Youth Service nominees work to engage youths and young adults in leadership roles. This includes activities to promote leadership development in organizations similar to RYLA, Rotaract, and Interact, as well as promotion of service projects targeted for new generations/youth.

To learn more, please talk to any Rotary Club Foundation committee member or
go to the Rotary International website