July 2009 Message from the chair -- A road map to our Foundation's future
As we begin our new Rotary year, we look out upon a landscape of challenges and possibilities. We are at the beginning of a new journey together â€" and, as with every journey, it is a good idea to begin with a map. This is why, every year, we set goals for our Rotary Foundation. They help us stay focused on where we're going, and they keep us all traveling in the same direction, on the same Rotary path. It should be no surprise to any Rotarian that our first goal in 2009-10 will be the eradication of polio. This is Rotary's primary goal as an organization and will remain so until it is achieved. The direct role of The Rotary Foundation in supporting this goal is to help meet Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge and to raise awareness that the fight against polio is not yet over. Our second goal is to work through our Foundation to achieve a better world through the six areas of focus of the Future Vision Plan. They are: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution Disease prevention and treatment Water and sanitation Maternal and child health Basic education and literacy Economic and community development Our third goal is to implement the Future Vision Plan, which will help revitalize and strengthen our Foundation so it can adequately support another century of Rotary service. And our fourth goal is to support the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative and the Permanent Fund so all of our Foundation's good work may continue. I am glad to be embarking on this new Rotary journey with you. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands â€" and the future of our Foundation is as well. Glenn E. Estess Sr. Foundation Trustee Chair