Saturday, May 18, 2024




The Power of One: Celebrating Foundation Month

November greets us with the crisp fall air, carrying with it a profound message of gratitude and the vibrant spirit of Foundation Month. As we unite to effectuate lasting change, let’s remember the power of individual actions. Can one person make a difference? The stories we celebrate this month, fueled by the Rotary Foundation, resoundingly answer: Yes, every single one can!

Stories of Singular Impact: The Ripple Effects of One Generous Heart

Dive deep with me into the narratives that have transformed communities and redefined the significance of individual contributions.

Sarah’s Clean Water Quest: In an African hinterland, young Sarah’s reality was arduous journeys for a simple drink of water, pushing her academic dreams further into the horizon. Yet, it took just one project, funded by compassionate hearts like yours, to bring clean water to her village. Now, instead of trekking for water, Sarah is on a journey for knowledge. Your donation, your power of one, changed her world.

Manuel’s Battle Against Polio: Far off in South America, Manuel, on the cusp of becoming another polio statistic, was redeemed by our PolioPlus program. Just two drops, symbolizing hope and freedom and funded by your donation, shielded him from the clutches of polio. Today, his gleeful strides on the soccer field echo the difference one person can make. That was you.

Rani’s Literacy Dream: Rani, in India, was estranged from the world of words. But a single literacy class, enabled by your contributions, unlocked the universe for her. As she pens her dreams and weaves stories for her children, she embodies the transformation a singular donation can ignite. Your individual act crafted her new reality.

One Drop Can Create an Ocean: Your Donation’s Journey

Your contribution, whether a penny or a pound, is more than a mere act of charity; it’s a catalyst. Your singular act has the potential to empower a child, rejuvenate a family, bolster a community, and revitalize a society.

Foundation Month is not just a call to donate; it’s a celebration of the power of one. It recognizes that a single contribution can lay the foundation for an expansive future of education, health, and prosperity.

Why Give? The Immensity of One Person’s Impact

Behind every success, there’s a hero. Behind every transformation, there’s a story. And behind every story, there’s YOU. Your donation doesn’t just fund projects; it supports aspirations, dreams, and futures. 

Imagine the magnitude of influence when your single act of generosity turns despair into hope, illness into health, ignorance into enlightenment. That monumental power resides within you, awaiting its call to action.

As Rotarians, our collective strength is undeniable, but the power of one remains unmatched. Each contribution, irrespective of its size, holds the potential to enact change on an unforeseen scale.

In Embracing Your Power

As we revel in Foundation Month, let’s renew our pledge to the cause. Remember Sarah, Manuel, and Rani. Recognize that behind their stories stands a powerful individual, like you, choosing to make a difference.

Your unique contribution fuels countless dreams, pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable. Heed this call to action. Realize your potential to be a harbinger of change.

Join me in transforming Foundation Month into a month of action. The combined strength of all Rotarians in District 5020, with each individual’s power, can instigate a revolution of goodwill and shared prosperity.

Echoing the wisdom of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This November, let’s make lives, one individual act of giving at a time.

Donate, harness your power of one, and light the torch of change for countless waiting souls.

With deepest gratitude,

Caleb Summerfelt
2023|2024 Rotary District 5020 Governor

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