Posted on May 01, 2019

May, 2019

Many good fundraising ideas come from you, Rotarians in the field. Over the years, I can think of a couple that have caught on. They both began in the creative minds of committed, dedicated Rotarians who saw a need to raise awareness of The Rotary Foundation and took action.
One is the Paul Harris Society. In 1999, Rotarian Wayne Cusick from District 5340 in California had the idea of creating a special group of individuals who would contribute $1,000 to the Foundation on an annual basis. That first year, 55 members signed up. The number doubled the next year. Today some 119 districts have a Paul Harris Society program with a membership in excess of 22,000. For more information, go to .
Another is the White Hat Society. While attending a Rotary institute in 2004, Ed Mullen and Bill Bryce from District 5870 in Texas challenged each other to contribute $5,000 and recruit another Rotarian to do the same. They raised $75,000 in one day. Today, there are some 450 members in 38 districts in five countries. Contributions have exceeded $5 million. Various giving levels are available, and each one is eligible for special White Hat Society recognition. Membership does not require an annual contribution. Visit to find out how you can join.
I would like to share with you one more opportunity that is of special importance to me. It is the preservation of the longtime home of Paul and Jean Harris. Rotarians involved in the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation have acquired the property and are renovating it. The project has been spearheaded by RI Director Robert C. Knuepfer Jr., a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, so that this piece of Rotary history is preserved. Learn more about this worthy project by visiting .
Please consider joining me in becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society or the White Hat Society, and in supporting the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation.
Ron D. Burton
Foundation Trustee Chair 2018 - 2019