The annual giving portion of Rancho Bernardo “Noon” Rotary Club’s fundraising efforts has exceeded members’ expectations.
The goal was to raise $14,500 from the club’s 50-plus members, but $18,000 was raised between November and January, said Don Glover, the club’s foundation chairman. He called the amount “exceptional” and said it was a 30 percent increase over the previous year.
The money was sent to the international organization’s Rotary Foundation, which helps Rotarians complete their mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education and alleviation of poverty, said Mira Bozanich, the club’s spokeswoman.
At the international level, Glover said efforts include the organization’s goal of eradicating polio worldwide. Local endeavors include providing Poway Unified School District third-graders with dictionaries and fourth-graders with thesauruses. The annual project requires around $6,000 from the local club to complete at its assigned schools, but is important, he said because “third grade is key for students to be able to read, when breakthrough reading (occurs).”
These and other projects, he said, help the members follow their motto “service above self.”
Bozanich said with this year’s $18,000, the local club has donated since its 1964 founding a combined $470,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
While this fundraiser was only open to members, Glover said others are open to all in the community. For example, the club is holding a golf tournament with wine and restaurant tasting on April 22 at Bernardo Heights Country Club. Ticket prices and the purchase deadline will be announced soon.