Posted by Faron Barr
We are, now, one month closer to our Gathering For Good Foundation event on May 6th!  Our live entertainment for this event will feature Tyler Korso Illusionist. This year’s Rotary theme of “Imagine Rotary” will be showcased in this night to remember. As before, there will be a silent and live auction with our auctioneer extraordinaire, Charlie Moon, calling our live auction once again. This year, the Gathering For Good will be held at Maceli’s in Lawrence. This event, as before, will be a very fun filled night with all of the funds raised going to The Rotary Foundation Annual fund in the name of the person purchasing any item that is available. DGN-D Chuck Udell recently sent an email out to the club presidents about putting together club baskets for our silent auction.  If you have an idea for a silent or live auction item, please contact me ( or Chuck Udell ( We can discuss where your item or auction package can be placed. Last year, we raised over $27,000 in one night and had a wonderful time! I hope you can join us and help us raise even more this year.
I am happy to announce that Todd Payne from The Rotary Club of Topeka will be our new Endowment/Major Gifts Chair following Bill Richter starting on July 1, 2023. Congratulations to Todd and I am expecting this to be very smooth transition. Any of us in the District Foundation committee would be happy to speak with you or present to your club on several Foundation topics, including Endowment/Major Gifts, Global Scholars, Global grants, District grants, Paul Harris Society, Polio Plus, and alternative ways to give a significant gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). I encourage you to reach out to us if you would like us to present to you.
As of February 27th, we have, as a district, given 51% of what we contributed last year to TRF Annual fund and 58% to Polio Plus. With 4 months left in our Rotary year, we still have time to match or exceed our numbers from last year. Your District Foundation committee is dedicated to helping our members with various ways of contributing to TRF and with various ideas for projects that can benefit from those funds.
The impact of all your TRF contributions is truly amazing and is enhancing lives in our communities and the world! Thank you for all of your efforts so far! Let’s continue the momentum and finish this year better than the last!