Dear Edina Rotary Community,

The Rotary Foundation was formally established in 1928 and made its first grant in 1930 for $500. Today, The Rotary Foundation contributes more than $100 million annually to causes that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged people in over 165 countries. 

The key to our Rotary Foundation Campaign for 2017-2018 and frankly every year is Participate.  The dollar amount of your gift is not the most important thing, but that you participate at some level — Every Rotarian Every Year, whatever is right for you.   If you’ve already pitched in for this year thank you — if you’ve yet to give for this Rotary year’s campaign the best time to do this is now.

Make check out to:  “The Rotary Foundation”

and Mail it to:

Edina Rotary Club
c/o Jennifer Garske - Club Administrator
113 Oak Glen Dr
Hopkins, MN 55343-9218
Or give online: HERE

The Rotary Club of Edina has a long history of support for The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians who donate $1,000 are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Our club’s membership has been and continues to be very generous, as a result, we have several Multiple Paul Harris Fellows or Major Donors.

As your foundation chair, my objectives are:

  • To educate club members about The Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Fellows, The Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and Foundation Grants
  • To encourage every Rotarian to give to The Rotary Foundation every year and strive for 100 percent participation
  • To share with others the story of the great work The Rotary Foundation is doing worldwide

In 2011, Joel and Mary Lee Jennings were honored as the Club's first Level 3 Major Donors. Watch the award ceremony and hear Joel's comments as to why they contribute to Rotary:


Contact me David Clynes to find out more about how the Rotary Club of Edina is using these valuable resources to create opportunity and solutions for those in need, both locally and internationally.   You can also learn more at The Rotary Foundation web page found HERE, which includes information about online giving.

Please reach out to me with any questions.

David Clynes

Edina Rotary
Rotary Foundation Chair 2017-2019