A young mother waits outside a polio vaccination clinic in Kassala Sudan for life saving drops for her child. The Polio eradication campaign in Sudan is supported by The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus program, Rotary's partners and the generous support of Canadian Rotarians. Photo by Chris Offer


Dan Geddert of the Rotary Club of Kamloops West, BC, teaches children at the Akha Training Centre in Mae Suai, Thailand. The facility houses 300 children from 27 Akha villages. It is located in northern Thailand's "Golden Triangle," where drug trafficking and civil unrest along the Laos-Myanmar border have caused many hill tribes to flee into Thailand. The Rotary Foundation has supported the project with a Matching Grant. 
RI Photo by Alyce Henson

Richard Clarke Richard Clarke
Executive Secretary Reid Asselstine
Treasurer Paul Beaulieu
Vice President John Stairs
 Welcome to 
The Rotary Foundation (Canada)
"To Do Good in the World"
The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is an official associate foundation of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is a Canadian federally chartered corporation and Canadian registered charity supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world. 

The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world."

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Rotary du Canada

« Faire le bien dans le monde »

La Fondation Rotary du Canada est une fondation officielle associée à la Fondation Rotary du Rotary International.

La mission de la Fondation Rotary du Rotary International est de permettre aux Rotariens de promouvoir l’entente mondiale, la bonne volonté et la paix en oeuvrant dans les domaines de la santé, de l’éducation et de la lutte contre la pauvreté.

La Fondation Rotary du Canada est une corporation canadienne avec une charte fédérale et enregistrée à titre d’organisme de charité canadienne, supportée uniquement par des contributions volontaires de Rotariens et d'amis de la Fondation Rotary qui partagent sa vision d’un monde meilleur.

La Fondation Rotary a été créée en 1917 par le sixième président du Rotary International, Arch C. Klumph, comme fonds de dotation pour le Rotary  pour « faire le bien dans le monde ».



Posted by Reid Asselstine on Oct 24, 2014


October 24, 2014

The Rotary Foundation

Dear Friends:

Today, as we mark World Polio Day, I commend Rotarians for your efforts to eradicate Polio. I was deeply humbled to accept the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award in Toronto on October 18, and extend my personal thanks for this special honour.


I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the good works carried out by Rotarians in Canada, and around the globe. Your organization has made extraordinary contributions to a diverse range of humanitarian services – championing the eradication of polio chief among them. Your members make a positive difference in communities around the globe.

Canadians have been proud to work with partners, such as Rotary, to eradicate polio. Since 2006, Canada has disbursed $297 million to support polio eradication efforts, namely through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Canada's support to the GPEI has contributed to the immunization of millions of children around the globe. We will continue to work with our partners to help put an end to this devastating childhood disease which can be prevented with a simple vaccine.

Once again, thank you for bestowing the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award on me. More importantly, thank you for leading global efforts to end polio. I offer my best wishes to the Rotary Foundation for continued success in your laudable endeavours.


The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Posted by Reid Asselstine on May 09, 2014



Dear Rotary Leaders,

The World Health Organization has announced the outcomes of the Emergency Committee meeting on polio, which was convened in Geneva last week.  The committee concluded that the recent international spread of polio constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” and issued recommendations to prevent further international spread of the virus.

Details on the decision and resulting recommendations are described in this statement issued by WHO.

As you probably are aware by now, the WHO statement is receiving considerable coverage in the international press. And, as is often the case, the tone of this coverage is at times overly negative, even alarmist.

What some in the media are missing is the fact that the new WHO recommendations are a positive development intended to protect and safeguard the tremendous progress achieved since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This set of recommendations should be considered as another new tool in our, the partners’, polio eradication toolkit and another example of how the partnership responds effectively and appropriately to emerging challenges. The recent outbreaks indeed do present a serious challenge, but one that requires a carefully developed countermeasure, which the new recommendations represent.

We also welcome the WHO statement because it draws much-needed attention to the polio eradication effort and the importance of stopping the transmission of the wild poliovirus everywhere, especially in the endemic countries, which will eliminate future “imported” outbreaks and carry us to our goal of a polio-free world.

With that as the context, below please find Rotary’s response to the WHO statement.

Rotary supports the WHO Director-General’s recommendations that describe polio as a public health emergency of international concern, including the request that countries that are actively exporting the wild poliovirus (and all polio-endemic countries) ensure that all of their residents and long-term travelers are immunized against the disease before travel.

This is a positive step needed to safeguard the remarkable progress the world has made toward ending polio forever, because we know that outbreaks will continue to occur until we can stop polio at the source: the remaining endemic countries.

With our partners, as well as health ministries, governments, and others, Rotary remains committed to a polio-free world.

Robert S. Scott
Chair, International PolioPlus Committee

Rotary International

Posted by Reid Asselstine on Feb 28, 2014

"March 1st marks the first anniversary of the conclusion of the very successful Pennies for Polio Campaign in which Canadian Rotarians raised more than $2.2 million dollars for the global initiative to End Polio. The Government of Canada matched those funds as did the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so that together approximately $ 7 million (Cdn) was contributed to this important global health initiative.


In the 10 months between March 1st  and Dec 31, 2013, Canadian Rotarians raised a further $1.6 million (cdn) in their continuing campaign to eradicate Polio. In addition, the Government of Canada extended its commitment  with a new pledge of $243.5 million dollars (US). The Government of Canada's new commitment came at a crucial time as Rotary and its partners are in the final phase of their polio eradication efforts. Rotarians in Canada and around the world welcomed the Government of Canada' s steadfast  and continuing support. Together, Rotary, the private sector, governments and UN and state agencies will succeed and rid the world of Polio.


In addition, Rotary in Canada, which has a long history of working with the Government of Canada on other humanitarian projects through their relationship with CIDA  is working with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to establish a new working relationship to support future international projects. It is hoped a new arrangement can be established shortly."

RID Bryn Styles,
Zone 24

Posted by Reid Asselstine on Jan 27, 2014

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Mar 07, 2013
by Reid Asselstine

Rotary iscontinually searching for ways to improve our service to you and friends of TheRotary Foundation. In May 2012, Rotary changed its lockbox vendor in Canada tospeed up your contribution processing times, improve data collection, and loweradministrative costs. Our new partnership resulted in The Rotary Foundation(Canada) lockbox using a new address that began in May 2012.

Rotary hasbeen working to secure a swift and easy transition, including outreach beforethe change began, updating forms and working with the new bank to forward allcontributions sent from the “old” lockbox address to the “new” lockbox address.Unfortunately, we are still seeing almost one third ofall Canadian lockbox contributions being sent to the “old” address. This is agrowing concern since over the next few weeks, the agreement to forwardcontributions from the old lockbox will cease, resulting in contributions beingreturned to the donor/club treasurer, etc.

Please  use thefollowing address

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Rotarians in District 5060 (BC & WA) bring awareness to their communities and raise 
funds to eradicate polio

Polio Eradication 
RI Photo

Rotaplast Mission (cleft lip & palate surgery)
Chengde, China 
Photo by Chris Offer


Children affected by AIDS do class work at the
Sicelekuhle Preschool, South Africa. Rotarians
donated school supplies, sleeping mats, kitchen
utencils, teacher training, books, toys,
and gardening tools. 
Photo by Alyce Henson, RI Staff


Villagers gather to celebrate a borehole in Diania, Ghana, the result of a partnership of 80 clubs in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, and Ghana. 

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