President's Message
Janis Maracic
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Welcome to Rotary Foundation Month
The Rotary Foundation Mission 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.”  When ‘we’ contribute we pool our resources so that we can fund initiatives with other Rotary partners throughout the world-----initiatives that are sustainable, transparent, and accountable----initiatives that make a difference in one of six ‘Areas of Focus’ identified by Rotary International.  Each year Rotarians as individuals and/or through club efforts, contribute to the Annual Fund----these donations whether to the Annual Fund or Polio Plus contribute to membership as a Paul Harris Fellow.  
The PolioPlus contributions are put right to work to support the End Polio Now Campaign.  The Annual Fund dollars collected annually are invested for three years.   In concert with the earnings from the Endowment (Permanent Fund), 50% of these dollars are returned to our District after three years to leverage our Global and District grant initiatives.   The other 50% is used by the Rotary Foundation World Fund to leverage Global Grants, Scholarships, the Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian efforts.   Quite literally,  the dollars are multiplied----often through matching world fund or government dollars----giving us a significant increase in our initial investment.  
More hearts, more hands, more dollars give us greater ability to collectively initiate aid projects that support our local and global communities.  In the end it is a vivid reminder that we are united in ‘service above self’.  - Janis Maracic
November 6, 2018 speaker: Mac Macdonald, "Normandy, D-Day and the age of the App"

From Bruce Bennett: When we meet November 6th,  5:00 P.M. at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Port Orchard, think of the same date 74 years ago. The optimism of “victory in Europe by Christmas” was presaged by the sweep from Falaise through Paris and across France. That optimism is being upstaged by the grand mistake of the Hurtegan Forest and Montgomery’s failed Market Garden. Winter is coming, and so is the Bulge.

However, we in 2018 will go back 74 years plus five months to that exciting and terrifying phenomenon that was Normandy, and D-Day. As Stalin grudgingly described it, “ One must admit that the history of wars does not know any such undertaking so broad in conception, so grandiose in scale, and so masterly in its execution”. 
Mac Macdonald is owner and president of his firm, the Lighting Your Own Fuse (LYFE) Enhancement Company. In 2014 he was chosen as one of the speakers during the 70th year commemoration of the D-Day landings in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. His PowerPoint presentation about huis experiences there is emotionally stirring, educational, and inspiring. His narration during his playing of the cemetery scene from the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” asks us to ask ourselves if we are truly “earning it” as the dying Tom Hanks character told the young Private Ryan to do. We are only human. We get caught up in things. And as humans, we forget what earning it means.
Mac’s purpose there was to warn his audience of 600 international high school-aged students and parents, to beware of an addiction to smartphones. We get complacent. We dedicate ourselves to our electronic and entertainment devices as opposed to dedicating ourselves to our communities.
 The program Mr. Macdonald will present helps us remember that the sacrifices made on those beaches gives us the opportunity to pay it forward, to guide ourselves in a spirit of gratitude rather than defensiveness; to remember how important we are to our communities, organizations, and workplaces, thus repairing relationships, rejuvenating attitudes, and recommitting.
Mr. Macdonald has been a corporate trainer and consultant for the last 37 years helping business owners, managers, employees, and members of all types of organizations both large and small, enhance their skills to lead, motivate, obtain, and especially retain their employees and members. His client list includes Microsoft, Boeing, FDA, Motorola, Alaska Airlines, Holland America, and many others. (See www.
 In his younger years, he was also an actor having appeared in movies such as “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines, “American Graffiti”, “Murder She Wrote” and in many television commercials such as the old Rainier Beer commercials. He recently appeared in a film-from-book production called “Where’d You Go Bernadette” with Cate Blanchett. He has promised to show a few amusing behind-the-scenes photos from those times as well.
He is the author of a wonderful new book entitled, “Lighting Your Own Fuse – A Glossary of Mission, Vision, and Passion”. More information about it can be found on his website
Mac’s address to us is will be all about continued engagement and participation. This would be a perfect opportunity to bring younger persons who know little of that time, spouses and partners, and certainly all potential Rotarians to see this stirring presentation.  (Mac can be contacted at and 206-932-1232). Dinner and social at five o’clock, $32. Lecture-only 6:00pm no charge. Please RSVP  Bruce Bennett 360-710-5893 or
For the complete story of his experience there see this Military Magazine article at
November is Foundation Month
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.


For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.
We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
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2018-19 Presidential theme: Be the Inspiration
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
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