President's Message - Lloyd Hicks

 

Rotary International's Foundation is world famous for its international work, most recently the campaign to eradicate polio, now very close to success.

 

In 1992 the Visalia Rotary Club decided to start a foundation to benefit the Visalia area, with the goal of improving its quality of life and enhancing educational opportunities. They created an endowment fund, and used just the earnings to support grants, scholarships and selected major projects.

 

Now, twenty five years later, all five Visalia Rotary clubs are members and the endowment is right at five million dollars. $1.3 million has been gifted from the earnings. Last year's grants were $97,000.

 

Endowment funds come mainly from legacy gifts, by will or charitable trust, and are enhanced by donations and fundraisers.

 

For a quarter of a century our Foundation has devoted energy, funds, and concrete help into providing a strong foundation for our community's growth and well being. As we begin our continued effort to build up our community, let us rededicate ourselves to making it a place where our families, friends, neighbors and fellow Visalians love to live and work.

 

 Lloyd Hicks