The Mission Statement of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 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. In other words, The Rotary Foundation is the charitable funding vehicle for much of the work of Rotary.

It is important for Every Rotarian Every Year to support The Rotary Foundation with a contribution. Rotarians around the world give generously to their Foundation to accomplish a wide range of programs. These gifts ensure that the dream of a better life becomes a reality for hundreds of thousands of deserving people throughout the world each year.

District 5170 has a long history of being among the top-contributing districts in the world, as well as being among the top users of Foundation resources. We could do more, however. District 5170 includes Silicon Valley, one of the most affluent areas of the country. Also one of the most creative in inventing solutions to any challenge.

The Foundation pages of the District 5170 Website will provide valuable information, materials, and references to resources for Club officers and individual Rotarians.

As District 5170 Chair for The Rotary Foundation, 2017 - 2020, it is my privilege and responsibility to guide our district Rotarians to the fulfillment of The Rotary Foundation’s Mission and I look forward to the active involvement of our clubs and to our continuing leadership among the districts of the world. We have an opportunity to help shape the future of our Rotary Foundation, and I anticipate the positive and creative contributions of District 5170 toward that end. I hope to see, also, the continuing and increasing generosity of District 5170 Rotarians through their financial support of the programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Russ Hobbs