February is “Bellevue Rotary Legacy Fund Awareness Month”
As you’ll hear from Past President Gail Ryder today, our club was formed in 1960 and has grown substantially to become one of the largest and most well-recognized service organization in Bellevue. Importantly, our Club is maturing in age, in earning capacity and asset accumulation of the Members. Many of our Members are now in a better position to focus more acutely on estate planning.
In 2010 when Gail was Club President, an Endowment Fund was established within the Bellevue Rotary Foundation. That Fund is now called the “Bellevue Rotary Legacy Fund.” The Fund has to date raised in excess of $100,000.
In this fiscal year of 2019-2020, our Club is focusing on increasing general awareness of the Legacy Fund. A Committee has been actively working on plans for the promotion, operation and policies for the Fund. The Club’s plan is to focus on testamentary and in-memoriam gifts to minimize conflicts with other fundraising requests of our Rotarian members.
The vision is a Bellevue Rotary Legacy Fund ultimately containing multi-millions of dollars and helping to fund our projects.
There will be more podium talks about this subject this month, including opportunities to ask questions and learn about this initiative that will be so important for the future of the Bellevue Rotary Club.