President Dr. Bruce introduced our speaker this day, visiting Rotarian Tom Yuzer.  Tom is currently District 5330 Rotary Foundation Fundraising Chair.  He has served as the district’s Vision Chair, and was Rotary Foundation Chair from 2005 to 2008 and again in 2014. He was the Clean Water Initiative Project Chair for District 5330 from 2001 to 2004, and served as District GSE Outbound Chair in 2003-04.  He served as a Major Gift Advisor for Zone 24 from 2007 to 2009. 
Upon joining the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club in 2001, he initiated a matching grant project to supply desks, beds and other equipment to a hostel at a school in remote western India.  The Temecula Sunrise club presented him with a Service Above Self award in 2002-03 and he was named the club’s Rotarian of the Year in 2005-06.  In 2004-05, the Centennial year of Rotary, he served as President of the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club, and also served District 5330 as an Executive Assistant Governor, and on other Rotary Foundation committees.  He joined the Menifee Rotary Club in May, 2008, where he is presently the Rotary Foundation Chair.  He was the lead for a Global Grant to provide micro-lending with a club in southern India in 2016-18, with several D5330 clubs participating.
 
The first part of Tom’s presentation was about the different ways of donating to the Rotary Foundation that included becoming a “Benefactor”, a member of the Bequest Society” and by making the Rotary Foundation a “Specific Beneficiary” from an investment account, life insurance, one’s estate or from one’s trust.  All of these methods of donating to the Foundation involve estate planning and take place after one’s demise… so it is relatively painless to the donor at the time of making the commitment.  It is important however that the donor’s heirs, successor trustee, executor or administrator are aware of the donor’s wishes as it will be up to them for follow through with the donation to the foundation after the donor dies.
 
The second part of Tom’s presentation was about District Designated Funds (DDF) and how each year one half of each club’s total giving to the Rotary Foundation comes back to the district from which a percentage is then made available via the district to the individual clubs in the form of District Grants and Global Grants.  Tom noted that this year our club board has decided to use our DDF to give $1,000 to The Guatemala Literacy Program, $1000 to the Polio Plus Program and $3500 for our RYLA Scholarships.  It was also noted that each year that funds that are not used accumulate at the district just waiting for clubs to present worthy projects/programs for their use.
 
Tom made an excellent and very informative presentation and we are all so very lucky to have him in our district as he lives the Rotary motto of Service above Self on the grandest scale by helping all Rotarians to serve the world.  To learn more about these programs visit www.Rotary.org.