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Director David Clynes

The Rotary Foundation was formally established in 1928 and made its first grant in 1930 for $500. Today, The Rotary Foundation contributes more than $100 million annually to causes that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged people in over 165 countries. 

The Rotary Club of Edina has a long history of support for The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians who donate $1,000 are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. The majority of our club members are Paul Harris Fellows, Multiple Paul Harris Fellows or Major Donors. 

Our club’s objectives are:

  • To educate club members about The Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Fellows, The Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and Foundation Grants
  • To encourage every Rotarian to give to The Rotary Foundation every year and strive for 100 percent participation
  • To share with others the story of the great work The Rotary Foundation is doing world wide

In 2011, Joel and Mary Lee Jennings were honored as the Club's first Level 3 Major Donors. Watch the award ceremony and hear Joel's comments as to why they contribute to Rotary:



Contact David Clynes to find out more about how the Rotary Club of Edina is using these valuable resources to create opportunity and solutions for those in need, both locally and internationally. You can also learn more at The Rotary Foundation web page found here, which includes information about online giving.