NOT AN OFFICAL ENTITY OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

The Founders of Rotarians Matter Most are appalled that Rotary International has been making contributions to an organization with direct ties to an active political figure.  While what is listed below does not directly affect the issues we discuss on this website, we believe it is symptomatic of the corporate direction and high level mindset that has led to the implementation of Future Vision.  This is a cut and paste of an email that was sent to one of our founders on May 1, 2015 from the Governor Nominee of his district.  It was in response to a request for clarification on the nature and reason for the reported Clinton Foundation contribution.  We believe this letter to be genuine in all respects.

LETTER FROM GENERAL SECRETARY JOHN HEWKO TO TRF TRUSTEES AND RI DIRECTORS:

Dear Directors and Trustees:

In relation to a recent story in VOX that erroneously lists the Rotary Foundation as a contributor to the Clinton Foundation, I would like to clarify that no Rotary Foundation contributions have been made to the Clinton Foundation. 

As part of Rotary’s strategic plan to raise awareness and understanding of our organization, we participate in high-level meetings and events at the United Nations and other prominent organizations such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Organization of the American States. 

Rotary senior leaders have participated in CGI events since 2011 in New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Marrakech.  In order to participate in these events, Rotary, as every other organization that participates, pays an annual membership fee giving Rotary the opportunity to participate in CGI conferences.  

As a result, the only payments that have been made are the annual membership fees paid by Rotary International to participate in CGI events.  We have contacted VOX requesting a correction. 

Participation in all of these opportunities and events helps position Rotary in the international community as a major thought leader and key influencer of the humanitarian agenda (particularly with respect to polio eradication), and generates greater awareness among an influential audience of the breadth and scope of Rotary’s activities around the world.  These conferences and events are also a very effective and efficient mechanism to establish and maintain relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation partners.  

CGI is a non-partisan initiative of the Clinton Foundation that convenes global leaders to discuss and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.  

The participants in CGI events come from a wide variety of political, ideological, religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, and include current and former heads of state, top business executives, preeminent scholars, and representatives of key non-governmental organizations and foundations.  Participation in CGI events has enabled us to promote our work in polio eradication, increase Rotary’s profile and network with potential corporate and non-profit partners.  

As an aside, the WEF (also known colloquially as “Davos”) charges a substantial membership fee for participation in its events.  However, every year the WEF invites a handful of NGOs to attend WEF events at no cost, and Rotary has been fortunate over the past few years to be invited to participate free of charge.  Unfortunately, CGI does not offer NGOs this same opportunity to attend its events at no cost. 

I hope this helps to clarify this situation.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.

 Best regards,

 John 

The following link from ABC / Yahoo News provides some insight into the CGI events Secretary Hewko mentions.  This meeting was held in Marrikech which is one of the locations listed for meetings that senior leaders have attended.

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/clinton-foundation-event-in-morocco-bankrolled-by-118310996541.html

We note an inconsistency between the statement that CGI does not offer complimentary memberships to NGO's and the answer to a Frequently Asked Question listed at the bottom of the following link:

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/membership/frequently-asked-questions

Related information is posted here:

http://www.rotarians-matter.org/trf_lobby.html