Foundation honors Rotarian for generous support
Trustee and Past RI President William B. Boyd, RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith, Past District Governor Karien Ziegler, Trustee Chair Glenn E. Estess Sr., and Trustee and Past RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
Karien Ziegler, past governor of District 7470 (New Jersey, USA), believes in the ability of The Rotary Foundation to multiply one person’s impact on the world.
On 20 April, Ziegler was inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors people who give at least US$250,000 to the Foundation.
“I allow my contribution to be matched by 1.2 million others around the world,” she wrote in a statement before her induction. “As one person, my ability to touch lives would decrease enormously [without this network].”
A member of the Rotary Club of Roseland, Ziegler has used her expertise as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst to serve her community in a variety of ways. She has clinically evaluated police academy candidates, provided pro bono psychological services to incarcerated young people, helped draft legislation to safeguard youth education, and served as a member of the New Jersey adoption board.
Foundation Trustee Chair Glenn E. Estess Sr. said Ziegler has been equally active in Rotary work, including her support of the Group Study Exchange program. In 1998-99, Ziegler led a team to Korea.
“In addition, Past District Governor Karien has worked on a Matching Grant to ensure educational opportunities for children in Bulgaria [and] volunteered at a Rotary-sponsored soup kitchen in Armenia, where she served meals to senior citizens,” said Estess. He added that Ziegler “is also dedicated to polio eradication. Last year, she was recognized with a 2008-09 Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World.”
Inspired by a sister who had the disease, Ziegler chairs the District 7470 PolioPlus Subcommittee and is leading the district’s efforts to support Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge. She also took part in a National Immunization Day in Nigeria in 2002.
“I know that [my contribution] will go to where it should go, and for that I’m grateful,” said Ziegler at her induction. “I’d just like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I’ll try to do more.”
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