Foundation honors five couples for major gifts
The Rotary Foundation inducted five couples into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors donors who give at least US$250,000 to the Foundation. The ceremony took place at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, at the end of March.
T he Rotary Foundation recently inducted five couples into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors donors who give at least US$250,000 to the Foundation.
Past District Governor Albert Alley and his wife, Virginia; Past District Governor Terry N. Phillips and his wife, Anne; Past District Governor Charles Reinhart and his wife, Yolanda; Al and Ruth Braswell; and Allen D. and Patsy M. Orr were honored during ceremonies held at the end of March at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, where their portraits now hang in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery.
Albert and Virginia Alley
Albert Alley, a board-certified ophthalmologist with a private practice in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, joined the Rotary Club of Lebanon in 1974 and later served as district governor. He founded World Blindness Outreach with a fellow Rotarian after participating in a medical mission to the Philippines in 1989. The organization partners with Rotary clubs to take volunteer teams of eye surgeons, other physicians, and nonmedical personnel overseas. It has taken teams on over 70 missions to 25 countries.
Virginia Alley is an administrative assistant and enjoys volunteering with the local United Way. She has accompanied her husband on several World Blindness Outreach missions.
Terry and Anne Phillips
Terry Phillips, a retired engineer for General Electric Company, joined the Rotary Club of Scotia, New York, in 1978 and served as district governor in 1996-97. Among his many accomplishments, he earned the 1992 GE Industrial and Power Systems Engineering Award.
Anne Phillips joined the Scotia club in 1996 and served as president in 2006-07. Both are passionate about PolioPlus and Rotaract. The couple have been married for over 45 years and have three children and six grandchildren.
Charles and Yolanda Reinhart
Charles Reinhart, an engineer, joined the Rotary Club of Glendale, California, in 1961, after serving as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Panorama City. He has been a district governor and a representative to the Council on Legislation.
Before retiring in 1982, Charles switched careers and worked as a department store manager. He now keeps busy as a private investigator and enjoys taking classes at a local university.
Yolanda Reinhart, who died in 2006, was a math teacher and volunteer in the Glendale school district. The couple were married 50 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
Al and Ruth Braswell
Al Braswell, a university professor, joined the Rotary Club of Yucaipa, California, in 1990 at the prompting of his wife, Ruth, now deceased, who was a member of the Rotary Club of Jurupa. The couple cochaired their district’s polio eradication fundraising committee for 15 years and participated in two National Immunization Days in Ghana and India.
Al Braswell received five academic degrees, including a doctorate in ecology, and put his education to use constructing the first ecofriendly, steel-reinforced concrete residential dome complex. He taught in public schools in California and Oregon, and as a professor in Maryland and Utah, as well as in Chile and Venezuela.
After retiring, Braswell acquired a small chain of residential treatment facilities for seniors in California. He is an avid hiker and sings in a barbershop and gospel quartet.
Allen and Patsy Orr
Allen Orr Jr., a retired owner of a NAPA auto parts store, joined the Rotary Club of Temecula, California, in 1989. He has served as the area leader for many incoming Group Study Exchange teams, and the couple have hosted several GSE teams in their home.
Patsy Orr joined the Rotary Club of Murrieta in 2003, and plays an active role with the club’s Field of Honor service project and with Rotaplast projects. The couple are partner advocates for Habitat for Humanity, and firmly believe in Rotary’s humanitarian mission.
The society is named after Rotary’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, whose proposal of an “endowment for doing good in the world” at the 1917 Rotary Convention marked the beginning of The Rotary Foundation. The commitment and leadership of society members enables the Foundation to continue working toward a more peaceful world.