Foundation honors Pennsylvania couple
Karen and Fred Teichman, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
By participating in projects in Latin America and India, Rotarians Karen and Fred Teichman, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, say they gained a better appreciation for what The Rotary Foundation can accomplish through continued financial support.
Their commitment was recognized on 10 March, when they were inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors people who give at least $250,000 to the Foundation. The ceremony took place at RI headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, where their portrait now hangs in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery.
Karen, past governor of District 7370, is a second-generation Rotarian, following in the footsteps of her father, Paul. A Rotarian since 1993, she helped charter her club, the Rotary Club of Lewisburg Sunset, in 2007.
She has led humanitarian missions in Mexico and Nicaragua, and recently traveled to India, where she staffed a National Immunization Day.
"Getting involved with some of the projects took us over the edge to become contributors to the Foundation," says Karen, the owner of a medical billing and consulting firm. "It reminded us about the importance of giving."
Fred, a physician, joined Rotary in 1993 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Lewisburg (Sunrise). In 2007-08, he chaired District 7370's Youth Exchange Committee, which he has served on since 1998. He recently traveled to Ecuador, where his district helped implement several Matching Grant efforts.
"Participating in projects makes being a part of Rotary very personal," he says. "Rotary gives us a chance to do some of the things for our community and communities worldwide on a broader scale."
Both say they are honored to be inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society and will continue to support the Foundation.
"We believe in what the Foundation is doing now and what it can do in the future. So much more can be done," says Fred. "Contributing to the Foundation gives people a chance to make a real difference."
"I'm in awe when I look up at the portraits of all the wonderful Rotarians who are members of the Klumph society," says Karen. "When you contribute to the Foundation, you join tens of thousands of Rotarians. And together we can get big jobs done."