Beth Garrow, a Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club member, joined Rotary in 1989 with an interest in serving  the community.  As a new Rotarian, she didn't fully understand how the Rotary Foundation funded  many great projects locally and abroad.  However, during the past few years, she has a much better understanding of the grants process and of the life-changing outcomes of the work funded by these financial gifts.  She witnessed this through the eyes of those benefiting from the generosity of thousands of donors she had the privilege of working with. 
When asked why she gives monthly through Rotary Direct, she stated "because I know it is an investment that brings great joy".  The one project that resonated with Beth as a new Rotarian was her club's Adopt a School Program, where the club adopts a school each year.  They established a volunteer reading program and developed a vegetable garden with help from Rotarians, parents and children throughout the community.  This activity supported the vision of Rotary International:  Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across thee globe and in our communities and in ourselves.
Beth currently serves as a regional Major Gifts Officer (MGO) for Zone 26 and works with 12 districts.  Beth and her husband, Tom, have two grown children and a grandchild (and dog).  Beth represents District 5340 very well and we can't wait to see the fruits of her good work in the year to come.  To learn more about or to sign up for Rotary Direct, click here.  
Photo collage: Photos reflect Beth participating in the El Tour de Tucson Ride to raise money for Polio Plus; another shows Beth with her fellow North American Major Gifts Officers at RI Headquarters in Evanston; and lastly a photo from her home club when she received  her Major Donor Level 1 pin from District Governor Marta Knight.