Columbus Rotary announced this week that the estate of one of its members, Imagethe late Bran Noton, has made provisions for a $250,000 donation to the Rotary International Foundation. 

Noton, a world-renowned aeronautical engineer, lost a 25-year battle with prostate cancer on May 3, 2012 – just 11 days before his 84th birthday.  He first joined the Stockholm-Farsta Rotary Club of Sweden, in 1961.  He subsequently was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia, CA, Spring Valley, CA and Clayton, MO before joining Columbus Rotary in 2001. 

With this donation, Noton was inducted posthumously into the Arch C. Klumph Society.  The society, named after the founder of the Rotary Foundation, honors all benefactors that support the Rotary Foundation with a gift of $250,000 or more (cumulatively or as a single gift).  The society supports all of Rotary International’s key initiatives including creating a polio-free world, helping children and families through the Humanitarian Grants Program, promoting educational and cultural exchange programs and enabling tomorrow’s leaders to live and study together as Rotary World Peace Fellows – like Zachary Grainger, the District 6690 World Peace Fellow, who will begin his studies in Japan this fall. 

Noton’s gift will not only support these international projects – but local and district level activities as well.  Half of all donations to the Rotary Foundation are returned to the district level to support local programs.  So, in three years, District 6690 of Central and Southern Ohio will receive $125,000 directly linked to this generous donation.

In addition to the $250,000 donated to Rotary International, Noton’s estate further provided a $25,000 donation to the Columbus Rotary Foundation to fund a Phoenix Scholarship to be awarded annually in Noton’s honor. 

As a member of the Arch Klumph Society, Noton’s photo, along with an interactive biography, will be installed in the Arch C. Klumph Society Gallery located on the 17th floor of One Rotary Center in Evanston, IL.  Noton was the fifth Ohioan to join the Arch C. Klumph Society, and the first Columbus Rotarian to earn this distinction.
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