Giuseppe Savazzi awarded for the Rotary Foundation’s 75th anniversary

From “The Rotarian”,  January 1992

More candles of service brighten the Foundation’s 75th anniversary

On 18 June, 1917, Arch Klumph – Rotary’s sixth international president – stood at the podium of the Rotary International convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA., and called on Rotarians to create an “endowment for doing good in the world… in charitable, educational or other avenues of community progress.”

The Rotary world responded with what today is Rotary’s chief agency for international service: The Rotary Foundation of R.I. Rotarians and friends of Rotary have contributed more than US. $603 million to The Foundation since its inception; $49.1 million in 1990-91 alone.

But it is the Rotarians putting those dollars to work “doing good in the world” through their volunteer efforts and the Foundation’s educational and humanitarian programs that give the Foundation its life and vitality.

As its 75th anniversary approaches, The Foundation is designating 75 people and projects as Foundation “candles,” symbolizing all those people and project; that have illuminated people’s lives during the Foundation’s first 75 years of service.

Candle nº 18: Giuseppe Savazzi

He was already known as the top tuba player in Europe when he applied to become a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. But when the Rotary Club of Torino Nord, Italy, selected Giuseppe Savazzi in 1987-88, he took leave from his permanent position at the Opera Teatro Regio in Torino to begin focusing his studies on orchestral conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.

Following his scholarship year, Giuseppe returned to Italy to conduct a benefit concert. Still, he felt he needed to do more to show his appreciation to Rotary and its Foundation for the opportunities it had given him. Asa result, Giuseppe organized the Rotary Youth International Orchestra (RYIO), a 90-member ensemble of musicians ages 18 and under from 15 nations. These young musicians overcame language and cultural differences to produce glorious music for their audiences.

RYIO, says Giuseppe, “is yet another way to promote international peace and understanding to youth around the world”. Sponsored by R.I. District 2030, the group embarked on a two-week European tour in April 1990 that included Munich, Germany; Lyon, France; and Milan, Italy.

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