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Friday, June 29, 2012

Closing Post - Thank You

Dear Rotarians,

This will be my last post as editor of Rotary Resources & The Zone 33-34 Membership Blog, the largest, non-Rotary.org, website in the world dedicated to Rotary issues.

June 30, 2012 will conclude 8 years of my working above the district level with Rotarians and Rotary leaders on issues of Membership and Strengthening Clubs. I thank you for the opportunity to serve in the capacities of Assistant RIMZC, RI Membership Zone Coordinator, RI Membership Coordinator and lastly as Rotary Coordinator.

I believe that Rotary is truly a force for good in the world, and as many have said, I have certainly gotten more out of my volunteer experience than I ever put into it. I believe that significant understanding and progress has occurred during this time period. Rotary still faces challenges, but we can, and must, overcome them, so that Rotary lasts into the next century. Many dedicated leaders will continue to fight the good fight, so that our clubs will thrive, the service to our communities will continue, and our Foundation will continue to meet needs around the world.

I especially thank Rotary leaders who had the confidence in me to entrust these roles to me, such as prior RIMZC Joe Ferguson, my first "boss", RI Directors I have worked with- Ken Morgan, Milt Jones, Barry Rassin, Eric Adamson, and John Smarge- and my stalwart compatriots from Zone 34 serving in like positions, Jim Henry and Marcy Ullom. Jim, in particular, has been a great friend, mentor, and fellow lover of Rotary. Lastly, my team of ARCs has been outstanding for the past several years, including Tim Mannix, Abe Clymer, Nancy Barbee and Jim Probsdorfer. Who ya gonna call? Any of them - to get the job done!

The new RC will be Paula Matthews from District 7770 in South Carolina. I know you will continue to support her efforts to strengthen Rotary Clubs across our Zone.

As for me, I will continue working with The Rotary Leadership Institute and my District, as opportunities for service arise. Again, thanks for the opportunities to serve.
PDG Bevin Wall
Rotary Coordinator, Zone 33, 2010-12

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Polio- Washington Post Article

The Washington Post has run an editorial in support of polio eradication, which mentions Rotary as a global partner and its accomplishment in raising more than US$200 million to match the US$355 million in Challenge grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Click here to read the article. From June 2012 Coordinator Communique. 

Progress of the US$200 Million Challenge for Polio Eradication

As of 25 June, Rotarians have raised approximately US$223,399,000 million for the US$200 Million Challenge. However, our work is not done until our ultimate goal of the certification of the eradication of polio is reached. It is critical that we continue promoting the program and the role of Rotary in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative until such time as certification is achieved. From June 2012 Coordinator Communique. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Significant Progress highlighted in President's Message

RI President Kalyan Banerjee highlighted significant progress made and the task ahead during his June 2012 comments, set forth in their entirety below...

My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary,

June is a time to reflect on the Rotary year that has nearly passed, and to look forward to the one that is soon to begin. We look back at what we have accomplished and measure our progress toward the goals we have set for ourselves. In Rotary, we may pause to reflect, but never to rest on our laurels – for as much as we have achieved, we are always aware of how much there is still to do.

The 2011-12 year has been a time of significant progress. Binota and I have been fortunate to have visited different parts of the Rotary world and seen the many ways that Rotarians everywhere Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. In South Sudan, we met with Rotarians who are determined to make a difference despite tremendous challenges. The humanitarian problems in that nation are enormous, and begin with the most basic: At the moment, South Sudan lacks a single functional hospital. I am confident that in the coming year, Rotarians around the world will reach out to our newest Rotary country with the support and help it will need.

In Uganda, I was delighted and heartened to discover how many government ministers and officials are Rotarians, and to see them bringing the ideals of Rotary to life in their service. In Kathmandu, I was overwhelmed as countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – came together to vow to make the region 100 percent literate by 2017.

In Fiji and Vanuatu in the South Pacific, I was moved by Rotarians who are helping to lower child mortality and provide safe housing. In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, I was delighted by the statement of Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al-Nahayan, minister of higher education and scientific research: “We are looking forward eagerly to Rotary starting its first club here.” And in Valdivia, Chile, as close to the South Pole as Binota and I have been, we were moved by Rotarians’ work with children who have mental disabilities.

But most of all, we found our hearts warmed by the welcome we received all over the world – and by the sight of so many Rotarians living the Rotary ideal, and choosing to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president, and look forward to working together to buildPeace Through Service.

Friday, June 8, 2012

New Generations Programs Highlighted

The D7630 Pathways to Service radio program will feature several Rotary Program highlights this month, including the June 03, 2012 ROTARY SPOTLIGHT on New Generations Programs by IPDG Don Hackett, Wicomico County MD Rotary Club. Click The Pathways to Service link at www.rotary7630.org for the full schedule. Thanks to: Carol Ann Weisenfeld, Past District Governor, Rotary International District 7630.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rotary Showcase is Here!

It’s here! Rotary Showcase, officially launched at the 2012 Bangkok Convention, is Rotary International’s newest social media tool that helps Rotarians share service initiatives with the Rotary family and beyond. Users can add their club’s service projects, exchange ideas with other Rotarians, and explore the wide variety of activities that Rotary clubs are undertaking worldwide. Showcase users can also upload project pictures, create discussions about their initiatives, and even join projects that other Rotarians have created. The application connects directly to Facebook to broadcast club accomplishments globally with the simple click of a button.

Encourage Rotarians in your district to take the lead by adding their club’s service projects to Rotary Showcase right now! Please share this information with them and encourage them to visit www.rotary.org/showcase.

We hope your district enjoys this new and exciting way to promote projects and we look forward to learning more about your district’s service work through Rotary Showcase! Please direct any questions to rotary.service@rotary.org.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Global Peace Forums Information

At the International Assembly in January, President-elect Tanaka announced his plans for three Rotary Global Peace Forums that will be held during 2012-13. The location, theme, and date for each forum are listed here for your reference, along with websites where you can find further details:

Berlin, Germany
Peace Without Borders
30 November - 2 December 2012

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The Green Path to Peace
25-27 January 2013

Hiroshima, Japan
Peace Begins with You
17-18 May 2013**

Each forum will have a unique program to engage and inspire attendees to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace. President-elect Tanaka wishes to extend his personal invitation to you in the hopes that you will be able to attend one of the three forums.

Mission Accomplished?

To read the eighth and final part and what might have prevented an ex-Georgia Rotarian from saying that  … membership was not worth the time or money', read this article on the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog. Credit: Jim Henry Series, Reversing a Membership Freefall.

Friday, June 1, 2012

"One Rotary" Zone Level Proposed Goals

By way of discussion, a copy of some shared "One Rotary" Zone Goals discussed in principal by the Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall,  Zone 33 Public Image Coordinator Mike Conrad and the Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator-Elect Ron Ferrill, during our joint meeting in Evanston, IL in March, 2012. Caveat: There is no agreement to proceed with any of these items and there probably isn't even agreement on the way some of them are phrased, but this does represent some broad areas of possible future collaboration. Read the document.  

Proposed North American Regional Membership Plan

The North American Regional Membership Plan and exhibits, as will be proposed to the RI Board by the NA Membership Committee, can be accessed here.  

The Plan is central to new General Secretary John Hewko's vision for Rotary, as outlined in his January 24, 2012 comments.