About the Rotary Coordinator Program

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What are the "Key Three"?

by Tom Thorfinnson, RI vice president taken from the Rotary Leader

The three players involved in the “key three” are the RI director, the regional Rotary Foundation coordinator (RRFC), and the Rotary coordinator (RC), who is new to the mix. It should be a team effort. Collectively, the three players will be available to meet all of the clubs’ and districts’ needs and inquiries within their zone.

The RRFC has two purposes: One is to promote the programs of The Rotary Foundation, and the other is to assist with fund development. The Rotary coordinator position is intended to be very similar to the role of regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, but instead deal with the Rotary International side of things. Rotary coordinators will help with promoting the programs of RI and with club development.

This is what I would classify as developing a good product — the Rotary club — and membership will just follow naturally from that. The only way to do this is to elevate the RC to the same level as the RRFC and create this trio of players.

One of the jobs of the director in this whole package is to communicate to Rotary leaders in our zones the resources that are available through both the RRFC and the RC. The first call for assistance might be to a director, and the director should determine who might best assist them. If it’s a purely administrative matter, the director might step in. If it’s a club or Foundation development issue, we’ll direct them to one of the other key three.

It is a tremendous asset to Rotary to have Rotarian volunteers such as RRFCs and RCs with regional knowledge and the proper cultural background so they can tailor their training to the needs of the clubs in their regions.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Resource Links for Rotarians


Rotary International offers a myriad of resources to help Rotarians build effective Rotary clubs. Here are some of the favorite resources on membership, PR, project funding, The Rotary Foundation and youth programs.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

RC Team Listening Tour Scheduled

The "Who Ya Gonna Call? Express" 
The Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator (RC) Team will be traveling the Zone in the "Who Ya Gonna Call? Express" for a Listening Tour with District leaders during August 2010. The purpose is to help the RC Team and districts collaborate on resources and assistance needed.

North Leg  
Friday and Saturday, August 13-14, 2010 the Rotary Express will meet
District 7600, 7720 leaders in Norfolk VA
District 7610, 7620, 7630 leaders in Annapolis MD
District 7530 leaders in Morgantown WV, and
District 7550, 7570 leaders in Bluefield WV


South Leg  
Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, 2010 the Rotary Express will meet 
District 7710,7730 leaders in Fayetteville NC
District 7750,7770 leaders in Columbia SC (may meet with Charlotte group)
District 7670,7680,7690 leaders in Charlotte NC 

Nominations Open for RI Service Above Self Award

From Matti Honkala, Zone 15 Rotary Coordinator, http://rczone15.blogspot.com/

Each day, Rotarians around the world generously give their time and effort to serve others, often without recognition. Since 1992, the RI Service Above Self Award has honored Rotarians who demonstrate exemplary humanitarian service and embody our motto of Service Above Self. This award recognizes Rotarians for their humanitarian service, rather than their service to Rotary, and offers a means of honoring those who might otherwise go unrecognized.

In November 2009, the Board amended the recipient award criteria to make all past RI directors, past RI presidents, and past Foundation trustees ineligible for consideration. The Service Above Self Award nomination form includes detailed information about the selection criteria for award recipients.

The nomination form is available on the RI website, www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/award_sas.pdf.

Club & District Ideas Endorsed by RI Board

by Laurie Linxweiler, Division Manager, Club & District Support


Council delegates also have the option of sending club and district ideas to the RI Board directly for action. At its June 2010 meeting, the RI Board considered eighteen items from the 2010 Council delegates to the RI Board. The Board referred four resolutions to The Rotary Foundation Trustees for consideration. (Stay tuned to hear what the Trustees will say in response to these items after their next meeting in October.)

The Board agreed with the following recommendations referred from the Council:

-Encouraging clubs to create a club training and leadership committee if such a committee meets the club’s needs;

-Providing people with disabilities access to club meetings and service activities;

-Creating a satellite club pilot project;

-Requesting districts to help more with club public relations;

-Reaffirming its policy encouraging districts to hold training seminars for new Rotarians;

-Studying the concept of Earlyact clubs;

-Recognizing Innerwheel as a valuable working associate and commending their service to humanity;

The RI Strategic Plan- Involvement's the Key

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand. -- Confucious

by Joe Brownlee, Manager, RI Strategic Planning, from an Article on the RC Blog

Rotary Coordinators are key to helping clubs and districts understand the connection between their success and the organization’s mission and vision. Here are a few ideas:


Find clubs with innovative programs and activities and share what you’ve learned with RI and with the clubs and districts you visit.

Promote club planning so that clubs can see how what they do connects to a strategic priority or goal

Engage clubs in understanding what “signature” projects and activities are. What does a club do best? Can they do it better? Are they known in the community for what they are passionate about?

Encourage district leaders to help clubs collaborate, encourage planning and public relations efforts so they can learn from each other
How a club interprets the priorities will vary by geography. There is no “right way” but the one that fits best with a club’s community.

The 2010-11 Theme and The Rotary Coordinator

taken from an article by Carrie Nunes, Leadership Education and Training Division (modified for this blog)

Ready, set, go! 

Congratulations! The Rotary Coordinator's new role is now official! Most RC's have already started preparing for their year as Rotary Coordinator. Since the RC Institute in March, there's been collaborating with RRFCs and directors, selecting assistants, setting up blogs, developing a communication plan with your DGs and DGEs, and even organizing seminars and lunches, among other things. The RC's are ready. At Convention, RC's were officially introduced to the Rotary world. The RC's are set. Now, as the 2010-11 Rotary year begins, it is time for action. Go!

Rotary Coordinators play an instrumental role in realizing the message of this year’s presidential theme: Building Communities, Bridging Continents. One of the responsibilities identified at the Rotary Coordinator Institute was to encourage collaboration between districts, identifying those with the strongest programs in membership, public image and programs, and connecting them with districts that need assistance. Although this was only one of the many ideas that came out of the Institute, it is one that is essential to the implementation of the RI Strategic Plan, in that Rotarians can accomplish far more when they join together, pooling their abilities and resources. 

RC's are the facilitators of this collaboration, the connectors of their districts. RC's now must get to know their districts’ strengths and weaknesses. Through our connectedness, a bigger, better, and bolder Rotary will continue to emerge.

Rotary Leadership Institute Schedule Published

The Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has announced its 2010-11 schedule of events. 22 Institutes are scheduled to take place between September 2010 and April 2011 over the 15 district area, including the one in the Southern Caribbean.

RLI offers 3 sequential one day courses on leadership skills and Rotary education geared toward potential Rotary club leaders. For more information, go to www.RLI33.org.

Rotary Fellowships Lead to Bigger, Better, Bolder Clubs

by Amanda Runge, RI Programs Division 

Rotarians often cite fellowship as the reason why they joined a Rotary club. With so many diverse Rotary clubs all over the world, the opportunity for connection and collaboration is truly inspiring. One of the ways in which Rotarians can bridge continents is through the Rotary Fellowships program. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who unite to: share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities, further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession, make new friends around the world, explore new opportunities for service, and of course, have fun!

How can Rotary Fellowships lead to Bigger, Better, Bolder Clubs? Rotary Fellowships are a great way for Rotarians to share ideas and make new friends in Rotary. By joining a fellowship, Rotarians will experience the internationality of Rotary and form relationships that are the basis of future club to club partnerships for service projects. Rotarians involved in fellowships are among the most committed of our members, and their activities increase membership retention. 

Rotary Fellowships informally began in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto (a language derived from many European languages) joined together to practice their hobby. In 1947 Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship. These activities gained more attention and operated over the years under many different names, such as World Fellowship Activities, International Vocational Contact Groups, Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships, and finally Rotary Fellowships. As of June 2010 there are 55 Board-recognized Rotary Fellowships covering all sorts of hobbies and professions, including music, doctors, and scuba diving, just to name a few.

Whether it is just for the fun of it, or to build relationships with others in your professional field, fellowships are a great addition to any Rotary experience. For more information on Rotary Fellowships visit www.rotary.org/fellowships, or write to rotaryfellowships@rotary.org.

Zone Assembly Offers Preview of RC Program Support


The first Zone 33 Rotary Assembly was held on June 4, 2010 at Wake Technical College in Cary North Carolina with over 50 Rotarians in attendance from across the Zone. The event offered a preview to district leaders of support to be offered by the Rotary Coordinator Team during the upcoming Rotary year. See Event Flyer.

Director-Elect John Smarge was the keynote speaker in the morning, speaking on what Rotarians really want out of Rotary, and addressing some changes to meet those needs now in motion. Sharon Cyr, the head of R.I. Programs staff in Evanston was the special guest, and participated in panels and the afternoon planning sessions. Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall discussed the philosophy of "Bigger, Better, Bolder Rotary Clubs" being advocated by incoming RI President Ray Klingensmith for 2010-11.

Also introduced was the Rotary Coordinator Team for 2010-11, including ARCs Tim Mannix, Abe Clymer, Jim Probsdorfer, Nancy Barbee, and PIRG JW Arnold.

The afternoon sessions were small group discussion groups on topics of interest. A number of the participants attended the Zone Rotary Foundation Seminar in the afternoon, evening and next day, which was also held in the Raleigh area.