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Monday, September 27, 2010

What Do Mentors Do?

See this great article with tons of ideas about what Mentors can actually proactively do with their new Rotarian charges! 

Run it off and share with your club.

Thanks to Rotary on the Move in Australia, and RC Noel Trevaskis.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Why Promote Rotaract: a Rotaractor's View

If you have every wondered why your club should consider a forming or supporting a Rotaract Club in your community, hear it from the horse's mouth. Rotaractor Mary Kathryn DeLodder gives you her perspective in this post on the Rotary Coordinator's Blog.

See what a Rotaractor has to say...  

If you have questions about Rotaract, or any of the other RI Structured Programs, contact ARC Jim Probsdorfer.

District 7730 Polio NID Information

Rotarians are all part of Rotary's global initiative to eradicate Polio. We give money. We raise funds. We promote awareness. But there is no experience like actually participating in administering the polio drops to children in endemic areas.

Find out about District 7730's National Immunization Day (NID) Trip planned for February 2011. ARC Nancy Barbee is hearing it up. Click here for details. Contact Nancy if any questions.  

Friday, September 24, 2010

Vocational Service Resources

October is Vocational Service Month.

This is a great time for Rotarians to consider ways to apply their vocational skills and high ethical standards to serve people in need and help community members achieve their vocational potential.

The following resources are available online to assist Rotarians in planning vocational service projects:
Extracted from a bulletin from Kathryn Nichols, Coordinator, Programs & Presidential Initiatives, Rotary Internationalvocationalservice@rotary.org

Does Your Club Have a Strategic Plan?

Are you using one?

RI Wants to Know!

Click here to give them your feedback.

Are We Dissatisfied?

Dissatisfaction guaranteed. 

"Great brands are built on dissatisfaction. After all, if you are satisfied with your Revlon makeup or your Nike sneakers or your iPad, why would you buy another one? Satisfied means done, finished, I don't need any more.
In fact, most great commercial (and non-profit, and political) brands create a cycle of purchase based on ever-greater dissatisfaction with what we've got."
From another great blog by Seth Godin 

"How does this apply to Rotary?" you ask. Think of it this way.......If we are content with the things we've accomplished: "almost" eradicating polio, membership at 1.2million,dictionaries to all third graders, wells built in Africa, some help to Haiti after the hurricane..... are we going to stop? Are we "content" with things just they way they are? Are we afraid of change? Of more effort? Are we leery of bringing strangers into "our" Rotary who might be different from us? Are we doubtful about the ideas of new (perhaps younger) members?

I love Rotary! I am so proud of all we've done and do for our local and world communities! But I'm "dissatisfied!!!" We have not "arrived" -- there is so much more that can be done -- but it will take more hands and new ideas and a lot more work -- it will take BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Rotary clubs!

Thank you for all you've done - just think what more we can do!

From Zones 25-26 Membership News

What is Your Club Known For?

Developing signature activities that are visible in the community helps enhance the public image and awareness of Rotary, one of the priorities of the RI Strategic Plan.

A Concert to End Polio

It is an exciting time for The Rotary Foundation and Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge. The Rotary Foundation is teaming up with world-renowned violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman and Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to present the Concert to End Polio, a benefit performance supporting the PolioPlus Fund.

It is an honor that Mr. Perlman and the Chicago Symphony are supporting Rotary in our effort to achieve a polio-free world. Their participation demonstrates the importance of this unprecedented global health initiative.

The Concert to End Polio will be at 7:30 p.m., 7 March 2011, in l at the Symphony Center, Chicago.

Concert tickets are $50-$200 and are currently on sale. A private reception with Perlman will follow the concert. A private reception with Perlman will follow the concert. Admission to the post-concert reception will be a separate ticket for US$150. All proceeds will benefit Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge.

A block of tickets have been reserved for Rotarians until 30 November. To order your tickets for the concert and post-concert reception, call the CSO box office at 312-294-3000 and mention that you are a Rotarian.

Polio Update

As of 20 September 2010, Rotarians have raised approximately US$145.9 million for the US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise US$200 million to match US$355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

International Day of Peace PR

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Share Rotary’s social media release for the International Day of Peace on 21 September and help publicize Rotary’s commitment to fostering peace and world understanding through education. 

Peace & Conflict Resolution are one of the 6 Areas of Focus for Rotary clubs highlighted in the RI Strategic Plan.

Go to the Global & Community Service Page or contact ARC Nancy Barbee for more information.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Club Level Training Resources

The Club Trainer. The Rotarian in this important role, appointed by the club president, works with club leaders to create training programs that meet the club's needs. Club trainers may also work with the district training committee, assistant governor, and governor.

A club-level training program should:

Leadership development program. Clubs can create a leadership development program to develop members' personal, professional, and club leadership skills. Clubs and districts wishing to offer this program should consider including the following topics:

Strategic Planning. Club trainers can help Rotary clubs implement a strategic plan, which includes a vision of where the club would like to be in three years and its long-range and annual goals. The strategic planning process should involve past, current, and incoming club leaders to include a variety of perspectives. Once your club develops a strategic plan, be sure to regularly evaluate your goals and vision and to make adjustments as needed.

See RI.website on Training for more information. Or contact ARC Abe Clymer.

2 for 1 Credit for Polio Contributions

Reported from a Memorandum by John Osterlund, General Manager of The Rotary Foundation dated September 20, 2010:   

Sunday, 24 October 2010 is World Polio Day as determined by the UN. Rotarians around the world are planning events in celebration of this day. In San Francisco, approximately 2,000 people are expected to walk the Golden Gate Bridge along with President Ray. A lighting of the Ferry Terminal with END POLIO NOW is planned for the evening.

For the week leading up to this event, The Rotary Foundation will be offering 2 for 1 recognition credit for every contribution of US$100 or more made to polio on-line. The strategy is to encourage Rotarians to experience our on-line giving application in the hopes that they will find it simple and easy and come back to it again and again. On-line contribution processing is much less expensive than processing checks through the bank lockbox. The opportunity would be open to all Rotarians worldwide for one week.

We have done an operational analysis to determine if our servers can accommodate the high volume of traffic anticipated. For such analysis, we assumed a total of US$1 million in contributions over the course of the week. At the end of the week President Ray will communicate the results during the event in San Francisco. We will also announce the results on the Rotary web-page.

Polio Awareness Week

This is Polio Awareness Week. Please tell everyone about Rotary's mission to END POLIO NOW.

If you would like to visit India and participate in a National Immunization Day (NID) please visit District 7730's NID website for more information about joining this exciting and meaningful Rotary mission trip. Come be a part of history and share ROTARY with other Rotarians.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Using Wiki's for Rotary Communication

This is fine example of using Wiki's for discussion topics in one clear, concise place. One discussion thread that caught my eye was the one on Social Media. As he states, Social Media is not Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. So what is this new hot topic. You can read all about it here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Networking and Business Advertising in Rotary?

What would Rotary look like if they were to allow business advertising and networking. Would we grow in member size? Would we cease to be a service organization? Would we retain more members? Would the world look at us differently? Click here for excerpts from a Linked-In Discussion on this topic.   

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Networking "2010 Style"

Boy, it's really hard to keep up with changing expectations on Networking & Social Media. But, think about how much things have changed just in the last few years, and the loss of credibility and effectiveness if you don't keep up. Does this apply to civic organizations also? Especially those with "networking" attributes?

Click here for more. Thanks to Paul Kiser's Blog.

Friday, September 17, 2010

9 Ways Social Media Can Make You a Better Leader

For leaders that are looking to improve themselves as they aspire to greatness, there is a wealth of learning opportunities to be found in the world of Social Media. I can say this with confidence, because my decision to jump into Social Media headfirst back in 2005 has played an important role in my personal development as a leader -nearly as important as the direct leadership experience itself.

Here are 9 ways Social Media has helped me, and can help you too:

1. Blogging about leadership organizes and crystallizes your thoughts – When I started writing about leadership on my blog back in 2006, I was surprised at how the act of putting things “on paper” was so effective at taking the concepts in your head, organizing them, and converting them into quicker action.

Click here for the rest of the list.

Thanks to TerryStarbucker.com

Sunday, September 12, 2010

4 Water Grants need International Partners

4 Water Grants need International Partners. These are non Pilot districts. They need about $3,000 to $4,000 in club donations and District match. Three are from India and one is from Nigeria. 

Please contact George Lewis, The Water Man, RC of Florence Oregon if your club would like more information.

Rotarians at Work

Rotarians at Work is a global project day designed to have every club in the world participating in a local community service project on the same day. Each project can be submitted for viewing on the Rotarians at Work website.

The next event is scheduled April 30, 2011 and will continue each year on this day. Plan to join and in the meantime, visit the website to see past project and see if your District is participating.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Zone 33 & 34 make Membership Advances

Go to the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog for the 2009-10 Membership Results.

World Water Week Highlighted

RI News @ www.Rotary.org highlights World Water Week in an article. Water and Sanitation combined are one of the six "Areas of Focus" for service projects adopted by Rotary International for Rotary clubs and adopted by our Rotary Foundation.

   Guinea worms removed from children at a containment center in Savelugu, Ghana. The Guinea Worm Eradication Programme was a key collaborator in a Matching Grant project that provided clean, safe water in northern Ghana.Photo courtesy of Walter Hughes/Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA
RI Weekly Update also links to the article.

See the Global & Community Service Page of this site under Water Resources for more Water service opportunities.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

2nd Interact Video Contest

Click here for more information.

Montreal Convention: Next Best Thing To Being There!

You may not have been able to walk the beautiful streets of Montreal this summer during the RI Convention, but you can benefit from the accumulated knowledge of the sessions by viewing the Convention Proceedings online.

It contains summaries of all plenary sessions and discussion groups as well as the compiled ideas from the Messages to the Board roundtable discussion.

The Fifth Avenue

excerpted from a blog post by Sharon Cyr and Amanda Runge, RI Programs Division

The Avenues of Service, long a cornerstone of Rotary service, first appeared in Rotary literature circa 1939. Service to youth has also been prevalent for most of our history. Some of you may ask, “What took so long for youth to be recognized in the Avenues of Service?” Traditions can be hard to change, and for many years, the Council on Legislation rejected proposals for a fifth avenue dedicated to youth. At the 2010 Council, an enactment was passed that established New Generations Service as the fifth avenue. Some of you may say “It was about time!”

What does this new avenue mean for clubs? New Generations is defined as service to young people up to age 30. Clubs can support the New Generations through RI Programs such as Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth Exchange, but also through any project that works with young people such as mentoring or scouting. One strategic plan goal is to balance activities in all Avenues of Service. With the addition of a fifth avenue, clubs should consider projects that address the needs of the New Generations.

How else does this support and strengthen clubs? Service Above Self, is a message that resonates with people from all generations. By combining the energy from the New Generations, we can move Rotary forward.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Why Join Rotary??


20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary ?

1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of themost basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one oftwo reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary`s beginningis business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of across section of every business community. Its members come from all walksof life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one'sgrowth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders andsuccessful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education.Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.

5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one abetter community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the mostactive citizens of any community.

6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed tokeep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, andworld. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakersand a variety of timely topics.

7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projectsare fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.

8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid tospeak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in publiccommunication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "RotaryInternational." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotaryclub. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of theover 32,000 clubs in 168 nations and geographical regions. This meansinstant friends in both one's own community and in the world community.

10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere,many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc.,while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.

11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activitiesthat provide diversion in one's business life. Rotary holds conferences,conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment inaddition to Rotary information, education, and service.

12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events andfunctions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and peopleskills. Rotary is for people who like people.

13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world's largest youthexchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians;opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed tohelp family members in growth and the development of family values.

14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growthand development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve oncommittees and to teach youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps tomake one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governsone's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in businessand personal relationships.

16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion,country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, andethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world'smost prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware oftheir cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. Theybecome better citizens of their countries in the process.

17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, theprofessions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and alldisciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in theworld. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals - people whomake decisions and influence policy.

18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people onthe face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of itis nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

19. The Absence of an "Official Creed": Rotary has no secret handshake, nosecret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is anopen society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business ismankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to bothlocal and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason forbecoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and tosense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of thatsatisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.

RIPP Rick King 2001-2002

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Malaria No More - Rotary Partner

Rotary has worked with Malaria No More to help rid the world of Malaria.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium Parasites transmitted to humans via Type Anopheles Mosquitoes. These bite primarily during the pm hours. There were 4 types of Malaria that affect different people. Of the 400 or so different species of mosquitoes, about 30 to 40 carry the 4 types with the parasite. Symptoms include fever and chills about 2 days after the bite. if there is no treatment within one day from that onset, death is possible.

Although malaria had been eradicated in the USA, there were still about 1500 a year. There were three strains prevalent in the USA. In the world there were about 3 billion people in malaria affected regions in about 100 countries, with about 35 countries experiencing the most deaths. About 90% of the deaths were in Africa. Malaria is the 5th most dangerous disease in the world and is 2nd behind AIDS in amount of deaths. One million die worldwide, with 850,000 of those in Africa.

It is a preventable and treatable disease. By the distribution of mosquito nets, the death rate in Africa has been reduced by about 75% in less than 5 years. Malaria No More distributes Mosquito nets. American Idle has provided the ability to give more than 700,000 nets to African villages. Each net costs about $10, with 4-6 of that being transport.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Water Projects

Here begins the list of organizations that provide clean water projects globally.

Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. This action group is recognized world wide.

Pure Water for the World
Support from Rotary clubs but not adopted. Not a program of Rotary International.

Rotary Water Projects
This site has a neat short term solution called a Life Straw that filters water turning dirty water into drinkable water for only $6.50. Also more sustainable water well solutions.