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Monday, November 29, 2010

Churchill Quotes on Leadership, Etc.

We often hear in Rotary circles Sir Winston Churchill's quote:
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". 
Click here for 24 more memorable, but perhaps less referred to, Churchill quotes.

Turn Leadership Boundaries Into Frontiers

Frontiers are where all innovation happens, so you've got to open the way to them in your organization.

A frontier is a place of emerging new possibilities. It represents the outer limits, the location where the most innovative and transformative opportunities reside... On the journey toward innovation, we are challenged by the divides that too often limit human interaction. Therefore bridging boundaries between groups is critical new work for leadership.

Read more from Chris Ernst's article at Forbes.com. Watch a video from Chris Ernst discussing boundary leadership.    

Virginia Rotarian's Polio Odyssey- 200 Clubs in 200 Days

Rtn. Colleen on a NID in India
West Point, Virginia Rotarian Colleen Bonadonna is on a quest to visit 200 Rotary clubs in 200 days to benefit the $200M Challenge Goal from the Gates Foundation for Polio Eradication.

Read about how it started. Track Colleen's progress.

RYLA North America Fan Page on Facebook

Click here for information on this event to be held in Washington DC July 20-24, 2011.

Polio Update: Carol Pandek Interview

On December 5, 2010, the Topic of the Week on Pathways to Service, the Award-Winning Show about Rotary on WDEL 1150 AM is a Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Campaign Update by Carol Pandek, Polio Plus Manager at The Rotary Foundation.

The program can be heard live on the radio in their listening area on Sunday morning at 7:30, or for 4 to 5 weeks after that listen 24/7 on the internet by selecting the archive link on the right side of the page.

Hosted by Carol Ann Weisenfeld, a Past Governor of Rotary District 7630, Pathways to Service highlights Rotary News of the Week, a special guest and topic for the week, and the President’s Corner, featuring a Rotary President from Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Latest Polio NID National Immunization Day Trip Information

Assistant Rotary Coordinator Nancy Barbee is leading a group to the Dhanbad, India area for a Polio National Immunization Day NID from January 27-February 8, 2011. It is NOT too late to sign up for this trip of a lifetime!

Click here for an Introductory Page on the NID and you can link from there to more trip, schedule and contact information. Contact ARC Nancy Barbee. Read the comment below endorsing the trip, by Rotary Foundation Trustee Anne Matthews.

7 Habits of an In-Effective Rotarians

Rotary Speaking Circuit Regular and Raconteur PDG John T. Capps shares with us one of his original creations on how to be a Highly In-Effective Rotarian. 

1. DO NOT REGULARLY ATTEND THE MEETINGS. No one will miss you because, you choose to be In-effective. Additionally, be In-effective as a member of a committee or the Board of Directors by always having something more important to do. Read more.

Contact Speaker: John T. Capps, III.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Smile Train Provides Cleft Lip Surgeries

Rotarian Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh has performed more than 12,000 surgeries to correct cleft lip and palate birth defects since 2004. One of his most celebrated patients, Pinki Sonkar, was the subject of the documentary Smile Pinki , which won an Academy Award for best documentary short in 2009.

Vocational Teams the Wave of the Future?

Rotarians should get used to the concept of Vocational Training Teams. Under the Future Vision Plan of The Rotary Foundation and the RI Strategic Plan, such teams are targeted to meet specific needs in host communities, and promote service, vocational and fellowship aspects of Rotary, and can be underwritten through Rotary Foundation grants.

Click here for a recent RI News Story highlighting a Vocational Training Team from Indiana USA to Uganda.

RI President Klinginsmith talks Polio at Forbes.com

RI President Ray Klinginsmith sits down with Forbes.com to talk about the impact Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have made toward eradicating polio worldwide.

Rotary has been a leader in the fight against polio since the launch of the PolioPlus program in 1985. The Gates Foundation awarded two grants totaling US$355 million to Rotary in support of its work in eradicating the disease. In response, Rotary pledged to raise $200 million. To date, Rotarians have raised $150 million.

Watch Klinginsmith's interview with Forbes.com

RYLA Council Seeks Experts

RYLA experts from around the world are being sought for a unique preconvention event this May in New Orleans.

The 2011 RYLA Council is designed to bring together a select group of experienced voices from RYLA programs across the globe to discuss the RYLA program, identify key successes of club and district RYLA programs, share ideas, and make suggestions for future improvements. Delegates will include former International RYLA Participants, district RYLA chairs, past members of the RI RYLA Committee, and other Rotarians with extensive RYLA experience.

We are seeking Rotarians who may be long-time RYLA program directors, Rotarians with a unique vision of RYLA, or a Rotaractor who has already volunteered for several years of RYLA events.

Interested delegates can submit the delegate application for the 2011 RYLA Council before the deadline of 31 December 2010. For any additional questions about the RYLA Council, please contact Jean Stanula, Youth Programs Coordinator at ryla@rotary.org.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Haiti is 4 Weeks into Cholera Epidemic

Haiti is now 4 weeks into the cholera epidemic which began in the Artibonite valley and has spread to every province, including Port-au Prince (PAP) and in particular to the slum of Cite Soleil (CS), where over 300 patients are being hospitalized daily. Every available hospital bed in PAP is occupied with cholera victims. Cite Soleil, because it has the most vulnerable population, is the hardest hit in the greater PAP area. Our water agent at the large Soleil 4 water station buried his brother a few days ago. He died of cholera in a matter of hours. 

See the full update here from Pure Water for the World.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Community Based Rotaract Clubs: Why I Changed My Mind!

by Rotary Coordinator Mary Beth Growney Selene, Zone 28
"Even though I have been aware of the age guidelines for Rotaractors, I have always focused more on the value of Rotaract Clubs as university- or college-based. I have done an about-face and now am an advocate for the community-based Rotaract Club."
Find our what influenced this experienced Rotary Leader to change her mind about community-based Rotaract Clubs. Click here for the article on the RC Blog.  

Zone Water Projects Listed

An updated Zone Water Projects list, by district, for Zone 33 has been posted to the site. It can be access on the Service page, or at this link.

Please forward any updates to ARC Nancy Barbee


Cary Rotarian Featured in Water Projects Newsletter

Scott Rossi
Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club 
Cary-Kildaire NC Rotary member featured in latest Water Team International Newsletter. The following is the article in its entirety:  

Scott Rossi has been a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club for 7 years. He has served the club as Vocational Service Chair, Vice-President, President-Elect, and President in 2008-09.

Scott has served Rotary District 7710 as a member of the District Ethics Committee, the District Alumni Committee, the District CART Committee, and is currently serving as Assistant District Governor, Area 9. He is a Sustaining Member, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation.

Scott owns MediScribe, Inc., a company that supplies medical writing and regulatory submission services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Scott and his wife Melinda have been married for 33 years and have three adult children Jennifer, Amy, and Patrick. They reside in Cary, North Carolina.

Scott became interested in water projects several years ago and that interest blossomed when he "met" George Lewis. George helped Scott and the Cary-Kildaire Club find a water project, finance it through his water card fundraiser, and facilitate the Matching Grant application process. The Cary-Kildaire club is now working on their second water-related matching Grant Application of the year.

Humanity in Motion Campaign & PR Focus?

A few recent select comments [which we will keep anonymous here] about the relevance of Rotary International's primary pre-produced PR campaign materials and the subject of public relations: 
If I may throw my [two cents] in, one of the weaknesses of the PR grant program has been the implicit understanding that the RI "Humanity in Motion" materials are the preferred basis for a campaign. I'm not sure they always speak to Rotary in individual communities and the role they fill. Some of the most effective uses of PR grant monies, in my opinion, have been campaigns that are much more "local" and spotlight the work of clubs in local communities. I think there has been a lot of emphasis on a "corporate identity" and it doesn't always translate across cultures. 
And another comment:
I have kept silent on PR because I have been concentrating on getting across the “Distinctive Position” and identifying target audiences. But since the PR issue is now open, it is my opinion that the “Humanity in Motion” materials do not at all speak to the appropriate target audiences, which, for RI, are the over 33,000 Rotary clubs and their members. Of course, Rotary clubs’ target audiences are their existing and prospective members, all of whom are in their local communities. As [was featured] at the Homestead Institute, hundreds of service organizations are in motion serving humanity. Rotarians, while interested in helping all of humanity, are most concerned about succeeding in their own community.
And another:
I definitely agree. In fact, I sort of feel that it may be as important to refocus our PR efforts and training in a manner that is somewhat akin to what's happening with the Foundation - bringing it down to the district and club level. We need to put much more emphasis on PR at the club level. Our key "audiences" - potential members, members, community leaders - don't know or care what the Rotary district is, but they understand their local club. RI has taken a top down approach that really should be followed up with a "ground up" approach.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rotary's Largest Vendor Has Holiday Specials

Visit Russell-Hampton Company's Holiday page for some gift ideas for your Rotary colleagues!  Billed as the world's larges selection of Rotary merchandise and supplies...

Tuesday's Post

Would Tyr have been a Rotarian?
 Classification: Administration of Justice
What is the origin of the word Tuesday?
Why is Tuesday called Tuesday?
What does this have to do with Rotary?

According to mythencyclopedia.com in Norse mythology, Tyr was worshiped as a god of war, justice, and order. One of his roles was to guarantee that contracts and oaths were not broken.

Although Tyr appears in very few legends, the best-known story about him involves the fierce wolf Fenrir that no chain could hold. The supreme god Odin ordered the dwarfs to make a magical ribbon so strong that Fenrir could not break it. Fenrir was suspicious when the gods wanted to tie the ribbon around him. But he allowed himself to be bound after brave Tyr put his hand in the wolf's mouth. However, when Fenrir realized that he had been tricked, he bit off Tyr's hand.

Early Germanic peoples associated Tyr with Mars, the Roman god of war. The third day of the week, known as dies Martis (Mars' Day) in Latin, became known as Tyrsdagr to the Norse and entered English as Tuesday.

So you are probably asking what does the above have to do with Rotary? It has absolutely nothing to do with the Rotary International Strategic Plan or with Rotary in general. We just thought we would post an article that was different for a change.

Thanks to Pinnaclemicro EZSystems for the idea!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Leadership: Olympian Tips to Thrive Under Pressure

The following is a guest post by Dr. Graham Jones to Tanveer Naseer's Blog. His latest book “Thrive on Pressure: Lead and Succeed When Times Are Tough”, was published in August 2010.

The following are his thoughts on leadership and the lessons he’s learned from working with top athletes. You can learn more about Graham and his latest book by visiting his website,Thrive on Pressure“.

Click here for the article.

Building Consensus on Community Projects

Read Rotarians answers working in their club.

Best Practices from Around the World!

Clubs around the world have reported on their best practices at Rotary.org, and here’s what they've found:
  • 96 percent provide opportunities for fellowship
  • 92 percent set annual goals
  • 72 percent amend their bylaws to reflect club practices
  • 72 percent have a communication plan in place
  • 72 percent have each of the five recommended committees
  • 67 percent develop long-range goals
Has your club implemented the best practices recommended in the Club Leadership Plan? The best practices are a collection of techniques and processes of effective Rotary clubs worldwide. Check out the Club Leadership Plan for the complete list of recommended best practices.

Thanks to Rotary Training Talk.  

The Meeting is All Important!

Photo from the Rotary Club
of Hendersonville NC
Few would argue that a Rotary's club's weekly meeting reflects the quality (or lack thereof) of the club and the leadership of the club. Resigning Rotarians often refer to "poor meetings" as a primary source of dissatisfaction with the their former club.

All it takes is the right spirit and a little planning. While all meetings do not have to be the same, Rotary has lots
of resources available to help newer clubs or ones that may have lot their direction center in on the important stuff- and have fun in the process.

Click here for the Rotary Club Meeting Resource page, with linked resources for sample agenda, customary Rotary observances, and tips on programs and logistics.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Water: The New Oil?

A thought-provoking article on the growing privatization of global water resources and the potential impact on communities worldwide. From the October 19, 2010 edition of Newsweek.

World Golfing Championship Announced.

Save the date. The International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (IGFR) World Championships are to be held in Pinehurst, North Carolina USA during the week of 21-27 August 2011. More information to follow.

Go to the IGFR website

Contact Ray Taylor for more information. 

Hurricane Tomas - Haiti Update

See this latest update from Pure Water for the World on the desperate situation in Haiti.

See what Rotarians are doing in Haiti and how you can help.

More from the Weekly Update from Rotary

It this month's edition... in addition to Polio related stories... program recipients express their thanks, Rotary-UN share common goals, Statue honors Winton, serving on district committees, and more...

Click here for the online version of Weekly Update.

Polio Update: Vaccine Effective, Numbers Dropping

Click here for the latest news in our battle to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth.

See related story on our response to the Congo outbreak.

See related story on our progress toward the $200M Challenge.

From Rotary.org News.

Top Five Reasons to Support Our Rotary Foundation

Rotarians have a unique opportunity to advance The Object of Rotary, an ideal that we all subscribe to by virtue of our membership in the organization, through our support of our Rotary Foundation.

Through our support with money, time, and promotion, our Foundation helps us individually have a big impact on the problems and challenges of the world, often with us having to give little thought to it.

See what the Top Five Reason are to support our Foundation, according to today's Rotary Update! Subscribe to Weekly Update.

One Day Passes Available for House of Friendship

For more information on this novel idea to promote attendance, and other isues affecting the New Orleans Rotary International Convention, click here.

From an update from the International Meetings Division at Rotary.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ambition Now Unfashionable in the Workplace?

According to an article in a recent Newsweek, citing an annual Manpower survey, "executive /management" slots were among the top five hardest to fill positions in 2009.

See how the Millenials attitudes factor into this trend.

This month's New Generation Newsletter Featuring Rotary Foundation Month

Inside: NG involvement in Rotary Foundation programs, Rotaract PreConvention Meeting, 2011 RYLA Council, Interact Video Contest, End Polio Now Stars, NG in the News, Upcoming Events...

Click here for the New Generations Newsletter.

Community Service Update available

Adoption Awareness Picnic
project highlighted
In this month's update...

  • more on the Areas of Focus
  • Sustainable Projects 
  • Project Spotlight: Adoption Awareness Picnic
  • Project Spotlight: Water Filtration System
  • World Diabetes Day
  • Interact Video Contest

Click here for more.

Vocational Service: Dental Volunteers, Windmills, Fish & More...

Click here for this months Vocational Service Update.

Get Your Club's Story Published!

Rotary International offers many outlets through which you may be able to publicize your club’s success stories to an international audience.

Click here for some information from Kathryn Nichols, Coordinator of Programs & Presidential Initiatives at Rotary International.  

Motivating Millenials- Some Truths

Are the Millenials who we think they are? Maybe not - according to this article.

Click here for an interesting read on (at least a portion of) our target audience in Rotary.

Today’s piece is a guest post by Dr. Bret L. Simmons.  Bret is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he teaches courses in organizational behaviour, leadership, and personal branding to both undergraduate and MBA students. You can read more of Bret’s writings on leadership, followership, and social media at his website “Positive Organizational Behavior” at BretLSimmons.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Economic Development Featured in November FVPN

The Rotary Foundation's Future Vision Pilot News November E-Newsletter contains tremendous insight into where Rotary service is heading... and as a result, it is a "must-read" for Rotary leaders, regardless of your district's current Future Vision status.

This months version highlights the new Future Vision E-Learning Modules (see related article on the Areas of Focus), a Spotlight on Community & Economic Development, How to Evaluate Projects, and information about the upcoming Future Vision webinar. Click here for the newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.

New Areas of Focus E-Modules Online

The Rotary Foundation has unveiled a new learning tool in conjunction with its educational effort on the Future Vision Plan that features the six Areas of Focus for RI & our Foundation. It is a self-guided, Powerpoint-type tour of the overview and each specific Areas of Focus. I hope you have time to take a look at it.

Click here to access the Areas of Focus E-Module. From there you can view further E-Modules on the specific Areas of Focus.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giay Speaker at New Orleans RLI Breakfast

Past Rotary International President and two time Chairman of The Rotary Foundation, Luis Vicente Giay of Arrecifes, Buenos Aires will be the principal speaker at the Annual Breakfast Meeting of RLI at the New Orleans Convention. PRIP Luis has been a strong supporter of the RLI program and is a member of the Intl. RLI Senior Leaders Advisory Board.

The Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:15 a.m.at The Foundry near the Convention Center. Always a festive event, the Montreal RLI Breakfast drew 300 Rotarians and guests (the room capacity) and another 50 had to be turned away. The Foundry will enable RLI to accommodate a much larger attendance. 

RLI members and friends may register online at www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org by credit card, check, PayPal, etc. See the home page of the website. Language tables may be arranged on request.

RLI Attendees Create Challenge for PETS Planners

Photos courtesy of Chesapeake
Multi-District PETS
One of the common complaints heard over the years from district trainers and incoming district governors has been that so many club presidents-elect come to PETS with very little knowledge of Rotary outside their own club (if that) and with no thoughts at all about the leadership skills necessary to move Rotary ahead. 

Now that RLI has spread around the world to almost half of Rotary's districts, the many "graduates" of RLI courses are much better prepared to come to PETS, but are usually linked together with non-graduates. The result is little advanced training at PETS because of the need to teach basics to so many PETS attendees. 


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Texas Peace Scholar Founds Peace Institute

See how 2006-08 Rotary Foundation Peace Fellow Cameron Chisholm is already using his training to promote peace in the world, one of Rotary's 6 Strategic Priorities!

His organization, The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) empowers the next generation of peacemakers. Founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict, IPSI facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. The Institute develops comprehensive training programs, advances scholarly research, and promotes efforts to raise public awareness of peace and security issues. To get a taste of their work, take a few minutes to read one of their weekly Peace & Security Reports. Simply Amazing! Read more about Cameron in Rotary News. Read more about IPSI.  

Panelists Sought for Social Media Seminars

Rotary International will be holding a series of webinars on how Rotarians can use social media to promote their clubs or districts. If you have recently helped create your club's or district's social media site, volunteer to be a webinar panelist so you can share your expertise and knowledge with other Rotarians. The webinar on social media will be held twice in February 2011.

Watch New Interact Video

Watch this selection from the new Interact DVD, designed to inspire young people to join Interact. For more information, click here.

Recognize Your Interact Club during World Interact Week

Dictionaries distributed by Interactors
at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, SC
This year, Interact clubs and their sponsor Rotary clubs have a variety of ways to participate in World Interact Week. Clubs are encouraged to complete one, two, or even an entire week’s worth of activities. After the club completes their activities, the Rotary club or district Interact chair can fill out a Certificate of Recognition for presentation. Read the full article at Rotary.org News.

Discount on "End Polio Now" Promotional Kit

Promote Rotary's polio eradication efforts with the materials in this new kit. Save $5.00 when you purchase one or more End Polio Now Promotional Kits during Rotary Foundation Month (November).

Contents: 2010-11 End Polio Now Calendar (961), End Polio Now note cards (983), Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge poster (987), 5 End Polio Now pins (988), 10 Amazing Stories of Polio (976), 10 Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge brochures (986), and 10 End Polio Now pop-up boxes (989). [SKU: 962-KIT]

For more ideas about promoting the End Polio Now Campaign, contact our Zone Public Image Resource Group Coordinator, J.W. Arnold.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Resource for Starting Service Projects

Does your club need help with starting a service project? Complete the How to Start a Service Project e-learning module to learn how to conduct a needs assessment, find resources, and choose your project.

Other helpful modules for club members can be found in the Rotary E-Learning Center.

Thanks to Membership Minute.

"Healing Little Hearts" Service Opportunities

"Give a 'Gift of Life' to 200 children through life-saving heart surgeries." This was the challenge presented, by RIDN Shekhar Mehta from Calcutta, India at the Zone 22 Institute in Victoria BC. That statement created an impact on D7080 PDG Doug Vincent, who has since worked with Shekhar to coordinate 50 lifesaving surgeries. Find out more about Rotarians involvement in this project. Click here to go to the Healing Little Hearts  website.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leadership- and All That Jazz!

Three lessons distilled from the world of Jazz on leadership and how to make beautiful, inspired music with your team...

Click here to find out how to get your leadership groove on... -

Thanks to Tanveer Naseer

Monday, November 1, 2010

Peru Dental Clinic Trips Announced

Rotarian Raffaele Beltram of the Matthews NC Rotary club has been taking a group of dentists to Cusco, PerĂº over the past three years on a combination sightseeing (Macchu Pichu) and dental mission. You do not have to be a dentist to join this personally escorted "adventure in service", visiting the sights and learning about the area and the projects implemented in the last several years to benefit the needy with the cooperation of the Inca Cusco Rotary Club and my own club. The next trip will be March 18-27, 2011.  

There are two programs, including a 4 day, all-inclusive Inca Trail hike (fairly challenging but not extremely difficult) combined with a 3-day Dental mission, or a 4-day, all-inclusive Amazon jungle excursion (regular level hiking and possibility to mountain bike, rafting and zip lines included), again combined with the Dental mission. For more information click here

Homesickness: The Second Wave of Culture Shock

Rotary Youth Exchange students who departed in August are approaching their fourth month of exchange. While most are adapting to their new surroundings, some may be experiencing the effects of delayed homesickness, commonly known as the “second wave” of culture shock. Contributing factors can include difficulties learning the new language, challenges fitting in at school or in the community, and problems connecting with their host family.

Psychologist and former Youth Exchange Committee Chair Dennis White, of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,USA, helps students, parents, host families, and Youth Exchange officers identify the symptoms and find ways to cope. Read his article and find more information about culture shock at www.yeoresources.org. From Youth Exchange E-Newsletter. For more on Youth Exchange see our RI Programs Page resources or contact ARC Jim Probsdorfer, ARC for RI Programs.

Rotary-UN Day

On November 6, 2010 in New York City, more than 1,300 Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors, and former Youth Exchange students and Ambassadorial Scholars will gather at United Nations headquarters in New York for panel discussions on water, literacy, health, and youth. Speakers from the UN, Rotary, and other nongovernmental organizations will discuss humanitarian programs and provide insight into the more than 60-year relationship between Rotary and the UN. There will also be a special program for youth interested in humanitarian service. For more information see http://riunday.org  From The Youth Exchange E-Newsletter.