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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Break for RC Site

The Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Site, Rotary Resources, and the Rotary Resources E-Newsletter will be taking a holiday break through the week of January 10, 2011.

A prosperous, productive and fulfilling New Year to you all!

RC Bevin Wall, Pam & family!    

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Board Gathers for Final Step in Quest to be Rid of Polio

The Independent Monitoring Board of the The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) comprised of WHO, the UN Children's Fund, Rotary International and core donor countries have begun a new phase in the quest to eradicate Polio. Health authorities hope the last case of Polio will be in December of 2013 and if no polio is reported in the ensuing three years, the world will be declared polio-free.

Read the entire article here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Polio Update: Immunization Campaigns Move Ahead in Congo Republic

Read about the latest efforts by Rotarians to quell the outbreaks in the Congo! From Rotary.org News.

Use Humanity in Motion to Tell Rotary's Story

Learn how you can use resources from Rotary's global public image campaign, Humanity in Motion, to tell Rotary's story.

View Rotary International Interactive to find out more!

Re-Imagining Rotary

In 2003, Tom Peters wrote Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age. In that book, Mr. Peters takes a visionary look at business and our culture that confronts the traditional…and remarkably stupid concepts of the modern working world. His words have foretold many of the new realities we see unfolding around us.

Recently I have had to face up to some hard realities about Rotary. Rotary is a great organization, but the organization is being held back by an old skin that needs to be shed. Read more

Courtesy of Paul Kiser's Blog

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Concert to End Polio

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar announces The Concert to End Polio in Chicago, Illinois. Renowned violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman will join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this one-night concert to raise funding for Rotary's $200 Million Challenge.

Itzhak Perlman Will Headline “A Concert to End Polio” in Chicago from Rotary International on Vimeo.

From RLI: Random Thoughts About Leadership

In recent years, universities and other academic institutions have developed courses in "leadership". It hasn't been that many years since the academics were not very interested in that subject, but leadership as a subject of study has become very fashionable in recent years because of so many leadership failings in government, business, non-profits, etc.

There is basic agreement on some aspects of leadership skills, but it is interesting to see how very different people/personalities and very different approaches can be successful. There is obviously more than one way for a leader to be effective. Leadership is a difficult subject for academic study, but hopefully the study of that subject will help our societies meet today's critical need for successful leadership. From RLI-International E-Bulletin, Nov. 2010

Club Best Practices Tips Available

Click the link for a digest of Rotary Best Practices on each topic solicited by Rotary.org from Rotarians across the globe:

Video Short: How Can Rotary Attract New Members?

Click here for How Can Rotary Attract New Members?  Courtesy of Rotary Training Talk & the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Many Local Clubs Participate in The Dictionary Project

Rotary Club of Florence SC
Over 14,495,512 children have received a dictionary thanks to the generosity of sponsors who have participated in the Dictionary Project. Over 900,000 of those books in 2009-10 were sponsored by Rotary clubs! Sponsors provide a dictionary for the children in their community each year, so they can enjoy the benefits of a large vocabulary.

How many books has your State sponsored? Click on your state to find out: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.  

Read more about The Dictionary Project.

Rotary's First Harvest

Since its founding in 1982, District 5030's (Washington state USA) Rotary's First Harvest Program has collected and distributed more than 150 Million pounds of produce to feed the hungry. Read More.

See article on RFH here on Page 24 of Our Foundation for Rotary Leaders.

Is there a Rotary Road to Peace?

Is there a Rotary Road to Peace? Is there a common thread connecting our programs? 

Remember, Peace and Conflict Resolution are one of the Six Areas of Focus of Rotary service

The January 2011 Our Foundation for Rotary Leaders explores these questions in a very readable and sharable way. This would make the basis for a terrific Rotary club program! Read more

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Service Spotlight: Feeding America

During the Christmas holiday season, many Rotarians will enjoy the comforts (and sometime overindulgence) of family, friends and food. Many of us help our neighbors locally. This is where your local food bank can be especially valuable, many of which are networked together.    

Formerly America's Second Harvest, Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the US in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

The Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need. Read more about Feeding America.

January is Rotary Information Month

Get a head start on planning your January projects and activities. January is Rotary Awareness Month, the perfect time for Interactors, Rotaractors, and RYLA participants to refresh their knowledge of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Here are just a few ways you can help spread the word about Rotary this month:
  • Visit www.rotary.org to learn more about the history of the organization and the many programs and opportunities Rotary offers to its New Generations.
  • Promote Interact or Rotaract service activities or an upcoming RYLA event in your community.
  • Feature the activities that Interactors in your area performed during November’s World Interact Week in your next district newsletter.
Building awareness of Rotary strengthens the organization’s future and the future of its youth and young adult programs. Informed program participants can inspire and attract new club members or RYLA attendees. With support from the community and local Rotary clubs, there’s no limit to what Rotary’s New Generations can accomplish.

Reprinted from the New Generations E-letter 

See the Interact Videos!

Twenty-eight video entries from 14 countries and geographical areas were submitted showing "how you Interact". Visit the Interact YouTube channel to view the inspiring submissions from Interact clubs around the world, and sign up for the Interactive newsletter to find out who wins in the January issue! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Radio Free Rotary: Pathways to Service Radio

Upcoming programs of note on the Pathways to Service Radio Program:
  • December 19, 2010: NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION DAYS, Rotary District Governor Ann Lee Hussey, Maine USA
  • January 09, 2011: CHOLERA IN HAITI, Rotary PDG Carolyn Crowley Meub, Vermont, USA, Executive Director for Pure Water for the World
  • January 16, 2011, ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS, Kelley Pyle, President, University of DE Chapter

Groundbreaking RI Board Decisions

Click here for the Summary of Groundbreaking Board Decisions from their November 2010 Meeting.

Are You Fitting Personality into Your Leadership Puzzle?

Which personality type is best suited for leadership – the extroverted or the introverted? How can we recognize personality as an asset for our organizations? What instances are there where these distinct traits offer a tangible benefit for leaders and their organizations? Read the article from Tanveer Naseer.

Membership and the Whirlpool Paradox

Read about Membership and the Whirlpool Paradox at the Zones 33 & 34 Membership Blog.

Recommendation: Leadership that Gets Results

Daniel Goleman's new book contains
amazing insights on Leadership 
Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to study and teach the subject of leadership. I strongly believe that great leadership at the District, Area and Club levels is critical to success in Rotary. Daniel Goleman is the cochairman of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence at Rutgers University and author of the book Emotional Intelligence. ... I share with you an article he wrote for the Harvard Business Review entitled Leadership That Gets Results. I hope you find it of interest and feel free to pass it on to others who might share that interest.

I would also hope that you appreciate the role RLI can play in helping our leaders to develop increased emotional intelligence and personal leadership skills. Read more about The Rotary Leadership Institute.

Bob Stinson
Rotary Leadership Institute
Regional Coordinator
Carolinas East Region

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thoughts on Membership Awards

Are membership awards at the club level actually masking membership problems within a club? Read more from the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Membership Feature: Anarchy & Misalignment

Read Jim Henry's latest article on Anarchy & Brand Alignment on the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Rotary Pilot Initiatives Announced

During the RI Board's November Meeting, the following Pilot Programs were adopted:
  • Associate Member Pilot Project beginning 1 July 2011, 
  • Corporate Member Pilot Project beginning 1 July 2011
  • Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club Pilot Project beginning 1 July 2011, and 
  • Satellite Club Pilot Program
Donna M. McDonald, Division Manager for Membership Development & Research at RI advises that for the pilot programs RI staff is in the process of drafting fact sheets, guidelines and applications which will be going out directly to the club presidents and presidents-elect in early January 2011. See Article at Rotary.org.

Dear Rot-Abby: Is there still a "Rule of 85"?

Dear Rot-Abby, I’m looking for the “official stance” on "Rule of 85" Membership, but can’t find any reference in the 2010 MOP. What is Rotary International's position on Rule of 85? Rotarian Rick.

Dear Rotarian Rick, The so-called "Rule of 85" is alive and well, although modified by the 2010 Council on Legislation (COL Adopted Enactment 10-23). It is hard to find because it is not officially called the "Rule of 85", or a type of Rotary membership ("Active" or "Honorary" are the only two) - it is merely a provision listed under "excused absences" in the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. It provides that if a members combined age and years of service equal 85 years or greater, they are at least age 65, and they ask to be excused, then they are excused. Additionally, they don't count against the club's attendance figures. The 2010 COL added the requirement that the Rotarian be at least 65 years old.  

The text of the provision is as follows: STANDARD ROTARY CLUB CONSTITUTION (page 249, 2010 Manual of Procedure): 

Article 9 Attendance, Section 3 — Excused Absences. A member’s absence shall be excused if (b) the age of the member is 65 and above and the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more and the member has notified the club secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance and the board has approved. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rotary Advises on Email Scams

Click here for the latest information on a series of email scams targeting Rotarians.

From Rotary News.

SC Rotarian Leads off Rotary Retention Article

See the article featuring Diana Wood Howard, president of the Rotary Club of Spring Valley (Columbia), South Carolina in the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog.

Vocational Service: Mentoring Ideas

Click here for shared Rotarian ideas about Mentoring in their Rotary club. Add your own comments. From Rotary.org.

"Come Join Us" Video Debuts

Listen to and watch a video of a new song called "Come Join Us," which was inspired by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide. The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher, and the song was written and performed by Jerry Mills. Two versions of the video are available: One features the orchestra, and one features Rotarians. It is also located in the right sidebar of this website! Click & enjoy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peanut Shellers a Great Sustainable Project

The Full Belly Project designs and distributes income-generating agricultural devices to improve life in rural communities. In a "nutshell" they have created a sustainable "sheller" for groundnuts that is appropriate for many regions in Africa. Their project strategies include:
  • Invention, design, and construction
  • Partnership and collaborations with locally based social entrepreneurs
  • Distribution of appropriate technologies
  • Education
  • Outreach and marketing
A number of districts have had success with Rotary Foundation supported projects with this group including District 7730 who did a $50,000 project a few years ago. 

The RI Strategic Plan calls for "... increas[ing] sustainable service focused on... our Six Areas of Focus", which include economic and community development. This project fits right in. Visit the Full Belly Project. For more on service opportunities, visit our Global and Community Service page.   

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Maternal & Child Health Resources

Photo by Robert Whitehead
Are you planning a maternal and child project? If so, see how the goals of this area of focus can be implemented in global grant projects and activities by taking the Areas of Focus: Maternal and Child Health e-learning module.
These resources may also be helpful in considering how to identify needs and address them:

First Global Grant Vocational Training Team

The Foundation has awarded the first global grant to support a vocational training team to work in the area of maternal and child health, one of the Rotary International Six Areas of Focus.

The team traveled to Uganda to provide pediatric heart surgeries and train local health professionals in surgery techniques.Read more about this exciting project!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday PR Opportunities

Don’t miss out on public relations opportunities this holiday season. Whether your club is collecting items, donating time, raising funds, or just spreading goodwill and cheer, let your local media know how Rotary is helping your community. During the season, media outlets will be looking for stories of service, so don’t forget to share your project and get recognition.

From Rotary PR Tips. See more PR Tips

Areas of Focus, Group Study Exchange & Future Vision

Non-pilot districts [are encouraged] to use the current GSE program as a “launching pad” for the transition to Future Vision. This can be an excellent time to begin incorporating one or more Area(s) of Focus in planning for a current or future GSE. Please consider the types of projects that would be most pertinent to your district and/or your partner district. Please remember that GSE staff is at your disposition to answer any questions you may have during the GSE planning process. The Areas of Focus include:

• Peace and conflict resolution/prevention
• Disease prevention/treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Education and basic literacy
• Economic and community development

Reprinted from the November 2009 Rotary Foundation Coordinator Communique

Polio Update: Challenge Thermometer

As of 22 November 2010, Rotarians have raised approximately US$154.3 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.

Monday, December 6, 2010

St. Lucia - Hurricane Tomas Flooding Appeal

Past District Governor Leslie Harripaul from Trinidad has made an appeal for disaster assistance to Zones 33 & 34 Rotary clubs and districts. In an email from Lisle Chase, the Rotary Assistant Governor of St. Lucia, bedding, pillows, clothes, shoes and toys, are mentioned as needed items for those in the tent city, who lost everything they owned in the Hurricane and subsequent flooding.

Read the Emails describing the conditions and requesting the assistance.  

View Local Channel 4 Video Coverage of the Flooding.

Contact AG Lisle Chase or PDG Leslie Harripaul regarding the needs or possible assistance.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

World Polio Day 2 for 1 Match Zone Results

Rocky Jacobs
Zone 33 Polio ZCC 
During the week leading up to the World Polio Day activities, our Rotarians had the opportunity to get 2 for 1 in recognition points for “on line” contributions. Also, many districts planned and carried out “World Polio Day” activities both the week prior to and the week following World Polio Day. According to Zone 33 Polio Challenge Coordinator, Rocky Jacobs, "... [many] of the Rotarians that contributed “on line” were the real winners with double recognition points as they achieved “major donor status,” Paul Harris Society membership and Paul Harris recognitions..."

The Worldwide results for the week: $3.3M in Polio contributions... more than was [received] in the 2009-2010 Rotary year in “on-line” contributions. 1600 New “On-Line” registrations, 60 contributing countries.

Zone 33 individual District results: (from highest to lowest total contributions): D7710: $22,253, D7610: $19,301, D7600: $16,070, D7620: $10,550, D7730: $10,440, D7680: $9,275, D7530: $8,478, D7670: $7,890, D7570: $6,607, D7770: $4,525, D7750: $4,400, D7630: $3,669, D7550: $3,775, D7690: $2,550, D7720: $1,135.

For additional information, go to www.polioeradication.org or contact Zone 33 Polio Challenge Coordinator, Rocky Jacobs.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

50,000 Lives Improved by Global Grant

The Future Vision Plan will call for Bigger, Better, Bolder grants to improve the lives of many more than ever before. With a US$300,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary clubs of Calcutta Metropolitan, India, and Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, brought health care, education, sanitation, clean water, vocational training, and microcredit loans to more than 50,000 villagers in rural India.

Make No Small Plans EN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Please share the video with your families and other Rotarians.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Legacy: Save 8 Million from Paralysis & 50 Billion Dollars

Just a little cash... 
A new study estimates that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative could prevent more than eight million cases of paralytic polio and save US$40 billion to $50 billion, if the wild poliovirus is eradicated in 2012 or shortly thereafter. Read more

From Rotary International News at Rotary.org

Rotary E-Club Resources Available

Rotary e-clubs are Rotary clubs that meet electronically. A 2010 Council on Legislation enactment recognized Rotary e-clubs as part of Rotary International, following a six-year pilot project. As of 1 July 2010, RI has 14 e-clubs, all of them chartered during the pilot.

What is the difference between Rotary clubs and Rotary e-clubs? Rotary e-clubs follow the same policies as all Rotary clubs. The key difference is that an e-club conducts its weekly meeting on the club’s website. Rather than being physically present at an appointed day and time, members may attend meetings at any time and any day of the week.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Charlotte Area Lawyer Continues Rotary Sister City Project

PP. Pender McElroy
Rotary Club of Charlotte NC
Charlotte lawyer and President Pender McElroy of the Charlotte NC Rotary Club was interviewed for an article that appeared in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on November 29, 2010 about the Charlotte NC - Arequipa Peru Sister City projects that have been occurring since the 1960s.

The article mentions that McElroy first visited Alto Cayma in 2008 with a Rotary Group. McElroy is a Paul Harris Fellow, a District 7680 Paul Harris Society Member, and is Chair of the Mecklenburg County Rotary Clubs Committee.  

Due to the fact that they are lawyers (I am one, so I know), we can't link to the whole article for free, but here is a link to the free site at North Carolina Lawyers Weekly that contains a lead-in.  

For more on the Charlotte-Arequipa Peru Sister City Project, see the April 1967 issue of The Rotarian Magazine, Page 46. Back issues of The Rotarian have been scanned for free by our friends at Google. Back issues can be searched here.

Free Leadership Video Resources

The Leadership & Influence Summit is a free online event featuring video messages from over 30 leading leadership and management authorities, each sharing 6-20 minute recorded video messages on how to maximize leadership and influence effectiveness. Videos are offered on-demand so that you can access them at your leisure and watch what you can… when you can. 

The videos are available through December 31, 2010! A free registration is required. Go to Leadership & Influence Summit

Recommended by ARC for Leadership, Training & Strategic Planning Abe Clymer. Go to the Leadership, Training & Strategic Planning Page of Rotary Resources.  

The Board Told Me I Had to Join Rotary!

Rotarian Joan Dixon
An interesting article from a Non-Profit Civic Leader's perspective on her experience getting into a civic club.
"If you've wondered how to break into the traditional civic leadership networks,  Joan Dixon of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois explains why the Rotary may be the unexpected solution..."
Read more.

Courtesy of Blue Avacado Blog. Thanks to PDG Carol Ann Weisenfeld for the lead.   

New Orleans Convention Bus Trip

One price competitive option for bus travel and lodging in New Orleans has been arranged by Rotarian Raffaele Beltram from the Charlotte NC area. Contact Raffaele Beltram for more information immediately as commitments for hotel will be needed next week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Virginia Clubs Bowl to End Polio

Ned the Bowler
On the evening of Thursday, November 4, Peninsula Town Center and its CineBistro movie, dining and bowling entertainment center hosted three Rotary Clubs from the Virginia Peninsula. Some 60 members and their spouses and guests from the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton and Warwick Clubs attended, many of them competing in the First Annual Rotary Bowling Challenge, which was won by the Virginia Peninsula Club with an average score of 109.

CineBistro provided a delicious buffet meal, a game of bowling and a pass to a first run movie within the $30 ticket fee. The proceeds (roughly $1,000) which included a donation from Peninsula Town Center were distributed to the clubs for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign and other causes. PTC and the clubs intend to make this a yearly program because of the resounding success of this initial event. As of the date of this article, no Rotarians have been invited to join the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

From the District 7600 (SE Virginia) Rotary Foundation Newsletter

New Orleans Convention Booth Applications Available

The application form for Rotarians to apply for project booth space at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA is now available online. You may access the application by clicking here

We encourage you to share this information with the organizers of any outstanding Rotary projects or activities who may be interested in participating. RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the Convention Committee are eager to showcase a wide array of Rotary projects and activities in the House of Friendship booth exhibition in New Orleans, so we invite you to share this message widely and encourage Rotarians who have never exhibited before to consider participating in the exhibition.

An Interview with Paul Harris: the Audio Transcript

Listen to Rotary Founder Paul Harris as he describes how Rotary really began, in his own words, recorded, in 1945, and now for you to hear with your own ears.  

Leland Childs's interview of Paul Harris in Tuskegee, Alabama, 20 December 1945. Harris described the origin, purpose and future of Rotary. (MP3) Part I 14:00  Part II 4:00

A transcription of the interview was made available in a small brochure (possibly by RC Tuskegee or then district 164).  The transcript is attached in this PDF

Courtesy of Rotary International with a grant from Rotary Global History Fellowship. Questions about these audio pieces can be directed to Rotary History and Archives staff

RI Board makes Strategic Plan Moves

At its November meeting, the RI Board approved a number of recommendations and actions to reinforce the priorities and goals of the RI Strategic Plan.

The changes, which include endorsing the concept of flexible attendance and meeting requirements and allocating US$4 million for Public Relations Grants, are designed to keep Rotary vibrant and attractive to current members and prospective members from younger generations.

"By focusing on strategic issues throughout the week, the Board was able to reach consensus on several strategic decisions, which constitute progressive moves by the RI Board," says RI President Ray Klinginsmith. Read more. 

World Polio Day 2 for 1 Match a Success

2 for 1 a Success - In celebration of World Polio Day, The Rotary Foundation offered a 2 for 1 recognition promotion during the week of 18-24 October. In this one week alone, we raised US$3.3 million. This is more than was raised the entire 2009-10 year from online contributions to all TRF programs combined. It is an amazing display of what Rotarians can accomplish when it comes to the task of polio eradication. read more 

Thanks to the Zones 24-32 Foundation Newsletter.

Read About Ray's Rotary Reunions

The Rotary Reunions and Projects Expo in Cape Town, South Africa on 3-5 February, 2011. More information is available at http://raysrotaryreunions.weebly.comProject Expo information is available here.

Convention Discount Deadline December 15

The RI convention is in New Orleans on 21-25 May 2011. The first discount period ends on 15 December and the registration fee increases from $300 to $340 per person after that day.

Click here to register

Support the Rotary Rose Bowl Float

The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, USA on New Year’s Day, 1 January.

Information about & contributions to support the Rotary float in the parade may be made online at www.rotaryfloat.org.
See Rotary.org article on Historic Moments at the Rose Bowl Parade.