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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Haiti Literacy Project Partners Sought

The library coming together
According to Dr. Sara Mansbach, the Partners in Haiti Literacy Project of District 7750 is well underway and seeking further support. Says Sara:  

"We have held 2 work trips in 2011 and 3 are planned for 2012. Guided by our Haitian partners, we have provided Frenchand Kreyol books and learning supplies to a library, schools and homes. Using best practices, we also have begun training 21 teachers in building Reading skills and serving parents with classroom bins of 26 books. for preschools which are in the highest poverty in Haiti. The Rotary Club of Hinge will be a partner with us.

We ask you to join us. We are trying to serve 21 rural schools, As a member of the Caribbean Partnership you care about the future of these children. Please come with us on work trips and help us help these children learn. Contact me for work visit dates and an item list with costs."

Please consider making a 2011 donation for an air conditioner and simple Kreyol books for family reading. Visit www.haitiliteracy.org or send a check to:

Pleasantburg Rotary Club Foundation Attn: Dr. M. H. Varn / Partners in Literacy Haiti 27 Stillwood Drive Greenville, SC 29607.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Is Your Club Family Friendly?

Here's an idea for Family Month -- bring your kids to Rotary. Read how one club encourages family involvement, and find other resources on being a family-friendly club. Read the story   See a photo gallery  Watch "Is Your Club Family Friendly?" From RI Weekly Update.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Year's Message from President Kalyan Banerjee

Dear Friends,

As many of you enjoy the holiday season and approach the beginning of a new year, Binota and I want to take this opportunity to send each of you, our warmest good wishes.

During this past year, we have worked together to make a positive difference through Rotary, in the many corners of the world. We have walked a long journey in our quest to eradicate the scourge of polio. We have learned we can do so much more together.

We thank you for your good work and support during 2011 and send you and your families the Best of Wishes for the New Year as we continue to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

Warmest regards,
Kalyan and Binota Banerjee

Christmas Service- San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club Highlighted

Note: Picture not taken in
Trinidad & Tobago
From the Rotary PR Tips E-Newsletter:  Don’t miss the opportunity to tell local media about your club’s holiday service projects. Whether the activity is collecting items for the disadvantaged, raising funds, or just spreading goodwill and cheer, be sure local news outlets know about it. During the holiday season, media are always looking for stories of service, so share your news and raise your club’s local profile.

Read how the Rotary clubs of Springfield, Ohio, USA, and San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, are making a difference in their communities.

Picture at right from the T&T Project and courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago Newsday. See link at www.newsday.co.tt

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rotary teams with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis.

Together, they will work to increase the ranks of critically needed trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries, where the problem is most prevalent.

Read more about the partnership. From International Service Update. 

Rotary Thailand Disaster Relief

The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Thailand Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to provide help in flood-ravaged areas of the country. Learn how to contributeFrom International Service Update.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rotary Minute videos now on iTunes

Rotary Minute, a series of brief Rotarian video interviews (in English) on a variety of topics, is now available as a free download on iTunes.

Visit the iTunes store online and type in “Rotary Minute” in the search box to download episodes of Rotary Minute. Each video features Rotarians from around the world, answering questions such as:

What have you learned from being a Rotarian?
Is your club family friendly? and
What will Rotary be in the future? Once you've downloaded the videos, you can show them at your next club meeting, embed them on your club or district website, share them with your contacts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or simply store them on your smartphone or tablet to show to the next person who asks you “What is Rotary?”

And by subscribing to Rotary Minute in iTunes, you’ll always have the latest videos ready to view. From Rotary Training Talk. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Using social media to promote Rotary

From Membership Minute. Rotary recently conducted a social media webinar series to help Rotarians use social media to promote their club’s good works.

The webinars provided step-by-step instructions for setting up a club Facebook page and Twitter account. Experienced Rotarians from around the world led the sessions, sharing best practices and easy steps for customizing pages and accounts, including when and how to use hashtags.

Check out these resources to learn more:
- Listen to a recording of “Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District.”
- Register for other Rotary webinars.
- Find more tips for promoting your club by watching “What Is the Best PR for Rotary?”
- Learn how to use Rotary’s public relations resources by watching“Welcome to the World of Public Image.”

Making Water Pure and Simple: Fluorosis Projects

Millions of people in India suffer the consequences of fluorosis, an irreversible condition caused by elevated levels of fluoride in drinking water. Find out how a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project provided fluoride filters to families in Patari, Uttar Pradesh, along with safe drinking water, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to schools. From The Rotary Foundation - Future Vision News December 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Polio Update - December 2011

The end of the year and the holiday season are almost upon us, and hopefully most of you are more ready than Jo and I are. But we are slowly getting there. As we approach the end of the year, you all know we have gone from a $200M Campaign, three years ago, to a less than $5M Campaign this month. Because of your dedicated efforts we have almost ensured a successful end to this particular polio challenge fundraising effort prior to the end of the “campaign” June 30, 2012 and a joyous celebration of everyone’s efforts in Bangkok at our annual convention.

But, the goal we started out with in 1985 and together with our partners, WHO, UNICEF, The Centers for Disease Control and our many nation states of the world, was the eradication of the “wild polio virus from the face of the earth.” When we end, successfully, this particular fund raising campaign, we should celebrate our efforts, but we must not lose sight of our primary GOAL … Ending Polio Now! As we continue to work in the four endemic countries and other areas where the “mobile” virus has recently spread, we must remember, until our GOAL is completely fulfilled, we will have polio cases spring up around the world and we must be vigilant and continue our efforts until every country in the world is certified “polio free.”

... I received recently from Chairman Germ his December 2011 Polio Update, and the Fall Polio Plus Fact Sheet. Please feel share to share this information with your colleagues as you see fit.

Jo and I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season. May you be able to celebrate and relax with your families and friends and get reinvigorated for the start of a very busy new year!

Again, thank you so much for all you do on a daily basis to insure that within the next few years we accomplish Rotary’s Number 1 Priority, the eradication of the wild polio virus. Happy Holidays.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Polio Challenge Chair  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Generations First Steps

The first step to being involved in NG Service is to ensure that all four New Generations programs are active in your school or community. Start a New Generations program or to find out what opportunities are available in your district. Then help your young leaders take their next step toward a lifetime of service.
  • Ask school administrators to promote RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange to Interactors and other students
  • Invite Rotaractors from a local university to volunteer at your next RYLA event
  • Encourage Youth Exchange students to share their experiences with your Interact club
  • Start a community-based Rotaract club for young professionals
  • Recognize school leaders and New Generations program participants at your next Rotary club meeting
From New Generations E-letter, Dec 2011.

Sign Up for New Generations Webinar

Do you see yourself as a New Generations programs champion? We Do!

To learn more and share your own success stories, register for the New Generations webinar on 13 December in English (Session 1 or Session 2) or 16 December in Spanish. Invite your colleagues or fellow club members to join you on this webinar with an e-mail that links to our new video and some basic information about New Generations programs. Rotary also provides tips (PDF) to help you guide students and young professionals to their next Rotary opportunity. Information from Angela M. Forfia, New Generations Supervisor, RI Programs.

January is Rotary Awareness Month

Rotary Awareness Month is coming up in January, providing the perfect opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a Rotarian. Rotary’s strength lies in the more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas, and this is the time to make sure your community knows who we are and what we do. Here are some tips on how to do that:
  • Watch and share Rotary Minute videos with others.
  • Invite local media to a question-and-answer “press conference” during one of your meetings in January.
  • Post video of a club meeting or service project on your website, and tell people about it on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Coordinate a community service project with another local organization, and invite the media to come along.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about your club’s community and international humanitarian projects.
  • Invite a friend or co-worker to a meeting. From Rotary PR Tips. 

New Orleans Convention Proceedings Available Online

Revisit the highlights of the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, held 21-25 May, by downloading the Convention Proceedings, now in PDF format only.

The proceedings feature keynote speeches from RI senior leaders and guest speakers, including a plenary address by Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meet the Director Webinar- John Smarge

Meet The Director - John Smarge from Don Chandler on Vimeo.

New strategic partnership: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Rotarians will help train engineers and scientists to solve problems in water and sanitation through a new strategic partnership with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. Read more ... Learn about our other strategic partners ... from Rotary.org Weekly Update. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's a Twitter chat?

Connect with Rotaractors from around the world by joining our first Rotaract Twitter chat on Thursday, 1 December, from 09:30 to 10:30 CT (check your local time). We'll discuss what motivates people to volunteer, how to keep volunteers engaged, and how Rotaract clubs can mobilize volunteers to make a difference in their communities.

If you've never participated in a Twitter chat, just sign on to Twitter on 1 December at the appropriate time and start using the tag #RACtalk. Follow that tag using a program likeTweetChat to make sure you don't miss any of the conversation. RI staff will moderate the discussion. Learn more about how to participate in a Twitter chat. Follow @Rotaract on Twitter for reminders, and mark your calendars for this interactive event. You can also participate in future #RACtalk Twitter chats on 8 December and 15 December. From New Generations Newsletter, Nov. 2011.

New Generations Social Networking Topics

Social networks offer an excellent way for New Generations program participants to connect, share ideas, and build international friendships. Here are some of the topics we've seen recently on RI social media:
  • On the Interact Facebook page, we asked people to offer advice to a new Interact club. Interact District 5450(Northern Colorado, USA) offered these tips: "1) Stay closely connected to your sponsoring Rotary Club. Invite Rotarians to your meetings, and attend theirs. 2) Get connected with other Interact Clubs in your district. 3) Don't just be another service club at your school. Take advantage of Rotary's strength and support."
  • On Twitter, the community of @Rotaract participants includes @emilyhsiao, who sent global greetings from her new Rotaract club to her old one with this tweet: "Had a great time playing with kids at Guang Ai Orphanage today with @rotaract Beijing! Miss you, @RotaractPhilly! #rotaract #rotary"
  • There has been an active discussion within the Rotary International LinkedIn group on the question "What should be the maximum age for Rotaract?" (You must sign in to view the conversation. Not a member of the RI LinkedIn group? Join now.) Participants have commented on the true meaning of Rotaract, and whether there is a greater difference between those ages 18 and 35 or those ages 30 and 60. From New Generations Newsletter, Nov. 2011. 

New Generations Advice from a Panel of Experts

Participants in 25 countries joined the “Introduction to New Generations” webinar in October to hear advice from three Rotarians who work with the Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange programs. Here are a few of the tips and observations they shared:

If you missed the October webinar, you can watch a recording to learn more.

Also, sign up today for next month's webinar, “New Generations Programs: A Closer Look,” when we will hear from a new group of panelists about how to make your youth programs the best they can be: Tuesday, 13 December, 10:00-11:00 CT or 18:00-19:00 CT (check your local time). From RI New Generations Newsletter, Nov 2011. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Lions Get New Generations!

Click here for a great video carrying the Lion's message and reinforcing their "brand:". Thanks, Director John Smarge for making this known!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Best Practice: "What If" Visioning Exercise

Visioning can be as easy as asking "what if" in your Rotary Club. How would your club members picture your club:

  • with no attendance policy or pressure (other than the minimum 50% rule)
  • with new members given immediate responsibility
  • with an active, hands-on service project every month
  • with no meals 
  • with minimal dues, just enough to pay RI and district dues, of less than $200 per year
  • with unlimited funds to work with (what would you do? what would you do first?)
  • investing maximum effort in one "signature project" for one year
  • using RI or Rotary Foundation contact and connections as the first option for anything your club does!
There are many more questions, only limited by the imagination of your clubs' leaders! 

Matt Damon and World Toilet Week

Credit: Michael Thompson
Matt Damon wants you to “Talk sh*t” all week. Wait, what is he talking about?!

November 19th marks the 10th annual World Toilet Day organized by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, Matt Damon and others want to raise awareness about the struggles faced by those without access to proper sanitation.

Worldwide, an estimated 2.6 billion people do not have access proper facilities – almost eight times the population of the United States. No toilet means open defecation. Open defecation means quick transmission of diseases. Nearly 6,000 people die each day due to diarrheal diseases and total about two million deaths per year. The majority of these cases are children under five years old. Additionally, poor sanitation increases the spread of parasites, diarrhea, cholera and typhoid.

Access to improved sanitation raises primary school enrollment by reducing illnesses that cause children to miss school, improving adult labor productivity, increasing economic productivity, and reducing environmental hazards related to polluted water. In developing countries, the most affected populations are those living in extreme poverty, especially located in peri-urban and rural regions.

Pure Water for the World is working to address this issue by promoting sanitation education, latrine construction and safe habits, and to date, more than 600 latrines have been built in homes and schools. Yet more work needs to be done; according to the UN, more than 29 percent of Hondurans and 83 percent of Haitians still lack access to safe sanitation facilities.

Toilets are a necessity; they promote health, sanitation and dignity. So, the next time you flush, think about how fortunate you are and remember that you can do something to help those without a basic toilet. Click here to learn more. From Pure Water for the World E-Newsletter. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Training Help: Webinars

Webinars are a growing trend in the training field. They are an effective alternative to face-to-face meetings, especially if your budget is tight, finding a venue is difficult, or participants’ time is limited. Webinars enable participants not only to see and hear the presentation but also to interact with the presenter through polls, chats, and Q&A features. Consider conducting a webinar to provide an overview of what presidents-elect can expect when they attend PETS, or to offer a follow-up after the training.

Find information and tips on running a webinar at www.rotary.org/trainers. From Rotary Training Talk. 

Training Help: Practical Forms to Assist with Your Events

Did you know that the For Trainers section of the RI website has worksheets to help you plan training meetings? These include: (from Training Talk) 

Second Chance- Free New Generations Webinars

Did you miss the New Generations webinars held in October? If so, you’ll have additional chances to increase your knowledge of Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service. Rotarians will share their strategies for promoting Rotary programs to young people, supporting youth-led service projects, and leading New Generations program participants into lives of service. From Rotary Training Talk. 

Click on a date below to register. Listings are Central Time; check for your local time.

Tuesday, 13 December, 10:00-11:00 (English)

Tuesday, 13 December, 18:00-19:00 (English)

New award recognizes exceptional literacy projects

Rotary International and the International Reading Association have collaborated on an exciting new award that will give two deserving projects monetary gifts of US$2,500 on behalf of the Pearson Foundation. New literacy service projects jointly undertaken by Rotary clubs and IRA reading councils in 2011-12 may be considered for these two awards. Application criteria:
  1. Rotarian applicants must be Rotary club members in good standing.
  2. IRA members and Rotarians must be working together to improve literacy through a project created to meet the needs of the local community or the literacy needs anywhere else in the world. Any project launched 1 July 2011 or later is eligible.
  3. Applications must be submitted by 15 June 2012.
If you need more information on this Pearson Foundation recognition after reading the application, Rotarians should contact programs@rotary.org . To find IRA members, click on councils and affiliates on the IRA website. Article from Rotary.org. 

Polio Update - November 2011

From Zone 33 Polio Eradication Chair, Rocky Jacobs:

The Holiday season is FAST approaching. Many of our colleagues, friends and neighbors are looking for that year ending “charitable contribution” that can make a difference in the lives of individuals in our communities and the world community. I believe The Rotary Foundation is the perfect vehicle to bring to their attention at this time of the year. We have made tremendous progress in our efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. But we all know until the battle is COMPLETELY won, this incurable disease is just a plane ride away, as evidenced in China just a few weeks ago.

Our clubs and districts have done a marvelous job over the past three years as we have raised monies to meet the Gates Challenge. We have now raised $194M of our $200M Challenge. This has been accomplished because of your efforts and dedication. But we know, that when we reach our current financial goal of raising $200M we will not have met the goal we set for ourselves in 1985, eradicating the incurable disease polio, so that no mother will have to live in fear of her children being exposed to this virus. We have come a very long way, but we know we are still a few years away from achieving this goal. Let us finish the next six weeks of this calendar year, and the next seven months of our current campaign with renewed vigor so that we can all say in the not too distant future, that we not only were able to put together a world-wide coalition to join us in this task, that we were not only able to raise monies for the task by exceeding our goal for fund raising in each of the campaigns over the past 30 years, but that we also met our number ONE priority and along with our partners, eradicated the polio virus. We can do it!! And, the next few weeks gives us the opportunity to perhaps reach some individuals like ourselves, who realize the importance of this task, and our willing to help us financially.

Thanks go out to the Commonwealth Leaders (see the article in the attachment) for their $100M commitment to help us close the Polio Funding Gap. Thanks also to this year’s Rose Bowl Float Committee for the theme of this year’s float “Inching Towards the End of Polio.” Has your club and district helped the committee financially this year? Remember approximately 300 million TV viewers will see this float and learn about our efforts on New Year’s Day. For more information please go to www.rotaryfloat.org . Congratulations also to the 3,153 new Rotarian registrants who used the Member Access Portal to contribute to the 2 for 1 World Polio Day opportunity to receive double Paul Harris Fellow recognition points for your contribution of $100 or more to the polio fund. Together with old donors, we raised $2,576,927 from 8.077 transactions from 105 Rotary countries with the average gift being $319.

As the Holiday Season approaches, and we express “thanks” for the good that has come into the lives of each and every one of us as well as our families over the past year, regardless of some of the “challenges” we may have had to face, please know how grateful I am to each of you. I feel so grateful to be able to call each of you a friend and know that as a “team” we have been able to put “Service Above Self” and continue to work toward our common goal, the fulfillment of Rotary’s Number 1 goal, the eradication of polio!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best Practices- Social Media for Clubs and Districts

Read the Top Ten tips below, or get more from listening to the archived RI Social Media webinar (you will be prompted to register, no cost)
  1. View websites and social media as part of your public relations and marketing budget. Your online presence should not be an isolated expense or something for the “techie” person of the club to work on alone. It should have the club’s support, with several Rotarians involved. 
  2. Go online before you start your own social media page, and see what other clubs and organizations are doing. Note what you like and what you think would work well for communicating to the community and reaching your goals. 
  3. Develop a communications plan. This includes identifying an intended audience (e.g., prospective Rotarians, community leaders), goals (e.g., to let the community know what your club does, to find new members), and a message (e.g., “We’re a club that has a signature project,” “We’re a club that offers fun fellowship and service opportunities”). 
  4. Update your page regularly (but not too often) with photos, videos, and text. Plan to update your Facebook page at least once a week, but not five times a day. If you update too much, people will become overwhelmed and tune you out. If you don’t update enough, people will think your club isn’t active. Ask several club members (perhaps your committee chairs) to share the responsibility of updating your page. 
  5. Designate moderators. Check all social media sites for spam or other inappropriate comments nearly every day. Distribute the moderation duties among several people. 
  6. Look professional. Social media pages are a reflection of your club. Check your spelling, and use the Rotary emblem correctly. See www.rotary.org/graphics. 
  7. Be genuine, conversational, and fun. Share items that will interest your audience. 
  8. Reach out to other community organizations, especially potential project partners. Also connect with the news media and with local business and government leaders on Twitter and Facebook. Social media is about building relationships. 
  9. Promote your social media pages. Include links to them on your club’s website, in e-mails, and in print publications. 
  10. Be safe, but don’t be afraid. You won’t break the Internet! But remember that social media sites are public, so don’t include personal information. Also, sites can frequently change their policies, so review privacy settings regularly. 

Greensboro NC Event Fetes RI President Banerjee

Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee was the keynote speaker at one of the largest gatherings of Rotarians in North Carolina within recent memory. Almost 800 Rotarians filled the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC during District 7690's Rotary Foundation Banquet to celebrate their clubs' support of The Rotary Foundation and to hear from the Rotary International President.

D7690 Governor Terry Titus made several recognitions during the event, some indicated in the photos below.

Clemmons NC Rotarian John Stewart receiving congratulations from
President Kalyan for his generous contribution of Funding
a Named Peace Scholar at the UNC / Duke Peace Centers
Attending the event were current R.I. Director John Smarge, Rotary Foundation Trustee Anne Matthews, Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC) Joe Mulkerrin, Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator (RC) Bevin Wall, and and RRFC-Elect Ron Ferrill. Current year's Governors attending included District 7720 Governor Claude Morissette and Suzanne, District 7710 Governor Mack Parker and Wanda, District 7730 Governor Mark Lynch and Denise, and District 7750 Governor Gary Goforth.

Also in attendance were Past RI Director Ken Morgan and Winnie, Past Rotary Foundation Trustee and RI Director Robert Scott and Ann, Rotary Foundation Gifts Officer Jackie McGuire, and Peace Fellows Eduardo da Costa from Brazil and Ryan Rowe from Canada.

District Literacy Co-Chairs; (speaking) Chi- Archibong, 
with Kem Ellis the other Co-Chair behind and right; as 
President Kalyan and Governor Terry and Rhonda look on. the Literacy 
Book Drive netted over 1200 books to be distributed across 
the 52 clubs equally for use in their communities

Arch Klumph Society Certificate and Award to Georgia Tennant,
in honor of her Mother and Father Ned & Betty Poyser

President Banerjee, Rhonda Fleming, and Trustee Anne Matthews

Peace Fellows Eduardo DaCosta and Ryan Rowe;
flank President Kalyan Banerjee.
D7690 hosts Eduardo through PDG Phil Morris

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rotary at the UN- Day 2

Click here for PDG Doug Vincent's compelling summary of events on Day 2 of Rotary Day at the UN in New York City.

Topics include: maternal and Child Health, Water & Sanitation, Report on Rotary in Haiti, Trustee Chair Bill Boyd's comments, and information on "vertical farms".

Take- A Visual Journey

"A Visual Journey tells the story of Rotary in a way that engages the mind and moves the heart. Every picture reminds us of why we came to Rotary: to be the change we want to see in the world."
-- 2011-12 RI President Kalyan Banerjee
For a limited time, purchase 10 copies of A Visual Journey, Rotary's breathtaking photography book, for just $15 each – a savings of $100. It’s the perfect gift for new club members, outgoing club officers, or yourself! Offer ends 1 January 2012.

Preview A Visual Journey and see the beauty of Rotary at work. Then go to shop.rotary.org to order your holiday gifts today! From RI Publications Order Services

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Water & Sanitation Signature Project adopted by ROTA


"The Reach Out To Africa initiative has resolved to adopt Water and Sanitation as the African Signature Project for a period of three (3) years commencing immediately and requests the approval of the RIBoard."

From ROTA Reach out to Africa. E-Newsletter, Nov. 2011. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Club Best Practice- I Spy

A good idea generated from brainstorming sessions at Membership Advocate Training in District 7730...

WHAT IF... you cancelled your Rotary club meeting for a week and everyone in your club drew different club names out of a hat to visit during that week, with a mission to "spy" on the other club and bring back best practices or interesting observations. With one or two 3-5 minute reports per club meeting, this could be a regular feature of your club meeting during the year. 

In many clubs, Rotarians don't want to make-up a meeting or visit other clubs. This would be a fun way to encourage that practice and also to broaden the Rotary horizons of a home club Rotarian.

There are other fun ideas that could be incorporated. Maybe an award or prize for the most distant club spy mission. Maybe everyone should wear a black cape when they visit the other club, and then have to describe what they are doing there. Another option is to request a "happy dollar" or other short part on the other club's program telling them why you are visiting, explaining what your club is doing, and encouraging the other club to try it! How about carrying a video camera or a still camera around and take pictures! No one said Rotary had to be stuffy!      

It's a "win-win" idea, and meets the RI Strategic Plan's priorities of fostering club innovation and flexibility, and encouraging clubs to promote their networking opportunities! I Spy!

Club Best Practice - 100% Support

A good idea generated from brainstorming sessions at Membership Advocate Training in District 7730...

WHAT IF... two Rotary clubs got together and agreed to support each others projects, fundraisers or other activities 100% for one year. 

For example... when Club 1 does a fundraiser, everyone in Club 2 buys a ticket or participates hands-on in the fundraising activity. When Club 2 does a local service project, Club 1's members show up and work it. When either club has a fellowship activity, both clubs are involved.

This would require buy-in by both clubs' leaderships, including their President and Board. Think of the goodwill and the leveraging of Rotarian power in a community! It could also lead to an extension of time, or agreement to work jointly on ventures in the future. Or, maybe Club 1 picks a different club during the next year! It's a "win-win" idea, and meets the RI Strategic Plan's priority of fostering club innovation and flexibility!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Silent Rotary Killer

Click here to read about it at the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog & Retention Central.

Florida District Water for Haiti Project

District 6960 Governor Don Thomas and others share information on this great water project, partnering with Water One to install mobile solar water filtration systems to prevent further cholera outbreaks.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Maryland Rotarian Pictured in UN Day Story

Jazzar and Carson confer
District 7620's PDG Rich Carson was pictured prominently in todays Rotary.org story on UN Day. Rich is the RI Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and a member of the Besthesda- Chevy Chase MD Rotary Club. Read more about UN Day.  

Photo: Michel P. Jazzar, RI representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and Richard S. Carson, RI representative to the Organization of American States, confer between panel presentations during Rotary-UN Day, 5 November in New York City. Both spoke on an RI representatives panel. Other panels focused on health, water, literacy, and youth. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

Webinar: Working with Rotarian Action Groups to Maximize Your Service Projects

Two veteran Rotarians in using RAGs to advance club and district service projects give their tips and offer their expertise. The examples come from Rotarians for Fighting Aids (RFFA) and World Health Fairs.  

Click here to view the webinar.  You will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to view the presentation.

Strategic Plan Update Available

From Rotary.org, the latest RI Strategic Plan update (PPT) is available for download. It provides a basic look at how Rotary International leaders see the future of Rotary, and an explanation of the value of strategic planning. The file is a ppt file and is 21MB. It also has a notes feature for presentations. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rotary Institute HOF Vendors

A selection of interesting vendors from the Rotary Institute House of Friendship: The Miracle League, The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, Shelter Box, Josh the Otter, and Disaster Aid USA.


Monday, November 7, 2011

What's Your Legacy?

Five years later, Rotarians won't remember must specific about a particular governor's "Rotary Year" accomplishments. Or, will they? Here's what the 2012-13 Zone 33 Governors said they wanted their mark to be:

During ____________'s year as Governor, I remember: 

  1. the District Conference
  2. all of the Leaders they developed
  3. the drastic culture change
  4. the seamless transition and continuity of leadership
  5. the FUN
  6. the Teamwork
  7. the Fellowship
  8. the Skydiving?
  9. membership retention going up
  10. the new "new generations" programs
  11. the "Purple Pinkie"!      

District Governor Elects - Key Steps for District Planning

At Zones 33-34 GETS (Governor Elect Training Seminar) in Reston VA last month, the assembled future Officers of Rotary International pondered the key steps for district planning. Here are a few key steps they brainstormed:

  • Look at Logistics/ Timing 
  • Rely on Past Experience/ Review 
  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate  
  • Look Critically at the Organization
  • Thoughtful Training
  • Commit Appropriate Funds to Endeavor
  • Look at the End Result and work backwards... 

13 Benefits from Partnering with Other Organizations

From the Zone 33 Public Image Seminar at the Rotary Institute in Reston VA, October 2011, RC Bevin Wall shares these thoughts as to non-profits, chambers of commerce and local government entities: The benefits:
  1. Expertise of the other group
  2. Needs Assessment Point of View
  3. Bodies for Projects 
  4. Relationships
  5. Future Project possibilities
  6. Funding sources, internal and external to the other group
  7. Member potential
  8. Assess to Physical Resources, likes tools, machines, printing, etc.
  9. Permitting & Regulation expertise and "inside track"
  10. Training opportunity for Rotarians
  11. Publicity Multiplier/ Access
  12. Paid Staff & Support 
  13. Prestige Enhancement for Club!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New "New Generations Club" Makes Big Community Impact

MCAHRC Members with a big check!
A brand new, non-traditional, "New Generations" Rotary club raising $75,000 in one of their first projects? Yes they did! Past President Andrew Wheeler tells the story of how the Morehead City (NC) After Hours Rotary Club boosted its membership and took their community service commitment to the "next level".  
The idea for a New Generations Club came about in late 2008 after several members of the [established] Morehead City Noon Rotary saw the need to get younger adults involved. A few information sessions were held where younger professionals were invited and after generating some interest, the After Hours Rotary Club was chartered in May 2009. In roughly 2 ½ years, we have grown to 40 members. The average age of our membership is 31 and we have a mix of doctors, attorneys, teachers, accountants, engineers, local business owners and other professionals. We meet after work at Raps Bar & Grill in downtown Morehead City every Thursday. Each of our weekly meetings has it’s own personality, some are serious and others (most, in fact) are pretty laid back. 
Our community involvement has been ringing the bell for Salvation Army, adopting a highway in Atlantic Beach and various volunteer events for the Boys & Girls Club. While all of these have been great services by our club, we still had a desire to make a bigger impact in the community. This desire became a reality when we were approached by a Board Member of the Crystal Coast Hospice House (CCHH) asking us to help them raise money. CCHH, along with Parker Boats, had the idea of raffling off a brand new boat to raise money and generate awareness for this much needed Hospice facility. However, CCHH needed some “feet on the street” to make this happen. Our club unanimously agreed to take the challenge of raising $50,000-60,000 in a four month time frame. We worked tirelessly promoting the raffle, towing the boat to various locations across several counties and soliciting ticket sales from any and all sources. At the end of the campaign, we raised $75,000 for the Crystal Coast Hospice House. 
The After Hours Rotary Club could not be more proud of its efforts in raising these funds, the partnership with CCHH & Parker Boats and ultimately supporting our community. Other Rotarians like to say our club is a little “different” and we believe we are different… most Rotary clubs haven’t raised $75,000 during a one-time project.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Managing Membership Inquiries

You need a system in place to effectively communicate with prospective members and follow up on membership queries. If you don't already have a process in place, this three-step plan makes it easy.

Motivate Your Club Members

We all want our Rotary clubs to be the best they can be — engaging, fun, and effective.

But how do you  motivate members so that your club performs at its highest level?

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Big Wheel in Wilmington NC

Photo courtesy of Our State magazine

Read a great article  by Scott Huler about Rotary in Wilmington and Rotary in general, in the November 2011 Our State magazine.

RI Convention Speakers Will Inspire; Sign Up at Lower Rate by Dec 1

Register for the 2012 RI Convention by 1 December and enjoy the lowest registration rates in a decade.

In Bangkok, see these great headliners: 
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, which provides small loans to entrepreneurs, particularly women, in impoverished communities. 
  • Hugh Evans, cofounder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project, an organization dedicated to motivating people to take action to end extreme poverty.

Rotary celebrates World Interact Week Oct 30-Nov 6

During World Interact Week, 31 October-6 November,Interactors and Rotarians worldwide commemorate the charter of the first Interact club in 1962.

To mark this occasion Interact clubs are encouraged to participate in joint projects with their sponsor clubs. Rotarians can celebrate by including Interactors in their weekly meetings, or inviting an Interactor as a guest speaker. See the full article at Rotary.org News.

Governments Step Up to Polio Challenge

The governments of Australia, Canada, and Nigeria, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a combined pledge of more than US$100 million to support polio eradication, following efforts by Australian Rotarians to place the issue on the agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. Read more at Rotary.org News.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our Foundation Newsletter- Polio Edition

PDG Eddie Blender shares his thoughts in this month's Our Foundation Newletter:

"While on the Rotary Road and presenting a talk called, Rotary's Quest - the Eradication of Polio, I am often asked, "Why immunize if there is no Polio in my country?" Most often only a few short sentences nails down the answer, which I share with you... [Also covered:]
  1. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), created 11 years ago to help poor countries pay for vaccines. pp. 2 to 3
  2. How Immunizations work. pp. 4 to 8
  3. Pediatricians are demanding of parents - vaccinate your kids or find another doctor. p 9
  4. A Rotary Immunization Legacy - The Jack and Joan Blane Story. pp. 11 to 12
  5. When Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985, the "plus" signaled that the polio eradication effort would increase immunizations against five other diseases prevalent in children: measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus. pp. 14 to 15
  6. A retrospective on Rotary's founder, Paul P. Harris pp. 20 to 21"
Click here for the Newsletter. Thanks to Our Foundation Newsletter. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Webinar: New Generations Service

The Rotary Coordinator Team will be hosting webinars over the coming Rotary year focused on topics pertinent to Rotary growth and enhancement. The first — New Generations — was archived and can be accessed by clicking on the link. Be on the lookout for the next webinar coming to you soon….

Click here for the webinar!

Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotarians

Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotarians from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Vocational Seminars for New Generations

For Vocational Service month The Rotary Club of Parkersburg WV conducted a series of seminars for their Interact partner, Parkersburg South High School. 

In this picture, Rtn. Rich Shaffer is asking panelists Marie Foster-Gnage (President of WVUP), Tom Eschbacher (Principal PSHS), Bob Stephens (President of McDonough Foundation), and Robert Newell (Mayor of Parkersburg) questions about their vocations.

Great Way to Support New Generations! Thanks to 7530 E-Newsletter, and Rtn. Clark J. Reese.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Preconvention Youth Exchange Meeting

The Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting, 4-5 May in Bangkok, Thailand, will bring together Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange from around the world, providing an opportunity to join friends, make connections, and discover new ideas.

Admission to the meeting is included in the registration fee for the RI Convention. If participants wish to attend only the preconvention meeting without registering for the convention, they may register for the preconvention for US$50. Youth Exchange students age 18 and under may register for the convention at a reduced rate.

Register by 1 December to receive the lowest rate. Register online through Member Access (Rotarians only) or download the registration form (PDF). From Rotary's Youth Exchange E-Newsletter. 

Is Your Rotary Club Interconnected to it's Star?

Read the latest Jim Henry Rotatorial at Retention Central. From the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Famine on the Horn of Africa- Petition by ONE.org.

Watch this. Internet Delivery. Compelling Video. Big Stars. The Power of Social Media. Getting Noticed in Congress.

Any lessons in this for Rotary and Polio Eradication?

Hope is Not a Strategy

In Membership Development, Hope is Not a Strategy. Read more at the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

President Kalyan Banerjee Speaks on Membership

See the article here at Zone 33-34 Membership Blog.

The article includes a link to his video presentation.

Advice from "Down Under" if Your Club Needs Reinvigorating!

Australian advice to you if your club is in need of reinvigorating.
  • Invest in Public Relations, advertise and tell people your story.
  • Adopt the interest meeting concept, but only in conjunction with a whole of club change in direction, a set structured plan and willing helpers.
  • You have to ask people to join, they will not walk in the door.
  • Your clubs membership is low for a reason, unsuitable people for Rotary in your area is not the reason.
  • If your attendance is low and meetings boring your club needs to act now.
  • Seek to reduce your average age of the club by attracting 10 - 15 members below 45 in one go, these people are out there and are waiting to be asked.
  • Actively seek and involve Non Rotarians in your programs and fundraising, this is a good avenue for new members. Make a rule that RYE students stay with non Rotarians; you will get new young members.
  • Create a feeling of honor and prestige for people taking on board positions.
  • Do not think you know what makes a good Rotarian, you will be surprised who will become active members.
  • Make sure you have good meals and an interesting guest speaker at every meeting.
From the Rotary on the Move Newsletter from "Down Under" Article by Rtn. Jerry Pilcher, RC of Kununurra, D9450). 

RI Website’s Useful Shortcuts for Membership, Strategic Planning, New Generations and Publicity

Prepared by Christine Sanders, Manager, Rotary Coordinator Program, RI

Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate rotary.org and find exactly what you need. Below is a list of five useful shortcuts:

Rotary in Haiti Video- Dr Claude Surena Reflects

Rotarian Claude Surena, a physician, remembers the earthquake in Haiti and its immediate aftermath. Surena, his wife, and volunteers treated more than 100 survivors in his courtyard over three weeks, using supplies collected from neighbors and friends. Today, Surena is helping the country rebuild as head of District 7020's Haiti Task Force. See his video  showing what the Haiti Task Force is doing.

New Bill Gates "This Close Video" Available

A new version of Rotary’s “This Close” video is available, featuring Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With the help of Gates and other notable figures, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, conservationist Jane Goodall, and actor Jackie Chan, the campaign keeps getting stronger. Help promote the video by copying the embed code into your website or blog, and sharing the video on your Facebook page, in your club or district newsletter, or through Twitter. Watch the video. From Rotary PR Tips. 

Contribute to the PolioPlus Fund

End Polio Now. Be a part of history and help Rotary achieve a polio-free world. 

Eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition. 

Make a one-time gift or enroll in recurring giving.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

DHL Ships Humanitarian Aid

Shared with Rotarians from Mitchell Judd, Director Business Development, Aid + Relief for DHL. 

I work in DHL’s Aid & Relief department, it is a specialized unit established to work with not for profit organizations and assist in shipping cargo to the developing countries of the world . We handle air and sea cargo on a door to door basis to any global destination.

I have shipped for a number of different rotary Club organizations over the years and I know that your organization is very decentralized. I thought this email might be a good way to reach a number of clubs at the same time and make them aware of our existence and our fairly unique organization and abilities.
Just in the past few weeks I was asked to help one group with delivering a container of nets fromMombasa port in Kenya to the door in Juba, Sudan. Another organization in the Midwest that ships donated hospital supplies asked me to quote on shipping and delivering three containers of hospital supplies to inside Nigeria.

This is the sort of work that our department handles all the time. We just send two containers of health kits from Pennsylvania to the Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya, we also sent 20 tons of food and medicine to Mogadishu, Somalia for another charity organization.
Whether you are shipping to Africa, Asia, South or Central America we have our own offices ready and able to assist with whatever services may be required to further the goals of your organizations projects .

We would very much welcome the opportunity to be of service to you and your organization.

Contact information: DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING, Building 89- Cargo Area C, JFK International Airport, Jamaica, NY 11430 (USA), Tel : (718) 244 3067 , Cell: (646) 401 1934 mitchell.judd@dhl.comwww.dhl-dgf.com

Webinar: Use RAGS for better Clubs Service Projects

Are you interested in increasing the effectiveness of your service projects? Interested in joining or partnering with a Rotarian Action Group (RAG)? Not sure what a RAG even is?

Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar to learn how Rotarian Action Groups help Rotary clubs and districts around the world maximize their service projects. We’ll be hearing from two speakers who will share their experiences in carrying out effective international service through collaboration with RAGs.

Marion Bunch, District 6900, is the CEO of Rotarians for Fighting AIDS (RFFA), a RAG that uses advocacy and education to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and around the world.

Patricia Fiske, District 5450, has helped lead multiple projects with the World Health Fairs RAG to boost health awareness and medical access to rural villagers in YunNan Province, China.

Register today to attend our first RAG webinar and learn about how your club and district can benefit by partnering with a RAG. The webinars are offered over three time slots in both Spanish and English for our international Rotary community.Work with Rotarian Action Groups to Maximize your Service Projects (Note: the following sessions are in English)

Option 1: Tuesday, 8 November 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Option 2: Tuesday, 8 November 18:00 PM – 19:00 PM CDT

Colabore con los Grupos de Acción Rotaria para aprovechar al máximo sus proyectos de servicio (Note: the following session is in Spanish)- Friday, 11 November 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Spread the word about RAGS! Invite other Rotarians to attend this important event to improve the work of clubs and districts and grow their efforts around the world. All are welcome! From Rotary.org Community Service Update.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gates: If it wasn't for Rotarians, Polio eradication wouldn't be getting done!

On the steps of the US Capital on Monday, World Polio Day, Bill Gates met with Rotarians and shared his thoughts with them. PDG Nancy Barbee, the Assistant Rotary Cooordinator for Service, captured these pictures and video. Present were Rotary Foundation Trustee Anne Matthews, Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, PRIP Jim Lacey, and PDG Jody Light from West Virginia! Some Gates quotes:

"Polio is the number one priority of the Gate's Foundation, it's what I spend more of my time on than any other."    

"If it wasn't for Rotary we wouldn't have a chance, because of you, we have a really good chance!" 

"This is the right time to be here- you will make a difference!" 

Hewko, Matthews, Lacey and Gates

The Hat!

Matthews, Hewko, Gates, Lacey 

Gates signs Nancy Barbee's hats as Jody Light looks on...