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Friday, January 28, 2011

2011-12 Theme: Reach Within to Embrace Humanity

Read about the theme here.

See the video of the theme announcement.

Order theme merchandise from Russell-Hampton.

Gates to Acknowledge Rotary in Annual Event

On Monday, 31 January, Bill Gates will launch his annual letter at an event moderated by Diane Sawyer.  The event will be streamed live at gatesfoundation.orgstarting at 8:30am CST.

In his 2011 annual letter, Mr. Gates acknowledges the leadership role of Rotary and its work to eradicate polio, and encourages the general public to support the fight to end polio by visiting our website.

From JW Arnold, Zone 33 PIRG Coordinator

"This Close" Campaign Expanded

Rotary’s “This Close” public service campaign has expanded.  You can view the new TV public service announcement here
Also, the newest supporters to the campaign include Bill Gates, A.R. Rahman, Oscar and Grammy award winner (Slumdog Millionaire) and Archie Panjabi, actress on CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
Rotarians can view and download materials at rotary.org/humanityinmotion.

From: JW Arnold, Zone 33 PIRG Coordinator

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Be a Vibrant Club: Your Club Leadership Plan

I am happy to share with you the revised Club Leadership Plan, titled, Be a Vibrant Club: Your Club Leadership Plan. The new guide challenges clubs to evaluate their traditions and current practices and consider best practices to implement to become rejuvenated.

The RI Strategic Plan includes innovation and flexibility as key components of a strong club. The revised guide asks clubs “When was the last time your club made changes to its bylaws?” and suggests that it’s time to evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Offering questions, ideas and resources to consider along the way, this guide is a quick and compelling read.

DGEs are mailed free copies for each president-elect, along with an order form to order more quantities for FREE. Any future quantities you need are available for $1 on shop.rotary.org. Help us spread the word and promote the new Club Leadership Plan as a guide that can inspire each club’s own plan for becoming more dynamic.

From: Carrie Nunes, Club and District Training Coordinator, Leadership Education and Training, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, carrie.nunes@rotary.org

Polio on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Watch ABCWorld News with Diane Sawyer this Friday, January 28, 2011. Dr. Richard Besser, former Director of the Center for Disease Control, to speak on polio in the world today. ABC filmed Rotarians, including District Governor Ann Lee Hussey, on an NID to tell the story of Rotary’s 25 year effort to eradicate polio. Rotary on ABC, don't miss it.

Thanks to: Ann Lee Hussey, District 7780 Governor 2010-2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

World Community Service Program Changes

The Rotary International Board approved changes to the RI programs structure at its November meeting.  To support implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Board agreed to shift from a program model to a resource model and phase out the World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers programs.
These changes provide the groundwork for RI to focus on supporting partnering activities between districts and clubs, and establish fellowship and service connections between Rotarians. This will also eliminate the confusion between WCS and Rotary Volunteers and Foundation grant programs. Going forward, new resources will support Community Service, Vocational Service, and International Service, and focus on activities that support networking, connecting, relationship building, and partnering and best practices for local community service projects. In your role supporting implementation of the strategic plan, these changes should facilitate promotion of the focus and increase humanitarian service priority.
Communications are being sent to district leaders to notify them of these changes, and share transition plans. A letter was sent to all current district WCS and Rotary Volunteers chairs, with a copy to district governors, notifying them of the Board’s November decision. A second letter was sent to governors-elect, as these changes will impact their committee appointments for 2011-12.  The letter shared transition plans for communicating with the Rotarians they appoint to serve in district chair roles related to service and fellowship activities. I have attached a copy of both letters for your reference.
Additionally, a news story was recently posted on www.rotary.org
We have received some positive feedback from Rotarians, and many questions seeking additional information. Please contact RC Bevin Wall or RI staff at International.Service@rotary.org.
Thanks to: Sharon Cyr, Division Manager, RI Programs. 

Churchland VA Club Photo in Rotary Leader

The photo on page three of the January Rotary Leader are Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Churchland, at their annual BBQ fundraiser with the Rotary Club of Portsmouth. About 3,000 folks attend this annual event in June (this is their 27th Rotary BBQ).

The picture is from an article on the RI website this past September:

Thanks to PDG Bill Pollard

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New RI General Secretary Announced

The Rotary International Board of Directors announced today that John Hewko, formerly an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie and, more recently, the Vice President for Operations and Compact Development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will officially replace retiring General Secretary Ed Futa on July 1, 2011. More is available on the GS Hewko hiring at this link.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Social Media in 2011: Six Choices You Need to Make

This from ARC Abe Clymer.

2011. This is the year that will shape the future of our lives online.
After all, 2010 was the year we woke up and started asking the tough questions about our always-on, connected lifestyle. Questions like "What kind of brain is the Web giving us?" And does "juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information..change how people think and behave"?