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Thursday, April 28, 2011

District PR Grants Now Available

Public relations grants help districts communicate Rotary messages to the general public, enhancing Rotary’s public image. Over the last three years, RI has awarded US$6 million in PR grants worldwide and districts have received more than $31 million in in-kind donations.Read about changes for the upcoming year and download the application.

From Rotary PR Tips

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rotary E-Club


Rotary E-Clubs are an exciting way to bring younger members into Rotary but not only younger members. Have you thought of those who are traveling, have young children with lots of activities, or older members who have trouble making it to meetings at times?

Frequently asked questions about how to form an e-club can be found here.

Rotary 2030

DC Paul Harris Memorial


Observed by PDG Bill Pollard during a recent trip to Washington DC was The Extra Mile: Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, including a plaque on Rotary's founder. It reads:
Paul Harris 
(1868-1947)
Inspired by the simple idea of combining fellowship and service, Paul Harris pioneered the service club movement with the founding of Rotary International. Rotary fulfilled his dream of a worldwide organization of business and professional people serving their communities and promoting international understanding. Rotary continues to expand global horizons through its educational programs and offers hope through its humanitarian efforts and public health campaigns. 
"Service above Self".
The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is a new national monument dedicated to the spirit of service in America. Honoring heroes of our Nation’s service movement, the Extra Mile comprises a series of bronze medallions forming a one-mile walking path just blocks from the White House.

From founders of major service organizations to civil rights leaders, the 20 initial honorees selflessly championed causes to help others realize a better America. Their legacies are enduring social movements that continue to engage and inspire us today.

The Extra Mile is an initiative of the Points of Light Institute and was approved by Congress and the District of Columbia. It is funded entirely by private sources.

Click here for the list of honorees, which include Rotarians Paul Harris (Rotary) and Edgar "Daddy" Allen (Easter Seals), and Rotary "partners in service", like the William D. Boyce (Boy Scouts), Ernest Kent Coulter (Big Brother/Big Sisters), Millard Fuller (Habitat for Humanity).

Follow the RI Convention on Twitter


Rotary International will be tweeting from the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from 21 to 25 May, using the hashtag #ric2011. Follow Rotary on Twitter to find out the latest preconvention and convention news. If you're not already a Twitter member, click here to join.
Play the Twitter caption contest to win a free copy of A Visual JourneyRotary's new photography book. We’ll post a photo from the book each morning of the convention and ask you to tweet a clever caption to@rotary. A winner will be selected daily and announced on Twitter. Follow Rotary’s convention tweets to learn more.
RI has official pages on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and LinkedIn, where thousands of Rotarians are connecting, discussing, and exchanging Rotary-related information. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Polio Update - April 2011

Progress of US$200 Million Challenge for Polio Eradication. As of 18 April 2011, Rotarians have raised approximately US$167.8 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.

Reminder. Clubs are encouraged to contribute a minimum of US$2000 for each Rotary year of this campaign.

From Coordinator Communique, April 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Not Enough Membership Pilot Program Takers?

“IS EVERYTHING all right in Rotary? If so, God pity us. We are coming to the end of our day”. Paul P. Harris

With the deadline extended to 15th April, it seems clear that not enough clubs around the world have put themselves forward for the pilot programs in membership. Satellite Clubs—essentially a club within a club where sections can operate in an almost autonomous manner in a symbiotic relationship. Flexible/Innovative Clubs can take different, unique and bold approaches towards membership practices. Associate and Corporate Membership(s) open up new possibilities for working with even more like minded people. 

Maybe some clubs feel they are able to recruit and retain members and can see no benefit to applying while others may feel it is too much hassle to get involved. Yet, I feel so many clubs are not looking at the bigger picture beyond simply questions of membership numbers.

Of course, we can all see how the Rotary Foundation can benefit from more members in terms of fund development. But I am thinking more about opportunities to serve and to serve more effectively. Imagine being able to recruit new members who are local to the areas of need in which your club works. Imagine having local business and community leaders in an area of need. Perhaps they are the ones who do much of the labor when humanitarian projects are being carried out? What about those people who work for NGOs? These people are sometimes used by Rotary Clubs to give expertise and logistical help to projects. These folks could not normally belong to a Rotary club but could be given an opportunity through a satellite club or a flexible club. Think of the big NGOs—could we attract corporate members from such organizations.—or at least associate members?

Yes, we need Rotarians overseeing projects, often devoting much of their time. They cannot attend the club meeting for they are implementing a project thousands of miles away where hands-on project management is a prerequisite for success and sustainability. Think of the possibilities in your mind, think with imagination and get involved!  Courtesy of Our Foundation... for Rotary Leaders, May 2011

Understanding the idea of “Sustainability”

Think for a moment about the young entrepreneur who approaches their bank in order to secure a business loan. In all probability, she or he will have an idea or vision and a carefully thought out plan. The bank manager would not be too impressed with someone who had not thought about the long term. What a risk that would be. Rotarians- especially amongst pilot districts within the Foundation’s Future Vision -find themselves in a similar situation when they propose a project to The Rotary Foundation. It ought to be a sustainable project.

There has been some frustration within the pilots (and indeed with non pilots) regarding the number of questions about, and the detail of, project proposals. We all know over the past ten years or so grant applications became easier and easier as evidenced by the explosion in successful matching grant projects and the introduction of the district simplified grant. Projects began to think about the longer term. The Future Vision was supposed to make things even easier through global and district grants—right?

image from
www.hydrationforall.com
The biggest hurdle for our pilot districts can be over our understanding of sustainability. The word "sustainability" can be a difficult word to define and has been described as a ‘conceptual jungle’ by some academics. They even point out that many use the  word without ever defining it.  Sustainability comes, of course, from the verb ‘to sustain’ meaning to maintain, provide for, to hold, to bear, to sanction, to support.

As we enter a new era in Foundation thinking— thinking for the long term—through the Future Vision we need to define sustainability as we understand it. There are countless projects that have been carried out for short term gain with little or no long term planning. Think of the countless numbers of abandoned water wells as an example. A crying shame. 

Just as your bank manager needs to see a viable business plan, so your Foundation needs to be convinced that your projects will be sustainable for the long term. Identifying a need is just one part of project planning. When it comes to finding solutions to CONFLICT, POVERTY, HUNGER, and DISEASE, projects must have a long term, sustainable outcome in order to truly make a difference. Sustainability, it seems to me, is about community ownership, real cost benefit, long term viability, and continual project evolution -what does it mean to you?

Public Image: Rotary Mentions

You can't always count on local media to reinforce the local Rotary club's influence in the community, but it is really nice when it does happen.

I was recently reading one of our local Eastern North Carolina business development magazines, NCCoast Business Journal, and picked up two very positive Rotary references in successive articles, not having to do with Rotary per se. The first, mentioned a youth initiative among younger members of the local Chamber of Commerce and then mentioned that Rotary International was also reaching out to "under 40 professionls" and gave information on a New Generations club in the community. The second reported on a program delivered at yet another local Rotary club.

Click here to view the successive articles. Courtesy of NCCoast Business Journal, emphasis added.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Does Your Club Know It's a Rotary Club?

Find out in this article on the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Twittering about PETS

[Rotary] recently started a Twitter campaign, asking club presidents-elect to share what they’ve been learning at the presidents-elect training seminar (PETS). Some notable tweets include:
  • According to RI strategic plan our core values are: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership
  • In D9140 we are “Game Changers” and it is all about owning Rotary and repositioning it for today’s challenges!
  • Went to Far West (US) Pets. Got cool tools on a flash drive for running an effective club.
Consider tweeting your PETS experiences. Use the hashtag #RCPETS. 

Social networking has become an increasingly common tool for promoting events and speakers. E-mail leadership.training@rotary.org if you’ve used Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site to promote your training meeting.

Courtesy of Rotary's Training Talk. 

Pure Water Launches Dow Chemical Filtration Units In Haiti

March 1st, 2011 marked an important milestone for Pure Water for the World. PWW launched two water purification units in Haiti, donated to Pure Water by The Dow Chemical Company to provide safe water to two hospitals and thousands of people living close by. Read more.

Monday, April 18, 2011

See the 2010 "How Do You Interact" Winner

There's an App for That!

You can now search for a Rotary club with RI's free iPhone app. In the Apple app store it's called the Rotary Club Locator from Rotary International. The app also will soon be offered for Android phones.

If you have questions or feedback, please let RI know by e-mailing the Contact Center at contact.center@rotary.org.

Magazine Month

Help promote Rotary's work around the world by sharing The Rotarian with your community during Magazine Month. You can also take advantage of special pricing when you order The Rotarian 100th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.
Order the collector's edition
See a preview of The Rotarian digital edition
Learn about regional magazines

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Branding the Focus of Raleigh District 7710 Assembly

Fifty Rotarian Leaders concerned with membership issues, met April 16, 2011 in Cary, NC to engage in a "Club Branding" Exercise. DGE Mack Parker and District Trainer Mike Thacker organized the event.

The Rotarians engaged in thought-provoking team exercises, dialogue, individual study, and presentation during the session, led by RC Bevin Wall. The process included focus topics (1) defining the club's target audience, (2) exploring why the target audience would make the decision to join a Rotary club, (3) examining why a member would stay in a Rotary club, and (4) defining the differences the target audience would define as important between their Rotary club and other organizations. The result sought was to develop a statement defining "Rotary's Distinctive Position" in their community.

While running this exercise in an amazingly compact 2 hours, the Rotarians had a blast! DGE Mack treated the group to fancy chocolates and gave out wine prizes! RC Bevin put pink bunny ears on volunteers who doled out easter eggs, made everyone use their creative coloring skills, and awarded MVP medals at the conclusion of the event. The psychic energy kicked up was so profound that it spawned tornados throughout the region later in the day! Enjoy the slideshow.



The materials used may be downloaded here. View the introductory slideshow. The materials were modified from the RC Jim Henry/ Zone 34 Materials, and we thank Jim for his great ideas. The Zone 34 RC Workbook - Distinctive Position Edition, which is much fancier and more detailed than the materials used, may be downloaded here. Go to Zone 34 Retention Central website, and look on the right-hand side for more workbooks in the series.

Each Groups Final Product may be accessed below- by clicking your group. The photos are high resolution and may be blown up and read for content. Remember, we are encouraging this exercise, or relevant parts thereof, to be run at the club level. Let us know your results! Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, Table 4, Table 5, Table 6, Table 7, Table 8.

WV 7530 President-Elects Meet

Rotary Club Leaders from Northern West Virginia met March 25-26, 2011 at the Bridgeport (WV) Conference Center to make plans for the next Rotary year, make connections, and receive important Rotary updates. RC Bevin Wall was a presenter at the President Elects Training event giving a sessions on "Strong Rotary Clubs Know Their Customers", Leadership, and the Membership and Re-Districting issues facing several districts in the Zone. Visit the Membership Resources referenced during the presentations here.



It's a dynamic and motivated group of Rotarians, trying to make their communities and world a better place. Click here to visit the District 7530 website.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Future Vision Plan Updates


WHAT'S GOING ON
Look for new packaged global grant opportunities
In January, The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved packaged global grant opportunities for Rotary clubs and districts to conduct projects with Oikocredit and Aga Khan University. Full descriptions and application instructions will be available online in the coming weeks. Packaged grants begin with a strategic partnership established between the Foundation and an international organization that is addressing needs related to Rotary's areas of focus. Grant opportunities are designed in collaboration with the strategic partner, then offered to pilot clubs and districts.
 
Review reporting requirements for microcredit projects
An essential step in developing a microcredit project is to thoroughly review reporting requirements and discuss them with the partnering microfinance institution. This step ensures that Rotarians have access to all necessary records. Refer to the newGlobal Grants Report Supplement for Microcredit Projects for more information. Please note that this supplement must be submitted through Member Access in addition to the online global grant report. For more information, contact Candace Embling.
 
Follow Future Vision at the RI Convention
Attending the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA? If so, check out these Future Vision workshops and networking opportunities:
  • Future Vision Update: Includes an overview of the Future Vision Plan and a progress report. Monday, 23 May, 14:00-15:00. Open to all Rotarians.
  • Future Vision Networking: Provides an opportunity to network with other pilot districts and generate project ideas based on the areas of focus. Monday, 23 May, 15:30-16:30. Open to Rotarians in pilot districts.
  • Future Vision Pilot District Discussion: Provides an opportunity to share experiences from the pilot. Tuesday, 24 May, 10:30-11:30. Open to Rotarians in pilot districts.
Encourage Rotarians in your club or district to register for the convention and Let the Good Times Roll … Again!

St. Kitts Spreading the "4 Way Test"


ROTARY SPEAKS
ROTARY 4 WAY TEST SIGNS IN SCHOOLS
PROJECT GOES TO SANDY POINT


Basseterre, St Kitts (13 April 2011):  The Rotary Four Way Test, the ‘ethical yardstick’ used by Rotarians to ensure that the decisions they make and the actions they take are based on sound principles and are entrenched in high moral standards, is as follows:

“Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.      Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4.      Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

The Four Way Test has been translated into one hundred (100) languages and is recited by Rotarians, totaling more than 1.2 million, throughout the world at their weekly meetings.

The Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) is seeking to encourage the schools in the Federation, students and teachers alike, to think and operate with the use of this ‘ethical yardstick’ through the Four Way Test Signs In Schools Project.

To this end, the third Four Way Test Sign Installation Ceremony was held at the Charles E. Mills High School, formerly the Sandy Point High School, on Thursday, 7 April 2011.  The Installation Ceremony formed part of the End of Term Celebration for the School.    

President of the RCL, Mr. Eustace Warner, gave an overview of the Four Way Test Signs In Schools Project and a brief review of the history of the Rotary Four Way Test.

The main presenter on behalf of the Rotarians was Dr. Ismay Taylor, PHF, a Charter Member of the Club, who gave the students an overview of what being a Rotarian was all about and led the audience, which was the full school compliment of students and teachers, through audio visual presentations that explained the significance and importance of the Four Way Test and demonstrated its application. 

The other main presenter was the Chief Education Officer of the Federation, Dr. Patrick Welcome, who also did the ‘honours’ of unveiled the Sign.  Dr. Welcome made an excellent presentation supporting the principles of the Four Way Test and the initiative by the RCL.  He also complimented the RCL for its work with Schools over the years.

Praises were heaped upon the Club by the Principal of the Charles E. Mills High School, Ms. Lorozine Williams, for its initiative and the interest that its Members have always taken in the well-being of the young in the Federation.

Book markers inscribed with the Four Way Test were distributed to students and teachers.

The Launch of the Project and the First Installation Ceremony was held at the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) on Friday, 25 March 2011 where the first sign was unveiled by the Minister of Education & Information, the Honourable Nigel Carty.

The Second Installation Ceremony was held at the Basseterre High School (BHS) also on 25 March 2011 when the sign was unveiled by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Mr. Curt Lewis.  .

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RI Strategic Plan Learning Modules Online

Strong clubs are the key to a strong future for Rotary. The RI Strategic Plan provides direction and goals for clubs to collectively create a stronger Rotary. In the interest of helping clubs implement the RI Strategic Plan, RI has been working on e-learning modules for each of its 3 priorities that give concrete examples of each goal under the priorities.

The modules are now available online. Please take the time to go through each module linked below, and promote it to Rotarians in your regions.
RI Strategic Plan: Support and Strengthen Clubs
RI Strategic Plan: Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
RI Strategic Plan: Enhance Public Image and Awareness

These modules show how clubs around the world are putting the goals of the RI Strategic Plan into action. Whether a club is struggling with fostering innovation or is strong and vibrant, these modules will be a useful resource for remembering the goals of the organization and finding creative ways to achieve them.

Excerpt from email by Carrie Nunes, Club and District Training Coordinator, Leadership Education and Training, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

Observe the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May

To celebrate the International Day of the Midwife next month, consider planning a maternal and child health project or organizing other activities to raise awareness of midwifery issues. Find out more.

From Future Vision Pilot News April 2011

HIV-AIDS Strategy in Africa from RFFA

The 2011-2015 UNAIDS Strategy focuses on ways to
  • Revolutionise HIV prevention and accelerate the treatment, care and support.
  • Advance human rights and gender equality.
 The 2010 Global AIDS epidemic report states:
  • 33.3 million living with HIV vs. 28.6 million in 2001. Sub Saharan Africa has the largest number but it is 68% of the total vs. 71% before.
  • The number of new HIV infections is 2.6 million vs. 3.1 million. More than 7,000 people are infected daily. The rate is increasing in North America, East Asia and the Middle East.
  • The adult prevalence at 0.8% is unchanged While increasing in North America, Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and Oceania, the prevalence in these regions is much lower.
  • The number of annual AIDS-related deaths is significantly increasing in Eastern Europe. 
Reg Ling PDG District 1110, UK Chairman of Rotarians for Fighting AIDS (RFFA) Email: reg_ling@talktalk.net - Article Courtesy of Rotary Reach out to Africa E-Newsletter, April 2011.  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Local Clubs Fight Guinea Worm in Ghana

Rotary clubs in 14 districts and four countries are celebrating a milestone in the fight against Guinea worm in Ghana and setting their sights on their next target, a rare flesh-eating disease known as Buruli ulcer. 

Local Clubs mentioned in the effort include The Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, VA and the Rotary Club of Thomasville NC.

Click here for the story from Rotary.org News. 

Wilmington DE Club Pakistan Outreach

The Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware has initiated the "Pakistan Project" a multi-faceted endeavor with the overarching theme of promoting International understanding and good will towards Pakistan between Wilmington DE USA Rotary Club members and Pakistani Rotarians, leading to support of a humanitarian project in Pakistan.

The latest outreach is a May 19, 2011 luncheon to honor women's rights activist Bushra Aitzaz, and to hear her address on "Pakistan & Women's Rights".

Tickets are priced at $30/person and $20/students. Registration deadline is May 13. Contact Kathleen Meyer, Chairman of the Pakistan Project of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware. E-mail: PRC47@hotmail.com or call 302-764-6654.

More on the Pakistan ProjectMore Luncheon information. Prior Article "Connecting Cultures" on Pakistan Project in DFM News. Pakistani Ambassador Addresses Rotary Club. May 2011 Article in Delaware Today Magazine.  

The Largest Rotary Wheel in the World

Read about The Largest Rotary Wheel in the World! Find out more at the Wilmington NC Rotary Club- Largest Rotary Wheel article.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Support for School in Nepal

A young Nepalese student at Methodist University in North Carolina made the decision to give back to his community upon graduation. Yashaswi Shrestha formed an NGO to support education in Nepal. Specifically in a small village in the mountains of Nepal, he intends to provide educational resources to Devisthan Primary School and to the community through agricultural assistance. This is a prime example of the next generation's commitment to "Service above Self."

Please read more about Yashaswi's project here and feel free to contact him for more information.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Latest Info on RAGS - Rotarian Action Groups

Dear Rotarians:
 
As you may know, the Board has made several changes to the Rotarian Action Groups program this year.  We write to share with you as summary of the current status of the program, so that you are up to date with these changes, the activities of the groups, and where to find more information.
 
Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are autonomous, international groups of Rotarians, spouses, and Rotaractors who have expertise in and a passion for a particular area of service.  With their networking capacity, RAGs provide valuable assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing service projects in their areas of specialty. At the end of the 2009-10 Rotary year, the RAGs reported a combined membership of nearly 27,000 Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors in more than 100 countries worldwide. 
 
Rotarian Action Groups operate independently of Rotary International, but must receive official recognition from the RI Board of Directors and function in accordance with Rotary policy. Currently there are 14 officially recognized RAGs; their areas of specialty and websites are listed below for your reference. 
 
AIDSwww.rffa.org
Blindness Preventionwww.rag4bp.org
Blood Donationwww.ourblooddrive.org
Dental Volunteerswww.ragdv.com
Diabeteswww.ragdiabetes.org
Food Plant Solutionswww.foodplantsolutions.podbean.com
Health Fairswww.worldhealthfairs.org
Hunger and Malnutritionwww.alleviatehunger.org
Malariawww.remarag.org
Microcreditwww.rotarianmicrocredit.org
Multiple Sclerosiswww.rotary-rfmsa.org
Polio Survivors and Associateswww.rotarypoliosurvivors.com
Population Growth & Sustainable Developmentwww.rifpd.org
Water and Sanitationwww.wasrag.org
 
Rotary policy permits RAGs to engage in the following activities:
  • Collect membership dues, provided that they are of a reasonable amount and used solely for administrative purposes
  • Complement the service activities of Rotarians, clubs and districts
  • Regularly collaborate with clubs and districts on international service projects
  • Distribute print or electronic communications to their members (non-members may opt in to receive these communications as well)
  • Host exhibition booths each year at the RI Convention
  • Maintain websites that promote their activities
  • Contact district governors to offer their assistance to clubs
  • Contact clubs if granted permission to do so by the appropriate district governor(s)
  • Solicit funds from individuals and/or organizations, provided that donations are made directly to a specific Rotary club, district, or multidistrict project, The Rotary Foundation, or a separate implementing organization working with Rotary clubs on a project
  • Establish formal cooperative relationships with other organizations, pending the approval of the general secretary
 
RAGs are not permitted to engage in the following activities:
  • Contact Rotarians or Rotary clubs without the permission of the appropriate district governor(s)
  • Contact organizations on the RI/TRF “no contact list”
  • Collect or retain any funds, with the exception of membership dues
  • Establish foundations or other charitable entities
 
The RI Board of Directors encourages district governors to facilitate collaboration opportunities between the RAGs and their clubs. RI General Secretary Ed Futa recently sent a communication to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 district governors to this effect.  A copy of this message is attached for your reference. Additionally, district committees are encouraged to consult Rotarian Action Groups as resources in their areas of specialty. In your roles as Rotary Coordinators, we hope that you will reinforce this message in the districts you serve and encourage your constituents to seek RAGs’ assistance in planning and implementing significant, sustainable service projects.
 
For your further reference, the following resources are available for download at www.rotary.org/actiongroups:
 
 
If you have any questions about RAGs, please feel free to contact RI staff at actiongroups@rotary.org.
 
Best regards,
Angelika Mathur
Manager, Rotary Service
RI Programs
 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thoughts about Leadership- Think Big!

Former US President George H.W. Bush was honored recently for his "1000 Points of Light" initiative, a program in the '80s, to encourage volunteerism. During the course of the celebration, various volunteers were presented to tell of their volunteer projects, most of which were truly extraordinary. The common thread among the volunteers was that they all "THOUGHT BIG!!". One of the important characteristics of excellent leadership is the ability to take risks and THINK BIG!!

One of the strengths of Rotary service has been to tackle the toughest problems of the world - abject poverty, polio eradication and other extreme health problems, lack of clean water, serious education problems, environmental degradation and on and on. To tackle these problems we have had and continue to need outstanding (not just "good") leaders who can really make an impact -in other words, who Think Big!!

Thanks to the RLI International E-Bulletin

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Give to the Haiti Earthquake Relief DAF

A Message from RI Director John Smarge

It has been sixty-three (63) weeks since the largest natural disaster occurred in Zones 33-34; the earthquake in Haiti. The Rotary Foundation Haiti Donor Advised Fund raised $2,040,000 and has approved 69 projects for a total financial impact of more than $5,500,000. We are giving the people of Haiti a glimpse of hope by building and renovating schools, assisting in health initiatives, providing prosthetic limbs and more.

There is so much more to do…so much more that we can do. So much more that we must do! As I travel our zones I hear from club presidents who say “I want to contribute-how can I help?” We have posted on the Zone 33-34 website a complete list of all the projects that we are undertaking. Many of them need additional funding.  Additionally, as the rotary clubs of Haiti continue to evaluate their challenges, we are getting additional requests.

Please contact your clubs!!! Please direct them to the website: http://www.rizones33-34.org/haiti.html. Please encourage them to adopt a project and fund any part of it. Please help us help Haiti. Contributions can be sent to: The Donor Advised Fund for Haiti Earthquake Relief at The Rotary Foundation, or The Caribbean Partnership c/o PDG Phil Lustig, 9937 Majorca Pl. Boca Raton, Florida 33434 (Please specify the purpose of the funds)

Rotary Club Locator I-Phone App

You I-Phone User need to check this out. Click here for the article and links.

Pilot Deadline extended to April 15

Click here the RI News article at Rotary.org. Also included are links to Pilot club information.

John T. Capps Featured in May 2011 Rotarian Magazine

From the May 2011 Rotarian Preview
Digital version
It's one thing to be able to preview what the digital version of The Rotarian magazine will look like starting July 2011 (or before).

It's quite another to realize that a feature story is on our own John T. Capps, Rotarian Extraordinaire, RI Convention Sargeant-at-Arms, and member of the Rotary Club of Morehead City-Noon, NC USA, in District 7730.

Preview the new digital format and read the story on PDG John T.!

Running a Club

Manassas VA Rotary Club
donates to Haiti Relief
From the Rotary International website, article courtesy of Rotary on the Move Newsletter.

Rotary is a grassroots organization, and its service efforts are carried out at the club level. Effective club operations include both administrative and service responsibilities.

An effective Rotary club is able to:
· Sustain or increase its membership base
· Implement successful projects that address the needs of their community and communities in other countries
· Support The Rotary Foundation through both program participation and financial contributions
· Develop leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level

For assistance; Contact your Club and District Support representative.

Fellowship in Rotary

Rotary Club of Ballantyne (Charlotte) NC USA
4th of July Family Bike Parade
… A club member voices concern that his friends think Rotary is all about having fun. They are interpreting the word fellowship to mean "friendship" rather than its meaning within Rotary: "a strong relationship built on friendship, professional respect, and working together to provide service."
Idea from Rotary on the Move Newsletter- Australia, New Zealand. Adapted from RI News. 

E-Clubs: Any Rotarian Can Make Up Online

Any Rotarian can do an online "make up". It's easy.

Click here for the Rotary International link to e-clubs, and each one will have instructions on how to "make up".

Additionally, the latest "Your Voice, Your Solution" article on Rotary News at Rotary.org is on making up online. Click here for other Rotarians' responses to the issue.