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Friday, May 27, 2011

RI Convention Highlights and Links

Outgoing RI General
Secretary Ed Futa
RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee outlined his plans for the coming year and explained the three emphases -- family, continuity, and change -- that should guide Rotarians as they work to support the2011-12 RI theme, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Read the story.

Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told Rotarians that eradicating polio was his foundation’s top priority. Rotarians must intensify their efforts to wipe the deadly disease off the earth, he said. Watch the video.

Kathie G. Short, of the Rotary Club of Pass Christian, Mississippi, and Kathleen Koch, a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, revisited the devastation of Hurricane Katrina during a panel discussion. Michael McQueen, founder of the Nexgen Group, said Generation Y has much to offer Rotary.Read an interview with McQueen.

The family of Rotary put Service Above Self in New Orleans, working on projects to help rebuild areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They helped build a house, finish and furnish a 1,400-square-footlibrary and reading room at the New Orleans Mission, and painted homes. Watch the videos.

Convention attendees were entertained by some of the city's best musicians, including Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield and trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins. They also saw performances by one of Klinginsmith’s favorite artists, songwriter Michael Martin Murphey.

From News@Rotary.org 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vocational Service- The Seed

New from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on an enlightening and life changing quest to find passion, purpose and happiness in your life and work.

Another Vocational Service Resource! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

View Rotary Convention Videos

If you just couldn't get to New Orleans for the Convention. Take a few minutes to see some of the video highlights.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Free Webinar on Digital Newsletters Offered by Rotary

Rotarians who want to learn more about putting print newsletters online should plan to participate in a “Print to Digital . . . Moving Your Message Online” webinar (in English only). Identical sessions are scheduled on
Thanks to Training Talk.

Leaders Guides Made More User-Friendly

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To make leaders’ guides more user-friendly and easier to edit and translate, we are in the process of formatting and posting the guides and slides as Word and PowerPoint documents. The following leaders’ guides are available atwww.rotary.org as zip files: 
For questions, contact leadership.training@rotary.org. Thanks to Training Talk. 

Club Planning Guide Updated for New Generations

The Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs has been revised to include New Generations Service in the chart on the last page. Club President-Elects- make sure to include this new form... Thanks to Rotary Training Talk.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rotary Relief to Japan Tops US $500,000

Rotary club members have donated more than US$500,000 to help victims of the devastating March earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan and left hundreds of thousands more homeless.

In response to the disasters, The Rotary Foundation established the Rotary Japan Disaster Recovery Fund, which will support long-term recovery projects in the affected areas.

Find out more about how Rotary club members are helping the survivors in Japan.

From Rotary: Navigating the Global Network - May 2011

Ghana: Rotary's Focus on Water

Villages in four regions of Ghana are being equipped with ventilated pit latrines, showers and boreholes featuring hand pumps and mechanized pipes through the work of dozens of Rotary clubs in Latin America, North America and Ghana.

The effort is part of the International H2O Collaboration, an alliance between Rotary International and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Launched in 2009, it works to implement long-term, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects in the developing world. The first phase of the partnership has focused on three countries: Ghana, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

Watch a video example of a water project in the Philippines.

From Rotary: Navigating the Global Network - May 2011

Zone 33 Rotarian Colleen Bonadonna Visits 200 Clubs for Polio

Rotarians are continuing to find unique ways to raise money for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge.

Christine Phelan, Holly Weber, and Alice Maliakkal at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.Photo courtesy of Alice Maliakkal.
On 12 April, Colleen Bonadonna walked into the meeting of the Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, Virginia, USA, completing a quest to visit 200 Rotary clubs in 200 days to raise awareness for Rotary’s challenge.
Her odyssey brought in more than $8,000 for the polio eradication effort.
A member of the Rotary Club of West Point, Virginia, Bonadonna says she was inspired by her participation in a February 2010 National Immunization Day in Dhanbad, India, coordinated by District 7730 (North Carolina).
"I thought, wouldn't it be cool to visit 200 clubs in 200 days," she recalls. "First and foremost, I wanted to share with clubs that we need to finish the job we started. And second, to remind each of the clubs that we are in this together."
She kicked off her adventure on 2 October with a visit to the Rotary Club of North Suffolk, Virginia. During each visit, Bonadonna asked the club to waive her meal fee, which she donated to PolioPlus. Clubs and districts made additional contributions, which are still being tabulated. Along the way, she posted pictures and wrote about each visit on her blog.
"During my journey, I had hoped to inspire other Rotarians to become involved with PolioPlus," she says. "But as I visited clubs, it was I who was inspired ‑- by the great works being completed by Rotarians around the globe."
(Taken from the RI website.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

June is Rotary Fellowships Month

Fellowship brings some important ideas to mind, including sharing, connection, and community. Rotary is an amalgam of individual communities — the club, the district, the region, and the world — each offering a different type of fellowship.

Rotary Fellowships, which are open to Rotarians and Rotarian spouses, help foster international understanding and can contribute significantly to individual communities. Because fellowships must have a member base from at least three countries, they are rooted in local environments, but at the same time link Rotarians with similar interests all over the world.

For example, members of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Scuba Divers participate in group dives once or twice a year at different spots around the globe. While they are in these exotic places, they contribute to a service project carried out by a local Rotary club.

Each fellowship is officially recognized by the RI Board of Directors but operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues, requirements, and administrative structure.

Rotarians can join fellowships to enhance their Rotaract experience, forge ties to Rotarians, and build partnerships for service projects. Learn more about Rotary Fellowships.

From the May 2011 New Generations Newsletter.  

New - New Generations Publication Available

Purchase the new publication An Introduction to New Generations Service to find out how your Rotary club or district can expand its work with young people. It is a resource for Rotary clubs to involve youth and young adults in their vocational, community, and international service projects and to provide programs and resources that support New Generations.

“Strong clubs are involved in all five of the Avenues of Service,” says RI President Ray Klinginsmith. “The ones that don’t have New Generations programs are missing a part of the great adventure of Rotary.”

Monday, May 16, 2011

Inactive Rotarians- A Hidden Resource?

Purging inactive members from club rolls without discovering why they are inactive may deliver the same result! If the reasons for members becoming inactive are not uncovered and corrected, new members may leave after lapsing into inactivity for the same reasons the members purged from club rolls became inactive.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

River Predicted to Crest During RI Convention

Flooding near Tunica Mississippi
Credit: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
According to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article posted today, the recent flooding on the Mississippi River is expected to crest on May 23, in the middle of the RI Convention scheduled for June 21-25, 2011.  

The flooding has effected several communities upstream, including significant flooding in Vicksburg Mississippi. 

Sandbags were being placed along a portion of New Orleans' French Quarter riverfront as a precaution, though the city isn't expecting a major impact from the flood. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Three Questions for Every Rotary Club

Our friend, Rotary Coordinator Rick Tinucci from Zone 31, offers his insight into three key questions for Rotary clubs to address.

Click here for the article at The Rotary Coordinator Blog.  

Rotary and ONE Announce Partnership

Rotary International and the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, will work together to pursue mutual goals and increase humanitarian service. Read the rest of the article at Rotary.org News.

Learn about ONE.

Click here to read about the ONE organization announcement on their blog.

Letter to District Governors Regarding ONE announcement.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Star in a Poster! - Join the Campaign to End Polio

Rotary invites you to join celebrities and notables in online campaign to end polio

Rotary is "This Close" to ending polio and a wide array of public figures and celebrities from Bill Gates to Ziggy Marley have signed on to help Rotary spread the word. Now, the you are invited to join them in an online campaign at www.thisclose.net by creating your own ad to support polio eradication.

Visit http://www.thisclose.net to join Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Jane Goodall and many others that are "This Close" to ending polio.

Bookmarks: District 7750 Literacy Program

The following links are information provided by Dr. Sara Mansbach, D7750's Literacy Chair with a district-wide literacy program balancing outreach to Haiti with local literacy efforts.

 Contact Sara Mansbach for more information.

The Rotary Retention Fix

Click here for The Rotary Retention Fix as posted on the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Polio Cases Remaining: Type 3 Wild Virus

Credit: Our Foundation, June 2011

On the Road to: Polio Zero

Credit: Our Foundation Newsletter, June 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Most Important Question You Will Ever Be Asked as a Leader

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This is a guest post by Jeremie Kubicek. He is the author of the new book,Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a FREE copy. He is also the CEO of GiANT Impact, the company that owns Catalyst and produces the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. You can follow Jeremie onTwitter or read his blog. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.
To be a true influencer in the lives of those you lead, you must understand a simple, but powerful question. It is one your followers are asking. It goes like this: “Are you for me, against me, or for yourself?”
Followers Holding Up Question Mark Signs in Front of Their Faces - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs, Image #11860969
It is a great question, one that is asked by those you and I lead at least once within the relationship. Once the question has been confirmed, it rarely comes up again. Our followers know our intent towards them or at least towards ourselves.Here is an exercise you can do to fully understand the concept:
  • Make a list your past 5-10 bosses or influencers in your life.
  • Beside their name simply write whether or not they were for you, against you, or for themselves.
  • Think about a few key examples to solidify your answer.
I would guess that, in most cases, you wrote down that they were for themselves. It is rare to have your last several leaders be against you. (If so, there may be other issues at work.) And while some are adamantly for you, my experience is that most leaders are more focused on things that affect themselves.
That is not a crime. Nor is it a major character flaw. I have had dozens of leaders that I have appreciated who have been deeply focused on themselves first and foremost. The problem is that they are not memorable. Therefore, they are not significant in my life.
Oh, but I do remember those who were for me. Not only do I remember them, I revere them and value them as leaders and friends. These leaders believed in me, listened to me and appreciated my gifts. Not only that, but they intently invested in my life in significant and valuable ways.
I remember leaders like Kent Humphreys, who poured himself in to me and showed me how to serve employees and vendors. Or, Johnny Bingaman, who gave up time and energy to listen to me and counsel me in my early entrepreneurial years. These men were for me.
Now, back to those in your life. Those you lead or serve are asking you a question. Some already believe they have an answer. Are you for them, against them, or for yourself? Make this next exercise mean something.
  1. Make a list of people you lead or serve within your organization.
  2. Beside their names ask yourself if you are for them, against them or for yourself?
  3. Next to that list write how you believe they see you. Do you think they believe you are for them, against them or for yourself?
  4. Now, ask yourself the same question about your family members.
Do you think most people in your life have already answered this question? If so, how can you open the topic up again and, perhaps, change their mind?
If our goal is to “do unto others as we would want done to us,” then I suggest as leaders we reevaluate who we are for and why? If we can show others that we are authentically for them then I believe you will find yourself having even greater influence with those you lead.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Empower Rotary Clubs with RI Resources

Pink Jeep Midwifery in Haiti

A bright pink Jeep Wrangler, staffed with four midwives, races along uneven, dusty roads to reach more than 50 pregnant women in Darlegrand, a rural town two hours north of Hinche, Haiti.

The Jeep belongs to Midwives for Haiti , a nonprofit organization working to ensure that women in remote parts of the country have access to prenatal care and skilled birth attendants. Without the Jeep, many of the women, who have traveled to the daylong February clinic in Darlegrand, would not receive proper medical attention.

May 2011 RI Strategic Plan Update Available

Download the latest RI Strategic Plan Progress Report (PDF) to learn more about the progress Rotary is making on its strategic priorities.

The RI Strategic Plan charts a clear course for Rotary’s future, helping Rotarians fulfill their promise of putting Service Above Self. The plan identifies three strategic priorities supported by 16 goals. Future progress reports will become available in advance of the International Assembly in January and RI's annual convention at the end of the Rotary year.

You can pick up a hard copy of the report during the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Copies will be available at the resource center in the House of Friendship. Learn more about the RI Strategic Plan and download the progress report.

Click here for the direct link to the update. Thanks to Rotary.org, News

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 2011 Pathways to Service Radio Topics

Pathways to Service is an award-winning radio show about Rotary on WDEL 1150 AM each Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. It covers Rotary throughout District 7630 in Maryland/ Delaware and is hosted by PDG Carol Ann Weisenfeld. For 4 to 5 weeks after that listen 24/7 on the internet at www.rotary7630.org or click this direct link

May 8, 2011: Vocational Training Team to South Africa,

May 15, 2011: Shoeboxes for Haiti Project, Salisbury MD Christian School Interact Club

Rotary Southern United States Tornado Disaster Recovery Fund Established

Breaking News: The Rotary Foundation has announced the establishment of the Rotary Southern United States Tornado Disaster Recovery Fund, effective immediately. The fund will collect cash and DDF donations to be used for TRF Matching Grants and Global Grants. It is recognized that the fund will not be able to accept online cash contributions at this time.

Further information will be posted to this site when available. Questions should be directed to RRFC Joe Mulkerrin.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rotary UN Day - November 5 2011

Rotary's relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. Each year at Rotary UN Day, more than 1300 Rotarians including many RI Directors, TRF Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests come together at UN Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations. In the past, the day has been very successful and has sold out. You may register after July 15, 2011 at www.RIUNDay.org  From ROTARY Zone 24-32 Foundation Newsletter, May 2011.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Put Yourself in the "This Close" Polio Campaign

Put your face in the campaign at http://www.thisclose.net/ 

Rotary clubs make changes to attract younger members

Read about how many Rotary clubs are tweaking the rules to to establish a new club that would accommodate busy, on-the-go schedules of younger professionals.

It just takes common sense, openness with your members, and a willingness to try different things! 

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Club

Strengthening your club can be easy.

Every Rotarian is capable of taking a few simple steps...

Click here for the article from Rotary.org News.