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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good

Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says, “Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying.” In the video posted on www.ted.com, Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world -- and to snuff it out everywhere, forever. He talks about Rotary’s role in the eradication efforts. 

Bruce Aylward is a Canadian physician and epidemiologist who heads the polio eradication program at the World Health Organization, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Click here to watch the video.

As of May 31, Rotarians have raised about $174.7 million for Rotary's $200 Million Challenge to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for polio eradication.

Thanks to District 7600 Foudnation Newsletter - DG Bill Pollard. 

Rotarians- It's Time to ACT

Governor Jim Bynum & PDG Bill Pollard
In Southeastern Virginia, District 7600 Governor (2011-12) and stage actor Jim Bynum has named his goals Jim’s ACT for the 2011-12 Rotary year with the District goals falling under one of the following acts:
  • Assist in Supporting & Strengthening Clubs
  • Commit to Increased Humanitarian Service
  • Tell the Rotary Story
Wow! Thanks to PDG Bill Pollard for sharing this with us from his great District 7600 Foundation Newsletter. I am sending this acronym to Rotary International! 

Paul Harris' Last Rotarian Article Inspires

Shared by "What Paul Harris Wrote" from the Rotary Global History Fellowship, read Rotary Founder Paul Harris' last article appearing in The Rotarian Magazine in 1946.

From small acorns come mighty oaks...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thank You for Doing Good in the World

See President Ray Klinginsmith's video "Thank You" for Rotarians Making a Difference in the World.

13 Tips for Surrounding Yourself with Great People

It’s old wisdom: surround yourself with people better than yourself. But how? How do you know that the people you’re putting around you are actually better, and not just richer/smarter/better looking?

Let’s begin by acknowledging that I actually know how to do this. Read the rest of the article at Jason Seiden.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

Elkins WV Rotary Club Supports Innovative Literacy Projects

The Elkins WV Rotary Club presented several checks in early June 2011 to various schools and libraries within the county that will help assist young people with learning endeavors.

Rotary President Pat Schoonover said the contributions are a vital part of the organization's service to the community. She said the club has been funding these types of projects for more than 25 years through money raised from its annual Fun Night. Read more from The Inter-Mountain.com.

MD Club Awards Eighth Grade Scholarships

The Rotary Club of College Park MD awarded three area eighth-graders and four area high school students scholarships on May 11 for academic success and community service.

These recipients were selected based on their applications, said Dick Taylor, chair of the Rotary’s Public Relations Committee. Read more from Gazette.net.

Annapolis MD- Rotary Clubs Using Meetup

Annapolis Evening Rotary Walkers. Photo by Evette Lewis.
A number of Rotary clubs are beginning to use Meetup.com to organize their participation for various community and civic events.

As a case in point, the Annapolis Evening (MD) Rotary Club used Meetup to broadcast its participation in a charity walk for the National Kidney Foundation. Click here to visit their Meetup page for the event.

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference. Learn more on the Meetup HQ Blog.

DE Club Provides Community Grants

The Georgetown-Millsboro (DE) Rotary Club announced that four community organizations received $1000 each from the Fall 2010 Grants cycle. These grants are indicative of the ways that Rotary clubs pursue the six areas of focus as a part of their core mission, including the areas of economic and community development, and basic literacy and education. Recipients included: 
The club is located in the center of Sussex County in the heart of DelMarVa (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Peninsula), affectionately known as "Lower Slower" Delaware. Click here to visit their website

Delaware PA Club Donates Coats and Turkeys during Operation Warm

Left to Right are Central DELCO Rotary Club officers:
Michael Carr, Rotary Treasurer; Jeanne Lee, Rotary President,
Debbie Lamborn, CAADC Development Director, and
Rebecca Stipdonk, Rotary Secretary.
During the holiday season, the Central Delaware County Rotary Club donated coats purchased from Operation Warm to the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) and turkeys to the St. James Alumni Association.

Skilled professionals at CAADC assess client problems and develop a case management plan which will assist the client in reaching the goal of self-sufficiency through such programs as workforce development, child care, after-school program and housing assistance. The St. James Alumni Association distribute meals to City Team Ministries in Chester. 

The Central DELCO Rotary Club raises funds throughout the year and donates those funds to local non-profits, and to Rotary International programs. Click here to read the article from the Rotary Club of Central Delaware website.

Lake Hickory Rotary Awards $38,000 in Local Scholarships

As the current school year comes to a close, eight local students have received assistance toward their higher education thanks to scholarships awarded to them by the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory.

The club awarded eight scholarships, amounting to a total of $38,000.00 to seven graduating seniors from four high schools in Catawba County and to one rising or currently enrolled Catawba Valley Community College student.

Since the Scholarship program was established in 1983, the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory has distributed over $476,000.00 in scholarships to approximately 163 local high school students who demonstrate financial need and exemplify “service above self” – which is the motto of Rotary International.

Read the whole article from the Lake Hickory Rotary Website.

NC Club Recognizes Distinguished Citizen

JOE McMILLAN, right, presented Larry Stone,
with a plaque commemorating his being
named Rotarian Citizen of the Year on
Monday night. Picture by Frances Hayes.
The North Wilkesboro Rotary Club named Larry Stone, retired president and chief operating officer of Lowe’s, as its distinguished citizen of the year during a presentation on Monday night, [June 6, 2011]...

NC Attorney General addresses Rotary Club

Cooper addresses Wilmington Central Rotarians
North Carolina’s top prosecutor addressed the members of the Wilmington Central Rotary Club and the press on June 14, 2011.

In his remarks Tuesday, Attorney General Roy Cooper stated he was worried the state budget lawmakers are considering could harm public safety efforts.

“I am concerned ... Read the rest of the article at The Wilmington Star News Online- Legal Blogs

All Rotarians now can update their contact information online

All Rotarians now can update their contact information online in Member Access with the new My Account section, which was formerly called My Profile.

In the My Account section, Rotarians also can change their password, as well as their newsletter subscription and credit card preferences. Thanks to Rotary.org News.

ZCC Message to Polio Leadership

July 1st is just around the corner, and I know you are finalizing your preparations for the new year. My good friend and past RRFC Eddie Blender has done it again. Linked here, you will find the latest edition of “Our Foundation Newsletter - Polio Edition”. This edition deals entirely with “POLIO.” As you prepare your talking points, polio newsletter items, Governor’s Newsletters and District Foundation Newsletters for the start of the Rotary year almost everything you need to know, and may want to use in those communications over the next several weeks and months is in the pages of this Newsletter.

All you have to do is click on the icons in the Newsletter and a wealth of polio eradication history and updates await you. Thank you Eddie, we really appreciate your efforts.

I wish you well as you work toward a successful 2011-2012 Rotary year. During the year I know we will meet our requirements for the “Challenge ,” and then work toward the world-wide shortfall of over $600M that Chairman Scott mentions in his article. I had received information earlier, that I mentioned to you in my last e-mail, that the world-wide shortfall was closer to $400. Chairman Scott tell us, with appropriate explanation, in his article that the world-wide shortfall is now over $600M.

Have a great Rotary year. I know your work is cut out for you in keeping our “polio message” in front of your club and district leadership. We have had “polio rehabilitation” and then “polio eradication” as one of our organization’s primary priorities for over seven decades. And, many of our members may still think of our polio efforts as short term or campaign driven. This is, in my opinion, the mindset you will have to educate and perhaps change as we work together to ensure the world is polio-free in the next few years. I know you can do it. We have been VERY successful in the past, because of your efforts, and I know that this year will be no exception.

If I can help or assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like me to attend one of your district Foundation events this coming year, I will be happy to do so if my calendar permits.

Best wishes for the coming Rotary year and many thanks in advance for your continued dedicated effort and commitment to ensuring that every community in our world becomes polio free, and we meet our 1985 promise to the mothers and children of the world.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Challenge Coordinator. Visit the Polio Eradication Page at Rotary Resources

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Paul Harris Tells Us About Rotary

Listen to our founder, Paul P. Harris, tell us about Rotary and how to look for potential Rotarians.

Listen to his radio program

Courtesy of the Rotary Global History Fellowship

Areas of Focus Guide.

Rotary International has released the new Rotary's Areas of Focus Guide, a color booklet that provides an introduction to Rotary's six areas of focus, with examples of service projects for each. Download it as a PDF or preorder at shop.rotary.org.

The areas of focus reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. They align Rotary with other international development efforts and strategically further The Rotary Foundation's mission. Rotary International News -- 17 June 2011 

Basic Education & Literacy Projects

See a gallery of Rotary projects promoting basic education and literacy. Thanks to Rotary.org News
Using Flickr is a great way for Rotarians to promote Rotary's commitment to action-oriented service, one of the goals of the RI Strategic Plan.

Rotarians around the world have uploaded more than 700 images of their club events, special occasions, and service projects to the group. Share your photo today.

See the article at Rotary.org News.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What is a Social Media Plan?

Find out here. Should your club have one? It's worth a discussion...

Thanks to Social Media Examiner.com.

PR Grants Reminder

The deadline for PR grant applications for the 2011-12 Rotary year is 15 August. If your district needs assistance in putting together an application or formulating a plan, contact your Rotary public image coordinator or a member of the RI staff. District governors will be notified in mid-November regarding approval or denial of grant requests.Read more about the grants.

Contact 2011-12 Regional Public Image Coordinator (RPIC) Magda Baggett if you have any questions.

Thanks to PR Tips.

Social Media & PR Presentations Available

Public relations and social media presentations from the 2011 RI Convention are available for download on SlideShare. Your club can use SlideShare to host presentations and share them with others. You can also embed presentations on your website or blog. Registration on the site is free. From Rotary PR Tips.

Area Mayors Declare "Rotary Day" in District 7680

By BILL GIDUZFor area Rotary clubs
rotary bug Mayors across west-central North Carolina have declared Feb. 23 as “Rotary Day” in their towns. Their proclamations recognize the founding of this worldwide non-profit community service organization 106 years ago, on Feb. 23, 1905, as well as good works by members of the 54 area clubs.Almost 30 mayors throughout Rotary District 7680 declared Rotary Day in their towns during the past week. The signing at the Cleveland County Commissioners meeting was televised and reported in the Cleveland Headline News. Elizabeth Pack, president of Boiling Springs Rotary, read the proclamation during the televised signing ceremony.
Rotary clubs in Concord and Kannapolis arranged special ceremonies for presentation of proclamations by their mayors at club meetings. Some clubs are organizing a special night out at local restaurants to celebrate Rotary Day, and several clubs ordered special Rotary birthday cakes to serve at their weekly meetings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Haiti Work Highlighted

Charles R. Warne, who has been working with wife Gillaine with an agricultural program in Haiti for more than 11 years, will be the guest speaker at noon May 3 Lake Wylie Rotary Club meeting at Good Samaritan UMC.
Warne will share stories from Haiti about the project helping to feed more than 17,000 children and teach sustainable agricultural, as well as the many large projects Rotarians are doing to help eliminate the massive problems of homelessness, malnutrition and disease that have overtaken the nation.
“As long as the people in Haiti do not have access to clean water, cholera will be a major issue for them,” said Les Smith, president of the Rotary Club of Lake Wylie. Rotary District 7750, which encompasses most of the western half and upstate South Carolina, has focused efforts in Haiti, even before the 2010 earthquake hit.
Warne, the president of the Rotary Club of Greenville was presented with Rotary’s highest honor, The Service Above Self Award, on March 14. Out of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, no more than 150 Rotarians receive this award.
Alina Ziaja MacNichol, executive director of the Charlotte International Cabinet, which promotes Charlotte as an international city and serves as a resource to foster Charlotte’s international relationships will be the May 24 speaker.
The Rotary Club of Lake Wylie meets at noon Tuesdays at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church. Guests are welcome to attend the catered luncheon. Cost is $9.
Published in Lake Wylie Pilot

In Search of the Rotary Woman

Recently when focus groups in 12 countries around the world were asked to describe Rotary and Rotarians, their responses were: *Business Men *Elite *Secretive *Old *Wealthy *Unsure if women are allowed to join.

Within each focus group in each and every region attendees commented “women are not allowed or welcome into Rotary”.

After 21 years of women in Rotary, this myth continues. Perhaps this explains the alarming statistic, that just 17% of all Rotarians are women.

Read the entire article from the Rotary on the Move - Newsletter - July 2011  Author: Kerry Kornhauser, Rotary Club of Albert park, District 9800

Elizabeth City NC Rotary Launches Reading Program

There is a quotation attributed to an anonymous teacher: “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” Though that may sound slightly self-serving, it speaks to the importance of reading comprehension in the school curriculum to ensure our children are successful in the classroom and in life. The ability to read enables students to do well in virtually all other subjects. It opens minds and doors. Unfortunately, many students struggle with reading. Test scores in reading proficiency remain lower than state and national benchmarks in the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools.

This year, a concerted effort is under way in the district to ensure that elementary students will be able to read at grade level by the time they reach the third grade. This effort has resulted in a convergence of events that is bringing school administrators and teachers together with community volunteers to work one-on-one with students to improve their reading skills.

School Superintendent Linwood Williams deserves the credit for initiating the first step in this effort by placing a priority on reading in ECPPS. The district hired Karis McDonald in the role of Director for Reading and Community Outreach.

Meanwhile, the Elizabeth City Monday Rotary Club decided to organize a service project that would pair volunteer Rotarians with elementary school students and focus on reading. The club’s service committee chair, Sharon Tanner, CEO of Albemarle Hospital, worked with McDonald to set up the program called Rotary Reads.

Thirty Rotarians (and nine back-up volunteers) will provide 30 minutes of reading assistance each week in the district’s three elementary schools. McDonald completed the volunteers training sessions this week. During the training, she stressed the importance of children seeing adults reading. To create that opportunity, Karis has asked community members to read aloud from a favorite book on Channel 8, the district’s cable television channel. The district has long had the HOST program, Helping One Student to Succeed!, which pairs community volunteers with individual students to help them with their studies. Rotary Reads will dovetail with that program. It’s refreshing to see the district embrace community volunteers who are eager to help improve ECPPS. The collaborative effort of school administration, teachers and community members not only promises to make a real difference in the reading skills of ECPPS students but it also paves the way for more partnerships that can support the efforts of the district’s educators.

If Rotary Reads proves successful, perhaps a rewrite of the teacher’s quote will be in order: If you can read this, thank a teacher and a Rotarian.

Coincidentally, Sept. 25 — Oct. 2 was Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of the freedom to read. The American Library Association launched the effort in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, libraries and book stores. Since then, it is held annually during the last week of September.

Several local libraries and bookstores, including the Perquimans County Library in Hertford, Shepard-Pruden Library and Garden of Readin’ Used Bookstore in Edenton and independent bookstore Page After Page in Elizabeth City celebrated Banned Book Week with displays of books that have been challenged and information about the celebration.

According to the library association, the list of books that were banned or attempted to be banned in schools and libraries includes “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, by Mark Twain; “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy; “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger; “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult; “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker; “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.

Can too much attention be paid to reading and literature? We think not. As Angelou said, “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. “If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

An editorial reprinted with the permission of The Daily Advance

Low Country SC Rotary Clubs Just Ducky

Just Ducky
There's a lot of quacking at that duck race.

Four Low Country SC Rotary clubs participated in the June 4 race, including Daniel Island Rotary Club, the presenter of the event, and the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Summerville Rotary Club.The real winners of the duck race are local charities and Rotary service projects in our local communities and around the world.

According to the article in the Moultrie News, participating Rotary clubs tend to focus a lot on hunger, housing, wellness, literacy, and family and children's programs. Specific charities for the 2011 duck race include Angel Flight, Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Community Outreach, Gift of Life, Junior Achievement, My Sister's House, Palmetto House, Red Cross Heroes, Summerville Miracle League, Tricounty Family Ministries, United Methodist Relief; and Water Missions International.

The duck race has raised more than $400,000 over the past four years. Read more here.

Gingrich Speaks to Columbia SC Rotary Club

Georgiana Sandifer, member of
Five Points Rotary
 introduces Newt Gingrich.

The Five Points (Columbia SC) Rotary Club heard from former House Speaker and Republican Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich during a Friday, May 27, lunch at the convention center on Lincoln Street. The place was packed with about as many guests as members.

Introduced by Georgiana Sandifer, Gingrich early on reminded the audience...

Click here for the story from The Columbia Star

Read the Speech Here.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Annandale VA Rotary Aids Four NonProfits

The Annandale Rotary Club presented $4,000 in community service grants to five local organizations June 1 to help them continue their good work. Grant recipients include: Baileys Crossroad CenterGood SpoonSenior Employment ServicesWesley Housing Development Corp., and The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. The Club President is Ted Hussar and Secretary Richard Bowes.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Strategies for Strong Clubs

What does a strong club look like? A strong club is a combination of things, but overall, one that fosters innovation and flexibility. New ideas increase the vitality of the club, and get members excited for something fresh and different.

Read more on the RC Blog. Article by RI Staff member Carrie Nunes, Club & District Training Coordinator

Trainer Resources at Rotary.org

A range of training resources is available at www.rotary.org/trainers, including:

Club Branding: Four Steps...

Read the latest from the Jim Henry series.

From the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog and Retention Central.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bill Gates Interview on Polio

Bill Gates Talks About Eradicating Polio from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Golf Fellowship To Tee off at Pinehurst

Pinehurst Resort in North
 Carolina, USA. Photo courtesy
of District 7690
More than 200 golfers from around the world will tee off in August in the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians 48th World Championship at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, USA.

Hosted by District 7690, the tournament will be held 21-27 August on three courses at Pinehurst, which is consistently ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the top golfing destinations in the world.

Read more at Rotary.org

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yorktown Rotary takes Vets Fishing

Adrin Snider, Daily Press / June 16, 2011
Trying different baits, switching poles and nattering on about the lack of bites, elements of just another day of fishing..

Except these anglers were savoring every second.

Twice a year the Yorktown Rotary Club takes spinal cord patients from Veterans Administration hospitals out for a day of fishing and a picnic lunch. Club member Bill Reiser hosts the event, complete with his house, pier, dock, and boat named Eagle. Read more...

Thanks to www.dailypress.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reach out to Younger Generations

image from YA
Engage young people with short-term projects. Build relationships. Explain the “why” of Rotary by appealing to a sense of global responsibility and a desire to take action. Serve as mentors and provide networking opportunities. These are just a few key ideas for reaching out to younger generations presented by author, entrepreneur, and young Rotarian Michael McQueen at the 2011 RI Convention.

McQueen says that the next generation represents an exciting opportunity for Rotary. Learn more about connecting with Generation Y in an interview with Michael McQueen, or join fellow Rotarians in a conversation about making Rotary relevant to young members on LinkedIn.

Team Building or Team Creating?

Image from The Grove Consultants International
The company behind "graphic facilitation" methods used by Zone 33 RC Bevin Wall in Strategic Planning, The Grove, has a very insightful article challenging traditional notions and our lexicon about "building" a team.
We’ve all heard of the term “team building”—based on the industrial-age metaphor that people are like construction blocks. You might not even think of this as being a metaphor, but it implies you start with nothing and somehow, after a group process, teams are “built” and everything works.
Click here for the article.  Thanks to The Grove Consultants International.  

Today is Flag Day

Click here for the history of Flag Day in the USA.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joint Statement Issued by RI & Foundation

The following statement was approved by the 2011-12 Rl Board of Directors and TRF Trustees at a joint meeting held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, on 27 May 2011: 

We, as the Directors of Rotary International and the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, agree that the Directors shall coordinate and facilitate the joint activities of the Rotary Coordinators, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators, and Rotary Public Image Coordinators, and that each will be given equal opportunity and equal status to fulfill their responsibilities. Furthermore, we affirm that this coordination is vital to the success of Rotary as a whole and to achieving the goals of Rotary International's Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. 

We hope this joint statement will be helpful as we look forward to a very successful new Rotary year.

Signed by RIPE Kalyan Banerjee & Chair-Elect of TRF Bill Boyd

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Best Practices for Newsletters

Sign up for this free webinar June 15 or June 22, 2011 for best practices for putting your Rotary print newsletter online and discovering options for your PDF e-newsletter.

Is Your Club Family Friendly?

From Rotary Minute.

Rotary Resources Updates Header

As of June 8, 2011, the Header logo on the Rotary Resources site has been updated with a Rotary Year 2011-12 Theme. The header logo was created by McKenzie Wall, a rising Junior, undergraduate student at the Park School of Communication at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA, and daughter of RC Bevin Wall. Thank you, McKenzie!

First Look- First FVP Grant Supporting Child & Maternal Health

As a participant in a non-FVP (Future Vision Pilot) districts, I think I am just as curious as to how the integration of our Foundation's programs will look under the new construct. Hot off the presses- here is the first opportunity ever for FVP districts to participate in a "Packaged Global Grant", including an associated VTT or Vocational Training Team. The following is a project description with a link to more information if you are interested.   

Grant Description. Rotarians will assemble vocational training teams (VTTs) to enhance the clinical and administrative skills of university‐level nursing educators, thus improving the quality of the education the nurses receive. VTTs will design the training curriculum with input from Aga Khan University. AKU, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, is focused on increasing the number and skill sets of professionals in the developing world by providing access to opportunities in higher education and research. The training will take place at AKU’s campuses in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The VTTs will also work with local Rotarians in District 9200 and with AKU to coordinate and implement a service project that connects the training to existing clinics or medical programs. The award amount is US$20,000‐$30,000 per vocational training team. Approximately three grants will be awarded annually. This packaged global grant supports the maternal and child health area of focus.

Click here for the Getting Started document and click here for more information

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rotary International Top Twenty Update

Click here for a "Top Twenty Update" fo things going on at Rotary International from the Board and Staff.

Taken from a Conference Call for Rotary Coordinators, June 8, 2011.

Download the Webinar-Audio file. (Big file: 45MB, audio available until June 15, 2011, and thereafter by request)

Goals for the Areas of Focus

Click here for the new Goals sheet for the Rotary Foundation's 6 Areas of Focus.

Rotary International has including advancing sustainable projects within the Areas of Focus as a Strategic Priority for the organization. Read more on the Areas of Focus. Read more on the RI Strategic Plan.

Areas of Focus Highlighted in FVP Newsletter

The June edition of the Future Vision Pilot Newsletter highlights the 6 Areas of Focus in several distinct ways, including in Vocational Training Teams (VTTs), which will replace Group Study Exchange (GSE) under the Future Vision Plan; and Global Grants, which will replace some types of Matching Grants.

Read here for more.

Get the current FVP Pilot Newsletter! Subscribe here to receive each new newsletter!

Need a Water Project- See the Water Man!

Click here for the latest newsletter from Water Team International. Open Projects are listed.

Go to the Water Team International website.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The RI Strategic Plan Supports Our Rotary Foundation

The following are highlights from remarks made by RC Bevin Wall at the Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Training Seminar in Raleigh NC on June 4, 2011:

In many ways, the success of our implementation of the RI Strategic Plan supports the success of Our Rotary Foundation. A couple of specific synergies are listed below.

RI Strategic Plan, Pillar 1: Support and Strengthen Rotary Clubs.
  • Strong Clubs = Strong Foundation Support 
  • Rotary Leaders = Foundation Leaders 
  • A Variety of Service Projects makes Clubs Stronger & our Foundation offers a Variety of Programs Tailor Made for Rotary Clubs 
RI Strategic Plan, Pillar 2: Focus & Increase Humanitarian Service.
  • Polio Eradication, a Joint Project, and Rotarians Make Us the Vital Partner 
  • New Generations Service Feeds our Foundation’s Programs
  • 6 Areas of Focus: Concentrates Clubs’ Efforts – Makes Clubs More Effective – our Foundation has the Projects
RI Strategic Plan, Pillar 3: Promote & Enhance the Public Image of Rotary.  
  • Polio is an opportunity
  • Humanity in Motion materials
  • Branding- Clubs must ask the difficult questions, who are their customers? who are they to their community?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Polio- The Shot Felt 'Round the World

This new 30 minute documentary on polio was previwed at the RI Convention in New Orleans. This is the story of Dr. Jonas Salk and his research team who pulled together with a community and a nation which quite literally, rolled up its collective sleeves to conquer the most-feared disease of the 20th century. Dr. Jonathan Salk, son of Jonas Salk, has called this film, the "best documentary I have seen on the polio vaccine." read more here or watch a preview at http://vimeo.com/10862338

Thanks to RRFC Chris Offer, Editor, Zones 24-32 Foundation Newsletter.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Giving Hope to the Hopeless

As of 18 May, 11,289 clubs worldwide have yet to contribute to the Annual Programs Fund. If each of those clubs give US$1,000, over $11 million more would be available to help prevent disease, increase access to clean water, reduce child mortality, ensure education, and develop vocational opportunities. 
Between 1 July 2010 and 1 May 2011, the Foundation received 1,912 Matching Grant and District Simplified Grant applications for humanitarian projects on five continents. The grants, which totaled $51,385,906, would not have been possible without your contributions to the Annual Programs Fund.