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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Area of Focus: Disease Prevention

Read a July 24, 2011 Memo to Service Coordinators on one of Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus, Disease Prevention and Treatment from RI Staff Member Alicia Evangelides.

It promotes the Projectlink database.

For more information contact ARC Nancy Barbee, ARC for Global and Community Service.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Caribbean Partnership an Exciting Service Opportunity

The Caribbean Partnership is a multi-district activity of Rotary that facilitates and encourages service and fellowship partnering between Rotary clubs in the Caribbean and clubs elsewhere. The group recently held their annual meeting in Reston, VA. Featured in the conference was the groups successes in meeting needs in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean, with many projects qualifying for Rotary Foundation Grants or funding from the Haiti Donor Advised Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  

According to CP Conference Chairman, Horace McCormack, "the 2011 Caribbean Partnership Celebration a success! We had a line-up of dynamic speakers and representatives from our partnered clubs sharing information on their partnering experience and projects with us... and we hope [the participants] found value in attending and are energized about our partnership with what our partnered clubs can accomplish doing Rotary’s work together."

Over the next month, the CP intends to post all of the presentations, pictures and information from our Celebration on their website www.caribbeanpartnership.org. Also in development is a message board on the website to post information on clubs wanting to partner and communicating project information. further information can be obtained on their website. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rotaractors in the News

In West Milford, New Jersey, USA, a Rotaractor volunteers in Guatemala and an Interactor launches a drive to collect supplies for infants in need, putting Service Above Self.

The Rotaract Club of Hinduja College in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, helps clean up the area around the college.

In Goshen, New York, USA, Interactors raise money for the Rotary Japan Disaster Recovery Fund.

Rotaractors in Paducah, Kentucky, USA, submit a video to the MetLife Foundation, winning $1,000 for Child Watch, a local counseling and victim advocacy organization.

A former Rotaractor becomes a Rotary club president — at age 31 — in Sutherland Shire, Australia.

Thanks to New Generations Newsletter. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Register for 2011 Rotary-UN Day

The annual Rotary-UN Day will be held on Saturday, 5 November, at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Click here for more information from Rotary.org News.

Adamson on RI Nominating Committee for President

Past Rotary International Vice-President and Director Eric Adamson, from Front Royal, Virginia, has been selected to represent Zones 33 & 34 on the Nominations Committee for RI President for the year 2013-14.

Click here for the list of all committee members.

Seeking examples of successful signature club projects

RI staff are seeking examples of successful signature club projects that can serve as replicable models. Contact rotary.service@rotary.org with information about outstanding signature projects in your district. Your examples may be highlighted in RI media, and we may consult the clubs involved so we can share their tips with other Rotarians. From Vocational Service Update. 

Our Core Values and Vocational Service

At the 2011 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, Past RI President Bhichai Rattakul spoke about the importance of vocational service.

His speech, entitled “Our Core Values and Vocational Service,” describes vocational service as “without doubt, the foundation of all Rotary.” Read the speechFrom Vocational Service Update. 

Update Your Member Access Account

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

In the My Account section, Rotarians can also change their password, as well as their newsletter subscription and credit card preferences. From Rotary Training Talk

Who Ya Gonna Call? Your Coordinators!

Rotary coordinators, regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, and Rotary public imagecoordinators can help you support clubs by providing information for training events, encouraging membership growth, enhancing Rotary’s public image, and inspiring Rotarians to become involved in service projects and The Rotary Foundation.

Reach out to the coordinator assigned to your area. Coordinators can provide regular updates from RI and the Foundation and connect you with leaders in your region who can offer new and innovative ideas.

From July 2011 Rotary Training Talk

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

All Zone 33 Districts Youth Exchange Certified

With the recent additional of District 7710 (NC), all Zone 33 districts are certified to receive youth exchange students through the RI Youth Exchange program. Congratulations to 7710, IPDG Serge Dihoff, DG Mack Parker, and the leadership team from 7710 for making this a priority!  

A great resource for locating potential districts of interest is the list of noncertified districts from RI. Also, you should consult with the appropriate YEO Multidistrict organization- either Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX), or Ohio-Erie Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Go to the RI Programs Page of Rotary Resources for more information.

Reminder- Submit Inbound Youth Exchange Information to RI

A reminder from The Youth Exchange E-Newsletter. RI policy requires that districts submit information for each inbound student at the beginning of an exchange or shortly after the student’s arrival. This applies to all long-term, short-term, and New Generations exchanges.

Districts can send the information in the format most convenient for them — Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word documents, or scanned copies of guarantee forms — as long as the information is complete and legible. The following must be included:

• Exchange type
• Student name and contact details in home country
• Gender
• Date of birth
• Emergency contact information
• Sponsor district
• Host district
• Host club
• Host parent contact details (if applicable)
• Host counselor contact information (if applicable)

Please submit student data for planned exchanges for the 2011-12 year and work with your partner districts to ensure that they do the same. Contact youthexchange@rotary.org with questions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

First Year RC Preliminary Results

From The Rotary Coordinator Program Staff at RI:

"Preliminary results of RC’s impact are evident in many areas, including:
  • Greater awareness and integration of the RI Strategic Plan priorities into club activities
  • Chartering of new Interact clubs, Rotaract clubs, and Rotary Community Corps
  • Increased assistance and support for struggling clubs
  • Improved awareness of member retention and recruitment strategies, particularly related to New Generations
  • Increased visioning and long-range planning among districts and clubs"
Your RC Team hopes to continue showing improvement in all these areas and more throughout the coming year.

Be a Changemaker

During this Rotary year, RI President Kalyan Banerjee is encouraging Rotarians to harness their inner strength, provide effective service, and effect change, guided by the theme Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. He also has developed the Changemaker Award to recognize clubs that make an extraordinary impact through their work in the Avenues of Service. Consider undertaking some of the community service activities listed in the Changemaker Award brochureFrom RI Community Service Update.

Approved Pilot Clubs Announced

The following clubs have been approved as pilot clubs participating in the following membership pilots. We look forward to hearing about the innovations and best practices of these clubs experimenting with new membership and structural ideas!

Satellite Clubs:

  • RC of Manteo NC (7720), 
  • RC of North Myrtle Beach SC (7770); 

Associate Member Clubs:

  • RC of Winchester's Latest VA (7570), 
  • RC of Farmville VA (7600), 
  • RC of Dulles Airport VA (7610), 
  • RC of Lake Shore MD (7620), 
  • RC of St. Andrews Columbia SC (7770); 

Corporate Member Clubs:

  • RC of Putnam County WV (7550), 
  • RC of Warsaw VA (7610), 
  • RC of Christiana DE (7630), 
  • RC of Arden NC (7670), 
  • RC of Charlotte NC (7680), 
  • RC of North Spartanburg SC (7750), 
  • RC of Hilton Head SC (7770); 

Innovation- Flexibility:

  • RC of Forest VA (7570), 
  • RC of Potomac-Bethesda MD (7620), 
  • RC of Furnitureland NC (7690), 
  • RC of Morehead City Lookout NC (7730), 
  • RC of Greater Anderson SC (7750).   

Best Practice- Email of What You Missed at the Meeting

Shared by PDG Betsy Owen, a Public Image Best Practice... a club that provides the previous week's video, news articles (if generated) and still photos to fill in members who don't make it and entice member prospects to join...

Click here for the sample text of the RC of Palm Beach email.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Just "Google Map" It

There's a new interactive map powered by Google Earth allowing you to search for a district or zone and see a map of it in your browser. This is new to the RI website.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Club Resources for Officers & Committees

To make sure you are getting off on the right track this year: view a list of Club Officer Resources and a list of Club Committee Resources at Rotary.org.

RI Changes You Should Know About

A few of the most important changes you should know about:
  • Four pilot programs began 1 July, designed to improve recruitment and retention, allow for flexibility in club operations and structure, and give clubs an opportunity to explore new and innovative ways to promote member diversity -- all goals of the RI Strategic Plan. For each of three pilot programs – corporate member, associate member, and innovative and flexible Rotary club -- 200 clubs have been selected to participate, and about 125 will take part in a satellite club pilot program. Learn more.
  • The Changemaker Award accompanies the Presidential Citation during the 2011-12 Rotary year. The award will encourage Rotarians to focus on change and will recognize clubs that make an extraordinary impact through their work in the Avenues of Service. Learn more.
  • The World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers programs are phased out as of 30 June, replaced by a new model designed to expand the resources available to clubs for connecting and partnering with one another. The RI Board approved a shift to a resource and support model for RI programs to reinforce the priorities and goals of the RI Strategic Plan.
  • Efforts to enhance Rotary’s public image will be undertaken by 49 Rotary public image coordinators (RPICs) working in partnership with their zone’s RI director, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary coordinator, and district governors. RPICs, who are selected by the RI president or Rotary Foundation trustee chair, have professional expertise in public relations, journalism, or communications and will help support the RI Strategic Plan by conveying effective public relations practices to district leaders.
  • The Rotarian magazine launches its digital edition with the July issue. Subscribers can now choose to receive either the print or digital edition, or both. This would be a good time to buy a subscription for your Interact or Rotaract club, to inspire them with Rotary’s breadth. Learn more.
  • Rotary clubs’ annual per capita dues to Rotary International will increase to US$51 in 2011-12. The 2010 Council on Legislation also set dues at $52 for 2012-13 and $53 for 2013-14.

Ten Minutes with President Kalyan Banerjee

Take a few minutes of quiet and spend it with our new Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee as he shares some of his vision of Rotary...

Kalyan Banerjee: Embracing Humanity from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Rotary International Resources

Several resources have been created or updated recently by Rotary International. Some items of note:

Humanitarian Service: Two new publications have been developed to help clubs strengthen service activities:
  • An Introduction to New Generations Service is designed to help clubs to involve youth and young adults in their vocational, community, and international service projects. The publication provides ideas on programs and resources that support New Generations. View and download the publication at http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/735en.pdf .
  • Rotary’s Areas of Focus Guides introduces the six areas for volunteer projects that align with the RI Strategic Plan and The Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision Plan to address critical humanitarian needs. This resource provides ideas and tips for effective service projects. View and download the guide at http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/965en.pdf
Membership Development: Monthly updates on membership statistics by country and district/zone are available at http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/GeneralInformation/MembershipResources/Pages/ridefault.aspx . From this page, look for the "Membership Trends and Information” section, then the “Monthly comparisons” sub-section for the following reports:
Strategic Planning
  • The Strategic Plan presentation from the RI Convention in New Orleans is posted the RC Exchange. It is a large file that can be downloaded.
  • A new strategic planning tool has been designed for clubs. The Be a Vibrant Club PowerPoint presentation encourages long-range planning and offers tips. You can review and also save a copy of the presentation at http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_ppt/clp_en.ppt
  • A wealth of other materials related to the RI Strategic Plan and strategic planning for clubs and districts are posted at www.rotary.org/strategicplan .
RI Board Decisions: Highlights of the Board meetings held in May are posted at http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/PoliciesAndProcedures/BoardDecisions/Pages/ridefault.aspx . As you will recall, many of these Board items were covered during the Webinars in June. If you have questions, or would like more specific information about specific decisions, please contact me.

E-newsletters: Rotary’s e-newsletters are an easy to stay current on the latest news and resources tailored for clubs and districts. You can subscribe viahttp://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/Newsletters/MoreNewsletters/Pages/ridefault.aspx .

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy New (Rotary) Year

Greetings to all & a HUGE THANKS to all Rotarians who served last year, and those who have agreed to "Look within the embrace Humanity" during 2010-11!