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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Facebook page provides resources for World Polio Day, 24 October

With World Polio Day fast approaching, now is an ideal time for your club or district to plan media outreach to increase awareness of and support for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Check out a new Facebook page, Polio Wake-Up Across the Continent, developed by Rotarians from District 7040 (parts of Ontario, Nunavut, and Quebec, Canada, and part of New York, USA). The page, which explains that polio still exists and shows how Rotarians are leading the charge to eradicate it, includes resources such as sample news releases and declarations and a sample op-ed letter, as well as a place for Rotarians to share ideas. Thanks to Rotary PR Tips. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

South Africa Idea: RI Strategic Plan in 3 Questions

Rotary Coordinator Nick Phillips of South Africa (Zone 20A) has an innovative approach to discussing the RI Strategic Plan with clubs.

To read about the three questions he asks, click here.

Courtesy of RC Nick Phillips and the Rotary Coordinator Blog.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ron Burton: This is an Exciting Time to Be a Rotarian!

"This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian, I believe we are well poised to capitalize on our strengths as we embrace the RI Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. My vision is to have every Rotarian appreciate what it means to be a Rotarian. With these two tools, we can make that happen."
Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2013-14. Burton will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Break

We will take a brief Hurricane Irene break and resume shortly.

RC Bevin

Reach out to Africa for Club or District Project Ideas


ROTA (Reach Out to Africa) is a Rotary action group or RAG, targeting these main areas: Water Management; Health Initiatives (HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis); Literacy & Education; Economic Empowerment; Children’s Welfare & Disabilities.

Read the Special Action Plan Edition ROTA newsletter, or visit their websitereachouttoafrica.org for more information!

Polio update- August 2011

India is 15 months polio free, and we are on the verge of eliminating Type 3 Polio.

Read the story from Rotary.org News. 

Be a Twin Club!

OK, so wrong "Twins"- we want
twin clubs, not the baseball "club"
The Twin Club Program involves two clubs from different countries that have established strong ties and have agreed to team up to conduct and complete a special program. Collaborative activities may include partnering on an international service project, organizing a project fair, or participating in Rotary Youth Exchange, a RYLA event, or Friendship Exchange.

Those participating in the Twin Club Program are encouraged to share their experiences with RI. Stories of successful partnerships will be considered for Rotary publications and on the RI website. Please forward stories and photos to Rotary.Service@rotary.org

For Twinning opportunities- consider The Caribbean Partnership, and teaming up with one of the clubs in the Zone 34 Districts of 7000 Puerto Rico, 7020 Northern Caribbean Islands, or 7030 Southern Caribbean Islands and Northern rim of South America.  They are great Rotarians and accessible for your club members for visiting and projects! Some of this article comes from Rotary.org News. 

How To for Water & Sanitation Projects

Sustainability is critical to a successful water project.

Ron Denham, chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, says the nonprofit world is becoming more aware of that fact. Sustainability means not only securing local support for a water project but also making sure the community can keep it going, he explains.

"The number of nonfunctioning wells in the world is mind-boggling," says Denham. "Rotarians and water agencies are becoming increasingly sensitive to local needs, local capacity, and the local ability to make things happen."

Denham lists several keys to a successful water project. Read the rest of the articleFrom Rotary.org News. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Video: 2010-11 Rotary Coordinator Listening Tour


RC Listening Tour from Nancy Barbee on Vimeo.

RYLA Training Offered


This weekend conference for RYLA directors, Rotarians, counselors, and sponsors is hosted by District 7670 (North Carolina, USA). It offers education and development opportunities for RYLA leadership.

Save the Date: New Generations Webinar

Whether your club is new to Rotary’s New Generations programs or already has experience with them, Rotary’s upcoming webinar series is sure to provide valuable insights. In this two-part series, learn about how your club can get involved in Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth Exchange, and hear examples of successful projects and events.

The first webinar will be held in English on 18 October at 10:00 (US/CDT) and again at 18:00 (US/CDT). Look for details about how to register for the webinar in future issues of the New Generations Newsletter and at www.Rotary.org. August 2011 New Generations Newsletter. 

Celebrating Rotary's New Generations

Next month is New Generations Month, when Rotary celebrates its commitment to youth and young adults through Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary clubs are encouraged to focus on youth issues and undertake projects that benefit young people around the world.

As you plan your activities for the month, consider ways to cross-promote New Generations programs and enhance collaboration between youth, young adults, and Rotarians. Ask yourself these questions to get started:
  • What’s one way that participants in your district’s New Generations programs can work together to amplify their impact? 
  • How many Rotary clubs in your area connect Rotarian mentors with Rotaractors, or otherwise promote New Generations programs to club members? 
  • Which Rotaract or Interact clubs in your area would you nominate for a 2011-12 Changemaker Award?
  • Does your district governor’s newsletter feature a New Generations column with the latest news from Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange?
We've recently updated the RI website to include information about how Rotarians can keep New Generations program participants in the family of Rotary. Visit www.rotary.org/alumni for helpful tips and resources. Also, download or purchase An Introduction to New Generations Service to learn ways to work with young people in Rotary and in your community. Courtesy of August 2011 New Generations Newsletter.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Polio Update: Fundraising, Rebuttal, Press Release

The world is on the brink of eradicating polio, but the final steps are the most crucial. Start planning now for World Polio Day in October. Get ideas for your club or district.

Read how other clubs have raised funds to end polio.

Read about General Secretary John Hewko's rebuttal to polio article in The Economist.

Download a sample World Polio Day press release to promote your event.

From Rotary.org Weekly Update.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Training Tip: Concurrent Sessions Idea

Scheduling concurrent sessions during a training seminar enables participants to choose what interests them most. At the end of the seminar, provide a summary activity so participants can hear highlights of the sessions they didn’t attend.

Organize participants into groups of four to six and appoint a host, or facilitator, for each group. Ask participants to share what they’ve learned with others in their group by writing or illustrating the highlights on a large piece of paper. After 10 minutes, have all but the host find a new group. Using the written highlights, the host summarizes for the new group what the previous participants discussed. Then new participants spend 10 minutes sharing and writing/illustrating their training highlights, followed by another change of groups and a repeat of the process. The exercise is concluded with the hosts coming to the front of the room to share the collected highlights with all participants.

From Rotary Training Talk. 

Online Training Tool for New Members

Click Here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

President Banerjee's Membership Video Message for Your Club

In a video message to 2011-12 club presidents, RI President Kalyan Banerjee says it’s time for clubs to take an honest look at who they are and how they need to change in order to achieve a sustainable Rotary. He urges clubs to highlight Rotary’s relevance to young professionals and to take active measures to engage both new and existing members.

Click here for the video. From Membership Minute.

Saluting Innovative Polio Awareness Events & Fundraisers

Comments from PEC Coordinator Rocky Jacobs Remarks e-letter dated August 13, 2011. 

On July 30th Districts 7610 and 7600 sponsored the second annual “End Polio Now” baseball game at Nationals Ball Park in DC between the Nationals and the Mets. Busloads of Rotarians and their families came from the tidewater and central VA areas of the State and were joined by the Zone 33 RLI annual meeting attendees and local Rotarians and their families from D7610. Attendance was good and the Nationals contributed $5.00 of every ticket sold to the $200M Challenge. I have been a Rotarian for a long time, but I still feel a lot of pride when I see the names of Rotary clubs from MD, DE WV, VA, NC and SC flashed up on the big screen at the ball park showing us in attendance. Congratulations to coodinators Vance Zavela Bill Pollard for a job very well done! 

Congratulations also to the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads, Norfolk VA(D-7600) for completing Campaign PAINless for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. Campaign PAINless is that club’s method of raising a minimum of $2,000 for the $200M Challenge Campaign. I think you can all figure out what the letters stand for … P,A, I, N the first letter of the name of each of the four remaining polio endemic countries. At their weekly meeting the club collects spare change and donations from each of their members until they reach their $2,000 commitment. This year they finished their “campaign” by the end of the first week of August and exceeded their goal by $346 for a total of $2,346 for the $200M Challenge Campaign.

District 7630 is to be commended for a great new idea for spreading the word about our efforts. District PolioPlus Chair Tom Talley and his eight area advocates have secured $200M Polio Challenge posters for placement in vacant storefronts throughout the district. What a great way to make their communities aware of Rotary and our worldwide effort to rid the world of polio. The next time they have a community awareness fundraiser, community members will know WHY.

Thank you all so much for your dedicated efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. The battle is not yet won, and we are facing the most difficult time in the “Campaign,” but your efforts, allowed Zone 33 to rank forth in the Rotary world in Polio giving this past Rotary year and for Rotary and its partners to make excellent progress toward our goal.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Three steps to help you grow your club

Click here for the article linked form the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

Resourceful fundraisers fuel Rotary's US$200 Million Polio Challenge

News you can use! Read more at Rotary.org News.

Rotary’s “Core Strength” Workout


Anyone who has been to a gym, consulted with a doctor about an aching back, or watched infomercials on TV during the past decade has heard the term “core strength”. While there is not an exact definition for the body’s “core”, most researchers consider it to be the corset of muscles and connective tissue that surround and hold the spine in position. ...

Does Rotary have a "core"? What benefits does increasing core strength produce for a Rotary club? How exactly is that accomplished? Explore these and other questions in the introductory article in a series on The Rotary Core Strength Workout.

Read the entire article by Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A New RAG- Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group

During its January meeting, the RI Board of Directors recognized the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group. The group’s mission isto offer a sustainable solution for hunger and malnutrition by helping people learn about and grow local foods that match their nutritional needs. “Nutritional food, when given to children over a reasonable period, aids in growth of intelligence and energy, which in turn leads to self-sufficiency,” the group says. It is currently establishing projects in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Africa. Learn more.


From The Rotary.org International Service Update.  

Charlotte NC Club Kenya Project Featured


A Charlotte Dilworth South End Rotary Club project - Kilifi Kids brings mHealth to children in Kenya- was featured in a recent Rotary.org International Service Update.

From the article: In 2010, the Kilifi Kids organization launched a pilot mHealth initiative to provide low-cost, effective health care to the rural poor near Kilifi, Kenya. The organization received support from the Rotary clubs of Kilifi; Vinings, Georgia, USA; and Charlotte Dilworth South End, North Carolina, USA, as well as financial contributions from other U.S. clubs. Kilifi has 73 health clinics, but more than half of the population lives several miles from the closest one, and transportation is not readily available. Only 11 physicians practice for the 720,000 residents in the region.

The first phase of the project gave rural health clinics mobile phones and mobile health technology to create a broad, effective mHealth network. In the next two years, Kilifi Kids plans to expand the effort to reach 25,000 children, most of them suffering from malnutrition. The organization works with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and local clinics and hospitals to train health workers and promote the technology to the population. The mHealth project promises to offer a brighter, healthier future for the region’s children, and the organization hopes eventually to expand the network to other parts of Kenya.

Learn more and watch the video above about the Kilifi Kids mHealth project

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pres. Nominee Ron Burton 
The President Nominee Designate for Rotary International 2013-14, is Ron D. Burton of Norman, Oklahoma. Congratulations, Ron.

The Zone 33 Representative to the Nominating Committee was PRIVP Eric Adamson of Front Royal, Virginia.

International Literacy Day is 8 September

Organize a literacy project to celebrate. 

Read about International Literacy Day

Learn about Rotary’s basic education and literacy area of focus in this e-learning module.

From Future Vision News. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pathways to Service

Featured on the next 2 Pathways to Service broadcasts are: 
August 14, 2011
TOPIC GUEST:
Strategic Planning in Rotary
PDG Susan Giove
Rehoboth Beach Sunrise DE Rotary Club
PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Susan Reeves
Christiana DE Rotary Club
August 21, 2011
TOPIC GUEST:
Pure Water for the World
PDG Carolyn Crowley Meub
Vermont USA
PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Fred Dawson
Newark Morning DE Rotary Club

Thanks to PDG Carol Ann Weisenfeld, RID 7630, Wilmington DE, Host, Pathways to Service, Award-Winning Show about Rotary on WDEL 1150 AM. The show is broadcast each Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.
Or for 4 to 5 weeks after that listen 24/7 on the internet at www.rotary7630.org. Just click on Pathways to Service and then click on the radio tower and then click on the show you wish to hear.

Why Join Rotary

From our esteemed ARC for Membership- Tim Mannix:

Hi Membership Chairs, I hope your year is off to a great start! Since August is Membership Month, I thought this one pager on “Why Join Rotary?” might be something you could pass on to your Club Membership Chairs. Let me know if I or any of the other Rotary Coordinator team members can help you in any way.

PDG Tim Mannix - 2006-07
Assistant Rotary Coordinator - Membership
Mannix7710@earthlink.net
(919) 319-3717
(919) 802-1750

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Haiti Literacy Project Library Partners Needed

Please contact me if you can partner with our Haiti Literacy Project library, classroom and home books project now underway in Cange, Haiti, We have discovered a need for an air conditioner since the library is near a dusty unpaved main road. Funds for library supplies,computers, books and shipping are needed too.

Dr. Sara C. Mansbach, email: saramansbach@gmail.com 
Literacy Consultant
Rotary International | District 7750 | Literacy Chair 2007-2012
Partners in Haiti Literacy Project
Early Readers Rotary Project

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Presidential Citation, Changemaker Award can help your club set tangible membership goals

What is your club’s approach to recruiting and keeping members?

August, Membership and Extension Month, is an ideal time to discuss membership strategies for the year.

The Presidential Citation and Changemaker Award both include membership criteria and are excellent resources to help you set your goals.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Polio Update and Thank You 2010-11

Letter to the Zone 33 Polio Leadership Team:

Many thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication, commitment and effort last year. Your leadership has been outstanding. [Linked below] are the results of those efforts. We are now into the second month of this Rotary year. Hopefully, we are all well on our way with our plans made and approved and our communication to our clubs started.

If I can help you in any way please do not hesitate to call on me. Even though we are very close to completing our “Challenge” commitment, we still have a great deal to do over the next few years until the “battle” is won. We have stayed the course for over two and half decades in our commitment to the mothers and children of the world to eradicate polio. We cannot stop now. Even though we are 99% there, we all know that some of our most difficult work is still ahead of us.

Zone 33 DG’s Class of 2010-2011, this is probably my last polio e-mail to you. I know you will miss them. Oops, did that statement pass the 4Way Test? But please know how grateful I am to each of you.

Z33 DG’s Class of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 I look forward to working with each of you this year. If I can help or assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Polio Challenge Coordinator

Click here for the District Results in Zone 33.

Click here for the Club by Club Results for each District. (pdf)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

District Chair Information for Select RI Programs

Jesse Allerton and Susan Schneider, both Supervisors with the Rotary Service Department have posted the following guidance to district chairs for Rotary Fellowships, Rotary Friendship Exchange, Community Service,  Vocational Service, World Community Service*, and Rotary Volunteers*:
  • Review the District Committee Manual (249-EN) for information and guidance on performing the functions of a district chair.
  • Encourage clubs to align their activities with the RI Strategic Plan.
  • Encourage clubs to undertake activities in each of the avenues of service to qualify for RI President Kalyan Banerjee’s Changemaker Award.
  • Encourage clubs to consider Rotary’s six areas of focus when planning new projects. Refer to the new publication Rotary’s Areas of Focus (965-EN) for ideas.
  • Use RI’s ProjectLINK database to find project partners.
  • Visit the Service and Fellowship section of the RI website for information and resources related to planning service projects, making connections in Rotary, partnering, and other topics. This section of the website will be revised in early September, so please revisit then for updated information. 
They indicate that their department will communicate with the district chairs throughout the year with brief, topical email updates. We will also post them here as we receive them. 

*Please note: the World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers programs have been phased out and are being replaced by a resource-based model for International Service. For the 2011-12 Rotary year, District Rotary Friendship Exchange, World Community Service, and Rotary Volunteers committees are being encouraged to work together to coordinate fellowship, service, and volunteer activities. In future years, district governors will be asked to appoint an International Service chair in place of World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rotary UN Day is November 5

Click here for more information. The event is held at the UN in New York City.

Haiti Rotarian Profiled in The Rotarian

Click here for the article on Dr. Claude Surena, of District 7020.

PR Grant Deadline Looms

District applications for 2011-12 PR grants are due by 15 August. If your district needs any assistance with the application, you may contact your Rotary public image coordinator or a member of RI's PR staff. Rotary’s public relations team will review each application carefully and, if any items are missing from your application, will contact you in a timely manner. Notifications regarding approval or denial will be e-mailed to district governors in mid November. Read more at rotary.org/prgrants. From Rotary PR Tips. 

Rotary's Media Center is a New Resource

Rotary’s new Media Center is up and running — making it easier than ever to download broadcast-quality video, high-resolution print advertisements, billboard graphics, and radio-ready announcements of Humanity in Motion and “This Close” materials — all free. You can also download computer-ready videos to use in presentations or to embed on your website or blog. And all items are adapted for social media, so they can be easily shared with your fans or followers.

In addition to being a source of free ad content for clubs, the Media Center should also be promoted as a resource for local media seeking video or still images to accompany a Rotary story. Take a quick tour of the Media Center and let us know what you think and how we can improve the center to better serve your club’s needs. And if you have a success story about the Media Center, please share it at pr@rotary.orgFrom Rotary PR Tips. 

Capital Area Clubs Bite Back Against Malaria in Mali

Last year, malaria claimed the lives of almost 750,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, 85 percent of them young children. Some of the region’s poorest residents live in Yirimadjo, Mali, and are receiving protection from the disease through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project supported by Rotarians in four countries.

Called Bite Malaria Back, the project is providing insecticide-treated bed nets, physician services, and medications to help prevent and treat malaria. It is led by the Rotary Club of Bamako-AmitiĆ©, Mali, along with the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) and five others in District 7620 (District of Columbia; part of Maryland, USA).

End Polio Now Ties and Scarves

We do have a limited supply of End Polio Now ties available for a contribution of US$200 to PolioPlus. By US tax law, there is a Quid Pro Quo of US$25 in which a tax receipt will be issued for US$175. 100% of the contribution will be recognized for Foundation Recognition points which can be used towards a Paul Harris Fellow. All End Polio Now Ties and Scarves must be requested at the same time the contribution is given to and/or receipted by Rotary. We cannot fulfill requests for theme items on past contributions. If interested in a tie or scarf please contact Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge staff at Rotarys200MillionChallenge@rotary.org. From TRF Communique, August 2011.  

Progress for the US$200 Million Challenge for Polio Eradication

As of 30 June 2011, Rotarians have raised approximately US$185 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. Source: TRF Communique, August 2011. 

CALS Literacy Program Recommended

July, 2011 President Kalyan Banerjee announces his recommendation that Rotary Clubs use technology to help people read. “In all my travels I find that literacy problems are extremely high in the list of challenges where people want Rotarians to help” said Rotary International's President. “For many years Rotary has used the Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE) program to help thousands learn to read. However, in recent years, as technology becomes more widely available, thousands more have been helped by using the Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS).” 

The CALS program is a unique intervention solution that helps children and adults, with varying skill levels, to build the much-needed fluency in the foundation skills of reading and math. Individualized training streams and a focus on motivational principles improves self-esteem and confidence to deliver impressive results.

“I strongly endorse the announcement that Past President Wilf Wilkinson made in July, 2007” said President Kalyn Banerjee. 

"The Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) is a self-paced, interactive program. Recently available to Rotary, it enables users of any age to improve quickly their English language and math skills in a measurable way. Where broadband-connected computers are available, I would recommend that clubs and districts consider using CALS as an opportunity to help others, one person at a time, in the true spirit of ROTARY SHARES." Wilf Wilkinson, Past President of Rotary International.

For more information, contact: Vince Walter, Advisor RI Literacy Resource Group (2007-2009), vwalter@bell.net or Peter Cleary, School Specialty Inc. peter.cleary@schoolspecialty.com or visit the website: www.schoolspecialty.com/rotarians

Pure Water Trip to Honduras

Pure Water for the World is organizing a trip to Honduras from January 15-21, 2012. Some of the highlights are:
  • Spend at least 2 days installing filters and latrines in communities
  • Visit PWW project sites in Trojes, one of the poorest areas in Honduras
  • Visit Danli and other areas of interest. Meet with local Rotarians
  • Learn interesting facts about Honduras and the Honduran culture
  • Interact with children and community members at educational functions
Cost is $925 per person plus airfare to and from Tegucigalpa. This excludes souvenirs, alcohol, exit fees ($38) and food at the airport. Travelers will purchase their own airline tickets, but Pure Water will coordinate flights to ensure you will be greeted at the airport.

PWW's October trip filled up quickly! Space is limited so contact us soon to ensure a spot on this trip. A $300 deposit is required with your reservation. Make checks payable to Pure Water for the World, and please note that funds are for the January 2012 Honduras trip. Checks should be mailed to:
Pure Water for the World, P.O. Box 55, Rutland, VT 05702.

This is a great opportunity to help reduce disease and save lives. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact trip coordinator, Barry Poppel. bpoppel3@hotmail.com

A Home Run Against Polio

Rotarians, family members, and friends from Rotary clubs in Districts 7600 and 7610 braved the summer heat to join with the Washington Nationals to hit a home run against Polio on Saturday July 30th. The Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute moved its summer meeting to Northern Virginia so that Rotarians attending the meeting from districts in Rotary Zone 33 could also attend the game. Approximately 800 Rotarians from 55 clubs attended the game. "This is the second year we've had this event." said District 7600 Foundation Chair Bill Pollard. "We really appreciate the efforts of the Washington Nationals to share a part of their proceeds with Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.”

Three buses from Williamsburg, Petersburg, and Richmond plowed through exceptionally heavy I-95 traffic to take District 7600 Rotarians to the game against the New York Mets. Led by a three run, first inning homer by Jayson Werth (on Jason Werth bobblehead night), the Nationals moved ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning and then played exceptional defense to hold on for the victory. Special thanks to the Rotarians from District 7600 who organized the buses: Williamsburg bus - Ned Spencer and Jim Pierce of the Virginia Peninsula club, Richmond bus – Geoff McDonald and Barry Rickert of the Richmond club, Petersburg bus – Cleve Wright from the Petersburg Breakfast Rotary.

"This is just another example of how our two districts have continued a long tradition of supporting each other,
supporting Rotary programs, and working together to end this dreaded disease," said Vance Zavela, the District 7610 Polio chair who helped organize the event along Bill Pollard and Megan Holeman, an Account Executive with the Washington Nationals. Both Vance and Bill commented on how much they appreciate the support provided by Megan in making the event a success.

Children of Rotarians, all wearing "End Polio Now" t-shirts, ran onto the field prior to the start of the game to participate in the Starting Nine ceremony. The Nationals invited Vance Zavela to make the traditional "Play Ball" announcement standing on top of the Nationals. Rotarians manned an informational booth throughout the game. District Governors Jim Bynum of District 7600 and Jon Allan of District 7610 were in attendance, as were a number of other district officials. The Nationals recognized those clubs in attendance on their scoreboard.

The Nationals set aside a block of tickets for Rotarians to purchase tickets to the game and agreed to donate $5 for ticket sold from the block to The Rotary Foundation for polio. Based on 800 tickets purchased from the block, the contribution from the Nationals will be $4,000. Now that’s a home run for Rotary!

From Bill Pollard, District 7600 TRF Newsletter.