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Friday, September 30, 2011

October Pathways to Service Radio Highlights

Join PDG Carol Weisenfeld, Host, for Pathways to Service, an award-winning show about Rotary on WDEL 1150 AM 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

October 02, 2011: Kristin Post, Rotary Foundation Peace & Conflict Resolution Scholar. Stockings for Soldiers project

October 09, 2011: Junior Achievement of DE. Caesar Rodney DE Rotary Club spotlight

October 16, 2011: Tim Brandau, Executive Director of Child Inc of Delaware. Chestertown MD Rotary Club spotlight. 

October 23, 2011: World Polio Day speaker, Tom Talley, D7630 Polio Chair of the Brandywine Naamans DE Rotary Club. Denton MD Rotary Club spotlight.

Contact Carol Ann Weisenfeld

Be in a "This Close" Polio Eradication Ad

To encourage widespread support for the effort to eradicate polio online, the website www.thisclose.net makes it possible for you to join the ranks of celebrities and others around the world in pledging to make a difference in this effort. Right now, you can create your own ‘This Close’ message, and share it with members of your social networks, and encourage them to do the same.

Here is how you can participate:
  1. Visit (http://www.thisclose.net/),
  2. Click on “Add your face and name”,
  3. Select a silhouette,
  4. Upload your picture or take a new one using your webcam,
  5. Use the 5 different adjustment tools to customize your ad
  6. Personalize your ad by selecting a color for the background and End Polio Now T-shirt,
  7. Publish your ad in the online gallery as part of the global campaign,
  8. Don’t stop there: Share your pledge and invite friends to do the same through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
You can also take part in a special celebration to honor the widely-recognized World Polio Day and Rotary’s tremendous progress around the world. The plan is to have Rotarians change their social networking profile pictures to their “This Close” ads and ask their friends to do the same, generating awareness about the issue and also collaboration.

Reprinted from Rotary's PR Tips Newsletter. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rotary's Six Areas of Focus

Click here for an article and resources provided to Rotary Coordinators on the Six Areas of Focus. Posted on the RC Blog by RI staff, Ryan Hall.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Breaking News: Rotary Brand Revitalization Agency Selected

We are pleased to announce that Rotary International has selected an agency to lead Rotary through the brand revitalization process.

After a thorough evaluation process, which included RI Board Member Allan O. Jagger, Trustee Anne Matthews as well as Communications Committee Chair John Blount, Rotary has hired Siegel+Gale-a global strategic branding consultancy with over 40 years of experience helping clients create world-class brands-to partner with us. You can find more about Siegel+Gale at: http://www.siegelgale.com/

The process of coming to understand Rotary will begin by conducting interviews with key stakeholders worldwide-from individual Rotary members and clubs to our leadership. These interviews will help inform on the organization and key goals, challenges and objectives for the coming years.

Excerpts from email by David Alexander, Public Relations Staff at RI. 

October 24 is World Polio Day

Rotarians all over the world have been working in unison to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of Polio. It has been twenty years since the last case was reported in the Americas. While India seems on track to achieve zero polio cases, frantic efforts are underway in the other polio-endemic countries. We have recently heard of the extreme case of two persons in Pakistan being arrested for refusing to vaccinate their children. On this World Polio Day, let us all rededicate ourselves to the cause and keep fighting to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. From Rotary/RGHF: Our Foundation Newsletter, Nov. 2011.  

Would Young Entrepreneurs Find Value in Your Rotary Club?

Image: Rent The Runway
[Linked] is a short article entitled Meet The 25 Youngest Entrepreneurs Running The World's Most Valuable Startups. Take a minute to read this and ponder the question, “Would these business leaders find value in Rotary in my district?” Might just be a good topic for your next district membership meeting.

Shared by Zone 25 Rotary Coordinator Judy Beard Strubing. Cites www.businessinsider.com

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tips for Vocational Service Month

During October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on the Avenue of Vocational Service. Vocational service involves aspiring to high ethical standards, recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contributing professional talents to solve society’s problems and meet community needs. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin yearlong vocational service activities, including discussions, awards, and community projects.

How can you bring the Avenues of New Generations Service and Vocational Service together? Try these ideas:
  1. Invite Rotarians to mentor Rotaractors as they begin their careers.
  2. Assign Rotarians or Rotaractors to help Interactors prepare for university.
  3. Host community career fairs and workshops.
  4. Create a job board for local teens.
  5. Organize internships for youth and young adults.
  6. Offer professional services to promote Rotaract- or Interact-led events, service projects, or activities.
Thanks to New Generations E-Newsletter, September 2011 

Rotaract Clubs Must Sign Up on Member Access

At its January 2011 meeting, the RI Board decided to begin collecting Rotaract club member data through Member Access. 

Member Access is an online system that Rotarians use to update their information with RI. Rotaract club presidents now have access to this system to update Rotaract club information and individual Rotaractor membership data on behalf of their clubs. There are many benefits to these regular updates, but there is also a compelling consequence: If a Rotaract club president does not update club data twice per year, the club will be suspended. If the club data is not updated in a two year period, the Rotaract club will be terminated.

As you can anticipate, there are tremendous benefits to collecting Rotaract data. Having an accurate count of active Rotaract clubs as well as information about actual Rotaract club members will help RI staff, district and clubs tailor our support, messaging, and resources around this New Generations program. For the first time, we will be able to report on and receive the actual number of Rotaractors rather than estimates. With valid and centralized contact information, Rotary club officers can engage these young professionals in the life of the district, mentor them, and encourage them to bring their energy and experience into Rotary clubs.

Click here for the sign-up article and resources.

National Immunization Day Trip Set for February 2012

Announcing an exciting opportunity for Rotarians to participate in a National Immunization Day trip to India to personally fight Polio, participate in hands-on service projects, and to expand your Rotary family across the globe. ARC for Service, Nancy Barbee, shares the details with us.  

Read more.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Enter for a Chance to win 1,000 Recognition Points

Did you see this announcement on the Rotary Website? This might be a great time to encourage your Club Foundation Chairs to register if they havent already.
Win 1,000 Extra Recognition Points by Registering for Member Access
From 14 September to 14 October, Rotary club members are eligible to win 1,000 extra Rotary Foundation recognition points simply by registering on Member Access. Registrants will be entered into a drawing, and the winner will be announced after mid-October.
Start the registration process by using a valid e-mail address to create an account. You may be asked to provide additional information to help us determine your relationship with Rotary International and match you with your record in our database. Within 24 hours, you will receive a verification e-mail with a hyperlink that will connect you to a Member Access screen to complete your registration. If you do not see the e-mail in your inbox, check your spam/bulk/junk folder.
If you have questions, e-mail the Contact Center at contact.center@rotary.org or phone 866-9-ROTARY (866-976-8279) toll-free (within North America).

Friday, September 16, 2011

FL Governor Outlines the "Value" of Rotary

Gov. Carl Treleaven of District 6950 (Florida USA) outlines the "compelling value proposition" that underlies Rotary membership. This is a program for the EClub of the Southeast and Caribbean, and is well worth the 20 minute investment. Great presentation, Carl! 

"Rotary E-Club of the Southeast and Caribbean from Carl Treleaven on Vimeo.

Promote with New Generations Videos

Click here for the information on New Generations Videos.

"International Action" is theme of third annual Interact video contest

We are seeking your entries for our third annual Interact video contest, focusing on the theme "International Action." So grab a camera, produce a short video, and enter our contest before 16 December.

Read More at Rotary.org news.

View last Years Winner below:

From New Generations to next generation

Every year, thousands of talented and dedicated young people have an incredible experience in a New Generations program. Learn how you can turn these future leaders into the next generation of Rotarians.
See a video
From Rotary.org Weekly Update. 

Quit Digging- Get Rotary Membership out of it's Rut

Read the latest Jim Henry Rotatorial at the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog. Article from Retention Central. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

International Day of Peace is 21 September

Organize a peace project to celebrate. 

Read about the International Day of Peace.

Learn about Rotary’s peace and conflict prevention/resolution area of focus.

From Rotary Foundation Future Vision News 

Monday, September 12, 2011

No Yawn Training

Make your presentations more interesting with these tips:
  1. Remember that enthusiasm is contagious. If you’re not excited about your topic, your learners won’t be either. Be energetic, and use humor and great visuals.
  2. Create links to reality. Work on real projects or solve actual problems. Coming up with resolutions will give learners a direct connection and make them more engaged in the training.
  3. Introduce exercises that bring the subject to life. Before, during, and after the session, take time out for an activity that will break the ice, re-energize the group after a long intermission, and reiterate key points from the training.
From Rotary Training Talk. (Tips adapted from the Trainers Warehouse blog.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Celebrate World Literacy Day

Click here for more from the Rotary Coordinator Blog.

Literacy: Hello Dolly!

RI General Secretary John Hewko meets with Dolly Parton to further strengthen ties between RI and Parton’s Dollywood Foundation to promote reading and literacy.

Click here for the article from Rotary.org news.

Remembering 9/11

See this month's Rotarian for a NYC Rotary Club President's reflection on the events of 9/11 during this weekend of remembrance.  

Fundraising Idea: Race Across Africa

This month, the Rotary Club of Denver Southeast, Colorado, USA, holds its virtual Race Across Africa, with participants exercising at home to see how fast they can cover the length of the Nile: 4,132 miles. Participants can also earn “Nile miles” for every U.S. dollar they raise. The race supports water and sanitation projects in Africa, as well as other service projects sponsored by Rotary clubs around the world. This year’s race benefits two projects: installing a clean, reliable water system in a rural hospital in Mugonero, Rwanda, and providing water and sanitation facilities for families in the slum of Kibera, outside Nairobi, Kenya. Learn more

From International Service Update

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Youth Exchange Workgroup Secure Site

Youth Exchange officers should be sure to visit the Youth Exchange workgroup secure site, where they can access program-related documents around the clock. Resources include the most recent Youth Exchange officers directory, report forms, e-newsletter archives, Youth Exchange publications, past annual reports, and policies related to the Youth Exchange program. The secure site is updated regularly, and documents are posted in as many languages as available.

Youth Exchange district and multidistrict chairs, district governors, and governors-elect can access the Youth Exchange workgroup through the Rotary Workgroups link in Member Access.

Courtesy of Sept 2011 New Generations Newsletter

New Generation Promotional Kits

Have you been looking for a way to promote New Generations Service within your club or community? You can now order promotional kits for Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange at shop.rotary.org. Each kit includes a handbook, brochures, and additional promotional materials.

From now until 1 October 2011, order any New Generations promotional kit and recieve An Introduction to New Generations Service free!

Courtesy of Sept 2011 New Generations Newsletter

New Club Leadership Plan Worksheet Available

Read the Article at the Rotary Coordinator Website. Click here to download the worksheet. By Carrie Nunes, Club and District Training Coordinator, RI Staff. 

RI President to Address District 7690 Rotarians

The President of Rotary International, Kalyan Banerjee, is coming to the District 7690 Rotary Foundation Banquet on November 9, 2011. The event is being held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Any Officer of Rotary International, past, present, or future, is invited to attend. 

If interest, the cost is 50.00 per person plus room. Please email Margaret Padgett at mpadgett@rotary7690.org for registration information. Information provided by PDG Jack Green. 

RI Staff Members Assigned for Club and District Support

Due to a recent reorganization at the Secretariat in District and Club Support, Alicia Pijal will be the Senior Coordinator and the primary contact for district and club support for all Zone 33 & 34 clubs and districts. Many of our district leaders know Alicia, as she has been working with our districts for a number of years.

Marni Nixon will be the second person on the team with primary responsibility for other districts.

Thanks to Greg Franks, Supervisor at DCS for keeping us advised on this change. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rotary in North America Series: Public Image

Read Past RC Jim Henry's continuing thought-provoking series on Rotary's Public Image at Rotary Retention Central or click the link:
  1. Rotary in North America: Rotary – Born by Commerce, 1905. Is Rotary in North America capable and willing to avoid being Buried by Commonplace this century? To read or download Jim Henry's Rotatorial, click here.
  2. Rotary in North America- Part II: A LinkedIn discussion regarding Rotary’s image raises two vital questions: What is Rotary’s Image? To whom should Public Information be directed? To read Jim Henry's Rotatorial discussing these questions, please click here. . .
  3. Rotary in North America- Part III: If Rotary's public information contains substance, is it being digested by those most likely to support your local Rotary. . . to continue reading, click here

Read this month's Rotary Leader

Katie Ischkin- 28 Year Old Rotarian
& Change-Management Consultant
(See Page 4)
It contains great content, including: 

Generational Attributes Article Relevant for Rotary Clubs?

See new article posted at the Zones 33-34 Membership Blog.

August 2011- Zone 33-34 News

This month's Zone 33-34 newsletter, the RotaReader, from Director John Smarge and Editor Jim Pierce, contains:
  • Imagine the Possibilities.. Together We Can: Zones 33-34 Institute (Preview). Speakers include RI Pres. Elect Sakuji Tanaka, RIVP Tom Thorfinnson, TRF Trustee Ashok Mahajan, new RI Gen. Secretary John Hewko; PRID Barry Rassin on Haiti, Dr. Jim Withers, Pittsburgh Street Medicine/Operation Safety Net; Ken Frantz, Founder, Bridges to Prosperity; Eduardo da Costa, Brazil, Rotary Peace Scholar; Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, Recipient, Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award... and more.  
  • Rotary’s “Core Strength” Workout by  Bevin Wall, Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator (click here for this article on the web)  
  • Zone 33 and 34 The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Teams Excel in 2010-2011: Looking Back and Looking Ahead by PDG Joe Mulkerrin, RRFC Zone 33 and PDG Brent Williams, RRFC Zone 34
  • How Good is Your “R&I” Relationship? by Diana White, Assistant Rotary Coordinator
  • Japanese Culture Tips by PDG Betsy Owen in honor of RI President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka
  • Rotarians Hit a Home Run Against Polio by Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 PCC 
  • Club Quick Tip:  Presidential Citation Focuses on Membership and EREY Clubs
  • What’s New for the 2013 Council on 
  • Legislation?
  • Caribbean Partnership Celebration by J.V. Vlass, Caribbean Partnership Chairman