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Friday, June 29, 2012

Closing Post - Thank You

Dear Rotarians,

This will be my last post as editor of Rotary Resources & The Zone 33-34 Membership Blog, the largest, non-Rotary.org, website in the world dedicated to Rotary issues.

June 30, 2012 will conclude 8 years of my working above the district level with Rotarians and Rotary leaders on issues of Membership and Strengthening Clubs. I thank you for the opportunity to serve in the capacities of Assistant RIMZC, RI Membership Zone Coordinator, RI Membership Coordinator and lastly as Rotary Coordinator.

I believe that Rotary is truly a force for good in the world, and as many have said, I have certainly gotten more out of my volunteer experience than I ever put into it. I believe that significant understanding and progress has occurred during this time period. Rotary still faces challenges, but we can, and must, overcome them, so that Rotary lasts into the next century. Many dedicated leaders will continue to fight the good fight, so that our clubs will thrive, the service to our communities will continue, and our Foundation will continue to meet needs around the world.

I especially thank Rotary leaders who had the confidence in me to entrust these roles to me, such as prior RIMZC Joe Ferguson, my first "boss", RI Directors I have worked with- Ken Morgan, Milt Jones, Barry Rassin, Eric Adamson, and John Smarge- and my stalwart compatriots from Zone 34 serving in like positions, Jim Henry and Marcy Ullom. Jim, in particular, has been a great friend, mentor, and fellow lover of Rotary. Lastly, my team of ARCs has been outstanding for the past several years, including Tim Mannix, Abe Clymer, Nancy Barbee and Jim Probsdorfer. Who ya gonna call? Any of them - to get the job done!

The new RC will be Paula Matthews from District 7770 in South Carolina. I know you will continue to support her efforts to strengthen Rotary Clubs across our Zone.

As for me, I will continue working with The Rotary Leadership Institute and my District, as opportunities for service arise. Again, thanks for the opportunities to serve.
PDG Bevin Wall
Rotary Coordinator, Zone 33, 2010-12

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Polio- Washington Post Article

The Washington Post has run an editorial in support of polio eradication, which mentions Rotary as a global partner and its accomplishment in raising more than US$200 million to match the US$355 million in Challenge grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Click here to read the article. From June 2012 Coordinator Communique. 

Progress of the US$200 Million Challenge for Polio Eradication

As of 25 June, Rotarians have raised approximately US$223,399,000 million for the US$200 Million Challenge. However, our work is not done until our ultimate goal of the certification of the eradication of polio is reached. It is critical that we continue promoting the program and the role of Rotary in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative until such time as certification is achieved. From June 2012 Coordinator Communique. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Significant Progress highlighted in President's Message

RI President Kalyan Banerjee highlighted significant progress made and the task ahead during his June 2012 comments, set forth in their entirety below...

My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary,

June is a time to reflect on the Rotary year that has nearly passed, and to look forward to the one that is soon to begin. We look back at what we have accomplished and measure our progress toward the goals we have set for ourselves. In Rotary, we may pause to reflect, but never to rest on our laurels – for as much as we have achieved, we are always aware of how much there is still to do.

The 2011-12 year has been a time of significant progress. Binota and I have been fortunate to have visited different parts of the Rotary world and seen the many ways that Rotarians everywhere Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. In South Sudan, we met with Rotarians who are determined to make a difference despite tremendous challenges. The humanitarian problems in that nation are enormous, and begin with the most basic: At the moment, South Sudan lacks a single functional hospital. I am confident that in the coming year, Rotarians around the world will reach out to our newest Rotary country with the support and help it will need.

In Uganda, I was delighted and heartened to discover how many government ministers and officials are Rotarians, and to see them bringing the ideals of Rotary to life in their service. In Kathmandu, I was overwhelmed as countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – came together to vow to make the region 100 percent literate by 2017.

In Fiji and Vanuatu in the South Pacific, I was moved by Rotarians who are helping to lower child mortality and provide safe housing. In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, I was delighted by the statement of Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al-Nahayan, minister of higher education and scientific research: “We are looking forward eagerly to Rotary starting its first club here.” And in Valdivia, Chile, as close to the South Pole as Binota and I have been, we were moved by Rotarians’ work with children who have mental disabilities.

But most of all, we found our hearts warmed by the welcome we received all over the world – and by the sight of so many Rotarians living the Rotary ideal, and choosing to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president, and look forward to working together to buildPeace Through Service.

Friday, June 8, 2012

New Generations Programs Highlighted

The D7630 Pathways to Service radio program will feature several Rotary Program highlights this month, including the June 03, 2012 ROTARY SPOTLIGHT on New Generations Programs by IPDG Don Hackett, Wicomico County MD Rotary Club. Click The Pathways to Service link at www.rotary7630.org for the full schedule. Thanks to: Carol Ann Weisenfeld, Past District Governor, Rotary International District 7630.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rotary Showcase is Here!

It’s here! Rotary Showcase, officially launched at the 2012 Bangkok Convention, is Rotary International’s newest social media tool that helps Rotarians share service initiatives with the Rotary family and beyond. Users can add their club’s service projects, exchange ideas with other Rotarians, and explore the wide variety of activities that Rotary clubs are undertaking worldwide. Showcase users can also upload project pictures, create discussions about their initiatives, and even join projects that other Rotarians have created. The application connects directly to Facebook to broadcast club accomplishments globally with the simple click of a button.

Encourage Rotarians in your district to take the lead by adding their club’s service projects to Rotary Showcase right now! Please share this information with them and encourage them to visit www.rotary.org/showcase.

We hope your district enjoys this new and exciting way to promote projects and we look forward to learning more about your district’s service work through Rotary Showcase! Please direct any questions to rotary.service@rotary.org.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Global Peace Forums Information

At the International Assembly in January, President-elect Tanaka announced his plans for three Rotary Global Peace Forums that will be held during 2012-13. The location, theme, and date for each forum are listed here for your reference, along with websites where you can find further details:

Berlin, Germany
Peace Without Borders
30 November - 2 December 2012

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The Green Path to Peace
25-27 January 2013

Hiroshima, Japan
Peace Begins with You
17-18 May 2013**

Each forum will have a unique program to engage and inspire attendees to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace. President-elect Tanaka wishes to extend his personal invitation to you in the hopes that you will be able to attend one of the three forums.

Mission Accomplished?

To read the eighth and final part and what might have prevented an ex-Georgia Rotarian from saying that  … membership was not worth the time or money', read this article on the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog. Credit: Jim Henry Series, Reversing a Membership Freefall.

Friday, June 1, 2012

"One Rotary" Zone Level Proposed Goals

By way of discussion, a copy of some shared "One Rotary" Zone Goals discussed in principal by the Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall,  Zone 33 Public Image Coordinator Mike Conrad and the Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator-Elect Ron Ferrill, during our joint meeting in Evanston, IL in March, 2012. Caveat: There is no agreement to proceed with any of these items and there probably isn't even agreement on the way some of them are phrased, but this does represent some broad areas of possible future collaboration. Read the document.  

Proposed North American Regional Membership Plan

The North American Regional Membership Plan and exhibits, as will be proposed to the RI Board by the NA Membership Committee, can be accessed here.  

The Plan is central to new General Secretary John Hewko's vision for Rotary, as outlined in his January 24, 2012 comments.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Webinar - Strengthen Your Membership: Opportunities For The Growth & Future of Your Club

Join two Rotarian experts to Strengthen Your Membership: Opportunities For The Growth & Future of Your Club. The webinar will focus on: how to strengthen your club membership, including identifying opportunities for growth and how to capitalize on them, including discussions of: • Conducting club assessments • Identifying target groups • Multi-year Planning • Achieving successful growth...and much more! During this 60-minute webinar, panelists will also share tips to enhance member engagement.

There are three webinar sessions, click the link below to register for the session that is most convenient for you:

Tuesday 12 June 7.30 AM (Central Daylight Time, Evanston USA) Panelists: Holly Ransom, Club President-elect of the Rotary Club of Crawley, Jessie Harman, Past District Governor & Assistant Rotary Coordinator

Wednesday 13 June 1 PM (Central Daylight Time, Evanston USA) Panelists: Joe Roth, Past Club President & District Membership Chair of District 6990, Eva Vida, District Governor for District 5550

Thursday 14 June 6 PM (Central Daylight Time, Evanston USA) Panelists: Joe Roth, Past Club President & District Membership Chair of District 6990,  Eva Vida, District Governor for District 5550

All webinars will be recorded and available on the RI website to view and share. Please forward this message to other Rotarians who might be interested. From RI Research & Resources for Member Engagement Division

Membership, Public Image and Revitalisation

What does it mean for Rotary to have a "net gain" in members? Who care? Should you?

Read an insightful article from RI Director Barry Matheson. Read the article here. From Rotary on the Move Newsletter, June 2012. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Club Best Practices Videos Available

RI Staff- Club and District Support-  produced informative videos that were posted online on YouTube. The links were sent to DGEs to distribute to 2012-13 club leaders in their areas. The videos consist of two parts:

Video 1: RI Resources for Club Leaders: this part explains what Rotary International and the Europe/Africa Office in particular have to offer to Rotary clubs (staff support, publications, the Rotary Website, Member Access).

Video 2: Club Leaders Responsibilities to RI: this part explains the minimum standards for Rotary clubs, the Semi-annual Report and the use of the Rotary Marks. It also provides information on how to build the clubs’ online presence.

Guest Blog- Strategic Planning and Membership

Rotary Coordinator Nick Phillips from South Africa shares his views on strategic planning, healthy clubs, and the myths of membership in a recent blog post at the Rotary Coordinator Blog. Click here for the article.

Telling Your Story Resource Kit Available

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka has announced the availability of the new Telling Your Story resource kit for attracting and retaining Rotary club members and communicating the value of being a Rotarian. Membership is our responsibility, to ensure the longevity and success of our organization. We need every member in every Rotary club around the world to understand the value of being a Rotarian and referring prospective members.

Click here for a special video message from RIP Tanaka and others, and find out how to create your personal Rotary Moment. According to RIP Tanaka, As Rotarians we have a tendency to be humble and keep our achievements to ourselves. But now is the time that we must share them with those around us and with the world.

Explaining Rotary International Surveys

A summary of what surveys are conducted annually by RI, with tentative timelines, draft titles, description of the surveys and contacts for more information.

Mid-April through Late May- Demographic and Cost of Membership Survey- This survey was sent to Rotary club presidents to obtain basic demographic information about club members and estimates about the cost of membership. Contact: RI_research@rotary.org

End of April through Late May- Reporting of Assistant Governors in Member Access- This survey is designed to gather feedback on the new Member Access functionality that allows districts to indicate their assistant governors and assistant governors' roles. District governors, district governors-elect, and district executive secretaries will be asked to complete this review of the new functionality. Contact: CDS@rotary.org

Early May through End of May- 2012 Rotaract Preconvention Survey- After the Rotaract Preconvention, all attendees will be asked to complete this evaluation. Contact: Rotaract@rotary.org2012 Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting Evaluation- All Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) Preconvention attendees will be asked to evaluate the YEO Preconvention. Contact: Youthexchange@rotary.org

 Mid-May through Mid-June- 2012 Bangkok Convention Evaluation - After the 2012 Bangkok Convention, this survey will ask all attendees to provide feedback about their convention experience. Future Vision Readiness Survey - Through this survey, RI seeks to better understand non-pilot district readiness for the 1 July 2013 launch of the new grant model (Future Vision). District governors, district governors-elect, district governors-nominees, district Rotary Foundation chairs, and all subcommittee chairs of non-pilot districts will be invited to participate. Contact: RI_research@rotary.org

Late May through Late June - Pilot Clubs End of Year Progress Report - For RI to be able to evaluate the impact of the various innovations, pilot clubs are required to provide regular updates. Emails with the link to this online report form will be sent to club officers in the Meeting Frequency Pilot Program and in the 2011 – 14 Pilot Programs (Associate Membership, Corporate Membership, Satellite Club, and Innovation & Flexibility). Contact: RIpilotprograms@rotary.orgStrategic Planning Survey- This survey is designed to measure Rotarian awareness and support for RI’s Strategic Plan. A sample of Rotarian leaders, club officers, and general Rotarians will be asked to participate. Contact: RI_research@rotary.org

June- Strengthening Rotary’s Brand Survey - This survey is part of the ongoing Strengthening Rotary’s Brand initiative. The survey has been designed in conjunction with the brand strategy experts at Siegel + Gale to test Rotarian and general public perceptions of potential brand messages. A sample of Rotarians and a sample of non-Rotarians around the world will be asked to participate. Contact: RI_research@rotary.orgWebsite Experience Survey - The Website Experience Survey is part of the initiative to redesign Rotary.org and improve the experience of Rotarians visiting the website. This survey will gather valuable input from a random sample of Rotarians and help set the direction for the new website. Contact: RI_research@rotary.orgRotary Program Participation Survey - Beginning in June, this ongoing survey will be regularly sent to former RI and The Rotary Foundation program participants to gather feedback about their Rotary experiences. Contact: Contact.Center@rotary.org

If you have any questions about a particular survey, please contact the RI contact listed for that survey. If you have any general research questions or questions about the Rotary Research Newsletter, please contact the Research & Resources for Member Engagement division at RI_research@rotary.org.

NC Club Supports Global Run for Water

Cary-Kildaire (NC) Rotarian Scott Rossi has recently been named to the Board of Global Run for Water. He is seeking district and club support for the project, which fits within one of the six areas of focus of Rotary. See the Global Run for Water website for more information or contact Scott by email for insight on how to get involved.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Test Drive Rotary Showcase

Here is you chance to see a brand new Rotary International initiative- Rotary Showcase. It will officially be unveiled in Bangkok at the Convention next week, but you can log on right now and tell everyone what exciting projects your club is undertaking.

Visit Rotary Showcase by clicking here. Please be sure to share with all of your friends on Facebook! From Rotary Coordinator Blog. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Virginia, Florida Rotarians Honored at White House

Rtn. Fred Thompson of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook, Virginia, and Rtn. Noelle Galperin of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Florida, were 2 of 10 Rotarians honored as "Champions of Change" at a White House ceremony on April 20, 2012.

Click here for the full article at Rotary.org News.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Convention Workshops

Rotarians from all over the world will be attending the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, 6-9 May. The convention is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians and find out what clubs are doing around the globe. Register online through Member Access until 1 May.

If you’ll be at the convention, plan to attend some of the workshops and sessions offered Monday through Wednesday, including Defining Our Global Impact, Webinars Made Easy, and Incoming Club Presidents Workshop. Also, RC Bevin Wall will be involved in a panel discussion on Flexible and Innovative Clubs.  

If this is your first Rotary convention, consider attending one of the two orientation sessions for first-time attendees on Saturday, 5 May.

Note: Information may change before the convention, so please consult the program book when you arrive. From Rotary Training Talk.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Creating Rotary Awareness

See the post by Zone 28 RI Director-Elect Mary Beth Growney Selene at The Zone 33-34 Membership Blog. Click here.

2012-13 New Water Grants

Please let me know if your club would like to do a Rotary Water Grant as a Host or International Partner. If you simple want to donate to a Water Grant, please let me know. We sure could use your support.
The Water Man Click here for The Water Team International Causes Page on Facebook. This may require a sign-in. Go to the web site.

Polio Free India- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

from RGHF's Our Foundation Newsletter

Support Midwifery

To mark the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May, consider planning a maternal and child health project or other activities to raise awareness of midwifery issues. Find out more and learn about Rotary’s maternal and child health area of focus. From Rotary Foundation Future Vision News. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rotary Action Group for Microcredit

The Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit is a group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotaractors who create dynamic partnerships to end poverty through microcredit. Visit their website for microcredit news and to learn how to start your own project. Click here for the website.

Monday, April 9, 2012

New Rotary Service Update available

From Rotary.org News. Introducing the Rotary Service Update! On behalf of the Rotary Service Department, thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the International Service Update and Community Service Update newsletters. We are pleased to announce that we have combined these two newsletters into the new and improved Rotary Service Update newsletter, which you will now automatically receive. This newsletter will highlight news, tips, and resources designed to help you and your club effectively connect, partner, and serve. The Rotary Service Update will be distributed every two months in seven languages, and will cover a wide variety of service topics. We hope you enjoy the new look and format, and we encourage you to forward this newsletter to your contacts in Rotary. Questions, comments, and new subscriber inquiries are always welcome; please email us at rotary.service@rotary.org.

Just Peach-y, President-Elects are Customers Too!

Read the latest from Jim Henry on Membership from Retention Central. See How the Peach State PETS used customer-driven planning to design and implement a successful President-Elect Training program. Orange you glad! (sorry)

Monday, April 2, 2012

WV District 7530 Produces Fantastic Rotary 60 sec Commercial

For more information contact DGE Greg Smith at gsmith@ccmh.org.

A Brilliant 15 Weeks: Improving Rotarian's Club Experience

DG Maureen Merrill of D5130 (CA USA) is motivating her clubs to finish strong in 2011-12- through visualizing "a brilliant 15-week future to create - one we'll never have again, with the chance to finsh our Rotary Leadership year by giving it all we've got. (Just in time to take a 4th of July week off!)"

There are 15 weeks to make a difference by improving a Rotarian's relationship with their club through: (1) their high quality meeting experience, and (2) a renewed focus on individual members. Some best practices shared:
  1. Add NEW stuff. Especially, something that puts the spotlight on members. Member interviews, increased craft talks, Rotary moments, impromptu brainstorming or discussions. Nothing wrong with letting members talk fine-free about their businesses, or trends in their industries and professions.
  2. If you have a rolling screen or PowerPoint, change the look or order of it. Put in short videos, or more member photos and names. These rev up the 'fun' elements in your meeting. 
  3. If you don't yet have a screen up . . . get one NOW!This is possibly the best meeting innovation of the last decade, adding focus, pizzazz, and color - with the considerable added benefit of emphasizing your announcements (which easily slide by the attention span) and accomplishments (which can't be repeated too often.)
  4. Boldly rev up your speaker list.(Skip this paragraph if your attendance is super and your meeting speakers consistently great and irresistible.) A continuing frustration for some leaders: the programs get soft; the most common complaints being too many outside NFP's (especially if they're dull) and too many PowerPoint-reading, blah, incompetent speakers. Yikes, so many times I've heard from Past Presidents: "I could have been tougher about the speakers." Resolve that all of your remaining programs will be terrific - even it it means cancelling, changing, and demanding! You are waaaay better off with a collection of short craft talks, freewheeling discussions, joke contests and club assemblies than you are with a dull speaker. Ultimately, your year will end better for it.
  5. Follow up with absentees. Attendance stats are your first bellwether of member loss. Assure that a responsible leader in your club is (sensitively) on top of who is missing meetings and why. Members want to know that someone cares. Many simply will not think to mention that they have an illness or emergency to cope with. Your best retention strategy could be making sure that a call, an expression of interest becomes part of your regular way of doing things.
  6. Another area of concern was with orientation and ongoing Rotary education. It seems that when this piece is well in place, clubs consistently do well. On the other hand, clubs that let it slip are sure to see an erosion in vitality. Frequently remind your Rotarians of the benefits, advantages and opportunities of their membership - as well as Rotary history, policies and responsibilities. All of this is more effective if framed with the amazing accomplishments of the world's premier service organization - and of your own club. Shared from the Travels of John T. Capps, and DG Maureen Merrill D5130.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Webinar: Learn About E-Clubs & the Potential They Offer for Rotary

Join two Rotarian e-club experts to learn about their respective e-clubs, including how they meet, do service projects and gain fellowship, including discussions of: • How e-clubs attract members • Benefits of e-clubs •...and much more! During this 60-minute webinar, panelists will also share tips to improve member’s experience. Click here to sign up for two convenient webinar times. Shared by Ryan Hall of Rotary International. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Shelterbox Now a Strategic Partner of Rotary

Rotary International and ShelterBox, a grassroots disaster relief organization, signed a project partner agreement this month, allowing the two organizations to collaborate more closely to provide relief and temporary shelter to survivors of natural disasters.

“Project partner” is a special status RI gives to groups started or managed by Rotary clubs. The agreement will build on the strengths of both organizations in responding to disasters all over the world. Click here for the article. From Rotary.org News. 

Haiti Water Filter Project from VA & NC Rotary Clubs

A team of Rotarians from District 7600 traveled to Haiti for four days in late February for a firsthand look at the water filter project that was funded by Rotary clubs in District 7600, two Rotary clubs in North Carolina, and a grant from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund. The team included Lee Warren (South Hill RC), District Governor-Nominee Chuck Arnason (Blackstone RC), Assistant Governor Randy Cash (South Hill RC), Assistant Governor Bobby Fulcher (Powhatan RC), and Larry “Rat” Davis (Immediate Past President of the South Boston RC).

In 2011 the South Hill Rotary Club partnered with the Delmas/Aeroport Rotary Club in Haiti to obtain a grant from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund to construct and install water filters. The $24,000 project was funded with a $12,000 grant and $12,000 donated by the Rotary Clubs of South Hill, Henrico East, Powhatan, Lawrenceville, Lake Country, and South Boston in District 7600 and two North Carolina Rotary clubs: Belhaven-Pantego RC in District 7720 and Valdese RC in District 7670. The Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund was established by The Rotary Foundation to receive and administer donations for relief efforts related to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti.

Not only did the team help by building filters and delivering them to homes that needed clean water, they also worked with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) Community Relations Manager and Rotarian Lee Warren and watched as local schools prepared the meals that were delivered to Haiti by SHN earlier in the year. The South Hill club has partnered with Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) in Haiti, a recognized charitable organization, and with the local Rotarians in Haiti for the implementation of the grant. The project will provide for approximately 450 water filters to be placed primarily in homes in a country in dire need of potable water. The project also provides jobs to Haitians who are constructing and installing the systems. The systems have approximately a ten year life span which allows the project to continue into the future. An average home consists of 8 people and HOM anticipates no less than 3 families will have access to each filter. This means that the project will supply clean potable water to approximately 11,500 people. Article by Lee Warren in the D7600 Rotary Foundation Newsletter. 

Richard Bland College Rotaract Supports Polio Fight

The Richard Bland College Rotaract Club has been active on campus with many projects to raise money for PolioPlus. In January the club contributed $1,500 to support the eradication of polio by presenting $500 checks each to the Petersburg, Petersburg Breakfast, and Colonial Heights Rotary clubs. On Valentine‟s Day, the Richard Bland College Rotaract club sold teddy bears and chocolate covered roses to raise money for polio eradication and for several other worthwhile projects.

Richard Bland College is a public junior college with about 1,400 students located near Petersburg, VA. The Rotaract club was formed during the 2010-11 Rotary year. The club is sponsored by the Petersburg Rotary Club and Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club. From D7600 Foundation Newsletter. 

Front Row left to right: Rotaract members Ieisha Price (President), Jonathan Moore (Vice-President), Megan Tate (Secretary). Second Row left to right: Sam Parham (Petersburg-Breakfast RC), Virginia Cherry (Petersburg RC and advisor to the Rotaract Club), Bill Poach (Petersburg RC), and AG Jeff Jacobs (Colonial Heights RC).

Rotaract members from left to right: Tatiana Wilson, Tiara Hocker, John Byrd, Shanise King, Ieisha Price, India Booth, and Rashonda Britt.

Seuss on Service

Click graphic to enlarge. 
Shared by PDG Bill Pollard in the D7600 Foundation newsletter.  

Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship (ROSNF)

Visit the Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship (ROSNF). Their homepage is  http://rosnf.net/home/ where you’ll find a great deal of useful information and opportunities to gain a better understanding of social media. You can also friend ROSNF on their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter. This is the crest of the wave on meeting the new generation of Rotarians where they live. Information provided by Ryan Hall, Coordinator, Rotary Coordinator (RC) Program, Rotary International.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Water & Sanitation Presentation by Rotary Peace Fellow March 31

Join Rotary Peace Fellow Ryan Rowe, Master of Public Health Candidate Specializing in Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as he shares lessons learned on improving access to clean water in developing countries – based on his experience in Kibera, Kenya. You are invited to attend the live online video broadcast of the presentation Saturday, March 31, at 10:40am EST at: http://global.unc.edu/live_stream/. It will be a 15 minutes presentation, followed by a 10 minute Q&A and a demonstration of a water purification method.

Click here to view presentation [added April 1, 2012]. Viewers will need to make sure they have Microsoft Silverlight installed on their computers. You can install it for free by going to http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/.

See how your Rotary Foundation dollars are being invested, and making a huge different in the world. See the Ninth Annual Rotary Spring Peace Conference Program here. Shared by PDG Doug Vincent.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Video Best Practices: Seattle WA Rotary

This pro bono video was produced for Seattle 4 Rotary by ProMotion Arts, a Seattle video production company specializing in corporate communications, commercial production, and non-profit outreach and development. Hey, who is that guy?

Best Practices: Club Guest Speaker Success

One of the secrets to making your meeting work is to ensure your Guest Speaker is treated not only as a Guest, but as a Keynote Speaker would be at a major function. Success is based on communication. Some best practices:
  1. Confirm your invitation in writing,
  2. Advise what equipment you have readily available and request advice on what the speaker needs,
  3. Invite them to send their presentation to you in advance for loading onto a computer prior to the meeting,
  4. Request a copy of your Speakers introductory bio prior to the meeting and provide this to the Chair to ensure a “suitable introduction”,
  5. Provide both the Chairs contact details and your contact arrangements,
  6. Ask if they have any dietary or other requirements,
  7. Send a reminder email / telephone call to your speaker two or three days before to check that all is in order,
  8. Advise them about parking at the venue; reserve a space and arrange to meet them on arrival,
  9. Chair to be at the meeting early to welcome your Guest Speaker.
  10. Have a name badge ready for your Guest and ensure the Greeting team knows not to ask them to pay, but to welcome them and introduce immediately to the Chair for the meeting,
  11. Promote the Guest Speaker in your lead up Club Newsletter,
  12. President to advise members of the Guest Speaker for next meeting; a great tip,
  13. Consider who is the most appropriate Chair for the meeting; who has a link to the topic or speaker,
  14. Have a suitable gift for the Speaker; have you considered a Framed Certificate with a donation to The Rotary Foundation or something personal for the speaker,
  15. Seek written approval of the speaker to take their photograph and use content of their presentation on your club website and club newsletter,
  16. Forward a copy of your Club Newsletter which features the Guest Speaker as a final thank you.
  17. Speakers appreciate being met in the parking lot, and then seeing their presentation opening slide already showing on the screen, and being seated at a reserved space at their table, with a special friend or key contact seated beside them. 
Adapted from an article by PDG 2003-04 Jennifer Coburn RC Mont Albert & Surrey Hills, District 9810, reprinted from Rotary on the Move Newsletter, Zone 7B & 8. 

Latest RI Strategic Plan Update Available

Click here for the article and report from RI News.

The Economy: Some Clubs Move to More Hands On Service

Read this article from the Bristol (U.K.) Evening Post about a club changing its focus to "hands on" service. From Rotary PR Tips. 

Video: What is Rotary?

How do you respond when a friend or co-worker asks you, “What’s Rotary?” Two tools you can use to answer the question are a :30 video that you can share or email and wallet cards that you can distribute. Both provide you with an easy way to share Rotary this year. From Rotary PR Tips. 

What is Rotary? from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Literacy Project Guide Available

Read the Literacy Project Guide from Rotary & Int'l Reading Assn. It contains project ideas and best practice techniques for improving literacy.

Water to Drink

Doing Good: Providing Clean Water from Rotary International on Vimeo.

By collaborating with other organizations and working with local communities, Rotarians are helping to improve access to clean water and sanitation. Watch a video about Rotary’s work in this area of focus. From Rotary Weekly Update.

Learn how you can help

Read "Rotary collaborates with others for clean water"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ROTA Africa Signature Project Seeks Sponsors

ROTA- Reach Out to Africa has announced that the assembled current African District Governors and the next two classes of District Governors have adopted WATER AND SANITATION as the All-Africa Signature Project for the next three years. Clubs and Districts are encouraged to seek out international partners and discover funding sources.

While continuing to build single-location projects, Rotarians are encouraged to consider those with multiple locations, multiple partners, and the potential for significant impact on Rotary's Public Image.

PDG Patrick Coleman, from Zambia D-9210, has accepted responsibility for coordinating these efforts. His role will include assembling lists of project sites, club and district sponsors, potential non-Rotary funding partners, and experts in the Water and Sanitation field. Contact Patrick

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Doing Good in the World DVD

Doing Good: Intro from Rotary International on Vimeo.

This DVD is a great tool to educate and engage prospective donors (both Rotarians and non-Rotarians); it can also be a great way to showcase the strategic priorities of Rotary to prospective members and the general public.

Each individual segment is available to view via Rotary's Podcast on iTunes, or on the video sharing site, Vimeo. The Vimeo links are as follows: Doing Good: IntroSupporting EducationGrowing Local EconomiesFighting DiseaseProviding Clean WaterSaving Mothers and ChildrenPromoting Peace:

DVDs may be ordered for US$10 via http://shop.rotary.orgThanks to our friends Joanne Bertsche and Jackie McGuire, Giving Officers at our Rotary Foundation.

Best Practices to Engage Today's Young Professionals

View Rotary's Re-energize Your Club: Best Practices to Engage Today's Young Professionals webinar.

Click here for a Best Practices Document to support you in attracting young professionals.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's Literacy Month

More than 770 million adults worldwide do not know how to read. Learn how Rotary clubs are helping support basic education and literacy and see a photo gallery of literacy projects.

April 20-22: Global Youth Service Day

Join millions of children, teens, and young adults to change the world through service on Global Youth Service Day, 20-22 April. Issues like health, education, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness, human rights, and the environment can seem overwhelming. But on Global Youth Service Day, young people in over 100 countries on six continents will take action by educating others, volunteering in their communities, advocating for change, and giving back.

We encourage all New Generations participants to get involved. Find ideas and resources, see what's happening around the world, and register your project at www.GYSD.org.

Encourage your Rotary Club and Rotary Club supporter youth groups to get involved!  Taken from New Generations E-letter

Webinar: How to Engage Young Professionals

Join a panel of Rotarian experts to learn how your Rotary club can engage today's young professionals through communications, innovative strategies, and invitations to membership. This webinar will help you maximize your club’s communications to energize existing members and reach out to prospective ones. You’ll also get tips on using Rotary’s classification concept to create a club that represents your community. Register now:

Tuesday, 13 March, 09:00-10:00 CDT
Wednesday, 14 March, 12:00-13:00 CDT
Thursday, 15 March, 18:00-19:00 CDT

All times listed are Central Time (Chicago time). Convert to your time zone. From New Generations E-Letter. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rotary Club Central Introduced

From RI General Secretary John Hewko's letter of March 5, 2012.  
In May 2011, the RI Board approved the development of a new resource for clubs and districts in support of the RI Strategic Plan. This online tool called Rotary Club Central, currently in development, will help Rotary International measure club activities in order to better document Rotary’s global impact.

Slated for launch in early 2012-13, Rotary Club Central will help clubs assess their current state, set goals for the coming year, and create a plan to achieve their goals in key performance areas such as membership initiatives, hours of service, dollars spent on projects, Rotary Foundation giving, and public relations efforts. By empowering clubs with the ability to quickly assess their performance, Rotarians will be motivated to challenge themselves, their clubs, and their districts to greater heights of achievement, enhancing Rotary’s area of impact.

It doesn’t stop there. The Rotary Club Central project will increase the amount and streamline how Rotary International collects data about club, district, and zone activities and will eventually eliminate paper-based goal forms that require manual entry by both Rotarians and staff. Because assistant governors will be helping clubs directly to track and achieve goals, as part of this project we are will also be adding assistant governors to our databases for the very first time.

We have now reached an exciting phase of the project. We are ready to launch our testing site that will allow a sampling of club and district leaders from every zone to try it out and provide feedback during the week of 12-19 March. The first phase of the project includes testing of the following features:
  • The ability for district governors to appoint assistant governors, and assign clubs to those assistant governors. 
  • The functionality for clubs to set goals, see historical progress and track actual results for the category of Rotary Foundation giving . 
  • The ability for district governors to see their clubs’ activities related to Foundation gifts.
Look for an update later this year from me as we approach our launch date.

March 2012- Zone Rotary News

See the March 2012 Zones 33-34 RotaReader Newsletter for:

  • A Summary of the recent webinar Town Hall Meeting with Director John Smarge on issues including: pilot programs, club administration and membership, Council on Legislation, Women in Rotary, Social Networking, Young Rotarians Marketing Campaign, and Interact Clubs. 
  • Caribbean Partnership Conference 
  • Stop Hunger Now 
  • Rotarian Emergency Disaster Relief Conference
  • Remembering Past RI President Glenn Estess
  • Hunger in our Home Towns Project

April is Rotary Magazine Month

Plan club meetings and activities to observe Magazine Month in April. Encourage club members to promote your  The Rotarian, and RVM: Rotary Video Magazine. Discuss how to use these resources for project ideas, to recruit new members, and to renew excitement about Rotary.

Utilize Rotary Service Connections

As the world grows increasingly interdependent and Rotary’s reach expands, Rotarians are inspired to employ varying resources to undertake and strengthen international collaboration. In a grassroots organization of over 34,000 clubs worldwide, opportunities to establish friendships across borders, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and unite in international endeavors are bountiful.

[Clubs should] explore Rotary Service Connections resources to form new friendships, connect with project partners, and establish long-term partnerships in order to make a lasting global impact. Here is a sample of the numerous resources available on Rotary.org:
  • Make new friends by traveling across borders and hosting international groups through a Friendship Exchange.
  • Support or post a project in need of assistance on ProjectLINK, Rotary’s database of active club and district projects seeking support.
  • Establish a long-term working relationship with an international club by formalizing a Twin club partnership.
  • Attend a Project Fair, a regional event that encourages collaboration by providing opportunities to display service projects needing assistance, to connect with potential partners, and to attend workshops that share innovative approaches and ideas.
  • Review best practices for Establishing Effective Partnerships.
The following workshops are available at the Bangkok Convention 6-9 May:
  • Transparency and Accountability in Service Projects, Monday, 7 May, 14:30-16:00
  • Partnering for Effective Service Projects, Wednesday, 9 May, 14:30 – 16:00
Excerpt of Letter from Ellina Kushnir, Program Coordinator, Rotary Service, RI Programs

Pres. Kalyan on Sustainability

[L]ast July, I quoted Mohandas K. Gandhi, who said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” And in the months since, I have had incredible opportunities to travel the Rotary world and see how Rotarians everywhere are bringing those words to life.

Creating positive change means, at its simplest, using our knowledge and resources to solve a problem. But when we are talking about solving humanitarian problems in a real and lasting way, knowledge and ideas and resources are not enough to ensure results. We have to remember something else that is no less important: sustainability.

A sustainable solution is one that will continue to work even after the Rotarians who proposed and facilitated it are gone. This means that even though the project might have come from Rotary originally, the community will take ownership of it. That, of course, means that when a part breaks on a water pump, there will be a process in place to repair it and to keep that pump functional – carried out by the community, and without further recourse to Rotary.

The first step toward sustainability is understanding the need – for example, the cooking fuel problem common in much of the developing world. In many regions, solar ovens are a wonderful solution: They are inexpensive; they rely on a source of energy that is free, nonpolluting, and inexhaustible; and they are simple to use and maintain.

But before we step into a community and attempt to solve its fuel problem with solar ovens, we have to fully understand its situation – and look beyond the problem we see. Perhaps the local foods need to be cooked at a temperature higher than the solar oven can provide. Perhaps the area is windy, and the solar ovens would blow away. Perhaps it’s traditional in that area to begin cooking before dawn, which, of course, you cannot do with a solar oven. These are issues you simply might not have thought of, but that could soon lead to the solar ovens being used to patch roofs or keep animal feed dry instead of for cooking.

If we are trying to bring about change, it’s not enough to say, “My way is the better way.” We have to be listening and watching, not just talking. We can only help others if we reach out with an open mind – and with the knowledge, the commitment, and the perseverance to deliver on what we promise. From Rotary.org. 

India removed from polio-endemic list

The World Health Organization has removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. The news was announced at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi, India. From Rotary Weekly Update. 

Does Your Club Think Strategically?

Ensure continuity and efficiency in your club’s objectives through strategic planning. Read more. From Rotary Leader. 

How Diverse is Your Club?

Promoting member diversity is one of Rotary’s strategic goals. Find out how clubs grew to reflect the communities they serve. Read moreFrom Rotary Leader.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DC- Alumni Based Rotary Club in Formation

DGN Peter Kyle of Rotary District 7620 relates the following.

There are a large number of RF Alumni in the greater Washington area. I am delighted to advise that very soon we will have our very own Alumni-based Rotary Club. The provisional Rotary Club of Dupont Circle will be officially chartered on Tuesday, March 27, 2011. The Club has approximately 30 members most of whom are Alumni. It will be a Happy Hour Club, so it will nicely complement the two other Clubs in Washington, DC. The Washington Rotary Club meets for lunch and the Capitol Hill Club meets for breakfast. 
Upcoming Charter Evening. If any of you can make this event, we would be delighted. The festivities will take place at the law firm of K & L Gates, 1601 K Street, NW, Washington, DC beginning at 6.30 pm. It is going to be quite an affair! For those who are unable to attend an appropriate message would be much appreciated and should be addressed to Kristin Post - charternight@dupontrotary.com. Kristin is the current and proposed President and one of seven Peace Fellow members of the Club. Reprinted from the Zone 33 Foundation Newsletter. 

Brandermill Rotary Club featured on the RI website

The Rotary Club of Brandermill VA in District 7600 was featured on the RI website in January regarding the club’s sister club partnership with the Rotary Club of Kaunas, Lithuania and the Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians. Author and polio survivor Nancy Wright Beasley joined the Brandermill Rotary club shortly after speaking to the club about her book on Lithuanian families during the Holocaust. Following visits to Lithuania in 2009 and 2010, she inspired the Brandermill Rotarians to pursue service projects with the Rotary Club of Kaunas, Lithuania, which she had visited. While in Kaunas, Beasley had also been introduced by telephone to the founding president of the Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians. The club’s members, all Lithuanians living in the Chicago area, expressed an interest in joining with the Brandermill club to carry out projects in Lithuania. So the clubs turned to Rotary Service Connections to facilitate that partnership.

“Rotary Service Connections helped us with some of the criteria, so we began discussing a feasible project,” says Don Vaught, president of the Brandermill club. “Our two boards approved the idea of the partnership, and the proposal was eventually accepted by the Kaunas club as well.” The arrangement was made official in November. The sister clubs are launching their first project in Lithuania soon, to help obtain medical equipment for an orphanage in Kaunas. President Don and Nancy are working with District 7600 Grants chair Bill Liepis to pursue using a matching grant to support a project between the three clubs.

Click here to read the article. Reprinted from the District 7600 Rotary Foundation Newsletter.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector

Branding in the nonprofit sector appears to be at an inflection point in its development. 

Although many nonprofits continue to take a narrow approach to brand management, using it as a tool for fundraising, a growing number are moving beyond that approach to explore the wider, strategic roles that brands can play... 

Read moreFrom the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

Forget Networking: How to be a Connector

We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone. They're always able to help -- or if they can't, they know someone who can. You meet them for the first time and in 15 minutes, you're talking with them like you're childhood friends. They're successful, smart and funny, with a likable touch of self-deprecation. And they're interested in everything.

Who are they? Click here for the story in Entrepreneur Magazine Online.  

Attendance Changes May be On the Way

See the latest here, at Zone 33-34 Membership Blog.

Re-energize Your Club: Best Practices to Engage Today's Young Professionals

Join a panel of Rotarian experts to learn tips to engage today's young professionals and how to convert them into members. Click here for more... 

Caruso on Effective Leadership

  1. The team improves right after the leader does. Enough said. 
  2. It's true that if you train your employees, some will leave. Training can be expensive and it never seems to be finished. Sometimes you'll spend time, energy, and money grooming employees only to have them leave your employ. This is a far better scenario than not training your people and having them stay. 
  3. Motivation remains a mystery to many leaders. Uncle Aristotle said it first. Later, Sigmund Freud published his famous "Pain/Pleasure Principle", which states that two basic things motivate people: a) The anticipation of pleasure and b) The avoidance of pain. Strong leaders use both hot and cold water to motivate and as usual, the magic is in the details.
  4. Leaders should not solve problems for direct reports. When a leader becomes known as a "fixer," the team stops trying to solve its own problems and brings all its issues to management. 
  5. A leader's greatest skill is the ability to speak to groups. Sure, we like leaders who can compose well-written memos. Yes, it's important for leaders to read budget reports. But the ability to think and speak on your feet can make or break a career. 
From Michael Angelo Caruso's e-letter. Michael is a frequent speaker at Rotary events. Go to his website at  www.michaelangelocaruso.com

Join the Polio Twitter Chat

A Twitter chat about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts will be held on 24 February, starting at 09:30 CST. Topics will include the success of the campaign in India, challenges, and next steps in the push to end the disease worldwide, including ways the public can get involved. Representatives from Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation will participate. The conversation will be led and moderated by officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow the hashtag #poliochat to participate. Read more. From Rotary PR News.

Rotary featured on AOL Impact website

Marking the 107th anniversary of Rotary International and its commitment to the global eradication of polio, Rotary is the featured nonprofit organization on 23 February on the AOL Impact website. Every day, the site highlights a cause that is making a difference in communities around the world. Read more. From Rotary PR News.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SC Rotarians Support Haitian Pre-Teachers in their Haiti Project

Dr. Sara Mansbach shares the following information about District 7750 (Western South Carolina) Literacy Effort and Work Team to Haiti. The Mission Statement is to raise the literacy level of children aged 3 to 8 years old in the Central Plateau with support for their community, schools and homes through training, services, and books.

Sa je pa wè, kè pa santi.- What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't feel. (Haitian proverb)

You can only know how rewarding and heartwarming this experience is if you come visit!  A Work Team of 5 Volunteers, including Rotarians Elaine Thena of Easley and me are headed to Haiti the first week in March. We will:
  • Continue teacher training for 21 school lead teachers—14 Hours
  • Build bookshelves and cabinets
  • Place new Creole and French books in the library
  • Visit school sites to distribute school books and evaluate
Special Appeal: Can your Club help defray the cost of several of the Teachers getting training--at $50 a teacher? We are paying for overnight lodging and meals? What a special way to celebrate Rotary Literacy month--bring Creole books and more knowledgeable teachers to 21 schools. Send donations to Bobby Elrod Pleasantburg Rotary Club Foundation 18 West Seven Oaks Drive, Greenville, SC 29605

FIND OUT MORE: Email a Rotary Leader Club contact: "JEAN MAHAFFEY" maha4694@bellsouth.net.
Look for our display at the District Conference.and talk to Susan Hughes gsrhughes@aol.com. Google back issues of the District 7750 e-newsletter on the web.

RI Board Decisions on New Generations Programs

At its January meeting, the RI Board of Directors weighed in on several topics related to New Generations. Here are a few of the Board’s decisions:
  • Club presidents and district governors-elect are encouraged to appoint New Generations committees to develop, implement, and support New Generations activities.
  • Because service is an essential component of all New Generations programs, clubs and districts should include a service learning dimensionin RYLA and Youth Exchange, as well as in Interact and Rotaract, to promote leadership and team-building skills, tolerance, and commitment to social responsibility.
  • District Rotaract representatives and sponsor Rotary clubs should encourage Rotaract club officers, directors, and committee chairs to attend district-level leadership training meetings.
In addition, the Board decided that it will not amend the age range for Rotaract members and will not collect annual dues from Rotaract clubs. These decisions grew out of recommendations from the 2011 Rotaract CouncilRead more highlights of RI Board actions. From New Generations E-Letter. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Join Us For a Literacy Webinar

Looking for ways to enhance your club or district’s literacy project? Starting a literacy project and not sure where to begin?

Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar to learn how your club and district can develop a strong, sustainable literacy project. A panel of literacy experts will present success stories of projects around the world, share information about Rotary's literacy partnerships, and help inspire your own project ideas just in time for March, Literacy Month.

Webinar panelists include:
  • Judy Backlund, Chair of the International Reading Association / Rotary International partnership
  • David Dotson, President of the Dollywood Foundation, an RI service partner
  • Marcelina Aurelio, Founding President of the Rotary Club of Sampaguita-Grace Park, Philippines, and Assistant General Coordinator of the former Rotary International Literacy Resource Group
Register today to attend Rotary Service’s first literacy webinar and learn how your club and district can enhance a literacy program in your neighborhood or abroad. The webinars are offered over three time slots in both English and Spanish for our international Rotary community.

Taking on a Literacy Project (Note: the following sessions are in English)
Option 1: Tuesday, 28 February 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Option 2: Tuesday, 28 February 18:00 PM – 19:00 PM CST

Spread the word about literacy! Invite fellow Rotarians to attend this important event to improve club and district literacy initiatives and grow their efforts around the world. All are welcome! Are you a Twitter user? Join @Rotary for a live chat about literacy on Monday, February 27th at 3:00PM CST using the hashtag #RotaryLit in preparation for Tuesday's webinar. Posted by Beth Santos, Program Coordinator, Rotary Service, Rotary International.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Plan a Rotary Day

Iconic landmarks will be illuminated with an End Polio Now message in honor of Rotary’s anniversary 23 February. 

How will your club celebrate? Read about other celebration plans, including a swim marathon. From Rotary Weekly Update. 

Polio- What Now?

The Our Foundation Newsletter (OFN) reports very encouraging and exciting stories as more and more Rotarians continue to beat and batter the deadly killer and crippler of children - polio.

It contains some exclusive and first-person articles written by Rotary heroes; Dr. Robert "Bob" Scott, Dr. Carol Pandak, Dr. Bruce Alyward, RIP Kalyan Banerjee, TRF Trustees Ashok Mahajan, John Germ and the OFN Editor-in-chief Calum Thomson.

The world is buzzing with extraordinary Polio Eradication News. Read more.

Reminder: District PR grant applications due 4 March

Districts have less than a month to submit a PR grant application to RI. 

Public relations grants help districts communicate Rotary messages to the general public, enhancing Rotary’s public image. Over the last four years, RI has awarded more than US$10 million in PR grants worldwide, and districts have received more than $40 million in in-kind donations. 

Send questions or comments about the program to prgrants@rotary.org. Read more and download the application. From Rotary PR Tips E-Letter.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Peace & Conflict Resolution in our Zone

The Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution annually selects and trains Rotary Peace Fellows based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their future careers.

The Center's Mission Statement is "Building sustainable peace through training in conflict resolution and a holistic approach to international development."

The  Duke-UNC Rotary Center's website contains great information, suitable for club or district programs, newsletter articles of collaborations. You can read about the academics, the internships, and more importantly, the super current and former Peace Fellows making a different in the world- all supported by Rotary and our Rotary Foundation.  

Take some time and Visit the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Web Page.

The Rotary Media Center

Visit the new and improved Rotary Media Center.

Your online resource for public service announcements, videos, and more...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

2012-13 Theme: Peace Through Service

District governors-elect attending the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, 15-21 January, heard RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka announce the theme for the coming Rotary year, Peace Through Service. Watch a video of his announcement, and get ready for 2012-13 by downloading speeches, news articles, and photos.

President-elect Tanaka urged incoming governors to promote the theme, and group discussion sessions prepared them for their responsibilities.

For Thomas Fallon, governor-elect of District 7300 (Pennsylvania, USA), the president-elect’s theme is a perfect fit for Rotary. “There are so many ways the theme can be interpreted,” he says, “and it’s my goal to help clubs interpret it in a way that suits them best.”

March is Literacy Month

Celebrate Literacy Month and support Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy area of focus.

Encourage Rotarians to raise awareness about literacy issues and to organize literacy projects at home and abroad. 

Consider facilitating a discussion at an upcoming club meeting about literacy and education in your community.

From Rotary Training Talk. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February Pathways to Service Update

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

February 5, 2012. Report on Stockings for Soldiers

February 12, 2012. Delaware Marathon

February 19, 2012. Rotary’s 107th Birthday

February 26, 2012. D7630 District Conference, Rotary Meets Gates Challenge with PRID John Germ.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Recent RI Board Decisions Webinar

Join us for a discussion with Director John Smarge about recent RI Board decisions, what's happening in our Zones, and other points of interest.

WHEN: February 28, 2012
TIME: 6 pm EST

Governors: Please send this information out to your Presidents/President Elects/President Nominees. What a great opportunity for them to get a broader picture of our Rotary world.

Recommendation: If you have a Club meeting on Tuesday evening – what a great club program. Within two weeks, the webinar will be archived and available on www.rizones33-34.org.

Register now by clicking on the link below: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/469596136

Webinar Run by Zone 34 Rotary Coordinator, Marcy Ullom 

Past President Glen Estess Dies

Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Glenn E. Estess Sr. of the Rotary Club of Shades Valley, Alabama, USA, RI President in 2004-05 with a RI Theme: Celebrate Rotary. 

"True humanitarian service is about having the courage, the vision, and the practical knowledge to commit to projects that might at first seem like dreams.”

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rotarian Action Groups Information

Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) had a very successful 2011, lending their skills to help improve Rotary club and district service projects around the world. These autonomous, international groups are organized by committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotaractors who have expertise in and a passion for a particular type of service. The 15 RAGs currently recognized by Rotary International work to advance important goals such as promoting literacy, developing microcredit programs to help poor entrepreneurs escape the cycle of poverty, and bringing safe water and sanitation to help communities in need.

I am pleased to share with you the Rotarian Action Groups Annual Report for 2010-11. This report details some of the key projects that RAGs helped clubs and districts undertake during the last Rotary year.
Download the 2010-11 Rotarian Action Groups Annual Report (Available in English only)

Please share this information with Rotarians in your district and encourage clubs to reach out to RAGs for assistance on their service projects. To learn more about how RAGs can assist clubs in their work, I encourage you to view the following webinar:
View the webinar “Work with Rotarian Action Groups to Maximize Your Service Projects” (Available in English and Spanish only) For additional information and resources related to Rotarian Action Groups, visit the RI website,www.rotary.org/actiongroups. From the Rotary Service E-Letter, Beth Santos, Program Coordinator, Rotary Service, Rotary International. 

Beware the Pitfalls of the Presidential Citation

The process for the RI Presidential Citation is different from previous years and somewhat complex. The information may be found at the link above.

It is recommend that you use this source because the brochure found at that link is somewhat different from the printed version that was distributed earlier in the year.

Highlights of the recognition requirements are as follows:
  • There are two levels of the award, club and district.
  • At the club level, the club must satisfy two Foundation components and two mandatory Membership components plus two of four additional Membership components
  • At the district level, there is one mandatory Foundation component out of two options, three mandatory Membership components, plus one of two additional Membership components
  • Foundation data must be posted on the TRF database or before 31 March (i.e., contributions should be submitted well in advance of the deadline). Membership data is for the period 1 Jul 2011 - 31 March 2012. Clubs must submit their certifications to the District Governor by 6 April, and the District Governor must certify to RI by 10 April. The District Governor must also make the District certification by 10 April.
The key to success for this recognition is not only must the clubs meet the requirements of the award, but the Foundation and Membership data must be in the TRF and RI databases on 31 March because that is what the District Governor must use to certify the results. From the Feb 2012 RotaReader - the Zone 33-34 Newsletter