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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

March 4, 2012 PR Grant Deadline

The RI Board has agreed to fund $4 million in PR grants annually for the next three years to advance the strategic priority of enhancing public image and awareness.Your district can apply for a PR grant of up to $15,000 to promote Rotary through television, radio, print, outdoor, or online public service announcements in your community.

The early application deadline for 2012-13 PR grants is 4 March. District governors will receive email notification of grant approval or denial by 1 July, enabling districts to begin their projects at the start of the Rotary year.  From the Feb 2012 RotaReader - the Zone 33-34 Newsletter

Areas of Focus Videos Enhance Presentations

Are you looking for a way to enhance your Rotary Foundation presentations? The Doing Good in the World video series highlights The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. These short videos may be viewed on Vimeo, a video-sharing website, through the links below. Enjoy!

Doing Good: Intro - http://vimeo.com/34051471
Supporting Education - http://vimeo.com/33737948
Growing Local Economies - http://vimeo.com/33736218
Fighting Disease - http://vimeo.com/33735961
Providing Clean Water - http://vimeo.com/33735494
Promoting Peace - http://vimeo.com/33671034
Saving Mothers and Children - http://vimeo.com/33690570

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of the areas-of-focus videos, they will be available for purchase in the near future on shop.rotary.org. Order Doing Good in the World DVD (978, US$10). From the Feb 2012 RotaReader - the Zone 33-34 Newsletter

Friday, February 3, 2012

Try Your Hand at Rotary Trivia

Six Areas of Focus Highlighted in Foundation Report

Visit this online version of The Rotary Foundation Annual Report to see what our Foundation did last year to advance the Six Areas of Focus.

Under Promoting Peace- See the article on Louisa Dow one of OUR Peace Scholars. Dow, who is from Australia, says her 2008-10 studies at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, helped prepare her for the work. Her student fieldwork in Latin America and the Caribbean opened her eyes to the role of permanent housing in developing a peaceful and just society.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Membership Perspective- We Must Attract, Not Recruit

The concept of Membership Attraction versus Recruitment, as shared by D7680 DGE Chris Jones:

"These are the highlights of what I speak to in the Program to the clubs on Membership. I weave these points in throughout the presentation and the order listed... is not the order in which the presentation is given.
  • Attraction is a change in mindset from Recruiting. In my opinion, we must teach our Rotarians and clubs how attraction will work for them and how it will create long lasting relationships instead of short term fixes in numbers. 
  • Attraction works because it "pulls" the right kind of people to us. 
  • Recruiting is a short term fix because those that are recruited into Rotary then need to be recruited to do everything else we do, thus making the job of managing these people a challenge. Our volunteers have enough to do without adding this on top of their list. 
  • When we recruit, we are hunting, and the prey is trying to get as far away as they can and as fast as they can. 
  • Attraction will help turn around our retention efforts, because if we attract the right people to Rotary, retention almost takes care of itself. Attrition will still happen but it will be small compared to our rate of attraction. 
  • We must have our individual compelling reason why we joined Rotary and then why we are still Rotarians. This becomes our story to share with others. 
  • It becomes less about statistics as we are telling our story and more about the personal side of why Rotary. This will attract others that share that same mindset. 
  • Teach people to tell their compelling story and then invite folks to come attend our club meetings and then let the club meeting do the talking (selling) to the interested party. 
  • This means that clubs must have dynamic and exciting programs to further the pique interest of those guests. 
  • If the club meeting does not resonate with the guest, then they may not be the right person and we should let them go. 
  • We must teach and understand why Rotary is different from other service organizations and also the best service organization. 
  • With our compelling personal story and our understanding of how we are different and better, attraction becomes easier. 
  • We are in a competitive market place for time, talents and treasures. 
  • With all of the choices of service organizations to support within our communities, we have to be very good at getting above the noise and speaking about our personal stories and why Rotary is better and different. 
  • By doing so, we help others understand that we are the best and right place to share their time, talents and treasures. 
  • When we attract the right people, they will attract others of the same mindset. 
  • When we recruit folks and they then recruit, a fewer amount "stick" because they probably came to Rotary for the wrong reasons."