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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.