June 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

I hope that your club is working to win the Rotary Presidential Citation. Rotary President Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to strive to achieve it. I have contended that the Rotary Citation is easier to achieve than any citation presented during the past five years. I believe also that it presents a more level playing field for small, medium-size, and large clubs than recent Presidential Citations.

6080 Rotary Clubs accepting the Proclamation from the City of Jefferson in recognition of “100 Years of Service”

Mary Ann BeahonAnnouncements, Community Service

City of Jefferson Mayor Carrie Tergin, a member of Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary, presents a proclamation from the City of Jefferson to Rotarians in recognition of Jefferson City Rotary’s “100 Years of Service” to the community and internationally. The Rotary Club of Jefferson City was chartered June 1, 1918. Left to right are, front row, City of Jefferson Mayor Carrie Tergin, Pat Rowe Kerr and John Klob; second row, Nick Monaco, Frank Rycyk and Ken Hussey; back row, Cary Gampher, Ron Fitzwater, Steve Newman and Steve Crowell.

March 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

I hope that your club is working to win the Rotary Presidential Citation. Rotary President Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to strive to achieve it. I have contended that the Rotary Citation is easier to achieve than any citation presented during the past five years. I believe also that it presents a more level playing field for small, medium-size, and large clubs than recent Presidential Citations.

Rotary License Plates

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, Foundation, Public Image

We are regularly reminded to enhance the public image of Rotary through the use of electronic media, print media, and social media.  One less-considered way to raise awareness about Rotary is through special Rotary license plates for cars and motorcycles.

February 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

If You Are Not Criticized, You May Not Be Doing Much – What a great line to remember if you are a leader breaking away from the buffalo herd! In the South, there are creatures called Blue Crabs. Let’s say you catch a bunch of Blue Crabs, and you put them in a bucket. You can walk away, leave your bucket, and you don’t have to worry about any of the crabs escaping, because when one of those crabs gets up to the top of the bucket rim, another crab pulls it back in the bucket.

January 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Rotary clubs around the world are experimenting with club flexibility and membership types, but how does a club go about offering an alternative membership type? Before making changes, clubs should ask themselves questions like:

Why do we want to offer this new membership type?
How would our club benefit?
What membership issues do we expect it to address?

If a club wants to engage family members, then offering family memberships may be a strategy to consider.

District 5710 in Kansas has a provisional club almost entirely designed around family memberships. A parent is listed as the active Rotarian, but the annual fees cover participation for the entire family. Meetings are held on Sunday afternoons and children are invited to attend meetings, projects, etc. The club also appoints an unofficial leadership role to one of the children, which rotates between the kids over time, to help them build leadership and responsibility skills. At the start of the year, eight families were participating and interest is growing!