Please see news regarding VTT Rotarian Dr. Trish Blair and the dangerous work of polio eradication in the April 2018 District Foundation Newsletter.
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.
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.
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!
The year 2017 was a fantastic year for Wonderland Camp and our campers. All of this was made possible by due support from the community and those businesses that helped with our fundraisers throughout the year. We want to say “thank you” to all of the people and businesses that supported the camp in 2017 on February 17, 2018 in Eldon. Attached is the flyer for this event, a simple gathering for everyone that supported the camp in 2017, while allowing our board members and me to say “thank you” on a more personal level. We need people to RSVP by January 20, 2018 since we are providing food for everyone and just want to ensure that we have enough on hand. Cory Polk, Executive Director, Wonderland Camp
The January 2018 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter is now available. In it you will see that the Rotary club of Willow Springs is the number 1 club in the district as measured by contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations!! You will also be able to learn all you need to know about “points”. The current District 6080 Rotary Global Scholar has included a December report of her studies at the University of Edinburgh, studying medicinal ethnobotany, one day identifying a new drug needed to cure disease. As a side note, several issues past an update on past District 6080 Ambassadorial Scholar Gregory Rockson was published. He was a candidate from the Rotary club of Fulton. He is now a healthcare entrepreneur in Africa assuring that pharmaceuticals are distributed in sufficient quantity to locations where there is a need. He reports that in 2017 nearly 5 million pills were distributed to 76,650 patients. His is a multimillion dollar operation and he says he is hiring. We are justifiably proud that our scholars do make a difference and do change the world for the better. January 2018 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue
Would you like to enjoy a taste of French culture without traveling to France? You can do that right here in North America by attending the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada, on June 24 through 27. You will rub shoulders with Rotarians from around the world at the convention. The convention schedule is filled with general sessions featuring reports by Rotary leaders and dignitaries as well as smaller breakout sessions on Rotary topics during which you can ask questions and contribute to the conversations. In addition, there will be time available when you can visit the House of Friendship where there are literally hundreds of booths publicizing club and district humanitarian projects, dispensing Rotary materials, advertising tours abroad, and selling a wide variety of products from around the world, including Rotary clothing, jewelry, logo pins, and more.
From all accounts, District Conference was a success. Attendees heard sessions on Rotary service, the Rotary Foundation, Visioning, Polio Plus, and reports on international humanitarian projects. It seemed that everyone had a favorite session. One Rotarian observed that she had not heard such a thorough explanation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, while another person marveled at the outstanding international projects underway in the District. Still another person was persuaded to push his club to hold another visioning session this year. Attendees heard presentations from visiting Rotarians Brent Rosenthal from Columbus, OH and Elizabeth Usovicz of Kansas City as well as persuasive speakers from District 6080. Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact clubs and Rotaract clubs were also featured. Special thanks goes to all those who led sessions and those were involved in planning and assisting at the Conference.
The District 6080 November Foundation Newsletter is now available. In it you will be reminded that November is Rotary Foundation Month, the time for additional messages about The Rotary Foundation to be delivered to the membership. There is also some news from last weekend’s District Conference. Donors from last year who attained new levels of giving are named. Forms are included for your use in making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation, for joining the Paul Harris Society, and for joining the Bequest Society. A report from Global Scholar Brooke Micke is included. Blessing your good feelings when you contribute to those in need. November 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue
I am proud to inform you and your club that the Third Panama Project is underway. The process for this last project began 3 years ago when your club made a generous contribution as did 8 other clubs in the District and together we were able to raise $20,259.00. We applied for a global grant and together with RI and District 6080 we received a grant total of $71,259.00. AWESOME!