I stopped by the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast’s Annual Shrimp Feed/Fireside Chat on Thursday, July 14. Not only was the shrimp gigantic, the ideas flowing from the Fireside Chat were enormous. What a great model for the success of a very large club. If Springfield Southeast Rotary was an arrow, it would hit the bull’s-eye. Your club is certainly on target with Rotary. [boxedtitle] Event Photos [/boxedtitle] [gall columns=”4″ per_page=”12″ id=””]
A Bulletin for Rotary Clubs and Districts in the USA, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands What follows is not tax advice, but general information, which may be useful. Questions regarding any tax matters need to be referred to local counsel, your tax adviser or to the IRS. (http://www.irs.ustreas.gov or 1-800-829-1040) General questions about this bulletin can be answered by your Club and District Support representative atwwwRotary.org/ClubDistrictReps On 13 May 1958, the Internal Revenue Service declared that Rotary International (RI) and its clubs and districts are entitled to exemption from federal income tax underSection 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. While Rotary districts and clubs are exempt from paying federal income tax, the law does require Rotary clubs and districts to file an annual information return on IRS Form 990, on or before the 15th day of the 5th month following the close of the annual accounting period (15 November). Certain organizations, other than private foundations, that do not normally receive more than $25,000 in gross receipts in each taxable year are not required to file Form 990. Clubs or districts with gross receipts of $25,000 or less are required to file Form 990-N, which is an electronic e-Postcard report. This report is required annually. Failure to meet the annual filing requirement for three consecutive years will result in revocation of the tax-exempt status of the club or district in question. To learn more about this requirement, and to obtain the necessary e-Postcard report form, visit the US Treasury website at: www.irs.gov/eo, or call their toll-free number: (877) 829-5500. Numbers: RI’s Group Exemption Number (referred to as “GEN” on Form …
The two part harmony of the topic for July focuses on our humanitarian service component of the mission of Rotary. Through our service projects we start with our own communities and then extend our reach by serving the world. How does this topic help us to grow as a vibrant club? Let’s look at the three components of the Rotary International Strategic plan and see how focusing on this topic in July can help us grow in these three areas. First, we can Strengthen our Club because when we engage in a project in our local community or in another country, we give our members something that is meaningful with which to participate and thus retain enthusiastic members. Because we need someone to lead the project, we develop leaders. As we work in the community, we are given the opportunity to interact with others so people know the service Rotary does and make connections by networking. Action: Choose one of the five avenues of service (club, vocational, community, international, new generations) and ask a group of new Rotarians from your club to develop a service project focused around that area. Second, when we work to build communities and bridge continents, we have the opportunity to increase Rotary’s Public Image. When stories of good works are published in the newspaper, broadcasted on radio, written on Facebook, tweeted on Twitter, or shouted on blogs, we are letting like minded people know that we can give them the opportunity to serve if they join our Rotary group. Action: …
Kalyan Banerjee’s theme for 2011-2012 asks us to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Embracing means to welcome and take advantage of something eagerly like embracing an opportunity. The embrace I want to discuss is the one in which you adopt or take up something such as a new belief or way of doing things. When we believe something, we usually act on that belief. Let me explain. Your thought creates an avenue from which to act. When you believe that work should be done before play. When you believe that work should be done before play, you study before going to the movies or you do chores before you watch television. When you believe smoking causes lung cancer or breathing problems, you either never start smoking or you do your best to quit. When you believe that an education gives you better job opportunities, you go to college or take technical training. Your belief causes you to take action. A belief can begin to create of new way of doing things. Let’s take the smoking issue. When you want your life to be smoke free, you ask for seating in a non-smoking section of a restaurant. You ask guests in your home to please smoke outside. If in the past you went to places socially where smoke filled the room, you may start to choose to go to places where it is smoke free. If you smoked before and had a hard time exercising, you might take up exercising four times a week, starting slowly …
Please consider a contribution to Rotary’s $200 Million challenge. To date Rotary has responded by Rotarian gifts of $173.2 million dollars. The Challenge will be completed on June 30, 2012. Your contribution through Rotary will help ensure that we do our part to successfully complete the Challenge to eradicate polio.
New Directions Director is a new position for our district that will work with the Chairs of Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotaract, Interact, and the Youth Protection Officer. District 6080 will welcome 17 inbound students and will send 19 outbound students for a year of learning, growing and changing. Each Rotarian plays a role in the experience these students have here or in another country. This year’s inbounds left in June as our students returned. I hope you enjoy hearing about their experiences. Stay in touch with these young men and women–you make a difference! RYLA In June, another successful Rotary Youth Leadership Awards was held at William Woods University. Ninety nine students spent three and a half days building leadership skills, making new friends, and preparing to make a difference . These students will be returning to the sponsoring clubs to talk about their experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know them better-they are future leaders. Rotaract Rotaract for young professionals will possibly be adding a new Rotaract in Warrensburg. Interact Interact (Rotary for high school students) a possible new club is being formed in Columbia at Rock Bridge High School. More later. The Youth Protection Officer is the keeper of all the legal paperwork required for our exchanges and assures that our young people are safe and well taken care of while in our programs.
Hi, I am Angie Ganson, District Public Image Director. My job is to help every club increase their public image of Rotary in their Community. We will be working on things such as what to put on your own club website. What is the best way to promote your club. Let’s look at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and other social media avenues to strengthen your club. Bring on the questions that is why I am here. I’m looking forward to working with each club to find out what their challenges are and to help them overcome them. Let me help you….let’s blog!
As we start a new Rotary year here are some thoughts: Who will you give the gift of membership to this year? Who will you invite to Rotary this year? How about a friend, co-worker or neighbor? I challenge each member to sign up a new Rotarian this year. If you would like to sign up for Membership updates and ideas please email email@example.com. GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP!
The district training world is very exciting now….we are traveling to clubs to do Club Visioning…it is so rewarding to help a club create Continuity! We are looking for new facilitators, come join us! We are also getting our line up of new Club Trainers. John Yost is heading this up and doing a marvelous job. Does your club have a trainer yet?
If every one of the 1.2 million Rotarians contributed just $2 a week, in one year the Foundation could raise almost $125 million. That’s money that goes back to Rotarians in the form of scholarships and grants for projects that bring hope and make a difference in the lives of countless people. Rotarians have used grant money to bring sight to those blinded by cataracts, bought wheelchairs for those who could not use their legs, gave clean water to those made sick by contaminated water, and opened up new worlds by helping people learn to read.
The District Assistant Governors, the Chairs of Club Visioning, Vocational, 4 Way Test, and Family of Rotary will be increasing their efforts in your club operations. This will give you the opportunity for greater emphasis of service in your communities.
I have trained you well in the RI Strategic Plan so remember: create a vision, enhance Rotary awareness, and find unique service projects that get your members involved. Be sure to go on our new Facebook page and Like Rotary District 6080!!! Great News: Our new website is going to be unveiled very, very soon. Watch for it!!!
I had my Rotary District Governor visit with two clubs today. Each was unique, but what I noticed was similar was the warmth with which they welcomed me. I am honored to be their governor.
RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year. Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors. He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary. “In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves,” Banerjee said. Once Rotarians find their inner strength, he continued, they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world. “Discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity,” he said. Banerjee emphasized the family as a starting point in serving others. “The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families — families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities.” Rotarians can focus on projects that support families, such as those that provide safe housing or improve maternal and child health, he said. Continuity in Rotary’s work, including polio eradication, is also important, Banerjee said. “There are so many things we are indeed good at: working for clean, safe water; spreading literacy; working in so many ways with the New Generations, our youth, in our newest Avenue of Service and assisting …
By: Geoff Pickle at Springfield Business Journal The Rotary Club of Springfield North and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a $270,000 baseball field, which is designed for disabled children and young adults. Miracle League field, set to be about one-third the size of a standard field, will be located in southwest Springfield at Dan Kinney Park, 2701 S. Blackman Road. The Rotary Club donated the funding to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, which was gathered through fundraising efforts in conjunction with the park board, according to a park news release. “We believe this field will be a major step toward Rotary’s goal of making dreams real,” Rotary Club of Springfield North member Joe Stokes said in the release. “This gives children and young adults who have disabling health conditions a chance to play baseball or softball on a field built just for them.” Mike Freitas, project manager for Joplin-based R.E. Smith Construction, contractor for the project, said via phone that the field is scheduled to be completed for a September opening date. The field would be designed under guidelines established by the National Miracle League Association, which sets standards for fields to be built with cushioned, rubberized surfaces, wheelchair accessible dugouts and flat surfaces, according to its Web site.