August 2011 Newsletter

Rita Esterly District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Membership and Extension By: Kara Johnson, Assistant District Governor, Marshfield Club This month’s article is focused on Membership and Extension.  How does Rotary’s International Strategic Plan and District 6080’s annual goals fit into each individual club’s goals? A strong, solid and diverse membership helps us accomplish the goals set forth on both the International and District Level. All aspects of Rotary depend on our members.  Part of the Strategic Plan is to Support and Strengthen Clubs by fostering club innovation and flexibility; promoting membership diversity; improving member recruitment and retention; developing leaders; starting new, dynamic clubs; and encouraging strategic planning at club and district levels. Our district has two specific goals which help promote and meet the Rotary International Strategic Plan.  One of these goals is that every club will have at least 3 members attending the District Conference.  Another is that each club will implement a Club Trainer and Rotary Training Program to educate members about Rotary and to increase leader participation at the district level.  Developing solid members not only increases commitment and growth for each individual club, but also develops leaders to work with Rotary on a larger scale.  With involvement in District and International, we learn the tools needed for all our clubs to thrive.  One of Rotary International’s Best Practices for a Vibrant Club is keeping all members involved and informed.  We learn through experience and fellowship with each other. So what can your club do to grow your membership and expand more clubs?  Maybe your club will develop a …

ROTARY and the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

Rita Esterly District Governor

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 …