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ClubRunner users:  Your District login and password is the same as what you use for your home club site. 

Non-ClubRunner users:  Send an email to Steve Sorenson at  Please include your name, email address, and home club in the body of the email.  Only District 6540 members can be registered on this site.

Contact Us 
John Smith
District Secretary
260-410-9326 Phone
Mailing Address:
5307 Cloverbrook Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
For Website Related Issues: 
PDG Steve Sorenson
What's New?

All President Elects for 2017 - 2018 in Rotary District 6540 should be planning now to attend one of the four Pre-PETS Training opportunities that will be offered in four different locations throughout the district on the following dates.  You should be making a reservation to attend the location of your choice, if you have not already done so.  Here are the locations available:

Wednesday, February 15, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST, at the Pine View Resort, 1969 N. West Shafer Drive in Monticello, IN  

Thursday, February 16, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST, at Indiana Wesleyan University, 8415 Georgia Street in Merrillville, IN 

Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST, at Waterford Estates, 52890 St. RD. 933, in South Bend, IN 

Thursday, February 25, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST, at Indiana Wesleyan University, 8211 West Jefferson Blvd, in Fort Wayne, IN

All President Elects and Assistant Governors can register online by clicking on the event location that you plan to attend under the District Events column on the right side of this home page.  Then follow the steps requested.  You can also email John Smith at to confirm your attendance at one of these important training sessions.

A "light" supper will be available at each location.  This is another reason that a very close to accurate head count is needed.  So, please register today to attend.




Information and Link to sign-up for Great Lakes Rotary PETS in Kalamazoo, MI -  

We look forward to seeing you at Great Lakes Rotary PETS, March 16 - 18.  Please register now to attend Great Lakes Rotary PETS in Kalamazoo, MI, if you have not already done so.  That website address is   This link is the only site where you can register to attend Great Lakes Rotary PETS, reserve your meals and reserve a hotel room, all at the same time.  Stay on that registration site until you have completed all three of those steps.  The hotel rooms at the Radisson Plaza will sell out quickly, so don't delay, sign up today!  Registration is now open, so sign up to attend PETS in Kalamazoo, MI right now.  This event is open to all club President Elects, President Nominees who would like to attend, Assistant Governors and District staff.

On behalf of DGE Lisa Waterman and District Trainer John Frischie, we thank you in advance for your valuable assistance in this important effort to get all PEs from our district to attend one of the Pre-PETS work sessions above, and then to attend the required Great Lakes Rotary PETS training, March 16 - 18.  Your continued service and support of Rotary in your community and throughout District 6540 is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to seeing your club President Elect at these two important training sessions.


Dear Rotarians,
Following on the success of 2015-16 Matching Gifts Campaign, we are starting the Campaign
this year on December 1, 2016.  The campaign will end on January 31, 2017, or when the 50,000 Foundation points are matched, whichever comes first.
This is a limited time offer for only District 6540 Rotarians.
Become a Paul Harris Fellow quicker with matching points for your donation!  Become a Paul
Harris Fellow and/or earn a new Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin. Make your spouse/partner a
Paul Harris Fellow and your children, too. How about your parents, grandparents, grandchildren,
favorite neighbor, or your boss?
District Governor Ranjan Kini, District Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Judy Walker and the committee are making this special offer possible.  They will match your individual donation from $100 on up to $25,000 to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation, with their recognition points. This can help you finish your first Paul Harris Fellowship or attain your next multiple Paul Harris Fellowship level. You can make someone else a Paul Harris Fellow, or two or three.  Please note that any current Major Donors
are not eligible to personally get points, but they can give the points to an eligible designated recipient.
This year we are also offering a 2:1 match for NEW enrollments in Rotary Direct – 
the method for donating via periodic credit card donation.  Please see more details in the
This offer begins today, December 1, 2016, and expires on January 31, 2017.  Make sure that your "personal" checks arrive well before January 31, 2017.  We can match only the first $50,000 in eligible donations that we receive.
How this works:    PLEASE REVIEW THE RULES CAREFULLY, that were included in the attachment of the email notification that you should have received from John Smith on December 1, 2016.
Please make your personal checks payable to "The Rotary Foundation" and mail them along with the Foundation Contribution form, which can be found on the website at, under My Rotary, to District Secretary John Smith at: Rotary District 6540,
5307 Cloverbrook Drive, Fort Wayne, IN  46806.
If you have any questions, please call John at (260) 410-9326, or email John at:
Thank you,
Ranjan Kini
District Governor 2016 - 2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Blue Gate Garden Inn

800 South Van Burn Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565 

8:00 am  – 4:00 PM  EST

What will you learn at RLI?
Leadership Characteristics
Rotary Beyond the Club
Team Building
Service Project
Goal Setting
Rotary Foundation
Membership Retention
Communication Skills
Membership Recruitment
Ethics in Vocational Service
RLI Believes that excellent CLUB Leadership is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast-changing world.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend these different Leadership Institute session, taken separately in order.
Session 1, 2, & 3 are being offered.  We are also going to offer a additional session, Facilitator Certification, for those people who would like to facilitate in the future and have taken all three Levels. 
Register to attend this training event, being held right here in District 6540, visit the RLI Great Lakes website at   You can either pay on line or send a check to Judy Carver at 2202 Forest Glen, West Bloomfield, MI 48324.  We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.   Therefore, please register in advance to save your spot to attend.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00 - 9:00 am EST
Training will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 4:00 pm EST
Cost is $75.00 per person, includes breakfast, lunch, training materials, special RLI pen and a certificate of completion for your session.
If you would like to avoid the rush on Saturday morning, we have arranged with the Blue Gate Garden Inn at a great room rate of $97.99 per night.  Contact the hotel directly at (260) 768-7688 to make your own reservation by Wednesday, February 8th. Be sure to tell them you are with Rotary International to receive the discounted overnight room rate.
If you like, you are welcome to join those of us who arrive early for dinner on Friday, February 10th at 5:30 pm EST, at Rulli’s Italian Restaurant, 851 US 20, Middlebury, IN  46540. (The cost of dinner is on your own.)
This is a great opportunity to become more knowledgeable about Rotary,
For more information contact: PDG Christina Dougherty at  or call (219) 617-3268.
Remember, on Saturday, February 11th, breakfast will be served from 8:00 - 9:00 am EST.  Training will begin at 9:00 am.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Sixteen Clubs earned district grant money for having 10% or more of their members attend the 2016
100th Celebration Foundation Dinner on September 30th at The Lerner in Elkhart. The top winners in each of the three club-size category were: Elkhart Morning with 55.6% in the 1-15 club size; Concord Township with 26.5 % in the 26-50 club size; and Anthony Wayne with 16.9% in the 51-100 club size.
The other winning clubs were: Angola, Boswell, DeMotte-KV, Fowler, Garrett, Hammond, Highland, Kentland, Lowell, North Manchester, Rochester, Roseland, and Schererville.  Congratulations!
The grants will be for the year 2017-2018, and cannot be started until July 1, 2017.
The deadline for submitting these award grant proposals is December 31, 2016. Other district grants for 2017-2018 have until March 31, 2017 to be submitted. Contact our District Foundation Chair Judy Walker, if you have any questions:

During the last week, I have received many calls and emails regarding how Rotarians can assist the people of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas impacted by the recent fires. It is heartbreaking to see the destruction and to hear the stories of loss experienced by so many.

The Rotarians in District 6780, along with the leaders of the local communities, are coordinating efforts to assist those impacted. The five local Rotary clubs will use established relationships with county schools to identify children and families most in need of assistance. Highest priority will be given to those children and families that lost their homes, belongings and did not have insurance. Also, funds will be used to provide families with what they might need to get back on their feet again. Finally, they will be working with the Mountain Hope Good Shepard Medical Clinic to assist with replacing medications for people who have been displaced by the fire.

District 6780 is raising funds to assist with the relief effort. If you, or your club, would like to make a contribution you may use the following link: 

Or, you may mail your contribution to:
Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund
PO Box 4183
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Attn: David Carr

On the Memo line of the check, please write Firestorm.

Please go to their district Facebook page Rotary International District 6780. Once there, “LIKE” the page so that you will get updates.

This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate to them "Rotary Serving Humanity".

Thank you so much in advance for your desire and willingness to help so many members of these communities at such a difficult time. Once again, Rotarians have demonstrated their desire to go "above and beyond" to help others!

Please share this information with your club members.

Thank you very much.

Ranjan Kini
District Governor
Rotary International District 6540

January, 2017

As we enter 2017, we also enter the second year of the initiative known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals, usually referred to as the SDGs, pertain to a list of 17 areas where the people of the world can come together to address our most pressing economic, political, and social challenges. It is a hugely ambitious list, and it has to be. The ultimate aim of these goals is nothing less than peace, prosperity, security, and equality for all of humanity.
How do you even begin to tackle such a project? At Rotary, our answer is simple: one step at a time. These goals are nothing new for Rotary: They're already reflected in our areas of focus. We also understand that all of these 17 goals, just like our six areas of focus, are interrelated. You can't have good health without clean water. You can't have clean water without good sanitation. Good sanitation in turn helps keep children in school, which improves education, which improves economic prosperity and health. When you are talking about the advancement of an entire planet, no one indicator, no one goal, no one country, exists in isolation. To make real and lasting progress, we must all move forward together.
The idea of sustainability is key to the SDGs – and to our service in Rotary. Sustainability simply means making progress that will endure. It means not just digging a well, but being sure that a community can maintain it. It means not just running a health camp for a week, but training local health workers. It means empowering families and communities to take charge of their own futures by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Sustainability has always been at the heart of our thinking in Rotary. We've been around for nearly 112 years and intend to be around for many more. We've already seen the difference our work has made: in health, in education, in water and sanitation, and of course in our efforts to end polio.
Polio eradication is the ultimate in sustainable service: a project that, once completed, will benefit the world forever. And those benefits will go far beyond the eradication of a single human disease. The estimated cost savings we will see once polio is eradicated are about $1 billion per year. That is money that can be returned to public health budgets and directed to other pressing needs, carrying the good work of today forward for many healthier tomorrows.

John F. Germ
President, Rotary International  2016 - 2017

The following is a reminder from Rotary International for Club Officers:


One common question that comes up this time of year is in regards to IRS filing requirements. Attached is a copy of a reminder message we are sending to all club presidents, secretaries, executive secretaries/directors and treasurers reported in our database with a valid email address.


As we know each district has the most comprehensive contact information for its own clubs, we are asking your help in reminding your club officers about this important requirement. You may consider sharing this message with your assistant governors or posting it to your district website.


Attached for your reference is a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions document on Rotary clubs and the IRS. A link to this document was included in the original message to clubs. 


NOTE: If a club has already submitted their annual return to the IRS this year, they may simply disregard the reminder message.


Also remember to file your NP-20 Indiana Not-for-Profit Tax Form, which can be found under the Downloads column on the left side of this home page.

Come join us and make the world a better place!  Please take just a couple of minutes to review this video, and find out more about Rotary in a community near you.  Welcome to Rotary!



Have you thought about what your Rotary legacy will be?

The Permanent Fund builds long-term stability for the future of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by providing an extra stream of income to meet an increasing demand for the Foundation's educational, humanitarian, and cultural programs.  We invite you to invest in tomorrow by joining Rotarians around the world, and throughout District 6540 in their efforts to improve and enrich lives of people around the globe.

A Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation is anyone who informs The Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has made a provision in his or her will or other estate plan, naming the Foundation's Permanent Fund as a beneficiary; or by making an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Permanent Fund.  Benefactor recognition consists of a certificate and insignia (Angel Wings) to be worn with a Rotary pin.

The Rotary Foundation also recognizes those couples or individuals who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10,000 or more, as a Bequest Society Member.  Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Diamond Circle pin commemorating the commitment.

This support goes above and beyond your current Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) annual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  It is a commitment to the future in your estate planning.  

If you would like to receive a gift commitment card to complete, please contact any member of the Rotary District 6540 Foundation Committee or any member of the District Leadership Team.  Your legacy will make a lasting difference in the world!  Thank you for your consideration.

Engaging the Next Generation in Rotary
Only 2% of worldwide Rotary membership is under the age of 30.  In an article written for “Rotary on the Move” by Michael McQueen, a leading authority in youth & strategies for engaging with Gen Y, 5 strategies for growing your club with young members is offered. McQueen explains that contrary to their “self-centered reputation”, Gen Y “crave community and truly want to make a difference.”  “This generation, having been raised to be confident and to have self-esteem, truly believe they can make a difference” states McQueen. 
At its core, the  5 strategies require a local club to examine not only the local demographic to identify prospective Gen Y Rotary candidates, but determine if the purpose and goals of their own club are truly inspirational to attract the next generation craving purpose.
The 5 strategies are:
1. Look Back to Plan Forward
Where to find the next generation?  According to McQueen, they are all around if we only look a bit more closely.  Look at participants in club and district programs like RYLA, youth exchange, Interact or Rotaract clubs and other young people who have benefited from your clubs projects and programs.   They may be waiting to be asked.
2. Start Small
Young people, according to McQueen, are often hesitant to make long term commitments, therefore he suggests inviting them to be part of well defined, targeted short term projects and to use this as a jumping off point to increase their awareness of Rotary and to build relationships.  A well-defined project is one in that is adequately planned, the purpose and outcomes are clear and valued by the volunteers.  McQueen suggests with this strategy that local clubs analyze the opportunity that their projects and programs give volunteers to make a difference or impact someone’s life. 
3. Focus on Outcomes Rather Than Process
McQueen tells us that more involvement of young people in local clubs and their programs and projects may challenge the status quo.  He reminds us that this is a good thing and to realize that this reflects two things, one is take this as an opportunity to inform and educate and two is for local clubs to reflect on why they do what they do and does the purpose result in tangible benefits and outcomes.  McQueen reminds us that, “Gen Y are action-oriented….what does matter is that the outcomes and purpose are explicitly clear from the outset.”
4. Use Stories to Get your Message Through
Communicating with Gen Y through stories which tell of the impact of Rotary from a personal impact is more inspiring then reciting a long list of facts and figures according to McQueen.   Telling these stories not only will tell why Rotarians do what they do but also tell more about why service through Rotary is a great experience.
5. Concentrate on Common Purpose Not Common Interests
McQueen reminds us that as members of an international organization Rotarians have a history of working together with other Rotarians from diverse cultures.  As Rotarians we need to use the same drive to work together for common purpose around the world and focus this drive to open the door of the opportunity to serve to young people. 
Full article available at:

By Arnold Grahl, Rotary International News –


Luanne Triolo was several weeks into a challenge to wear her Rotary pin for 60 days straight when she realized she had missed a day.


So the 2009-10 president of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, Illinois, USA, started all over again to meet the challenge William Ferreira, governor of District 6440, had set before all his club presidents.


"You get used to it. It's something that is really good to do," says Triolo. "Different pins do catch people's eye in different ways."

Many Rotarians are serious about wearing their Rotary pins. Eugene Beil, past governor of District 6950 (Florida, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, tapped into that dedication recently when he started a discussion thread on RI's official LinkedIn group, asking Rotarians whether they wear their pins every day or just for meetings. The discussion has prompted more than 190 comments.


"I am happy with the feedback," Beil says. "I feel strongly about the value of wearing the pin every day. Whether you are at the grocery store, at work, or anywhere, you never know when a stranger is going to notice and you have an opportunity to explain Rotary to them."

Tony Quinn, governor of District 1200 (England), notes on the LinkedIn thread that Rotarians agree to wear their pins at all times when they are inducted.


Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.


Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single high school or from two or more high schools in the same community.


Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of - Developing leadership skills and personal integrity - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.


As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.


Could this be a possibility for students at your local high school? This could be a great opportunity for your Rotary Club to sponsor this program at our local high school.  Let's see what we can do as Rotarians to expand this program throughout District 6540.


ClubRunner is very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go!  Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you do what you need to run your club effectively while you're on the go.  Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.  You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate!


Rotary International has many great videos to inform and entertain.  Whether you're looking for a video to promote your local club initiative, or to show during a presentation, RI has a great selection.  Click HERE for the YouTube RI page.
Event Calendar
January 2017
District Events


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Almost isn't good enough 
   Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good
    EXCELLENT video!


Rotary Int'l Insurance Information

The following Username and Password will be required to enter the Liability Insurance site.  The Username and Password are case sensitive.  The portal is for US clubs only.

Username:  Rotarian

Password:  Resources#1

• 2015 - 2016 Letter to Insured U.S. Rotary Clubs and Districts

General Liability Insurance Summary

• Request for Liability Certificate of Insurance

• Directors & Officers/Employment Practices Liability Insurance Summary


Come Join Us

Inspired by the work of Rotary International

When I see a need, I like to lend a hand.
We all need someone to understand.
That there are people in this world
Who really need us now.  
It's up to each of us to figure out how.

We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"
There is work for you and me.
We are building communities
and bridging continents
All around ... all around ... the world.

When I hear the call, "Service above self."
It's just not a slogan on my office shelf.
It's the way I choose to live.
The hand I have to give.
Thankful for the chance to give of myself.

We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"
There is work for you and me.
We are building communities
and bridging continents
All around ... all around ... the world.

Repeat Chorus ...
We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"

Words & music copyright 2010 Jerry Mills
Reprinted with permission 

 Click here for a lyric sheet and
information about the song.