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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
Email: steve.rotary6540@yahoo.com
 
 
 
 
 
What's New?
The northern Indiana District 6540 of Rotary International is accepting applications for two $7,000 summer study abroad scholarships. Successful applicants must be residents of District 6540 (northern Indiana) and be sponsored by a local Rotary club.
 
The scholarships, designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 60 countries where Rotary clubs are located.
Eligible students must have completed at least two years of U.S. university or college study by summer 2017.
 
During their studies abroad, Rotary District 6540 Scholars serve as “ambassadors of goodwill.” Through appearances before Rotary clubs and districts, schools, civic organizations and other forums, the Scholars represent their homelands and work to further international understanding.
Each Summer Study Abroad Scholarship is for one summer abroad, up to a maximum of $7,000 each, for travel, tuition and fees, room, board etc. The funds will be paid directly to the U.S. educational institution offering the study or program.
 
For more information and an application, please contact:
 
Scholarship Committee Phone: (219) 980-6906 or (219) 322-4313 or email:  rkini@comcast.net
 
Applications can also be downloaded from the Rotary District 6540 Web Site:
www.rotary6540.org
 
All completed Applications are due at the above email address by December 24th, 2016.
 
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: jwalker.rotary@gmail.com

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:
https://portal.icheckgateway.com/RotaryCommunityFund/ 

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

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.

December, 2016

I joined Rotary as an engineer. There are almost as many classifications in the profession of engineering as there are in Rotary, but I happen to be a mechanical engineer. A mechanical engineer calculates the heating and cooling loads for a new building, makes sure the right lights are in the right places, and plans the plumbing so your hot water pipe doesn’t end in a drinking fountain.
 
Mechanical engineers don’t stand out in a crowd, and they don’t call attention to themselves with what they do. You probably haven’t thought much about the engineers who designed the buildings you use, the car you drive, or the traffic patterns you follow. But every time you get in an elevator, turn the key in your ignition, or cross the street when the light says go, you are entrusting your life to an engineer somewhere whom you’ve never met. You trust that your elevator will open at the floor you want it to. You trust that your car will start and stop as it should. You trust that the traffic light is going to turn red before the walk light goes on. Every day, you put your life in the hands of people whose names you do not know and whom you might never meet. You might not think about them at all – but they touch your lives every day.
 
I could draw the same parallel to any number of other vocations – ordinary occupations with the same kind of life-changing impact. In so many ways – some of which we see and some we don’t – our vocations allow us to help other people live better, safer, and healthier lives.
 
Just like the work we do in Rotary.
 
Through our vocations and in our clubs, in our communities, and across continents, we are touching the lives of people we don’t know and might never meet. And in every part of the world, every single day, whether they know it or not, people are living better, safer, and healthier lives because of the work of Rotary.
 
The people we help might not have met a single Rotarian. They might not even know that Rotary exists. But they are drinking clean water from a bore well that Rotary dug. They’re learning to read with books that Rotary gave them. They’re living lives that are better, happier, and healthier – because of Rotary Serving Humanity.
 

John F. Germ
President, Rotary International  2016 - 2017

December, 2016
 
Rotarians frequently ask if The Rotary Foundation practices socially responsible investing by screening or restricting certain investments based on social, environmental, or political criteria. The answer is yes – and no.
 
Yes, the Foundation considers both financial and social returns when making an investment decision. Our Investment Committee encourages our investment consultant and its managers to invest in companies that comply with laws, regulations, ethical standards, and national or international norms and are aligned with Rotary values.
 
We also consider how each of our investment managers incorporates socially responsible investing as part of their process. Currently seven of these managers, responsible for about 36 percent of the Foundation's total assets, were signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. These principles offer possible actions for incorporating environmental, social, and governance issues – such as climate change, public and workplace safety, and shareholder rights – into investment practice. Following these principles could reduce risk, improve returns, and better align our portfolio with our mission.
 
Does this mean the Foundation will categorically exclude specific companies or industries from investment? That's where the "no" part of my answer comes in. Given Rotary's diverse membership and its various cultural beliefs, agreeing on such restrictions would be extremely difficult.
 
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation and the Rotarian financial experts on our Investment Committee take their job very seriously. Rotarians have entrusted us with millions of dollars that they have designated to do good in the world. Our capacity to provide clean water and education, improve health care and economic development, and promote peace depends heavily on our investment income. So it is especially important that we invest your gifts wisely.
 
Because The Rotary Foundation belongs to all of us, we believe strongly in transparency. To that end, we have posted a wealth of information on www.rotary.org. You can find audited statements for the Foundation for the past three years and tax returns for the past six years, along with extensive material on investment practices, philosophy, and historical returns. I hope this detailed information will reinforce your confidence in our Foundation and inspire your continued generosity.
 
Kalyan Banerjee
Foundation Trustee Chair 2016 - 2017

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.
 
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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
http://www.jerrymills.com 

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