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Welcome to Rotary District 7020
 
District Governor Haresh L. Ramchandani
and RI President John Germ
2016 - 2017
 
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"Let's come together and do larger impact projects"
 
 

 

Fellow Rotarians and the family of Rotary - My AllStars:

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! 

December is upon us – This month is the half way mark for the Rotary year. And it has been quite a year. And as the page turns we start this month with celebration, merry-making, greetings and gift giving. We do decorations and lights. We eat and drink – have lots of laughter, fun, and cheer. We spend quality time with our Family. 

I’m certainly catching up with mine. Over the last few months Vindu and I have the privilege of visiting 69 of the 83 clubs in District 7020. It has been a rewarding experience. Rotary is truly making an impact in our communities. 

The Festive Season is also a great time for Rotarians to reflect on how well off most of us are and what is important to us in life – our family and friends, colleagues, neighbours - our physical, mental and spiritual health. 

But December is not the same for everyone. In many parts of the world people still battle daily with issues of conflict, poor economic circumstances, disease, malnutrition, illiteracy, lack of fresh water and poor sanitation. 

In November our Rotary Foundation was named ‘World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016” by The Association of Fundraising Professionals. This just reinforces the Four Star 100% rating Charity Navigator gave it earlier in the year. Truly – Rotary is doing good in the world. 

In addition to Family Month, Rotary focuses on Disease Prevention and Treatment in December. As we continue our plans to Serve our community let us extend our impact to areas that need organizations like ours, and come together and do larger impact projects. 

I’d like to congratulate the October Club of the Month winners – Montego Bay Sunrise, St Martin Sunrise, and Tortola. Keep up the excellent work. 

Just a Reminder that Dec 31, 2016 is the deadline for the 2017-2018 Club Officer Data to be submitted to Rotary International. Let’s get all our club data updated. 

I wish the entire District 7020 Rotary family all the best and I thank you for your friendship and support throughout the year. 

District 7020 is a wonderful District with many committed and hardworking Rotarians. Much has been achieved in 2016 and we look forward to a fantastic 2017. 

 

From my family to yours – Seasons Greetings – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

 

Haresh L. Ramchandani 

District Governor Rotary District 7020

 


 
 
 
 
 
Source: http://www.rifpd.org/documents/AOF_brochure_135.pdf
 
 
Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of Disease Prevention and Treatment at:
 
 

 
 
 
"My Foundation, Your Foundation"
 
 
My fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the family of Rotary:
 
I’m Haresh Ramchandani, District Governor of Rotary District 7020 Northern Caribbean. Well, October has come and gone and what a month it was!
 
Our District got hit with Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 Storm, which impacted the southern peninsula of Haiti, on 3rd & 4th of October, and affected 2.1 million people, of whom 1.4 million are in urgent humanitarian need.  Haiti’s Centre of National Emergency Operations reported as of 13 October 2016; 546 dead, 128 missing and 439 injured. And More than 175,000 people are in temporary shelters.
 
Hurricane Matthew then moved over The Bahamas on the 6th of October 2016.  Based on the reports received, hundreds of roofs were lost. Clean water was also an issue but has been resolved.
 
We had several people offering support and contributions from around the world. The District Disaster Committee was setup and went to work right away. Rotarians in Haiti and The Bahamas rose to the challenge and truly highlighted our motto “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”. Our efforts to date have been in roofing repairs for homes & schools, as well as assistance in healthcare.
 
We will continue to help our communities and friends as we strengthen their Economic and community development, our theme for October.
 
This brings me to November: Rotary Foundation Month. OUR 4 star, 100% rated Foundation, as announced by Charity Navigator. OUR Foundation celebrates 100 years of Doing good in the world. How are you celebrating it? Several clubs are doing Public Image initiatives & Special Dinners. We have over 200 registered for Atlanta at the Rotary International Convention June 10-14. And We have over 400+ registered for the District Cruise Conference May 15-19.
 
Through The Rotary Foundation and our partners we truly are THIS CLOSE to eradicating Polio, President John’s #1 Priority. The internet was lit up on World Polio Day on Oct 24 as across the globe awareness grew to new heights. Rotary is at the forefront of this historical achievement. And it is because of Rotarians like you, who have contributed and helped. And for that I thank you.
 
Let’s use November to continue the awareness of our Foundation; of our effort to eradicate Polio; and in continuing to do good in the world.
 
 
Haresh L. Ramchandani
District Governor
Rotary District 7020
 

 
 
 
 

 

There's still a lot of work to do to bring back safe shelter, water, medical assistance and food to 7020 communities affected by hurricane Matthew.

Attached you will find all the District's and Foundation approved ways to give through Rotary.

Please consider a special donation during Foundation Month so that our fellow Rotarians on the ground in The Bahamas and in Haiti can help as many families as possible, as soon as possible.

They are counting on us!

 


 

 

 

WAYS TO CELEBRATE

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL

 

The Rotary Foundation is about to mark a century of Doing Good in the World through humanitarian projects, scholarships, professional training and exchanges, and its remarkable campaign for a polio-free world.

In 2016-17, Rotary clubs throughout the world will organize Rotary Days to celebrate this milestone by showcasing the Foundation’s rich history and good work. We’re suggesting a few ways that your club can join the party, but feel free to adapt any of these ideas, combine them, or come up with an idea of your own. Or pool your resources with neighboring clubs to organize a larger event.

 

This centennial year is the perfect time to tell your community about The Rotary Foundation.

As you mark the occasion, be sure to prominently display your club name and The Rotary Foundation centennial logo on any signage. In addition, share your photos and stories on your social media pages using #TRF100.

 

CELEBRATE 100 years of doing good by sponsoring a Rotary Day event focused on the Foundation:

• Throw a birthday party with a cake in the shape of a Rotary wheel and light 100 candles. Invite community members and local media.

• Sponsor a centennial walk/run or bicycle race and open it to local participants.

• Organize a centennial concert featuring local talent and music representing each decade of the past 100 years.

• Attempt to earn a place in the Guinness World Records — for example, by serving up the world’s largest birthday cake.

• Spotlight the Foundation’s international impact by sponsoring a Rotary Day with area ethnic restaurants. Donate a percentage of proceeds to The Rotary Foundation and to a local food bank.

• At a local festival, sponsor a Taste of Rotary booth featuring foods from various Rotary countries. Decorate the booth with the countries’ flags and provide information about Rotary and its Foundation.

• Organize a Foundation alumni reunion, inviting past Rotary Scholars and Group Study Exchange and vocational training team members. Recognize the alum from the earliest participation year.

• Coordinate a scavenger hunt for Rotaractors and Interactors, having them visit Rotarians’ places of business to find a clue or an item related to Rotary and its Foundation.

 

INFORM club members and your entire community about The Rotary Foundation’s track record of improving life in communities worldwide:

• Organize a seminar with local experts discussing one or more of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

• At a community event, sell or distribute bottled water bearing a label promoting Rotary’s water and sanitation efforts. Contribute proceeds to the Foundation’s Annual Fund to support water and sanitation global grant projects.

• Sponsor a Rotary information booth or table at a local event and share The Rotary Foundation story with everyone who stops by.

• Organize a book club for members and their families and read the new Rotary centennial book, “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” Order copies at shop.rotary.org.

IMPROVE your community by sponsoring a Foundation centennial event and inviting the public to participate:

• Organize a drive to collect 100 items related to Rotary’s areas of focus — for example, books, water-treatment kits, first aid supplies — and donate them to local communitybased organizations at a centennial event.

• Plant a grove of 100 trees to protect the environment, or create a Rotary Foundation community garden.

• Hold a 100-hour service marathon, encouraging Rotarians and their families and local schoolchildren to volunteer.

• Conduct a needs assessment in your community and use the results to develop a centennial district grant project, such as tutoring at-risk students, promoting vaccinations, or developing anti-bullying programs.

• Organize a Rotary Day community cleanup in a local park and encourage community volunteers to help.

RAISE MONEY for PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or your club’s global grant projects with fun events in your community:

• Hold a rubber-duck race on a local river.

• Organize a Chilly Golf tournament, a nine-hole winter event in the snow.

• Sponsor a dance-a-thon, walk-a-thon, or bike-a-thon.

• Hold a raffle among club members for a leather-bound copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.”

• Organize a talent contest or karaoke competition.

• Sponsor a polar plunge, a quick jump into — and out of — icy waters.

 

For more ideas and downloadable resources such as post cards, press release template and more http://centennial.rotary.org/en/celebrate-centennial

 


 
 
 

7 features of a highly effective service project
 

Selecting the right project, therefore, is critical to the health of your club. Here’s a few basic principles we’ve found to be true about service projects:
 

  • Sweat equity is the single most vital aspect of our mission and one of our greatest strengths.
  • Club leaders are responsible for both success and failure.
  • Engaged Rotarians take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Technology is important.
  • Members should expect to serve.
  • We need to recognize the volunteer resource represented by retirees, the self-employed, and non-working parents with time to spare.
  • One-off walk-away projects do little to cultivate longer term engagement with Rotary.
  • Hands-on projects provide opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills.
  • Fund raisers are an important part of what we do, but there is much more to being engaged in Rotary.
  • Rotary is more than being a member of a single club.
  • Club 501(C)(3)s are important to capture individual tax free donations in the USA. Setting one up is not expensive, and within the ability of club leaders.
  • Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Leadership Institutes are important to our present and future.
  • Most of us learn by doing.
  • We need to watch out for the threat of status quo and board inertia.
  • We need to say “yes” to good projects promoted by one or more of our members.
  • Our ability to serve is proportional to the number of available volunteer hours.

 

With this in mind, we suggest any great project should have these seven attributes:
 

  1. Involve several of the six Areas of Focus. Our most recent project dealing with eye care for underprivileged children relates to basic education and literacy; maternal and child health, and disease prevention.
     
  2. Be interesting to as many professions as possible. For example, our latest project is of particular interest to medical professionals, educators, and community and political leaders.
     
  3. Benefit as many people in the community as possible. The bigger the better, as larger efforts will attract more media interest. By collaborating, you can engage small clubs in bigger issues.
     
  4. Be affordable and grant eligible and pursue international partners. Collaborating with other clubs on district or global grants opens up opportunities for members to step into leadership roles and experience Rotary on an international scale.
     
  5. Involve multiple age groups, including InteractRotaractRYLA participants, and all generations from Baby Boomers on.
     
  6. Address a major community issue and include a public image component that will stimulate local media interest and build relationships with media outlets.
     
  7. Involve a long range vision for sustainability and focus on long-term relationships. A series of related projects is a great way to develop ongoing relationships and retain membership interest. Small projects grow into larger efforts this way.
     
We believe doing all these things develops a “Service Centered Leadership” culture which results in a sustained and sustainable membership growth environment.
 

Source: https://blog.rotary.org/2016/10/05/7-features-of-a-highly-effective-service-project/

 


 
 
Hurricane Matthew Relief and Ways to Give Important Documentation
 
 
 
Special Message from District Governor Haresh L. Ramchandani
 
Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
 
A Hurricane Matthew Disaster Committee headed by District Disaster Chair Jacqueline Heyliger, a disaster planning professional based in the USVI, and a number of district leaders have met, assessed the needs currently coming out of Haiti, and have decided on 2 components. One – An Immediate Response for Direct Relief needs and Two - a more medium to long term approach.
 
For the its immediate needs we will be focusing around Les Cayes, Jeremie and Aquin in Haiti. The Rotary Club of Les Cayes, a strong Rotary Club, along with DGE Robert, and many of our Rotary leaders in Haiti, will lead the efforts. Their assessment is unfortunately a bleak one: Many, many homes have lost their roofs leaving thousands of families unprotected and there has been a serious outbreak of cholera, putting further pressure on the already strained resources. They advise that the community’s immediate needs are materials (metal sheeting), to repair the roofs and water filters to provide clean drinking water. Fortunately, both are still available for purchase on the ground in Haiti, however there are naturally supply and demand issues which will affect cost, so it is essential that funds are made available to buy these items immediately. Currently, a sheet of metal roofing costs US$4 and approximately USD$200 to put a new roof on, and a filter plus bucket, which can provide just under 300 gallons of clean water per day, should cost around US$50-60. 
 
So if you want to help with immediate relief we are asking you to make your contribution to the District Disaster Relief Account, the information for which is on 7020.org and will be sent to you via email as well. As a District we are immediately sending USD$27,500 approximately so it can help the Rotarians on the ground to get this relief to those affected.
 
I’m aware there are those that want to give in Kind, such as food & clothing. Now whilst we will accept these things there is specific way it needs to be sent to Haiti. That outline document is also available at 7020.org and will be circulated via email. But I must advise you that the sentiments on the ground is that most items are still available there, and the last thing we want to do is kill the local economy. One of Rotary’s areas of focus is Economic and Community Development, and sending items readily available there is doing the exact opposite of that.
 
Now, if you wish to help in the more medium to long term effort, you can still contribute to the District Disaster Fund and specify how wish to have the funds used, but also we have setup a Donor Advised Fund at The Rotary Foundation, and we are also pursuing a Global Grant based on the needs that the Rotarians in Haiti are evaluating currently. The Information for the Donor Advised Fund at TRF is also available at 7020.org and will be sent via email as well.
 
I am grateful for all those who have offered to help. This is indeed a time for us to come together and showcase that Rotary truly serves humanity. Thank you for all you’re doing and will continue to do as we Champion the cause to help those affected in their time of need.
 
 
Haresh L. Ramchandani
District Governor
Rotary District 7020
 
 

 

"We need to strengthen the local entrepeneurs
and community leaders... especially women"

DG Haresh's message for October 2016 from Rotary District7020 on Vimeo.

 

Hello my fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the Family of Rotary,
 
This is Haresh Ramchandani, District Governor for Rotary District 7020. This September was Basic Education and Literacy month, and from all indications clubs have really focused on this area.
 
I’ve now visited around half the Rotary Clubs in our District and truly – Rotary is alive and doing extremely well in our communities.
 
I want to Congratulate the Rotary Clubs of Portmore, Eleuthera, and Road Town for winning the Club of the Month for August.
 
This month we highlight, Economic and Community Development, another of the Six areas of Focus.
 
My Rotary friends, did you know that Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We need to promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects can range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. We need to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
 
October is also a great time to take stock of your plans thus far, revisit some of the strategies implemented and to see what’s worked and what needs to be tweaked.

Some more great news on the International Convention and District Cruise Conference. From our District, we have now 198 registered for the Convention in Atlanta and we have over 200 cabins confirmed for the Cruise Conference. These are 2 events you don’t want to miss.
 
Let’s continue to craft the member experience!
 
DG Haresh L. Ramchandani
 
 
 
 
 

This publication is intended to help you ask the right questions,

identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the

time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Education Opportunites Go Hand in Hand
with our Future Generations Programs

DG Message for September 2016 from Rotary District7020 on Vimeo.

 

 

Hello my fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the Family of Rotary,
 
This is Haresh Ramchandani, District Governor for Rotary District 7020. It’s now been 2 months now since the start of the Rotary Year. This August was Membership Month and from all indications it has been a great month for exposing Rotary to the wider community and for membership growth. Several clubs participated in the Bring a friend concept. Rotary International had a webinar focusing on the new change and flexibility options available to Rotary Clubs titled: “Revitalize and Rethink your Club: Crafting the Member experience”. If you missed it you can go to rotary.org/webinars
 
This month we highlight Basic Education and Literacy, one of the Six areas of Focus. My friends, did you know that Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians are supporting educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
 
And I ask you to channel your energy this month in enabling your community to a better future; a brighter future. As a district we still focus on the New Generations during September. So we ask you to also spend some energy and time on EarlyAct, Interact, Rotaract, and even RYLA. These Rotary programs are so profound and impactful. And to me this goes hand in hand with Literacy. The next generation is our future so it is in our interests for them to be literate, knowledgeable and prepared for a successful life.
 
This month I will also be sending out invitations for Nomination for the position of District Governor for the year 2019-2020. So please be on the lookout for that invitation and I hope your club will made a worthy and qualified submission.
 
As a further reminder, by now you should have paid your Rotary International half yearly dues and Annual District Dues. If you haven’t then I urge you to do so poste-haste.
 
Some great news on the International Convention and District Cruise Conference. We have now 189 registered for the Convention in Atlanta and we have over 150 cabins confirmed for the Cruise Conference. These are 2 events you don’t want to miss.
 
My friends, we are truly part of a wonderful organization. I have now visited 26 Rotary Clubs as part of my official visit as Governor, and the impact they’ve had in their communities is nothing short of extraordinary. Be proud to be a Rotarian – I certainly am.
 
DG Haresh L. Ramchandani
 
 
 
Learn about Rotary's Area of Focus Basic Education and Literacy
 
 
 
 
 
Start a Project
 
These PDFs are a great resource to start a successful project or improve the impact of your undergoing Basic Education and Literacy initiatives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RI Webinar
 
Watch DG Haresh L. Ramchandani's Webinar on Membership Revitalize and Rethink Your Rotary Club.
 
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Go out there and tell everyone what Rotary is all about!
 

 

My Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the family of Rotary: 

It’s been a month since the new Rotary Year. By now most of the club leaders have settled into their new role and plans have started being executed. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how these plans take shape and to see the fruit of all this labour. 

Since the new Rotary Year I’ve have a chance to visit a few clubs and I can tell you that Rotary is indeed alive and well. And the clubs are doing some incredible work in their communities. 

August is Membership and New Club Development Month. This month the focus is on strengthening and growing Rotary – by engagement & attraction. 

What a great time to encourage Rotarians to bring a friend or a guest to a meeting. Go out there and tell everyone what Rotary is all about; why Rotary membership is the most meaningful way to help their communuty & the world globally. Turn to social media and share worthy content. Do a quick video about why you love your club. Ensure that you’re providing value to your Rotarians and your club. Craft a better rotary experience. Do a fireside chat for new or potential members. 

Membership is Rotary’s # 1 internal priority - we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We have clubs that are becoming more flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. 

So go out there are share Rotary – People are starved for connection. For that feeling of doing something good for others. Rotary is the perhaps the best way to make a meaningful difference. 

Finally my friends, membership is a job of all of us, not just the membership chair or committee. We must be the change in how we share rotary with others – and let them know that indeed we Serve Humanity.

 

Haresh L. Ramchandani

District Governor, 2016 - 2017

 

 

 
 
 
 
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