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Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. The Rotary District 6840 theme for this year is "Leave a Legacy".
27 April 2015
The District Assembly was held May 2nd at the Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS. with special breakout sessions for Club Administration, Public Relations, Foundation, Membership and Service Projects. District Governor Elect John Cornwell presented the district goals for the coming year and introduced the 2015-2016 RI Theme "Be a Gift to the World". The meeting was an opportunity for committee chairmen and club members to:
1. Meet their district counterpart;
2. Meet, network and brainstorm with their counterparts from other clubs in the district;
3. Create a strategy and plan to attain the Presidential Citation; and
4. Participate in breakout sessions focused specifically on their areas of club leadership and interest.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is returning to its previous venue this year. It will be held in the Solomon Retreat Center near Robert, Louisiana, from July 19-24, 2015. The fee is $500; applications to sponsoring Rotary Clubs are due by May 15, 2015. More information can be found under District Programs > Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, including application forms, documents concerning club responsibilities, and form letters for high school counselors.
Our Rotary District 6840 has partnered with Rotary District 6820 (central MS) to put together the biggest District Conference we've ever had - Rotary Rivage 2015. It was held April 10-12 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. From top to bottom, this conference was designed to be fun, exciting, and relaxed. The attendees participated in a service project around feeding the hungry world-wide, heard amazing Rotary speakers, and enjoyed the traditional Food Fest at the Point Cadet Pavilion.
On March 14, Districts 6840 and 6200 celebrated the commitment of $1,500,000 to The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund by a Million Dollar Dinner at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans. Each attendee pledged during the year at least $25,000 to the Endowment Fund by either a will, an insurance policy, or an IRA. District 6840 Rotarians alone committed a total of $1,050,000. About 55 were in attendance from both districts. Past RI President John Kenny was our guest speaker.