Rotary Truly is Unique
Each Rotary year ends with an International Convention filled with inspirational speakers, informative breakout sessions and exciting entertainment. However, after attending five such conventions, two of which were outside the U.S., I find one aspect the most awe-inspiring. That is the parade of flags. Each country in which Rotary has a club is announced and the national flag is paraded around the convention and shown on a big screen. With the exception of the host country and that of the R.I. President this is done in alphabetical order. It is amazing to see this display and realize that nowhere else on earth can you see such a display without any underlying message except fellowship and serving humanity. True at the Olympics each represented country has its flag carried by its athletes during the opening ceremony. However, there fierce competition with statistics maintained by country undermines the feeling of fellowship. Likewise, at the United Stations each country has its own political agenda. Only at Rotary can countries that are otherwise in conflict with each other meet with common goals such as the eradication of polio.
This year in Seoul during the opening ceremonies I sat next to a large group Rotarians from Egypt each wearing identical brightly colored blazers. Later while standing in various lines I stood next to and spoke to Rotarians from India, China, the Congo and many other nations. This truly is the International aspect of Rotary International.
A New Rotary Year Begins
July starts a new Rotary year. On July 9 we will have an Engaging Emerging Leaders Summit. Participants will discover new ideas to help Clubs design programs that will not only attract new leaders but retain members and engage them in new and exciting ways. Information is available on the District website. I am also excited to start my club visits in July.
They will discover new ideas to help your Club design a program that will not only attract new leaders but retain members and engage them in new and exciting ways
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The District has received $99,216.00 from The Rotary Foundation for this year’s District Designated Funds. The funds can be used for District Scholarships and District Service Grants (DSG) amongst other things. Approved District Scholarships total $22,500. These funds will be disbursed as soon as all the paperwork is complete. That leaves $76,716 available for DSGs. Qualified Clubs with trained members that have submitted a Member of Understanding may submit an application for a grant via the District website. Grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions or to submit signed MOUs Vic Slaughter. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. These funds are based upon District donations to the Annual Fund during the year 2013-2014.
Council on Legislation 2016 April 9-15, the 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago to consider changes to Rotary International's constitutional documents and recommendations to the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Each District may send one elected Representative. Of the 534 Districts in the Rotary world, 523 delegates were present and certified. The Council considered 117 Enactments and 63 Resolutions. Enactments change the constitutional documents (RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, Standard Club Constitution) and Resolutions request the RI Board of Directors or Rotary Foundation Trustees to consider a matter.
Please click HERE to read a summary of Council actions - many enactments affect all Rotary clubs! Our District Representative Wyn Spiller is happy and available to present a program on the 2016 COL. The presentation will include additional background information, specifically on the dues increase, as well as a brief look at the Council in action and what did not pass. EMAIL WYN
(Credit Monika Lowzinska ©Rotary International)
Posted on Jun 05, 2013
Check out the District calendar of events HERE.
Elko Desert Sunrise's I Walk I Run for Rotary - July 23, 2016
Sparks Centennial Sunrise's Golf Tournament - August 27, 2016
Reno Sunrise's Edible Pedal - September 18, 2016
See detailed information on these events on the posters below:
When you sign up for a live webinar it will count as a make up for you club's attendance! On-demand videos of these recent webinars can be accessed HERE.
DISTRICT 5190 ROTARY ACADEMY OVERVIEW
BISHOP 5TH GRADE LITERACY PROGRAM
WHAT IS RLI?
FIRE UP YOUR CLUB'S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
BUSINESS PLANNING FOR ROTARY CLUBS
SETTING UP YOUR CLUB'S FACEBOOK PAGE
USING FACEBOOK TO PROMOTE YOUR CLUB PART2
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS
BUDGETING FOR YOUR ROTARY CLUB
SETTING YOUR CLUB'S MEMBERSHIP GOALS
SHARE YOUR CLUB'S SUCCESS