District Governor’s Message-January
We are at the half-way point of the Rotary Year, “Rotary Serving Humanity. I have visited 58 Clubs and attended many other functions, including Foundation Dinners, driving a total of 13,763 miles.
As I mentioned in my Club visits, I found each Club was special and unique. Emphasis was on local projects and having fun doing so.
I was amazed by the variety of projects that helped our local communities. Frequently we measure the success of a Club by numbers such as net change in membership or donations to the Rotary Foundation. To me the real measure of success is impact on our communities. I wish we had some kind of measurement such as per capita impact. Every Club would score through the roof.
The year actually started a bit early with a visit to RYLA and then to speak to the RYE Outbound students. What an impact these programs plus REGL, Interact and Rotaract are having on these Youth. Watching the participants at RYLA and REGL have personal breakthroughs was truly amazing.
As Sandy and I visited the many Clubs it was clear that even the most modest sized Clubs are having a tremendous impact on their communities. We heard about drive-through flu clinics, financial literacy programs, food for the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas and projects to improve community facilities. Many times, it was elbow-grease, perhaps even more than money, that was making the difference. Even though it was completed several years ago, I understand the pride one President demonstrated when she showed us a Rotary Park next to a long-term care facility that provided a place for families and patients to relax.
And let’s not forget Rotary Serving Humanity on a global basis. Several Clubs have continued work on international projects helping provide clean water, provide vocational training, provide equipment for a girl’s secondary school and there are other grants in progress.
STARS-Striving Together Achieving Results is certainly a motto our Clubs have been following this year. Members have been generous with their time and finances supporting local projects and donating to the Rotary Foundation. Just a reminder, if you have not made a donation this Rotary year please consider doing so. I know some Clubs have fundraisers to raise money for the Rotary Foundation but personal donations are always important. While many members are able to be even more generous, consider at least a $25 donation to the Annual Fund and another $25 to Polio Plus. We are so close to slamming the door on this terrible disease and every dollar helps.
Happy New Year!
Updated electronic versions of RI’s Manual of Procedure, Bylaws and Constitution are now available HERE.
They incorporate the recent changes made by the Council on Legislation. Clubs should adopt the Standard Rotary Club Constitution and revise the updated Club By-Laws to conform to the Club’s practices.
Interest is running high in attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, June 10-14, 2017. The convention is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary, make connections around the world, and catch the vision of what Rotary service is all about. New members, long-time members, and guests are all invited to attend! Information and registration links are available at www.riconvention.org.
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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.
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
CVirtualJan 28, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Grants Management Training
Siena (Soon to be Renaissance) HotelFeb 03, 2017
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Siena (Soon to Be Renaissance) HotelFeb 04, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Doubletree Hotel, San JoseMar 03, 2017 – Mar 05, 2017
Paul Harris Society Dinner
Mar 31, 2017
Grants Management Training
Atlantis HotelMar 31, 2017
2017 Paul Harris Society Dinner
Mar 31, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Leadership Assembly
Atlantis, RenoApr 01, 2017
Rotarians at Work Day
Apr 22, 2017