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2015-16: BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD

RI President K.R. Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
 

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Paul Smiths College, the location for RYLA 2015.  A job well done with thanks to Bob Hanna, Bill Rusak, Al Dunham, Ernie Stretton, Ray Agnew and all the volunteer chaperones.

Students are getting started early on Friday morning.

DG Ariane addresses students, parents and Rotarians at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

No longer strangers, but now friends at the graduation lunch.

 

 
 
This is my last bulletin as District Governor.  It has been an amazing year and I feel very privileged that you chose me to be your leader in 2014-2015.  I want to thank all those who were a part of the District Council in 2014-2015,and those who have stepped up for next year.  A special thanks goes to outgoing AG's Dwight Boyce, Stephanie Battisti, and Fred Carriere, as well as Pat Brown, Rotaract; Jack Prim, membership; Trevor Dagilis, International Service; Sherri Agnew, Youth Exchange; and our co-District Rotaract Representatives Natasha Farrugia and Kaitlynn Almeida
 
This bulletin is in English only because there has not been enough time to get items translated. The articles address the three main areas that RI asks us to report on, and a few areas that became important during the year.  As I was going through the club ratings, I completed any goals or results in Rotary Club Central that I was aware of.  Some clubs sent achievements to me but did not record them online.
 
Use of GoToMeeting
The use of virtual meetings increased sharing of ideas this year within the district.  Last year I introduced webinars for Presidents Elect, and this year I tried to keep in touch with them through AG groupings.  All in all it has served to have Rotarians look at meetings differently.  It is not always necessary to get in a car and drive.  Sometimes things can be done from one’s home.  GoToMeeting proved especially useful during January and February where I could still be in touch with district members while not having to drive in inclement weather.
 
Youth Protection Policy
Although this was not originally part of my goal for the year, it became more and more important as the year went on. Many clubs were under the impression that this is a new requirement but a policy has been in effect since 2006.  As I mentioned at the DTA, I feel like I am part of the movie “Groundhog Day” since I started with this in the 90’s as a teacher association president, and am still hearing the same arguments against the requirements now from Rotarians.  RI has changed what it needed since 2006 and we need to change also.  Many thanks to Kevin Laplante who has take on an important role in this process. 
 
With the input of several clubs, we have made changes to the original policy and have now started with a club certification process for any club involved in activities with youth and vulnerable persons.  This is in addition to the Youth Exchange certification process and does not replace it.  A list of certified clubs is published on the Youth Services page and will be added to as more clubs become certified.  Club presidents and organizers of Adventure programs and RYLA have been reminded that their clubs needs to be certified before they can run their program.
 
The concern about sending Canadian documents to the US has also been addressed with clubs.  At this time I am listed as co-Youth Protection Officer along with Kevin Laplante and I will continue in that capacity next year.  We need continuity in this process and cannot have the position change every year.
 
The possibility of having a third party background check has been possible in the US and there is now at least one company that I have been made aware of that can do this in Canada.  This may help to alleviate some of the difficulties that members in rural areas have had in obtaining police checks.
 
The Weekly Bulletin
Clubs do weekly bulletins and it was because of that I decided to do that as well.  A weekly bulletin that has a bit of colour, that can be archived, and that can be shared in Facebook seemed to be well accepted. We keep email messages to a minimum so that new club presidents do not get bombarded.  Our Communication Policy, approved by the District Council in September is on the district website for anyone to check.  We cannot stop RI, but we can keep the ClubRunner communication system for the use of the district.   
 
Clubs and AG’s contributed many articles for the bulletin.  I had set up a rough schedule according to the monthly themes and there were times that I was overwhelmed and had to carry articles forward several weeks in order to fit it all in.  Thanks to all who contributed.
 
Conclusion
For many years I have been actively involved in the district.  While my role will change now, I am still a part of the district and will continue to be active for all of our members.  Thank you for the opportunity that you gave me.                                                                                                                                                                        
 

 
This is one of the least utilized areas in Rotary Club Central, with clubs not completing achievements, yet it is the area in Rotary Club Central that has the greatest impact. 
 
One club has stated that they do not feel it is necessary to enter anything in Rotary Club Central.  There are others that are just not doing anything.  There is reporting that Rotary International expects of clubs.  A comparison was made at one time that Rotary is like the franchiser and clubs are the franchisees.  Clubs are able to avail themselves of all the benefits of Rotary International and should be prepared to do their part in return.
 
The latest figures show that the use of Rotary Club Central is increasing though.
 
61% Clubs with Goals, 264 PROJECTS SET AS GOAL, 232 PROJECTS ACHIEVED
 
 
Last Year Actual
Current Year Actual
Volunteer Hours
15,935
30,734
Volunteers
2,015
3,012
Cash Contribution (USD)
$308,673
$717,541
In-kind Donations (USD)
$161,797
$174,813
 

 
Net membership increased during this year.  Last year we had a loss, but as of the end of May we were up by 18 members.  However, in order to prepare for the invoice coming in July that will not allow changes, clubs have been trimming their membership again.  We may come out with a net loss of 5 members by the end of June. We had 238 new members this year, but with a net loss of 5 that means we lost 243.  We chartered Kingston Waterfront and established Ottawa Metro as an Ottawa satellite club.  L’est de Montreal, thanks to the tireless work of Bertrand de Cardaillac has revived itself.  We need to find new and innovative ways to help clubs address membership issues. A great deal of work remains to be done to further increase our membership, but more importantly, to retain the members that we do have at the moment. 
 

 
Foundation Giving and Rotary Club Central
 
Annual Fund as of 27 June, 2015                   
64% Clubs with Goals - $152,332 USD 2014-15 Goal
83% ACTUAL CLUB PARTICIPATION – $145,973 USD 2014-15 Year to Date
 
We are short of our goal for this year.  Thankfully we had clubs participate that did not put in a goal.  The effect of our shortfall will be felt in 3 years because we will have decreased District Designated Funds. We collected $59,532 USD for polio in 2015.
 
Good news  We increased the numbers in our Paul Harris Society, Benefactors, Major Donors, and Bequest Society.  We increased the number of presidents who personally gave to the Rotary Foundation from 35 last year to 50 this year.  The weekly bulletin articles on the Rotary Foundation seem to have been well received.
 
WEEK 52 Thank you for your support of The Rotary Foundation this past year, and please remember that the need for The Rotary Foundation’s programs never ends and the need for your financial support and participation never ends.  The mission of The Rotary Foundation to do good work will continue long into the future. We should be proud of our accomplishments as this has been one amazing year!
 

 
 

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