July 2016
District and Club Events
District Events
July 29, Jackson MI
September 3, Midland MI
September 28 - October 2 Cleveland, OH
October 22
October 23 Cleveland OH
October 24
November 18, Zehnder's, Frankenmuth
     Our District Governor is Cheryl Peterson
The July District Dispatch has been posted. Please click  July District Dispatch to view. Please enjoy! And thank you to Connie for her unending dedication to putting together this newsletter!!!

The Breckenridge 2nd Annual Rotary July 4th 5K was a success! Click on this link to see the results. Thanks to everyone who attended. 

A District Grant-sponsored Vocational Training Team (VTT) composed of Rotarians and non-Rotarians will be travelling to Uganda for two weeks in mid-January, 2017, to provide vocational training to the staff of Agape Community Transfo*rmation (ACT) a local Non Governmental Organization. This Grant is supported by the Midland Rotary Club along with Midland Morning, and Bay City Morning Rotary Clubs.
Non-Rotarian subject matter experts are being sought to provide practical hands-on instruction in the following areas:
  • Marketing/Social Media/Handicraft Retailing—explore handicraft sales and promotion in Uganda and exports
  • Community Health Management—village heath promotion and facilitator training
Up to 100% of travel and related expenses of the selected individuals will be provided. For further information and an application, please contact the project leader, Rotarian Dick Dolinski, at rdolinski@tlc4cs.org or 989.859.2290.

Please join us on Saturday, September 3rd for fun at Dow Diamond. See the flyer below for more information or click here to download a pdf of this flyer.

The District Annual Conference was held in Alpena on May 20-21st. Over 150 Rotarians, partners, and guests took part in the two-day event to share our Rotarian experience. Our Youth Exchange students added an exciting touch to our Saturday dinner with flag ceremony and talent presentations. The weather was excellent.
Our theme: The Essence of Rotary - "Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action"  was clearly evident throughout the program. It began with the District Training Assembly led by District Governor Elect Cheryl Peterson and Immediate Past District Governor and District Trainer Dee Brock on Rotary topics. We had a wealth of guest speakers, and nearly 70 attendees ventured out in "Shipwreck Alley" in Thunder Bay on the Lady Michigan glass bottom boat tour.
District Governor Mike Kelly presented many well-deserved "District Governor Citations" and other awards, including 22 individual "Rotary Heroes" chosen by their respective clubs. Also recognized were several individuals for their outstanding and continuing loyal Rotary service.
The highlight of the awards was the Rotary Foundation Major Donor - Level 2 awards to both Chuck and nancy Cusick. Their work in the effort to "End Polio Now" is extraordinary! What a great example of "Service Above Self"!
A review of comments by participants on conference evaluations notes the program was informative and fun - just like All Things Rotary should be!
(Taken from June District Dispatch)
More information on the District conference to come!

Photo by Seth Wenig - AP
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is granting $38 million to develop low-cost polio vaccine that will supply at least 50 million doses per year. Please click on the link below to see the article from Fortune Magazine.

Every three years, members from Rotary districts across the globe gather in Chicago to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council on Legislation is an essential part of Rotary’s governance. Following is a recap of that meeting with more details to follow:
11 APRIL 2016
The Council on Legislation approved on Monday two key measures that would give clubs greater flexibility in their meetings and membership. Both were backed by the RI Board of Directors and passed overwhelmingly after lively debate. The first measure gives clubs greater leeway in when and how often they meet, how often they cancel meetings, and what constitutes a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second measure grants clubs flexibility to experiment with membership models. Proponents argued that clubs need the enhanced freedom in order to determine what works best in their communities, noting that "one size does not fit all." See the vote totals from Monday’s action.
12 APRIL 2016
Continuing yesterday's theme of flexibility, the Council on Legislation agreed on Tuesday to simplify the qualifications for membership in a Rotary club. The measure removes six membership criteria from the RI Constitution, replacing them with the simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community. Proponents argued that the change will give power back to clubs to "choose their own members without a checklist" and encourage membership growth. The Council also deferred until Thursday the consideration of proposals to create a new membership type, associate membership, and to allow Rotaractors to join a Rotary club, too. See Tuesday's vote totals.
13 APRIL 2016
Citing a need to provide programs and services that allow Rotary clubs to flourish, the Council on Legislation approved three $4 increases in the annual per capita dues that clubs pay to Rotary International. RI Treasurer Per Høyen, speaking in favor of the request, said, "Hearing that 9 out of 10 Rotarians have asked Rotary to provide more services, the Board does not want to decrease the services to the clubs and districts. Now is the time to invest in our future and make it possible to move forward and achieve a strong future for Rotary." The increase sets the dues at $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. See Wednesday's vote totals.
14 APRIL 2016
Council members Thursday approved the creation of a Council on Resolutions, a separate governing body that will meet online every year. It will propose resolutions to the RI Board, leaving the triennial Council on Legislation to deal exclusively with enactments, which change Rotary's governing documents. Proponents argued that the change could save up to $300,000 by shortening the Council on Legislation by a day. They also point out that the new Council would establish a channel of communication between clubs and the RI Board. Representatives also voted to allow Rotaractors to simultaneously be members of Rotary clubs. See Thursday's vote totals.

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