On October 19th Steve Puderbaugh, our 2020-2021 Rotary District Governor, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the state of Rotary clubs in our District. Steve reviewed the theme for 2020, which is Rotary Opens Opportunities, and how 2020 has been a challenging year for the organization. On a positive note, Steve discussed how 2020 has caused Rotary to embrace technology, which will help the organization in the future.
  • Steve discussed how our club has grown with its international presence and focus on scholarship and community.
  • Steve discussed how going forward, transitioning from Zoom meetings to hybrid models will be important going forward.
  • We learned about the Hopkinton club who started a flag program for all flag holidays that has been very successful.
  • Steve reviewed the Rotary Foundation team’s success this year with COVID-19 disaster response--the donations from the 32 clubs in the district was almost $114,000, and was matched for funds, making total project almost at $341,000 for the district. These funds went to food banks, first responders, PPE costs, and more.
  • As of July 1st, the seventh area of focus for the Rotary Foundation will be the environment, and environmental projects.
  • Rotary also has a new App you can use to help raise funds.
  • The Rotary Foundation Celebration will be November 12th, with breakout discussions, presentations, raffle, and more.
  • Our district distributed over 200,000 masks in the past year, and our district membership team has been working hard on growth.
  • Steve is encouraging everyone to get involved in our district-wide membership contest - ‘Rotary Rocks’, using a point system to motivate membership to help bring in new guests and potential members.
    • This year the clubs with the most growth will be recipients of a pizza party, lunch or breakfast, or other prizes.
  • He also discussed working on Rotary’s public image and spreading the message that there is “no wrong age” to become a Rotarian.
  • The district’s website has also been categorizing speaker options on their website to help clubs find potential speakers for club meetings.
  • Rotary is also working on establishing a committee for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the district level.
  • The District Conference is going to be at Church’s Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith, NH, May 1st and 2nd, 2021.  They will have a host hospitality night on the Friday night, including multiple events for attendees to enjoy.  Overnight accommodations will be available.