We Connect

Rotary unites more than a million people


Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures

come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and

professional connections while making a difference in their

backyards and around the world.


We Transform

We take action locally and globally


Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into

completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver

real, lasting solutions.


We Solve Problems

No challenge is too big for us


For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to

champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and

sanitation, and fight disease.


Join Leaders

Club activities, social events, and volunteer
projects offer networking opportunities that build
personal and professional connections. And Rotarians
can extend those networks by visiting other clubs
around the globe.


What's New?
The purpose of this seminar is to familiarize clubs with the complexities of doing Rotary Global  overseas.  Whether doing a District Grant or a Global Grant you need to understand the potential pitfalls involved with undertaking a grant in another part of the world.  The seminar will cover sources of funding, recordkeeping, project management/oversight and reporting.  Attendance at this seminar is REQUIRED if your club is going to pursue a Rotary Global Grant in the upcoming Rotary Year 2018 - 2019.  This seminar is offered only once a year, so failure to attend will keep your club from pursuing a Global Grant until 2019 - 2020.  We will have several speakers who have firsthand experience in doing international grants and they will share their accomplishments and frustrations.  Any club member may attend to qualify a club for the upcoming year. 
The event will be held at Christos Banquet Center located at 830 E. Lincoln Highway in Plymouth.  The date is Saturday, March 24 and the time will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (EST).  There is no cost to attend.  Please register for the event at www.rotary6540.org by clicking on this event shown in the calendar on the right side of the home page, or simply click here to go to the registration page.  If you have questions please email mike.rotary6540@comcast.net or jwalker.rotary@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!
The “100-day countdown” to the April 20-21 “All IN Rotary” statewide conference has begun!  We can't wait!  Visit www.allINrotary.org  to get registered now!
The three districts in the State of Indiana have been working together for over a year to make this the best and brightest Rotary event since Indianapolis hosted the Rotary International Convention 20 years ago.  Don't miss the fun!  Invite friends from your club to join you!  Go to www.allINrotary.org for all the information and a direct link to your hotel room reservation.
The House of Friendship will also offer a place for you to showcase your special Club project.  Start preparing now as space is limited!  Let me know if your club will offer a showcase project.
Note, because many of the great amenities and hotel space are based on hotel rooms rented, your early registration is significant and desired!   PLUS, we are planning some special events that will need prearrangements based on our attendance.  We already have over 300 people registered!  Multiple events, breakout sessions, service projects and FUN are planned!

At www.allINrotary.org  you can get registered and find additional information about the Conference including the overall schedule, backgrounds on speakers and breakout sessions, The House of Friendship, and info about the beautiful city of Indianapolis!

Come and stay for the weekend or just stop by!  Special registration rates are available for new members and those just coming for the day.  Any way you slice it, we are prepared for great things at the All IN Rotary District Conference and want you to be a part of it!  Bring the family and enjoy all the City has to offer! 

Can't wait to experience Rotary with you!  Please get registered as soon as possible.  You won't want to miss it!  Come join us.  I personally invite you to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Join Rotarians from across the Great Hoosier State for the April 20-21, 2018, conference at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. 
See you in Indy this April!

Lisa Waterman, District Governor

To register, visit www.allINrotary.org

March, 2018

This month marks 50 years since the first Rotaract club was chartered, in 1968. In this special Rotaract issue of The Rotarian magazine, you'll meet some impressive Rotaractors from around the world and see some of the incredible ways they are Making a Difference.
In the half-century since Rotaract began, the world has seen profound changes, and young people have felt the greatest impact of those changes: the rise of technology and the information economy, the spread of education, and the tremendous influence of the internet. When Rotaract was founded, it would have been almost unthinkable for a teen or 20-something to have been an entrepreneur or a CEO. Today, young people have an unprecedented capacity to achieve – and Rotary needs their ideas and enthusiasm as never before.
For many years, Rotary has done Rotaract a disservice by looking at our youth and young adult programs as mere precursors to Rotary membership, and not as valuable and productive programs in their own right. But Rotaractors are truly partners in Rotary service.
Today, an estimated quarter of a million Rotaractors serve in over 10,000 clubs, in nearly every country where Rotary clubs exist. The impact of their service is particularly impressive when contrasted with their resources. Rotaractors achieve an amazing amount with far less money at their disposal than the average Rotary club. Their energy and vision bring something wonderful to our Rotary family and to our communities, and we value it very much.
Yet only 27 percent of Rotary clubs sponsor a Rotaract club, a figure that has remained fairly stable over time. And far too few Rotaractors ultimately do move on to Rotary membership. As we celebrate this anniversary with Rotaract, I encourage all Rotary clubs to consider sponsoring a Rotaract club or to strengthen their ties with the clubs they already sponsor. Schedule regular joint meetings, run joint service projects, and reach out to Rotaractors – not only to ask if you can help, but to find out how you can work together. Know your Rotaract clubs and their members – and make sure that every Rotaractor knows that a Rotary club is waiting to welcome them.
For half a century, Rotaract has given young people a way to find the same connections with their communities, and the same value in service, that Rotarians find in Rotary. Rotaractors are connecting us to the Rotary of our future, while helping us build the Rotary of today.

Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International  2017 - 2018


March, 2018
Questions, questions, questions. Two topics I am frequently asked about during my visits with Rotarians around the world relate to Rotary's website and our Foundation's grants. Quite likely you have had these questions and more, about things such as donor contributions, point transfers, club and district reports, club invoices, and club officer changes, to name a few. If you don't know where to find the answer, Rotary's Support Center is the place to start.
The Rotary Support Center is an easily accessible first point of contact for Rotarians, donors, staff, and others to help answer questions in English, French, and Spanish. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. You can reach the Support Center toll-free at 1-866-976-8279 (1-866-9ROTARY). Email inquiries to will be responded to within one business day.
The Support Center averages 3,500 calls per month. This includes about 1,500 callers who want to be directed to a specific person or Rotary department, allowing easier access within our complex organization. On average, 7,000 emails are responded to each month.
With only an eight-year history, the Rotary Support Center has been certified as a Center of Excellence by Benchmark Portal, the industry leader in contact center benchmarking. The Center of Excellence recognition is one of the most prestigious awards in the customer service and support industry. This distinction requires that a center be both efficient and effective, providing service that is of superior quality with lower overall costs compared with other centers in the service industry.
The Rotary Support Center team also includes a Visitor Services and Tour Program coordinator to schedule tours and large group meetings for those who want to visit Rotary headquarters. Rotary has a surprising number of visitors each year. Are you planning a visit to the Chicago area? You can request a tour by sending an email to . Perhaps our paths will cross at One Rotary Center!
I am confident you will agree with the 96 percent quality score the center has received from satisfied customers.
Paul A. Netzel
Foundation Trustee Chair 2017 - 2018

Come join us and make the world a better place!  Please take just a couple of minutes to review this video, and find out more about Rotary in a community near you.  Welcome to Rotary!



Have you thought about what your Rotary legacy will be?

The Permanent Fund builds long-term stability for the future of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by providing an extra stream of income to meet an increasing demand for the Foundation's educational, humanitarian, and cultural programs.  We invite you to invest in tomorrow by joining Rotarians around the world, and throughout District 6540 in their efforts to improve and enrich lives of people around the globe.

A Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation is anyone who informs The Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has made a provision in his or her will or other estate plan, naming the Foundation's Permanent Fund as a beneficiary; or by making an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Permanent Fund.  Benefactor recognition consists of a certificate and insignia (Angel Wings) to be worn with a Rotary pin.

The Rotary Foundation also recognizes those couples or individuals who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10,000 or more, as a Bequest Society Member.  Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Diamond Circle pin commemorating the commitment.

This support goes above and beyond your current Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) annual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  It is a commitment to the future in your estate planning.  

If you would like to receive a gift commitment card to complete, please contact any member of the Rotary District 6540 Foundation Committee or any member of the District Leadership Team.  Your legacy will make a lasting difference in the world!  Thank you for your consideration.


Engaging the Next Generation in Rotary
Only 2% of worldwide Rotary membership is under the age of 30.  In an article written for “Rotary on the Move” by Michael McQueen, a leading authority in youth & strategies for engaging with Gen Y, 5 strategies for growing your club with young members is offered. McQueen explains that contrary to their “self-centered reputation”, Gen Y “crave community and truly want to make a difference.”  “This generation, having been raised to be confident and to have self-esteem, truly believe they can make a difference” states McQueen. 
At its core, the  5 strategies require a local club to examine not only the local demographic to identify prospective Gen Y Rotary candidates, but determine if the purpose and goals of their own club are truly inspirational to attract the next generation craving purpose.
The 5 strategies are:
1. Look Back to Plan Forward
Where to find the next generation?  According to McQueen, they are all around if we only look a bit more closely.  Look at participants in club and district programs like RYLA, youth exchange, Interact or Rotaract clubs and other young people who have benefited from your clubs projects and programs.   They may be waiting to be asked.
2. Start Small
Young people, according to McQueen, are often hesitant to make long term commitments, therefore he suggests inviting them to be part of well defined, targeted short term projects and to use this as a jumping off point to increase their awareness of Rotary and to build relationships.  A well-defined project is one in that is adequately planned, the purpose and outcomes are clear and valued by the volunteers.  McQueen suggests with this strategy that local clubs analyze the opportunity that their projects and programs give volunteers to make a difference or impact someone’s life. 
3. Focus on Outcomes Rather Than Process
McQueen tells us that more involvement of young people in local clubs and their programs and projects may challenge the status quo.  He reminds us that this is a good thing and to realize that this reflects two things, one is take this as an opportunity to inform and educate and two is for local clubs to reflect on why they do what they do and does the purpose result in tangible benefits and outcomes.  McQueen reminds us that, “Gen Y are action-oriented….what does matter is that the outcomes and purpose are explicitly clear from the outset.”
4. Use Stories to Get your Message Through
Communicating with Gen Y through stories which tell of the impact of Rotary from a personal impact is more inspiring then reciting a long list of facts and figures according to McQueen.   Telling these stories not only will tell why Rotarians do what they do but also tell more about why service through Rotary is a great experience.
5. Concentrate on Common Purpose Not Common Interests
McQueen reminds us that as members of an international organization Rotarians have a history of working together with other Rotarians from diverse cultures.  As Rotarians we need to use the same drive to work together for common purpose around the world and focus this drive to open the door of the opportunity to serve to young people. 
Full article available at:

By Arnold Grahl, Rotary International News –


Luanne Triolo was several weeks into a challenge to wear her Rotary pin for 60 days straight when she realized she had missed a day.


So the 2009-10 president of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, Illinois, USA, started all over again to meet the challenge William Ferreira, governor of District 6440, had set before all his club presidents.


"You get used to it. It's something that is really good to do," says Triolo. "Different pins do catch people's eye in different ways."

Many Rotarians are serious about wearing their Rotary pins. Eugene Beil, past governor of District 6950 (Florida, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, tapped into that dedication recently when he started a discussion thread on RI's official LinkedIn group, asking Rotarians whether they wear their pins every day or just for meetings. The discussion has prompted more than 190 comments.


"I am happy with the feedback," Beil says. "I feel strongly about the value of wearing the pin every day. Whether you are at the grocery store, at work, or anywhere, you never know when a stranger is going to notice and you have an opportunity to explain Rotary to them."

Tony Quinn, governor of District 1200 (England), notes on the LinkedIn thread that Rotarians agree to wear their pins at all times when they are inducted.


Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.


Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single high school or from two or more high schools in the same community.


Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of - Developing leadership skills and personal integrity - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.


As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.


Could this be a possibility for students at your local high school? This could be a great opportunity for your Rotary Club to sponsor this program at our local high school.  Let's see what we can do as Rotarians to expand this program throughout District 6540.




ClubRunner is very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go!  Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you do what you need to run your club effectively while you're on the go.  Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.  You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate!


Rotary International has many great videos to inform and entertain.  Whether you're looking for a video to promote your local club initiative, or to show during a presentation, RI has a great selection.  Click HERE for the YouTube RI page.

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ClubRunner users:  Your District login and password is the same as what you use for your home club site. 

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Inspired by the work of Rotary International

When I see a need, I like to lend a hand.
We all need someone to understand.
That there are people in this world
Who really need us now.  
It's up to each of us to figure out how.

We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"
There is work for you and me.
We are building communities
and bridging continents
All around ... all around ... the world.

When I hear the call, "Service above self."
It's just not a slogan on my office shelf.
It's the way I choose to live.
The hand I have to give.
Thankful for the chance to give of myself.

We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"
There is work for you and me.
We are building communities
and bridging continents
All around ... all around ... the world.

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"Come Join Us!"

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