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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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Contact Us 
John Smith
District Secretary
260-410-9326 Phone
Mailing Address:
5307 Cloverbrook Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
For Website Related Issues: 
PDG Steve Sorenson
What's New?


We look forward to seeing all of our President Elect's for 2017 - 2018 at Great Lakes Rotary PETS, March 16 - 18.  Please register now to attend Great Lakes Rotary PETS in Kalamazoo, MI, if you have not already done so.  That website address is   This link is the only site where you can register to attend Great Lakes Rotary PETS, reserve your meals and reserve a hotel room, all at the same time.  Stay on that registration site until you have completed all three of those steps.  The hotel rooms at the Radisson Plaza will sell out quickly, so don't delay, sign up today!  Registration is now open, so sign up to attend PETS in Kalamazoo, MI right now.  This event is open to all club President Elects, President Nominees who would like to attend, Assistant Governors and District staff.

On behalf of DGE Lisa Waterman and District Trainer John Frischie, we thank you in advance for your valuable assistance in this important effort to get all PEs from our district to attend one of the Pre-PETS work sessions above, and then to attend the required Great Lakes Rotary PETS training, March 16 - 18.  Your continued service and support of Rotary in your community and throughout District 6540 is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to seeing your club President Elect at these two important training sessions.


There is now a link right here on our website home page (see below) for individuals to sign up to attend the 2017 District Conference Celebration at the Blue Chip Casino, in Michigan City, IN on April 21 & 22.  
Each member will be invoiced separately for this event, where you can pay by check or credit card.  You can immediately sign up with out paying.  However, look for your invoice to be emailed to you from John Smith, shortly after you complete the registration process.
Click here to complete your registration to attend the 2017 District 6540 Conference Celebration in Michigan City, IN.  We look forward to seeing you there for great Fun and Fellowship!
To reserve your overnight room, please call the Blue Chip Casino Resort directly at (219) 879-7711, and remember to ask for the special room rate for the district conference is $99.00 on Thursday night, and $139.00 on Friday night.
A Rotary Peace Conference for All will be held on March 31st - April 1, 2017, at the historic Michigan League which provides the University of Michigan community with elegant facilities and superb catering services, providing the perfect location and atmosphere for special events. It is located at 911 North University Avenue in Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Rotary District 6540 is a proud supporter of this conference.  Click Here to learn more and to register to attend this important event.
Sixteen Clubs earned district grant money for having 10% or more of their members attend the 2016
100th Celebration Foundation Dinner on September 30th at The Lerner in Elkhart. The top winners in each of the three club-size category were: Elkhart Morning with 55.6% in the 1-15 club size; Concord Township with 26.5 % in the 26-50 club size; and Anthony Wayne with 16.9% in the 51-100 club size.
The other winning clubs were: Angola, Boswell, DeMotte-KV, Fowler, Garrett, Hammond, Highland, Kentland, Lowell, North Manchester, Rochester, Roseland, and Schererville.  Congratulations!
The grants will be for the year 2017-2018, and cannot be started until July 1, 2017.
The deadline for submitting these award grant proposals is December 31, 2016. Other district grants for 2017-2018 have until March 31, 2017 to be submitted. Contact our District Foundation Chair Judy Walker, if you have any questions:

February, 2017

On 23 February, we will mark 112 years since the founding of Rotary. It is incredible to think about how much has changed, in our world and in our organization, since the first Rotary club met in Chicago with Paul Harris as a founding member.
Some things are easy to compare between now and 1905. There have been changes in technology, medicine, and society. When we look at a map of the world in 1905 and a map of the world today, we can see what’s different. What we can’t do is compare what is with what might have been. There is no way to compare our world as it exists now with the world as it would have been without Rotary.
Rotary has risen to so many challenges in its 112 years. We’ve answered conflict with peace, and poverty with education. We’ve responded to a lack of basic health care with projects large and small, from equipping clinics in tiny villages to eradicating polio across the globe.
We will never know how different the world would have been if Rotary had never been founded; if any one Rotary club had never been chartered; or if any single Rotarian had declined the invitation to join a Rotary club.
But I will say, with absolute faith and complete confidence, that the world is a far, far better place now than it would have been without Rotary and that Rotary itself is stronger because of every one of you.
The world needs Rotary more than ever. It needs our courage, our optimism, and our idealism. It needs the voice of tolerance, cooperation, and hope that we can offer. It needs the example of an organization that has proven that the citizens of all countries can work together successfully, gladly, and in friendship.
None of us ever knows the full impact of our actions. None of us knows the effects that will ripple out from the things we do and say, the decisions we make, the opportunities we seize, and those we let pass. But I think we all know that when we choose to do good, good will follow; and that when we choose Service Above Self as our life’s path, the direction it will take us will be a good one.
No one can see the future. No one knows what changes lie ahead. But I have faith in Rotary, and in Rotarians, that with every passing year, you will make our world a better place through Rotary Serving Humanity.

John F. Germ
President, Rotary International  2016 - 2017


Since 1917, The Rotary Foundation has spent more than $3.7 billion helping people and communities here at home and around the world.
February, 2017
Rotarians frequently ask if The Rotary Foundation practices socially responsible investing by screening or restricting certain investments based on social, environmental, or political criteria. The answer is yes – and no.
Yes, the Foundation considers both financial and social returns when making an investment decision. Our Investment Committee encourages our investment consultant and its managers to invest in companies that comply with laws, regulations, ethical standards, and national or international norms and are aligned with Rotary values.
We also consider how each of our investment managers incorporates socially responsible investing as part of their process. Currently seven of these managers, responsible for about 36 percent of the Foundation's total assets, were signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. These principles offer possible actions for incorporating environmental, social, and governance issues – such as climate change, public and workplace safety, and shareholder rights – into investment practice. Following these principles could reduce risk, improve returns, and better align our portfolio with our mission.
Does this mean the Foundation will categorically exclude specific companies or industries from investment? That's where the "no" part of my answer comes in. Given Rotary's diverse membership and its various cultural beliefs, agreeing on such restrictions would be extremely difficult.
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation and the Rotarian financial experts on our Investment Committee take their job very seriously. Rotarians have entrusted us with millions of dollars that they have designated to do good in the world. Our capacity to provide clean water and education, improve health care and economic development, and promote peace depends heavily on our investment income. So it is especially important that we invest your gifts wisely.
Because The Rotary Foundation belongs to all of us, we believe strongly in transparency. To that end, we have posted a wealth of information on You can find audited statements for the Foundation for the past three years and tax returns for the past six years, along with extensive material on investment practices, philosophy, and historical returns. I hope this detailed information will reinforce your confidence in our Foundation and inspire your continued generosity.
Kalyan Banerjee
Foundation Trustee Chair 2016 - 2017

During the last week, I have received many calls and emails regarding how Rotarians can assist the people of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas impacted by the recent fires. It is heartbreaking to see the destruction and to hear the stories of loss experienced by so many.

The Rotarians in District 6780, along with the leaders of the local communities, are coordinating efforts to assist those impacted. The five local Rotary clubs will use established relationships with county schools to identify children and families most in need of assistance. Highest priority will be given to those children and families that lost their homes, belongings and did not have insurance. Also, funds will be used to provide families with what they might need to get back on their feet again. Finally, they will be working with the Mountain Hope Good Shepard Medical Clinic to assist with replacing medications for people who have been displaced by the fire.

District 6780 is raising funds to assist with the relief effort. If you, or your club, would like to make a contribution you may use the following link: 

Or, you may mail your contribution to:
Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund
PO Box 4183
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Attn: David Carr

On the Memo line of the check, please write Firestorm.

Please go to their district Facebook page Rotary International District 6780. Once there, “LIKE” the page so that you will get updates.

This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate to them "Rotary Serving Humanity".

Thank you so much in advance for your desire and willingness to help so many members of these communities at such a difficult time. Once again, Rotarians have demonstrated their desire to go "above and beyond" to help others!

Please share this information with your club members.

Thank you very much.

Ranjan Kini
District Governor
Rotary International District 6540


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!



The following is a reminder from Rotary International for Club Officers:


One common question that comes up this time of year is in regards to IRS filing requirements. Attached is a copy of a reminder message we are sending to all club presidents, secretaries, executive secretaries/directors and treasurers reported in our database with a valid email address.


As we know each district has the most comprehensive contact information for its own clubs, we are asking your help in reminding your club officers about this important requirement. You may consider sharing this message with your assistant governors or posting it to your district website.


Attached for your reference is a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions document on Rotary clubs and the IRS. A link to this document was included in the original message to clubs. 


NOTE: If a club has already submitted their annual return to the IRS this year, they may simply disregard the reminder message.


Also remember to file your NP-20 Indiana Not-for-Profit Tax Form, which can be found under the Downloads column on the left side of this home page.



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.


You can help us put and end to polio. It's that important.

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.
Event Calendar
February 2017
District Events


 Click here to donate any amount online!

Almost isn't good enough 
   Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good
    EXCELLENT video!


Rotary Int'l Insurance Information

The following Username and Password will be required to enter the Liability Insurance site.  The Username and Password are case sensitive.  The portal is for US clubs only.

Username:  Rotarian

Password:  Resources#1

• 2016 - 2017 Letter to Insured U.S. Rotary Clubs and Districts

General Liability Insurance Summary

• Request for Liability Certificate of Insurance

• Directors & Officers/Employment Practices Liability Insurance Summary


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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.

Repeat Chorus ...
We are calling out around the world,
"Come Join Us!"

Words & music copyright 2010 Jerry Mills
Reprinted with permission 

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information about the song.