We Connect
People

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
Communities

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?
RFE to India,
If District 6540 does a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) with India, would you be interested?
 
We are in the planning an RFE with India. We would travel there early January 2019; they would come to Indiana in May or June 2019. Please let us know if you are interested, so we can keep you in the loop as things progress. Call, text or email Carol Stradling, 574-870-4851 momstrad@gmail.com
 
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? Here’s the link:
 

August, 2018

A well-known saying goes, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." That doesn't mean people should ignore the needs outside their own homes; instead, they should pay attention to the needs within.
 
It can be tempting, when our priority is service, to focus only on the things that look like service: the projects, the planning, the work that yields a visible benefit to those who need it. But to do that work effectively, we need to keep our own house in order. In Rotary, that means conducting ourselves in accordance with the principles of Rotary, treating others with respect, and following The Four-Way Test. It means maximizing our impact by planning carefully and stewarding our resources wisely. And it means looking after the long-term health of our organization by ensuring that our membership is strong, engaged, and healthy.
 
Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years. We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older. We have too many clubs that don't have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don't know what we're doing on a global level, clubs that don't know about our programs or our Foundation, that don't even know how to get involved. And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren't doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.
 
We are a membership organization first. If we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value. If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation. If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved. If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active, that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspiration in Rotary.
 

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International  2018 - 2019

 

August, 2018
 
Without The Rotary Foundation's Endowment Fund, our efforts would be for naught. The endowment is the backbone of Rotary's efforts around the world, providing access to the time, talent, and resources needed to make a difference. Our goal of building the Endowment Fund to $2.025 billion by 2025 and this year's fundraising goal of $380 million are surely some of the most important tasks at hand for our organization.
 
Your financial support has made possible every single thing that Rotary has done over the years. But what's equally essential – and might sometimes be in danger of being overlooked – is your participation.
 
Without you, Rotary is nothing. The Foundation needs your presence, your input, and your creative mind just as much as it needs your generous financial backing. Your Rotary club needs you to be there at meetings – not to warm a chair, but to engage, to inspire.
 
I shared last month how my relationship with Rotary changed when I went from being a tepid (at best) seat-warmer to a committee chair who was engaged and focused. You don't need to wait for someone to ask you to chair a committee or be a club officer to begin to transform your Rotary journey. There's a place in Rotary for all of you to step up and become people of action.
 
Be engaged. Working with your club on service projects that qualify for District Designated Funds is one way to participate and use your voice to make a real difference. If your club has no service projects that interest you, work on getting some new ones underway. Carry out community assessments to find out how we can best use our resources to create positive change.
 
This month, I invite you to transform the way you think about your involvement with Rotary. Consider every meeting a chance to discover new channels for your energy and to brainstorm with like-minded Rotarians about how you can work together for a better world.
 
Ron D. Burton
Foundation Trustee Chair 2018 - 2019
 
 

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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We all need someone to understand.
That there are people in this world
Who really need us now.  
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We are building communities
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All around ... all around ... the world.

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Thankful for the chance to give of myself.

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There is work for you and me.
We are building communities
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All around ... all around ... the world.

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