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Nancy Rhodes Honored with Service Above Self Award

 Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide, and no more than one from each district, each year.

I am pleased to share that this year, Rotary has chosen to honor one of our fellow District 6270 Rotarians, Nancy Rhodes.

Nancy Rhodes is a DYNAMO! She is a strong, determined, compassionate, tireless, & effective leader, in & out of Rotary. Since joining Rotary in 1988 -just one year after the Supreme Court ruled Rotary clubs may not exclude women based on gender- Nancy has held leadership positions at all levels of Rotary - from Club to International.  Her husband, Don Drecktrah, is also a Rotarian.
 

Nancy personifies what the Service Above Self award is all about. She is extremely dedicated to Rotary, and particularly to The Rotary Foundation, where she works diligently to identify prospective donors. As one member/donor put it, “She may be little, but Nancy can pick you up and shake you until every last nickel falls out of your pockets. And… she does it with a smile.”  
 

She is generous with her time, talents, & knowledge; her calendar is always full of Rotary meetings, events, & projects. Nancy never expects from others what she herself does not give, often many times over. What many aren’t aware of is her accomplishments behind the scenes- advocating & promoting support of people, ideas, & projects; quietly inspiring others to give money for causes; identifying people’s talents/capabilities & getting them involved in areas where they can make an impact. It is work with many hours of organizing, directing & being on one’s feet, the results of which many take for granted.
 

Nancy, on behalf of Rotary International, your fellow Rotarians, and the countless people whose lives are better because of you, CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Support the Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund

Thank you for everything you are doing for yourselves, your families, and your community during the current coronavirus pandemic.   It has been heartwarming to see the activities of so many clubs in our district - providing personal protective equipment, hearty meals, food for food pantries, support for first responders and health care workers, and many other generous projects.   

As a district we were delighted to be able to offer supplemental district grants to clubs, and those were made possible by your previous generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.    Under normal circumstances, when we contribute to our Foundation we never know exactly when and where the funds will be used. We only know that Rotarians will see a need and will find a way to take care of it.  

But the current situation is not ‘normal’.   We are fighting a worldwide pandemic, and the need is urgent and specific.   Luckily Rotary had an established Disaster Response Fund and was prepared to allocate $1 million to COVID-19 projects.     Districts applied for grants for their local communities, but the needs quickly surpassed the available resources.    Rotary increased the amount to $3 million, but the need is still there.    Our district is one of those whose grant request is waiting in the queue until more money becomes available.   We don’t know, if, or when, it will be funded. 

Please consider a personal contribution to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund.  

Finally, stay safe and healthy, and THANK YOU for everything you do - it is appreciated!  

Celebrate 2020 & Rotary International Convention Cancelled

Celebrate 2020, the District 6220 and District 6270 Conference scheduled for May 1-2, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been cancelled. Also, the Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 6-10 June 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been canceled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The decision is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We are working diligently to inform registrants and process refunds. Learn more and read the latest information on how Rotary is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our operations, events, and members. 

Meeting Cancellations in District 6270

Many clubs in Rotary District 6270 have suspended their regular meetings and service opportunities, or switched to online meetings, due to recommendations of public health officials over concerns about spreading COVID-19. Please go to the website of any club you intend to visit to confirm their current meeting schedule as it may not be updated on the calendar of this website. If you are a Rotarian whose club meeting has been cancelled, this is a great time to take advantage of training opportunities in the Learning Center at rotary.org. Login to your My Rotary account, then click on Learning & Reference and get started. Be well!

Rotary's Role in Battling Coronavirus

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.
 
We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the rotary.org COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International
Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International 
 

 

Reflections on Rotary in India

During January 2020, I returned to India (location of our first D6270 Friendship Exchange in 2018) to visit clubs and projects in Cochin, Coimbatore, Maheshwar, Delhi, and Jhansi, for 2 weeks.  The journey involved interaction with more than eight Rotary Clubs and visits to over a dozen Rotary projects. 
 
National Immunization Day (NID) 2020 India.  Our Garg NID 2020 Team of nine from the USA (CA, OR, WA, & WI), organized by PDG Anil Garg (RID 5240), received briefings from WHO and UNICEF in Delhi, and from WHO - Jhansi.   We participated in immunization activities in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, including the End Polio Now Parade, Booth Day immunization drive, WHO Certification reporting, and House-to-House immunization confirmation activities.  We were welcomed by the four Rotary Clubs in Jhansi, a metropolitan area with over 2 million people and several hundred thousand children to immunize.  Planning for the NID was extremely detailed.  Dedication of people involved in the effort was observable.  Over 1,200 booths were operated on Booth Day for people to bring their children to receive the oral polio vaccine.  The next day, NID door-to-door activities commenced as NID workers checked to see whether children at each residence had received their polio vaccination – the left pinkie is colored purple, okay, vaccinated, otherwise we should vaccinate.   The partnership among WHO, UNICEF, RI, US CDC, Indian Government, and Gates Foundation is critical to continued polio-free success in India. 
 
Save Limbs Global Grant – Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.  South India is facing a growing problem with Diabetes.  The Rotary Foundation recently approved a Global Grant initiated by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Cosmopolitan, with the partnership of Fond du Lac Morning Rotary and support of Rotary Club of Milwaukee, in partnership with Mowthi Hospital in Coimbatore.  The project will conduct camps every other month for two years to provide education and treatment to diabetics with a goal of avoiding foot amputation.  My visit enabled a tour of the hospital site, detailed discussion of the project with hospital personnel and club officers overseeing the grant, experience of the educational program and interaction with current diabetic foot patients at the Mowthi Hospital. 
 
Other Projects visited.  In Cochin, Rotary Clubs have supported a government hospital, providing a CT Scanner, a medical linear accelerator, dialysis machines, and other equipment.  Other clubs in Cochin have secured $1.3 million in funding for low cost shelters for people who lost their homes in the August 2018 flooding.  In Maheshwar, the Jhoole project and Maheshwar Rotary Club have trained over 3,000 young women in textile skills at the Women’s Empowerment Centre, sponsored a Weaving Center, sponsored a school, and provided a home for aged poor.  In Jhansi, Rotarians have sponsored a primary school, provided free meals weekly for the poor and homeless and support a medical college. 
 
This is the Centennial Year of Rotary in India and Rotary in India is growing.  Clubs in India are celebrating their legacy.  Many Indian clubs have invested significant time, effort, resources and energy in projects to build their community and provide for the less fortunate.  Visiting Rotarians in India provides inspiration for and validation of our Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” 

2020-21 Presidential Theme Announced

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
 
Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
 
“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.

The U.S. Forest Service is awarding $200,000 in grant funding to mitigating the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer with Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan, the local program known as ROOTS.

The project will focus primarily on tree planting to replace the loss of ash trees and restore function to the Sheboygan River watershed and the Lake Michigan basin.

The grant will fund the planting of approximately 2,000 trees at sites on county-owned land including the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh, Gerber Lake, Esslingen, Roy Sebald, and Taylor Parks.

This project is one of only 21 projects selected for funding through this highly competitive federal grant program.

This project builds on complementary projects that ROOTS is actively engaged in and established relationships with local government, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and nonprofit partners that are part of the local EAB mitigation effort.

ROOTS was formed as a partnership between the Sheboygan Rotary Club and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership in response to the devastating loss of ash trees and is working to combat that loss and restore the tree canopy through public-private collaboration in Sheboygan County.

Districts 6270 & 6220 Million Dollar Journey 

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest rating- four stars- from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. More Rotarians, and others, see the wonderful results of our projects and scholarships worldwide, and they are using TRF as their “Charity of Choice” in their annual giving and their estate plans. 
 
So, in cooperation with District 6220 to our North, we decided to have a little fun and have set out on a Million Dollar Journey.  The goal for our two districts together is to find and recognize NEW Major gifts to the Foundation.
 
Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000 via the following gift types during this campaign period which will wrap up in late October 2020:
 
1.  Outright gifts – funded with cash or appreciated securities
2.  3-year pledge funded with cash or appreciated securities
3.  Life Income agreement funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate – this can include
     a charitable gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, or a pooled income fund
4.  Bequest commitment via a will, life insurance policy, revocable trust, or retirement plan.
 
The minimum gift amount for each of the above gift types is $10,000 to qualify for a Rotary Legacy Million Dollar Dinner to be held in November 2020.
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