Economic and Community Development Month

Hello Rotarians –
It is October and the leaves are turning colors as well as falling. This month also happens to be the Economic and Community Development Month for the Rotary Calendar. So, before I go any further, here are a few questions for my fellow Rotarians to ponder on:
1.       Have you considered mentoring any young professional Rotarian as part of your “service” as a Rotarian?
2.       Do you do business with fellow Rotarians?
3.       Have you considered partnering with community economic organizations to brainstorm ideas on how to positively impact areas of our district that are economically disadvantaged?
It is time to revive the old spirit of Rotary, because the original foundation of Rotary was a perfect blend of economic development, business development and community service. According to our venerable Rotary Founder - Paul Harris, “If any one tells you that it is reprehensible to make a dollar or two for the wife and babies from club associates in straightforward business transactions, tell that person that some foreign substance has gotten into his carburetor." (January 1911)
District 6270 has now officially become the first Rotary district in Wisconsin to be chartered under the Rotary Means Business Fellowship. Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them. I am of the firm belief that the most honorable people to transact business with are people who abide by the 4 Way Test. So, to launch the Rotary Means Business Fellowship, we are planning an event that will be announced soon where Rotarians who are involved in business or interested in business can come to socialize and learn more about how to join the fellowship. We are also working on an Electronic Business Directory (in PDF format) for all Rotarians involved in various businesses to be able to have their businesses listed so that other Rotarians can reach out to them to transact business or refer business to them.
Finally, a quick reminder of two things we have going on for clubs:
1.       The five clubs with the highest per capital growth between July 1st and December 31st will be each given a $500 visa card which must be used by a member of the club at the Hamburg International Convention in June 2019. Requirement is that the club     must provide proof of registration.
2.       The top ten sponsors in the district between July 1st 2018 and April 20th 2019 will be awarded Paul Harris Fellowships at the district conference on May 18th, 2019.
Thank you all for what you continue to do for your communities as Rotarians and have a great month.