Message from District Governor Elizabeth
At long last, we say good bye to 2020.  We have accomplished so much and together we have reclaimed 2020!
I hope that you and your families have arrived to this moment with a renewed appreciation for all the reasons we are fortunate.  As we hold our loved ones tight and are grateful, we also look to our neighbors and our communities and hold them tight through our ongoing support and unflagging dedication.  Our membership in Rotary, our service of caring and doing, and our global focus on disease prevention has helped everyone around us to have the confidence to forge a path forward. 
Especially I hope that we help the discussions about a “return to normalcy” consider that “normal” wasn’t equally great within our communities.  We need no further evidence than our long-standing projects.  We feed people; we fund literacy projects; we fund higher education; we teach financial literacy; we are People of Action and we have been needed since 1905.  So, let’s re-think “normal” and get involved in the discussions and planning for how to emerge and rebuild from this year of disrupted systems and daily life.
Thinking and innovation and rebuilding take a lot of work.  It takes deliberate effort and discussion and listening and throwing ideas out and starting again.  But when we renew our commitment as members of Rotary to the core values that unite us: Service, Integrity, Diversity, Fellowship, and Leadership, we understand that we are in a unique position to ensure that the “2021 normal” is thoughtful and inclusive and more equitable.
I am fortunate every day to be a part of Rotary and take pride in knowing that in some way I am helping those you help.  By giving what I can to The Rotary Foundation I  improve the lives of people served by you and your clubs.  As a final act to celebrate 2020, I hope you will join me in giving $125 to The Rotary Foundation and support the important work of Rotary clubs everywhere.
I wish you and your families, your clubs and your communities a happy, healthy holiday season.  We will celebrate our impact together soon!  Clear your calendars for one heck of a well-deserved party on the beach in Gulfport on May 21-22, 2021!
Planning Ahead:
  • Report 21-22 Leadership Rotary International requires club elections to be held in November and the leadership slate to be reported by December 31
  • Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute begins January 23, 2021.  Register on the district calendar
  • Mid Year Check Up is February 6 -- watch for the survey; and register your teams for the Virtual Rotary Scavenger Hunt!   Winning teams get a full PR package and social media overhaul for their clubs!!!
District-Sponsored Events
Reporting Deadline
Dec 31, 2020
Morning Coffee with DG Elizabeth
Jan 06, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotaract in D6840: Information and Q&A
Jan 12, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
2021 VIRTUAL RLI Complete Course
Jan 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jan 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Morning Coffee with DG Elizabeth
Feb 03, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Feb 06, 2021
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Feb 22, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
View entire list
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

Russell Hampton
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MID YEAR CHECK UP unlike any we’ve ever had…
MID YEAR CHECK UP unlike any we’ve ever had…
in 2021 Rotary Opens Opportunities!
WHEN: Saturday Feb 6 8:30-10:15 AM
WHO: 2020-2021 Club Leadership Teams* and all interested members
*includes Satellite Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs
HOW:  Register to attend Using this Link 
WHAT: A Mid Year Check Up that demonstrates our Ability to Adapt
District Wide PR Campaign!
2019-2020 Awards Announced!
  Immediate Past District Governor Bob Haeuser announces 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year!
Paul Harris Society Gala Canceled
We have determined not to hold the Paul Harris Gala in this year that Rotary Opens Opportunities. We will recognize PHS Members as part of our Celebration at the Centennial in Gulfport in May, 2021...and show yet again our ability to adapt...the true tag line of the 2020-2021 Rotary Year!
Rotary Leadership Institute Spring 2021
One more chance to attend the Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute in the 20-21 Rotary year!
Rotaract in D6840 Information Session
  Plans to Expand Rotaract in D6840 -- everyone is invited to this information and strategy session with an opportunity to have all of your questions about Rotaract answered! 
Three Simple Membership Ideas
from Membership Chair Jamie Haeuser
Message from RI about COVID vaccines
 A letter from RI President Holger Knaack: Our Involvement with COVID-19 Vaccination
DG Elizabeth's GOALS for the year that ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES
Every Rotarian Every Year (individual donation to the Rotary Foundation)
Two members per club graduate from Rotary Leadership Institute (link on
Every Club President earn the Presidential Citation (set and achieve 13 of 25 goals on
100% club participation at the Mid Year Check Up Feb 6, 2021 on-line with Black Tie Auctions
and the Celebration at the Centennial May 21-22, 2021 in Gulfport