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Message from District Governor Elizabeth
As I reflect on the one year anniversary of the Louisiana shelter-in-place orders that resulted from the realization that COVID 19 was a highly contagious and largely preventable virus, I have been thinking a lot about those millions of people worldwide, including many right here in our communities, who do not have a shelter.  How much more challenging must this year has been for them than for us who have the great fortune to have roofs over our heads and a home to take shelter in.
 
This reflection prompted me to reach out to ShelterBox, a Rotary Partner Organization championed by the late PDG, Slidell Rotarian, and one of my mentors, Ken Thompson.  At every district event, Ken would bring a ShelterBox tent and put it on display – he transported the box, set up the tent, raised awareness, and encouraged all Rotarians to make a financial commitment to help those who become homeless due to natural disasters and political crises through no fault or failing of their own.
 
This intense year, with all of its challenges, is actually the perfect year for an inTENTS Event Series.  I announced the series at the Mid Year Check Up and have been working with assistant governors and club presidents to create this all-clubs-in-a-territory social “party with a purpose” to celebrate Rotary and our good fortune.  We will be outdoors together in this Rotary and ShelterBox awareness campaign with a friendly competition for good measure!  The inTENTS Event Series will kick off on the grounds of Safe Haven with the Rotary Clubs of the Lake Territory on March 14, one year to the day of the first Louisiana shelter in place directives and my birthday!  The series will continue in each territory and conclude in Gulfport, MS at The Centennial Plaza on May 22nd with the clubs of the Gulf Territory.  Guidelines, the calendar, and videos about ShelterBox can be found at Rotary6840.org
 
My personal hope as 2020-2021 District Governor is that every club will join in this event.  There is no greater perk to any District Governor than the opportunity to shake hands and hear stories and participate with Rotarians in every club.   Disease Prevention is one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus, however, and has made it a challenge for me to meet the nearly 2000 D6840 Rotarians who share the core values of Integrity, Service, Leadership, Diversity, and Fellowship.  This inTENTS Event Series is my chance to make it happen after all.
 
Have FUN with this!  We will have a photographer at each event, Rotary branding on display, food, fellowship, and media coverage.  Come put your best Rotary foot forward and inject your club with some new energy to complete this Rotary year.  Prizes to a club at each event for best Rotary Team Spirit on display, fastest Club ShelterBox tent building time, and to the territory that raises the most funds.  There is no cost to participate, but I have set a district goal to provide shelter to 100 displaced families.  Link to donate
 
Planning Ahead:
  • Team Training for 21-22 Twill be held on Saturday, February 27
  • International Women's Day is March 8 -- join the Rotary Club of Mid City New Orleans Virtual Trivia Event on March 3rd by clicking HERE 
District-Sponsored Events
2021-2022 Leadership Team Training
ZOOM
Feb 27, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Morning Coffee with DG Elizabeth
ZOOM
Mar 03, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
2021-2022 President Training Seminar DAY ONE
ZOOM
Mar 12, 2021
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
2021-2022 President Training Seminar DAY TWO
ZOOM
Mar 13, 2021
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
inTENTS Event -- Lake Territory
Mar 14, 2021
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
VIRTUAL RLI Part 3 ONLY
ZOOM
Mar 22, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Morning Coffee with DG Elizabeth
ZOOM
Apr 07, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
2021-2022 Assembly for incoming Club Leaders
TBD
Apr 17, 2021
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
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2021-22 District Governor Bob Vaughn Report
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Membership Announcement – with prizes!
Look for LOTS happening in Rotary membership in the coming month!   As we continue to make progress conquering COVID, there’s a new level of interest on the part of people everywhere to do good in their communities, and what better way than to join ROTARY?  And since most of us are in Rotary because ONE person asked us, let’s apply that simple idea to growing our clubs and our district.  Watch your US mail in early March for a plan to gain members – and there will be prizes, fame and fortune for clubs and individuals who really get on the “Membership Starts with YOU” bandwagon!
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Youth Leadership in Action!
Anniela Carracedo, former Rotary Youth Exchange Student and new member of the Rotary Club of Bay St Louis has been named by RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta as one of just 5 people to serve on the first Interact Advisory Council!  She has been doing incredible things with a truly international impact.  I’ve asked her to describe Rotary Interactive Quarantine, which was born just one year ago with the full support of Youth Service Chair, Sam Walley, and the entire D6840 leadership team. Keep in mind as you read this that Anni isn’t out her teens and hasn’t been able to return home to Venezuela since she arrived to us in August 2019.  She is simply amazing!  Allow her to inspire you to be People of Action and do more with your membership in Rotary.
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IMPORTANT NOTES FOR RYLA 2021
 
It's time to seek, select and send students to our district’s annual ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP.
Student applications and recruiting materials can be found on our website  WWW.RYLA6840.COM
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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 Rotary6840.org)
Every Club President earn the Presidential Citation (set and achieve 13 of 25 goals on Rotary.org)
100% club participation at the inTENTS Events Series March 14 - May 22
(the Celebration at the Centennial in Gulfport has been canceled per RI guidelilnes)