Keeping Track With Pat
February, 2018
       I can’t believe it! It is February, and where has our year together gone? These articles get harder to write as I know that in less than 5 months we both will move on. Our District Conference will be held May 4th and May 5th. It will   be held in Frankenmuth at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, and we will stay at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Water Park. This should be a fun time for everyone. All information about the conference will be placed on our             website very soon. Please check the district website for information on this conference, www.rotary6310.org. In the meantime, set those dates on your calendar. The schedule will be different this year. It will begin May 4th at 1:00pm with the regular business meeting followed by the Yellow Rose Ceremony. I know of at least five Rotarians that have left us this year. Please forward on all those who passed away this Rotary year to our Administrative Assistant, Connie, at connie.rotary6310@gmail.com. Following the Yellow Rose Ceremony there will be break-out sessions to choose from, and we will have a keynote speaker talking to us about the environment. The Past District Governors will have lunch at 11:30 am, Friday, prior to the District Annual Meeting.
       I was just informed we will have a presidential representative attending our conference. He is Art Zeitler, from Corpus Christi, Texas. He will be the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 21(d) and part of Zone 27 for 2018-21. Art and I have corresponded and exchanged information. I am, and I certainly hope all of you are, looking forward to his being with us. He is a Past District Governor of District 5930.
       The Rotary Club of Durand is now finalizing the break-out sessions and speakers. The District Training Assembly for club officers will be held Saturday morning, and hopefully, this change will increase attendance. Following the training, we will have an awards luncheon honoring our Club Heroes, and other recipients. Please send your Hero recipients information to Anna Wilson, amw313@icloud.com by March 12, 2018.
       At the luncheon, I would like also like to recognize our new members this year. The afternoon will be spent at break-out sessions. We also have lined up a terrific keynote speaker who will bring us information about a significant impact on the future economic development of Mid-Michigan.
        The theme for February is Peace and Conflict Resolution. In this issue you will find a flyer   explaining the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference to be held at the Chicago South Shore Cultural Center, June 2, 2018. I am so elated that our own will be represented by our past Peace Fellow, Jeanne Schaller. She will serve on a panel with two other peace fellows to discuss “What Can We   as Rotarians Do Going Forward.”  The Midland Club, as you know, has worked with Rotarians, Interactors, and other organizations to promote peace building through education and literacy. Midland, representing District 6310, will be on the world stage. Let’s get behind Jeanne and the Rotary Club of Midland in supporting their achievements!
       The International President selects six areas in the world to hold Peace Conferences, and the Chicago site has been selected as one of the six this year. Check out the website: www.rotaryliteracy.org. You can register for the conference and the hotel at this site. I am going! I hope others do as well. Can you tell I am excited about our District hitting the big time?
       Also branching out and interacting with other Rotarians from the United States are Jim and Deb Kranz from Cass City. They spent New Years at the Rose Bowl Parade and helped build the prize-winning float! Deb is President of her club, and Jim is heavily involved in our Youth Exchange program. They have an article in the February issue the District Dispatch.
       On Saturday, January 27, 2018, representatives from the district attended the Regional Membership Seminar at a college in Lansing, MI. Our focus for the remaining part of our year together is going to be on Membership. As of this date, we are at 1,354 members. We started the year at 1367. We have work to do, and we will do it together. We had great representation and gleaned a significant amount of information on recruiting and retaining members. You will hear more about this from your District Membership Chair Troy Leipprandt and Assistant Governors – and, of course, myself.
       I am very pleased that 33 members from our district have registered for the Rotary International Conference to be held in Toronto June 23-28, 2018. There is still time to register. Think about taking advantage of this opportunity so close to our district.
       I want to remind all new Presidents Elect that Pre-Pets will be held on February 10 and 17th (with a back-up date, February 24th, in case either session is cancelled because of weather) at COPOCO Credit Union on Wilder Road in Bay City. The sessions begin at 9:00 am and end at Noon. You can select one of these dates to attend. If you have not already done so, please notify Michael Elliott, District Governor Elect, Michael.rotary6310@gmail.com or District Trainer Dee Brock, dsanchez2@aol.com, about which session you plan to attend.
       Also, it is mandatory for Presidents Elect to attend PETS, which will be held March 15-17, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo. Please register at greatlakespets@rotary.org. for both the seminar and hotel. President Elect Nominees are also invited to attend PETS, and a special program will be offered specifically for them. Registration opens at 1:00pm, March 15th. Between 2:30 and 6:00 PM pictures of Presidents Elects and Assistant Governors will be taken in the Flats Room, Assistant Governor Rotary 101 training is at 3:00 pm, and the general session begins at 5:40 pm. The seminar closes at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 17th. For those bringing spouses, we need assistance at the Purple Pinky table hosted by District 6310. If you have any questions, contact Michael Elliott, District Governor Elect. Barry Rassin, your Rotary International President Elect, will be in attendance. I love PETS!
       Don’t forget to plant your trees – one per member. Contact Mike Stoner, mirost62@gmail.com, or Tom Cook, tom@cookfamilyfoundation.org. It is time to order your trees to make the Earth Day planting deadline, April 22, 2018. In the measurement section, you will see that Gladwin and Caro have completed their goals.
       In reviewing the Presidential Citation report, there are many clubs that are well on their way to earning that citation. I can only say, I am proud of all of you and what you have done to promote and live the ideals of Rotary. Let’s continue down the track, whistling all the way, to reach our final destination as the Little Engine that did so well!
                                                                                                      - Pat