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Club President's Messages from DG Cheryl Peterson
 
November 11, 2016
 
Good morning Club Presidents,
 
We had a record attendance at our 10th Annual Foundation Gala at Friday evening’s celebration.  Some of the highlights included recognizing:
               Mike Kelly and his team for their leadership that resulted in a Zone level award for our district’s giving to the Annual Fund in 2015-16,
               clubs for levels of giving in 2015-16,
               individuals for new or increased levels of giving in 2015-16,
                and hosting many, many Interact, Rotaract, and YE students,
               29 new PHFs as identified by your clubs for their service in your communities, and
               the outstanding work accomplished by Rotary in our district.
 
Thank you for your support of this evening and for encouraging your club members to attend.  Larry Lunsford, our speaker, presented an outstanding message.  Special thanks to AGs Larry, Joyce, Paul, Joyce, Don, and Michael; as well as spouses Dianne and Patrice.  They filled many roles that evening and stepped up on short notice to stand in gaps when unexpected needs arose.  Thank you each one.
 
Special thanks to Eileen Jennings, Rod Bieber, and Chuck Cusick whose ongoing commitment to the Foundation and PolioPlus lead our district to greater engagement each year.  Much gratitude to Bill Parlberg, Danielle, and the Zehnder’s staff for outstanding service and a delicious dinner! 
 
Connie Deford and Eileen Jennings worked tirelessly on the program and PHF booklet and Eileen led a great program!  And we enjoyed great music compliments of Norma Roenicke.  Thanks to Bob from CMU Rotaract for wonderful pictures of the evening---you should see them today or tomorrow on our district website----thanks to Kathy Beebe for arranging for Bob and to Jenny Kendrick for posting the pictures.
 
Thank you for your work as club president.  All of you balance multiple demands in your life.  I am grateful that you have chosen to serve as your club president this year and to lead your club in its work in your community and internationally.  Each of your clubs is making a difference in your unique communities thanks to your leadership and the engagement of your members.  My best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 
 
Cheryl     
 

November 8, 2016
 
Good morning Club Presidents,
 
Congratulations are the order of the day!
 
A Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Alma-St Louis:  Wes Wickes, Henry Balfanz, and team.  This past week, I signed the Rotaract Club Certification Form that will be sent to RI.  This form serves as official notification to RI that a new Rotaract Club has been formed---this one at Alma College on September 1, 2016. 
 
A Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Bay City (noon):  Andrea Hales, Matt Felan and their team.  The Club for more than 40 years has hosted a Rotary Vocational Day for high school students from their area. This year all seven high schools in Bay County and some 150 students participated!
 
Hats off to both clubs for great work!!
 
Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Ithaca, Midland Noon, and Bad Axe for sharing information and pictures for the banner on our website.  There is room to feature 4-5 more clubs.  Please take a look at what has been done, send Jenny Kendrick the statement that you would like to share with a picture.  We’d love to feature your club there.  jakendrick@outlook.com
 
If you have names of club members/family members who are interested in attending the International Convention, please forward those names to DeeDee Wacksman.  Information that DeeDee has at this time indicates some interest in both a block of rooms and the bus charter.  The block of rooms piece is critical right now so please let her know of interested attendees in your club.  dswacks@hotmail.com
 
I’m republishing the information that I sent in last week’s message regarding your Club’s role in the Foundation Gala PHF recognition.  I don’t want anyone to be embarrassed because they do not have an escort identified, and the certificate/pin in hand (this would have been sent to you from RI after you submitted the transfer of points form).  If you do not have the certificate and pin and it has been more than one week since you submitted the form, please contact Eileen Jennings for assistance.   eileen.jennings811@gmail.com
 
We are arranging for a photographer to be present and want to take pictures during the reception.  Please be sure that your awardee is in the dining room at Zehnders before 6:15 p.m.
 
·        Please identify a member from your club who will escort the awardee to the stage during the presentation.  Please send that name to me by November 11. 
·        Be certain that the escort has the certificate and lapel pin that you obtained from The Rotary Foundation after sending in your transfer of points request. 
 
Please ask the escort to give the certificate to me before dinner begins.
 
·        When we reach this part of the program, all awardees and escorts will be asked to gather at the side of the room in Club alphabetical order beginning with Alma-St Louis, etc.  Assistant Governors will be in that area to assist you in “lining up” correctly.  We need to be efficient with our process so your awardee and escort need to be ready to step onto the stage as the name is being called and 2-3 sentences shared with the audience.  Handshakes and congratulations will occur near center stage.  Your escort and awardee will move to the side of the stage where the escort will fasten the pin.  We are intending that a picture of the “pinning” will be taken.  The honoree does not need to be prepared to speak.  Hold all applause until the end.
 
·        Awardees remain at the front of the room until all are recognized, then applause and return to seat. 
 
Have a great week and celebrate The Rotary Foundation all month by telling the Rotary story and serving humanity!  Cheryl
 
Cheryl Peterson
District Governor 2016-17
District 6310
Rotary International
989-627-6043
 

 
October 18, 2016
 
Good morning Club Presidents,
 
There’s still time to register for One Rotary Summit this Saturday at the United Methodist Church at 4790 Gratiot in Saginaw.  Hope to see someone(s) from your club there!!  I appreciate hearing from several of you regarding your club’s representation!
 
 If you’re looking for an unusual strategy to engage members, read up on Rotary Fellowships.  “Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends from around the world.”  I was amazed at the list of fellowships:  from 4X4 Vehicles to Cooking, Doll Lovers, Golf, Horseback Riding, Jazz, Police, Quilters, Shooting Sports, Travel, Whiskey and the list goes on.   View a list of Rotary Fellowships.
 
The invitation for the Foundation Gala has been distributed.  Please encourage attendance from your club---let’s make this a milestone year in attendance as we celebrate our 10th Gala in this district and the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation as well as recognize many community members as PHFs. 
 
Next Monday, October 24, is World Polio Day.  Thank you to all clubs who are planning to or who have already highlighted polio in some way in your community!
Great news!  We received confirmation on October 12 that our District Grant application has been approved at RI.  If your club submitted for a District Grant, you will be hearing from Paul Moore, District Grants Chair regarding next steps.
 
Jenny Kendrick, Midland Noon, has done a great job in putting up to date information and resources to support your Public Image efforts on our district website.  When on the home page, click on Public Image on the menu bar at the top of the screen, then take a look at all the resources on the left side of the next screen----the last one allows you to personalize several public image tools for your club.  Check it out and thanks Jenny!
 
We are coming to an important part of the Rotary year---the opportunity to have a role in nominating the District Governor Nominee Designate who will serve as District Governor for 2019-20.  Our bylaws state the following:  the nominee must have held membership for five consecutive years or more in one or more Rotary Clubs of District 6310.  Chair of the Nominating Committee (this year, Mike Kelly, IPDG), on behalf of the Governor, shall invite the clubs to submit their suggestions for Governor Nominee, in the form of a resolution adopted by the club and certified by the club secretary.  If your club would like to suggest a nominee, please submit your resolution to Mike Kelly by December 1 in order to be considered.
 
Enjoy beautiful Michigan!!  And serve humanity as well as you can!  Cheryl
 
Cheryl Peterson
District Governor 2016-17
District 6310
Rotary International
989-627-6043
 
 
 
 
October 11, 2016
 
Good morning Club Presidents, 
 
Two short reminders:  Please forward the name of your club’s Paul Harris Fellow to be recognized at the Foundation Gala to Eileen Jennings as soon as you can.  Remember that the end of the week is the deadline for registering for One Rotary Summit on October 22 at the United Methodist Church at 4790 Gratiot in Saginaw. 
 
DeeDee Wacksman, our International Convention chairperson, has asked me to forward to you the attached flyer regarding the Atlanta convention on June 10-14, 2017.  It is information packed—please take a moment to review and determine how to share with your club as you promote the convention.
 
Opportunity :  Jennifer Kendrick, our website and social media guru, has suggested that we feature 8 of our clubs at a time with a banner type approach on our district website as a strategy to promote our individual clubs. I think is a great idea and am excited about her proposal!   She is modeling this approach after the District 6290 website so take a look at http://ridistrict6290.org/  We will work with the first 8 clubs that respond to this opportunity and then make it available again in a few weeks to another 8 and so on throughout the year.  We will need a picture that you want to feature, a statement about the picture as you see in the lower left of 6290’s banner, and the name of your club to place in the lower right.  When you look at the examples, you will see pictures of club members, youth, Rotarians at work, etc and all having fun and communicating energy.  I hope you think about what you would like to communicate about your club and will participate in this opportunity to feature your club.  Please reach out to Jenny at jakendrick@outlook.com
 
I am also attaching an opportunity for a speaker for your club.  Some of you may recall that a few years ago, our district hosted an ambassadorial scholar from Afghanistan; a young man known among our clubs as Israr.  He visited many clubs while obtaining his master’s degree at CMU.  After graduation, he returned to his home county.  Now, he and his family have immigrated to the US and are living in Mt. Pleasant.  I am attaching a longer narrative for you to learn more about Israr and included is his contact information if you would like to schedule him to speak at your club. 
 
Results of our Centennial Humanitarian Literacy Project are beginning to flow in:  I have seen LFLs or pictures of the LFLs in Sebewaing, Bad Axe, and Owosso---congrats to all!   Please share your pictures and stories with Connie Deford so they can be placed in the dispatch and please make use of the media kit that you received from the combined work of Shelly Norris and Louie Schultz or create your own whichever you choose.  Thank you to all who have helped to make this literacy project successful—you are appreciated!
 
Have a good week serving humanity!  Cheryl
 
Cheryl Peterson
District Governor 2016-17
District 6310
Rotary International
989-627-6043
 

 
October 4, 2016
 
Good morning Club Presidents,
 
Coming soon----One Rotary Summit (ORS)----October 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the United Methodist Church at 4790 Gratiot Road in Saginaw (M 46).  The focus is membership, foundation, and public image.  It would be great if you could bring one or more of your newer members with you to help get them engaged and so they could share their unique perspective about Rotary!  Come ready to be inspired, to share your great ideas, and to learn from your colleagues.
 
World Polio Day---October 24----please do something special around awareness or fund raising.  If your club sponsors an Interact Club or Rotaract Club, this would be a great joint activity!!  Or get a group together to watch the live stream from the CDC that evening.
 
Now, I really need your assistance on this next one----could you please ask your club secretary to input new member information into Club Runner.  As I look at the membership numbers from each club, I know that some of you have already inducted one or more new members.  Yet, those numbers are not reflected in our district totals---when I print the report, it prints the data from July 1 through the date of the printing.  The report is showing a loss in membership but when looking at the report carefully, I believe there are several clubs where new members are not yet reported.  It would help me greatly if your secretary could do this by October 15.  I know it is asking you for one more task, but I truly appreciate your help in this.
 
Jenny Kendrick would like you to copy her on any information that you send to Connie Deford for the District Dispatch ​so that she can put it on our website. ​This will help to promote your club as well as our district.  Her email address is:  jakendrick@outlook.com   Again, thanks for your help. 
 
And lastly, we have the opportunity to create some media awareness with the media releases that Louie Schultz provided to you last week regarding the Centennial Literacy Project.  Let’s use this already prepared material as a way of promoting awareness of Rotary and our work in Serving Humanity.
 
A great Shout Out to you!!  I have just returned from Zone Institute where there are 28 Rotary Districts represented.  It was announced that our district is one of the top four districts out of 28 for having club goals entered into the database (RCC) that tracks achievement for the Presidential Citation.  YEAH for us!!  The percentage of clubs in our district having at least 10 goals entered is 90%.  Thank you for getting this piece of goal setting in place!  Your work is appreciated!
 
An observation:  looking back over this message, it is apparent----we couldn’t do this without each of you.  Rotary happens primarily at the club level----thank you for serving your club and community so well!
 
I will be in Oscoda, Bay City, and Caro this week.  Have a exceptional week!   Cheryl
 
Cheryl Peterson
District Governor 2016-17
District 6310
Rotary International
989-627-6043