Rotary International News & Updates
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
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Rockville Rotary Club Meeting Information

Welcome to Rockville Rotary! We are glad you're here! Come again!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Best Western Plus Rockville
1251 W Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD  20850
United States
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Current and Recent Events of Rockville Rotary Club
Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and indoorPictured here is Mr. John Kolm, President, presenting a thank you gift to Ms. Robin Zanotti, ACFRE, President The C&O Canal Trust, at the weekly Rockville Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Ms. Zanotti gave a presentation of how the Trust, the official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the Park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park’s historical, natural and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities.
The 2017 Rockville Rotary Foundation Grant form has been uploaded on our club website. Grant applications are due no later than 3/31/17. The grant application can be found here: 2017 Rockville Rotary Foundation Grant Application
The Rockville Rotary, along with the Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, and Masons sponsored the 27th Annual Rockville Public Safety Awards on June 8.  It was a success with the service clubs filling the room to honor the Rockville City Police and Volunteer Fire Department and the County Corrections and Sheriff's offices.  The Rockville Rotary filled nearly two tables for the luncheon held at Lakewood Country Club. Corporate sponsors were Westat and Montgomery College. The City of Rockville and the Rockville Chamber of Commerce played a major role in organizing the Safety Awards.
This year former Chief T.N. Treschuk was the guest presenter.  He was the Chief of the Rockville City Police for twenty-seven years.  That experience enabled him to provide personal appreciation to the awardees.  He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for all the work and service he provided, and still provides, to his community. The program was another successful year for the lunch.
On April 23 the Rockville and Gaithersburg Rotary Clubs completed two service projects and had a picnic at the Cardinal picnic area at Seneca Creek State Park.  Ranger Bethany Watts wrote us a thank you where she said, "Thank you to you and the group for the work you did today.  Cardinal already looks better and from what Chris said it sounded like the kids were having a good time despite the rain!  Thanks again and I hope to see you back in the Park soon!"
The kids she is referring to are from the Interact Club from Quince Orchard High School.  They were happily attacking an invasive plant with tools provided by the Park.  Rotary also cleaned up trash from areas near Cardinal. 
Our speaker Major General (Ret.) Carl H. McNair Jr.. Also attending with him was Brigadier General (Ret.) Myrna Williamson.

Kristin Trible - Future Link

Jeremy Lichtenstein came and talked about KIND-Kids in Need Distributors, an organization he founded just to help kids who need food.
The Challenge of Becoming a Rockville Rotarian
Our Partnership-
On April 20th, the Rockville Rotary completed its 4th night of helping Nourish Now re-package food. It was a fun night to work with a great group of Rotarians and a wonderful organization. 
Club members and guests enjoyed our biennial Limerick Challenge on March 12.   Members used the humorous verse form to tweak topics from Appalachia to Viagra.  Most authors found Rockville Rotarians to be great subjects for poking fun or expressing admiration. 
 Thanks to readers, scorekeepers, writers, quiz whizzes, and singers (Irish Eyes and McNamara’s Band) for a good session.  First place prize went to Rusty Morgan, second to Jim Adams, and all limericks were terrific!
Our next challenge will be in March of 2017.  
Sample 2015 entries are:   
             Steve Cromwell at the bat
         Steve Cromwell will don Mudville's hat
         And tell us of Casey at bat
         It's a story well spoke
         But don't laugh, it's no joke
         It is solemn and tragic at that.
              RYLA Love
At RYLA my son met Susanna,
who clearly thinks he’s top banana.
So each Friday night,
in my car he takes flight,
to the exit that’s just past Urbana.
          Sexy octogenarian
         An octogenarian guy
         At 80 was still rather spry
         He took a girl to Niagara
         With a box of viagra
         But couldn't remember just why.
At our Club meeting on April 9, again there was no joy in Mudville, but the group enjoyed Dr. Steve Cromwell's rendition of "Casey at the Bat."
Steve's popular tradition of some 30 years was followed by singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and Bud Abbott (Eileen McGuckian) and Lou Costello (Jim Adams) version of "Who's on First?"
Any Rotary Club whose "territory" includes the final resting place of Hall-of-Famer Walter Perry Johnson should celebrate the start of baseball season every year!
Cheryl Kagan at Dr. Seuss Day
Rotary Leadership Institute

Heather gave a wonderful classification talk today.  She has a 9 year old girl who is in Girl Scouts and runs track.  



Rockville Rotary Club December Events
Good 360 one of the largest non-profits we have never heard of.
Charter Night was held at the Lakelands County Club and it was an excellent event.  Please see link to the pictures of the event.
Tony Spearman-Leach is the Director of Development and Communications for Montgomery Community Television 
Please see the Aerial Footage of the Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest
November 2017
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