Dear fellow Rotarians:
When Bill and I started this journey with you in July, we could not have imagined the unbelievable experiences and amazing memories that we have had with you, our Rotary family. This Rotary year is only half way through and there is still lots to do. In the Rotary Calendar, December is a time to focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment. In the past, it was celebrated as the Family of Rotary month. I would like to share with you thoughts about both in this message.
The eradication of polio is Rotary’s “number one” priority in the area of Disease Prevention and Treatment. It is important that we remain vigilant in supporting the End Polio Now campaign- we really are “this close.” However, Rotarians all over support many programs and projects to fight many diseases. Even here in North America, disease prevention and treatment is certainly a priority and we have all seen the effects that disease can have on a family, a workforce and on a country’s economy. Bill and I have been proud to learn about some of the work that Club’s do in our District- such as providing potable water, installing sanitation infrastructure as well as providing assistance to health care systems, providing medical equipment, giving training, and holding community health clinics. We also support many feeding programs geared towards ending malnutrition and hunger both here in our own communities and around the world. These projects and programs all play a part in eliminating disease, supporting maternal and child health and creating a sustainable environment for our communities.
The work we do is significant. We cannot do it alone. It requires our dedication and effort as a Rotary family. Who is our family? Our family includes relatives, friends, our Club members and the many arms of Rotary like Rotaract and Interact- as well as many community partners. Our family includes those whose lives we touch as we demonstrate “Service above Self.” December is often the time for reflection on what worked and what we still want to do. This month, lets us remember that by sticking together and working through all the twists and turns, we become better people. When we work through the challenges in life and in service, we better understand each other, we grow and experience the joy and fulfillment that we could not achieve by ourselves. What we do together “serving humanity” is truly amazing!
Simple joys, little pleasures,
Laughter and smiles in big measures,
Friends, family, togetherness, love…
Peace, prosperity and happiness too…
All these and more are my Holiday wishes for you!
November is Foundation Month and this Rotary year we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our Rotary Foundation.
During the past 100 years our Foundation has transformed the donations of Rotarians into amazing projects that have changed the lives of millions of people all around the world. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that we set up an endowment fund to “do good in the world.” That endowment fund became the Rotary Foundation. That is a century of Rotarians changing lives and improving communities all over the world. In June of 2017 we will all be gathering in Atlanta, Georgia where it all began to celebrate this milestone. Have you registered for the conference? www.rotaryconvention2017.org. What plans does your Club have to celebrate our Foundation’s 100th birthday. Check out www.centennial.rotary.org for ideas and information.
There are lots of ways to be involved in our Foundation. You can become a sustaining member by making an annual gift of $100 USD or $2 a week. How about becoming a Paul Harris Society member by making a commitment of $1000 USD per year? Each time you achieve contributions of $1000 USD you receive a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of that milestone. When you achieve $10,000 USD you become a Major Donor. Give some consideration to including the Rotary Foundation in your estate planning by becoming a Bequest Society member. We have lots of easy ways for you to make a donation to our Foundation. In our District we have people to assist you with questions or you can call 1-866-9-ROTARY to set up Rotary direct or make a donation.
Bill and I are proud to be Rotarians with a Foundation that has such an impact on changing the lives of others. Thank-you for making our Rotary Foundation your charity of choice.
It is hard to imagine that fall is upon us with the lovely weather we have been enjoying. We are now beginning the second quarter of the Rotary year. Bill and I have continued seeing the wonderful work each and every Club is doing in their community. I am so proud of our District 6330 All Star team.
October is Economic and Community Development Month.
Rotary supports investment in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvements in their lives and communities.
- Strengthening the development of local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities
- Developing opportunities for decent and productive work, with a focus on women and youth
- Building the capacity of local organizations and community networks to support economic development
- Supporting studies related to economic and community development
How can Clubs in District 6330 accomplish these goals:
- Look for the needs in your community
- Do a project that will help with Economic and Community Development
October 24, 2016 will be World Polio Day. World Polio day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Let’s encourage people to donate to the End Polio Now and make Polio history. I hope that your Club is planning some way to acknowledge this day. Send me your Club’s activities and events and we will share them on the District 6330 Facebook page.
RIPE Ian Riseley from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, will be visiting our District from September 24th-26th, 2016. He will be joined by his partner Juliet who is also a Rotarian and PDG.
Rotary Club of London Meeting
On Monday, September 26th, 2016 he will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of London. The meeting will take place at the London Convention. Tickets are only $25 and you should be there by 11:45. Please contact Jim Belton email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
Area 2 and District 6330 Clubs Meeting- Rotary Foundation Centennial Year
On Monday, September 26, 2016 he will be joining Rotarians in Mildmay as part of the Area 2 meeting. All Clubs are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 5:30 at the Mildmay Community Centre. Tickets which include dinner are only $25.00. Please contact AG Tim Mancell firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people that will be attending from your Club. Mr. Riseley will be joined by Carolyn Ferguson our Senior Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation.
Please mark your calendars for these events. Mr. Riseley is a fantastic speaker and you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. Let’s give him a big District 6330 welcome and show him all the great Rotarians we have “Serving Humanity.”
It has been an amazing journey visiting the Clubs in our District. Bill and I have been made to feel so welcome and enjoyed great fellowship everywhere that we have gone. Each Club is so proud of what they do and each Rotarian in our District should be commended for their commitment.
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month and one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus. In our world, 67 million children have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. As Rotarians we support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs and low-cost textbooks to communities. Our goal is to strength the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education and increase adult literacy.
What can we do in District 6330? This is a great month to have a speaker on Literacy. Take a look at ways that your Club members can get involved in a literacy project in your community or around the world. Rotarians provide books to children, read to seniors, build lending libraries, support English as a second language programs and provide one on one support to open the world of literacy to a diverse group of people. Watch for our literacy awards outline for your Club which will have several levels of achievement this upcoming year.
Thank-you all for what you do to make a difference in our communities and around the world. We are constantly demonstrating that we are in the “People business” by “Serving Humanity” and supporting Basic Education and Literacy Programs. Share your stories this month and we can post them on our District 6330 Facebook Page. “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!.”
PS: Don’t forget to keep us up to date on your Club Teddy Bears activities. Don’t worry, your bear is coming if we haven’t visited your Club yet.
Dear Rotarians of Zone 24 and 32. Out thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Italy who has been affected by the devastating earthquake. Please see the enclosed letter from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko with the latest news from the Rotary Leadership in Italy. I will keep you updated as further information becomes available
Rotary International Director
19233 69A Avenue, Surrey, B.C. Canada
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Subject: Earthquake in Italy
To: 2016-17 Board of Directors
2016-17 Board of Trustees
Dear Senior Leaders,
Rotary members worldwide stand together with the people of Italy, showing an outpouring of support in light of this week's deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake, which struck on Tuesday evening in central Italy, killing over 240 people in the historic towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara. Many residents have fled their homes and are camping on open ground at night, as numerous powerful aftershocks followed.
As we mourn this terrible loss of life, Italian Rotarians are already actively engaged, providing engineering, medical and psychological assistance. The two districts directly affected are D2080 and D2090. DG Paolo Raschiatore (D2090) and DG Alessandro Vignani (D2071, nearby) emphasized that the emergency response is well in hand and that there are no immediate needs for outside assistance at this time.
Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox is working with their affiliate ShelterBox Italy, operated by local Rotarians, to assess the regions impacted by the Italy earthquake. A ShelterBox Response Team has been deployed to the impacted communities and updates can be monitored on www.twitter.com/shelterboxpress. For updates about the impacted communities one can write to email@example.com or visit www.shelterbox.org to assist with the relief effort.
The Italian governors have already agreed that they are going to put together a project involving all 13 Italian districts. As per Rotary best practices, they are carrying out a community assessment to determine the precise needs that this project should address. In conversations with Rotary staff, they mentioned the work of Italian Rotarians in the aftermath of the l’Aquila earthquake in 2009, which gives them confidence that in the coming weeks they can devise a worthwhile and valuable project.
We appreciate all your support in working with Rotarians to help the people of Italy rebuild their lives and communities. The Italian governors will keep us apprised of their plans and needs as they evolve. At Rotary headquarters, we will be sharing that information on rotary.org.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL | One Rotary Center | 1560 Sherman Ave. | Evanston, IL 60201 USA
August is Membership and New Club Development Month in Rotary. One of our key focuses this year is to grow our membership in District 6330. We have just finished visiting 19 Rotary Clubs this month. We have learned so much about each Rotary Club and what it means to their community. I want us to continue this pride by ensuring that Rotary is there for each of our communities, today, tomorrow and in the years ahead. That means adding members to our Clubs. There is some great excitement about adding new members in our Clubs. Clubs have plans, membership committees, activities organized, socials ready to go and we are achieving results.
We have seen Clubs that have grown in the last few months. Congratulations to the Meaford Club! The London Club also welcomed the first Satellite Club in our District, the Rotary Satellite Club of London Centennial. A special welcome to all of our new Rotarians. We are off to a great start in our District and the momentum is there. How can people not be excited when you ask them by sharing your enthusiasm for Rotary?
Growing membership takes work. It means having a plan, focusing on opportunities sharing what we do and asking people to join you. Ask someone what they are interested in and show them how Rotary participates. Ask someone out to a “hands on” service project or ask them to volunteer with you to see the “fun and fellowship” that comes with being a Rotarian.
I have been putting a post on the District 6330 Facebook page for every Club visit. Please join our Facebook Group and see the amazing things that are happening in our District. Share the posts out on your Facebook Newsfeed and Club Facebook Pages so people know about the projects we are undertaking locally and internationally. Let people know what the members in District 6330 are doing to celebrate Membership month and put together a post to share your successes.
We have a Club Extension Chair this year- David Elliott. He is available to help you look at innovative and flexible alternatives. That includes looking for opportunities to grow new Rotary Clubs where Rotary does not exist today as well as identify places where we might have more Satellite Clubs in our District.
Our RI President this year, John Germ says that we need “more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.” Remember that an invitation to join Rotary is a gift that someone gave you, let’s pass along that gift to someone else. I can’t make your club or community stronger, but you can. Ask people you know to join Rotary. Let’s ensure a future in each of our communities that includes Rotarians working to “Serve Humanity” both at home and around the world.
Today as Rotarians we are at a crossroads. We are looking at the year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history. The year that sees the world’s last case of Polio. We are so close, so much closer than we have ever been before. Wouldn’t that be an amazing way to celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary? Together, this year we will celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation- in our Clubs, in our Communities and around the world. This is your opportunity to share what your Clubs have done, what you as a Rotarian have accomplished and are planning for our future in Rotary. It is my privilege to serve all of you as the District Governor as we celebrate this milestone for the Foundation.
RI President John Germ from Chattanooga, Tennessee has chosen “Rotary Serving Humanity” as our theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed people to achieve remarkable goals, he believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
This year is full of opportunities and each of us gets to decide what we do with these opportunities today, tomorrow and in the year ahead. Bill and I are looking forward to all our Club visits and getting to know everyone in the District. Let’s have an All Star year and grow membership, support our Foundation & celebrate the Centennial as we promote our Rotary Clubs.
Meet The Agents of Polio Eradication
A band of heroes fights polio every day. Meet these Agents of Polio Eradication in our animated video, and read how our team of Rotary staffers came up with the idea for a comic-book approach to telling the story of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Watch the video
Get the story behind the video’s creation
(from Rotary Weekly - May 13, 2016)