The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2017-2018  Issue: 2
Welcome to the second issue for the 2017-2018 Rotary year of the The Bridge - A District 6330 Newsletter - a regularly published newsletter for, and by, District 6330 Rotarians.
If you have a story to tell, pictures to show off, or an event to publicize, please send it to the editor and we will publish it and/or make sure it gets on the District 6330 website.
Your feedback, suggestions, and submissions are welcomed - please send to the editor
Editor email:
Mary and I have enjoyed meeting Rotarians while visiting clubs and travelling throughout District 6330.
For clubs that have already hosted us, thanks for your hospitality.
For clubs that we have not yet visited, we look forward to meeting you, enjoying your fellowship, and bringing you information from Rotary International.
If you're having a special event, please let us know. We will attend if our schedule allows for it.
District Governor - Martin Ward & partner Mary Ruston
email:  phone: 519-671-6340
Information and Recent News
August is Membership and New Club Development Month
This year our membership focus is on the new flexibility offered to us by last year's Council On Legislation. Simply put - Rotary Clubs now have increased flexibility with respect to membership types, and meeting times, types, and structures.
There are lots of examples of clubs that have embraced the new flexibility with success - read the article about the Hanover club's history and how changing to meeting twice monthly and changing the meeting structure has worked for them.
Remembering Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori

(from Rotary Weekly - July 28)

Remembering Sam

The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world flew at half-staff as friends and colleagues mourned President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery. Rotary remembers Sam’s quiet confidence, integrity, and friendship.

Read the full article

An Additon To Our District Rotary Family
This could be a first in our District - Assistant Governor Erin Shankie is a new mom!!
Erin is the Assistant Governor for Area 7 clubs in the Flint, MI area - including;
Burton, Clio, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Genesee Valley, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, and her home club of Greater Flint Sunrise. 

Congratulations Erin

Baby girl Emerson Elizabeth Shankie
arrived July 7th at 2:40 AM.
She is 7lbs 11oz and 21 inches long.
More pictures are available on Erin's Facebook page.
Meet the New Rotary President
Ian Riseley has spent his career making connections among friends, colleagues, and Rotarians. He brings that gift for putting people together to his work as Rotary’s president.
One Club's Success Story
The Rotary Club of Hanover changed it's meeting schedule and structure - with positive results. This is a success story of how change in a Rotary club can help it become more engaged and more active in the community.
The crisis point was at the start of the new millennium - as Al Morrow put it:
"The decline came to a head in the few years after the turn of the century (2000). Our membership had dwindled to about 8 members (from a high of 30+) and something had to be done and in reality, thinking back, it could have gone either way."
Telling Your Story In Just One Shot
(excerpts from PUBLIC IMAGE NEWS ZONE 24 EAST - July 2017)
TELLING YOUR STORY IN JUST ONE SHOT - is extremely important when you visually present your story - especially when using social media.
For people in the news media, for people on Facebook or Instagram, a photo of Rotarians shaking hands or exchanging banners isn’t something that stops and makes them stare. It’s a placeholder, something that has no meaning for them and they just buzz by.
An Experiment in Club Meeting Innovation
Club Innovation - There's a story in the August issue of the Rotarian magazine that describes how a club created a second "a la carte" membership. It's an interesting concept incorporating the idea of adding alternate meetings types and times for club members interested in something different - or club members that simply don't have time for the usual weekly club meetings.
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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