CLUB PRESIDENT TO DO LIST
Thanks so much for taking on the top leadership role in your club! It's a busy year and there's a lot to monitor. Here is a list to help make sure your club is on track to finish out the second half of the year strong!
Designate your club's Representative to cast your club's ballot at the District Conference Business Meeting
Return your club's Voting Certification & Proxy Form before April 15, 2017 to District Parliamentarian, Dennis Schonewetter.
Get your club to go to District Conference
District Conference is the annual opportunity for Rotarians to come together to learn, socialize and enjoy the fun side of our group. Education will be relevant, timely and truly useful to you. The venue is luxurious, with top-notch cuisine and unique spaces, located in a great destination with a lot to offer. There will be plenty of social opportunities, including a great welcoming at the Saratoga Auto Museum on Friday night, multiple wine tastings, a Country Fair and partnering with District 7190 Rotarians for service projects.
Click here for details and to register online today!
Register for space in the House of Friendship
Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your club's biggest project at District Conference in the House of Friendship. This social space will once again be open to the main banquet area in our conference location, making it very visible. We need you to keep those displays fun and interactive, so you can stand out from the rest. Club presidents should ask a member of the club to take on this special project.
Download a registration form and reserve your space by April 1st.
Make sure you are updating your club's progress in Rotary Club Central
How is your club's work towards earning this prestigious recognition going? Club presidents should be logging into Rotary Club Central to update their club's standings as they check off the list of goals this citation outlines for you. No one will know you've done it unless you report it in there.
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Make note of and be sure to follow the new deadlines for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
The deadline to submit the info on the student(s) your club is sponsoring for this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards isn't until May 1, but there is a lot you need to do before that date. Download an application to provide to your local school now, asking for students to complete and return by mid-March. This will give you the time you need to review all applications, interview the applicants, make your selection, notify and confirm with the student that they can attend and then report that to the RYLA committee chair Phyllis Danks by deadline!
Click here for more info on RYLA
THIS YEAR'S THEME: Paul Harris, founder of Rotary believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do.” Rotary provides the opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity. We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move Rotary’s work forward.
FROM THE PRESIDENT:
March is Rotary’s Clean Water & Sanitation Month
In 1907, the Rotary Club of Chicago launched a community movement to build public toilets in Chicago. Almost 110 years later, those facilities, though primitive by today’s standards, would still be considered progress in some parts of the world. More than 660 million people worldwide live without safe access to clean water, and almost 40 percent have no sanitary toilet facilities. Today Rotary now stands in a strong position to work with global partners to find meaningful, sustainable solutions to the single largest threat to humankind. The Rotary Foundation recognizes the need for clean water and sanitation as one of its six focus areas. Approximately 10,000 Rotary Clubs supported 302 Rotary Global Grants totaling $20 million in 2014-15. Rotarians participate in water-related projects that are bringing clean water and sanitation to remote areas and greatly reducing the incidence of disease. We are working to improve sanitation and have built wastewater treatment plants, developed water treatment and safe storage systems, funded water and sanitation experts who and train local residents in developing areas.
I am proud to be your Rotary District 7150 Governor and member of the Tully Rotary Club. In this month’s Rotarian magazine, RI President, John Germ, reminds us that forty years ago the Rotary Club of Duarte, CA admitted 3 women to their Rotary Club. This action was followed on May 4, 1987 by the US Supreme Court stating that US Rotary Clubs could no longer exclude women from membership. On August 11, 1989, Rotary District 715 District Governor, Herbert S. Brown, wrote to Rotary International that “… Rotary International is a organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world. Twenty nine men and women have joined the Tully Provisional Rotary Club and qualified for a Rotary International Club Charter.” Proud to be part of that watershed moment in the history of Rotary, 7 women from Tully were recognized as charter members of Tully Rotary when RI President, Hugh M. Archer, signed the original Tully Rotary Charter on October 11, 1989. In 1989, Rotary International Council on Legislation voted to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide. Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01, told the council "My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," This vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to provide for the admission of women into Rotary clubs. The response to the decision was overwhelming: By 2010, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed and was approaching 200,000. Today Rotary District 7150 has been steadily growing in its percentage of female membership, now to represent 35% of our members. We can do better for Rotary Serving Humanity.