2016 District Conference April 22-24, 2016

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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter (click to open). Thanx to all those who contributed. The deadline for the February Edition is 2/12.
 
Regards
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
 
 

 
Dear Members and Friends of Rotary District 6630:
 
Passing the Baton
Successful Leadership Transition = Club Sustainability
This is a complex time in our Rotary year. Our year is at the mid-point but we must continue to plan, lead and also shape a successful transition for those who will follow us on July 1, 2016. passing the batton.png
As one runner finishes his/her leg of the race, they can’t slow down or stumble… they need to keep going strong while the next runner gets up to speed before they pass the baton.  The first runner will continue to run a few paces with the new runner before slowing down.  In the same fashion, our Rotary leaders need to finish strong and make certain the next runner is at full speed before handing over the baton.
 
You and your teams have all worked hard — strategic succession planning builds organizational continuity and stability moving forward.  Make the transition successful for those who will follow by planning, mentoring and communicating often.   This applies not only to the Club President, but to all those who are in positions that will have a successor July 1st. 
 
Leadership transitions can be a time of uncertainty in organizations.  Communications play a key role in navigating the process and fundamental shifts that occur.  There is no one size fits all approach, each of you will have different situations, just as the character, profile and working practices of each leader are different.  However, by making sure your entire outgoing and incoming teams are on the same page, you must engage with one another to put your club in a strong position for long-term sustainability.
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
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Rotarians believe all people deserve the right to live in peace.  There is far too much conflict in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces and in our communities.  The Rotary World Peace Conference was hosted in Ontario, California on January 15-16, 2016.  The conference provided a chance to learn from expert leaders in conflict prevention and resolution.  Attendees were inspired and left with immediate action plans to implement in their communities. 
 
 
 
Rotary Celebrates its Birthday February 23rd!
111 Years Strong
First_four_Rotarians.jpgPaul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting. They decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.
 
Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.
 
In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago. The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.
In 1912, the name changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the addition of clubs in other countries. The name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.
By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members  on six continents.
 
Rotary’s reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.
As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.
 
Pictured:  The first four Rotarians (from left): Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12.
 
Your partner in service -
 District Governor 2015-16
 Home Club: Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION RISES ON EXPERT LIST OF TOP NONPROFITS

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's  of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission.

Learn More about The Rotary Foundation

 
Rotary Stories
Beware of new email scam claiming to be from Foundation Chair Klinginsmith
A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO AMBASSADOR” and is sent from a fake email address. This is a scam. Rotary staff is working to resolve the issue. Avoid being the victim of scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.
Find resources for planning your centennial celebration
We're kicking off The Rotary Foundation's centennial celebration at the Korea convention, 28 May-1 June. But you can get started now planning your club's centennial activities with the resources available in our promotion kit: Ideas and activities for clubs Doing Good in the World promotional flier Doing Good in the World bookmark Sample press release Centennial letterhead Centennial PowerPoint template Centennial postcard History of The Rotary Foundation PowerPoint Find more ideas in "Rotary's Foundation Is Turning 100," in the January issue of Rotary Leader Watch and download A Century of...
Cultivating peace: Rabia Raja
From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian Rabia Raja thought she knew exactly how the residents of her home village of Dandot, Pakistan, should improve their schools. "I remember saying to them, 'You don't do this; you don't do that,' and they answered me, 'What have you done for this place?'" Raja remembers. "That's when I realized I could do something." Rabia Raja Area of focus: Supporting education Age: 39 Occupation: Entrepreneur Location: Lahore, Pakistan Peace Center: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 2011 That something turned out to be the Sunshine Consulting Welfare Organization...
 
 

OUR PRIORITIES

Woman with child - Dominican Republic
School children wash their hands a fountain provided by Rotary International at an elementary school in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo by Alyce Henson/Getty Images.

The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.

Through  and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas.

PROMOTING PEACE

Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

FIGHTING DISEASE

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.

PROVIDING CLEAN WATER

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.

SAVING MOTHERS AND CHILDREN

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

SUPPORTING EDUCATION

Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

 
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