April District Governor Newsletter
Welcome to the tenth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, April is Rotary Magazine Month. If you want to enjoy seeing all that Rotary does in the world and in our communities, then the Rotarian magazine is the best source of information. There are great stories, photos and a calendar of events that keep you plugged into what’s coming up in the Rotary world. Did you know that the Rotarian is now online at http://therotarianmagazine.com/. Don’t wait any longer to check it out. What better way to share what the magazine is all about than to share it out on social media and include in your Club pages as well.
District Conference Recap
The Conference has just wrapped up and it was a great time for all, a great mix of Rotary information, fun, fellowship, and celebrating Club accomplishments. Ideas were shared among Clubs on unique service events, creative meetings and socials, membership initiatives and Rotary updates provided by our President’s Representative, Ken Schuppert and his wonderful wife Lynn.
The District Service Project of providing books for the Charleston Development Academy, an inner city school that does not have a library, was a stunning success! Hundreds of books were received and more are on the way from many Clubs. Thanks to Pat Richards, our District Literacy Chair, for organizing this great event. Pat also presented Literacy awards to the following Clubs: 1st Place – Charleston Lunch, 2nd place – North Myrtle Beach, 3rd place – Daniel Island.
Foundation Service Awards and District Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to a number of individuals.
Clubs were also recognized for receiving Club Leadership and Presidential Citations and the Clubs of the Year were given their individual banners as well as being able to go home with the travelling Club of the Year Banner.
Winners of the Club of the Year Honors were as follows: Small size Clubs– St George, Medium size Clubs – Daniel Island and Large size Clubs – Hilton Head Island.
Awards were also presented to those Clubs doing wonderful jobs in public relations and social media.
Best Website – Small – Summerville Evening, Medium – Mt Pleasant, Large – Hilton Head
Best Bulletin – Small – Carolina Forest, Medium – Mt Pleasant, Large – Myrtle Beach
Best Social Media – Small – Summerville Evening, Medium – Lake Murray-Irmo, Large – Charleston.
Some individual awards were presented to the following individuals:
Club Builders – Diane Junis and Stan Luallin of the Spring Valley Club.
District Four Way Test Award – Charlotte Gonzalez of the Lowcountry-Beaufort Club.
District Vocational Service Award – Judy Burnstein of the Daniel Island Club.
The Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service – Retta Guthrie of the Orangeburg Club.
The Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation – Paula Matthews of the Spring Valley Club.
District Rotarian of the Year – David Tirard of the Hilton Head Club.
Public Relations – This is a time to think about how we can spread the good word and works of Rotary in our communities in order to promote literacy both locally and in the world. Public Relations and providing stories and photos of our service projects to local media is a great way to do that and to promote membership opportunities as well. Use Social Media to showcase your Club’s events, fundraisers and service projects. Promote Peace and Understanding in our communities by working with young people in the area of Literacy.
Helping Others – This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others. We should all reflect on our good fortune in life and take the opportunity to give more freely to help others in need. Are we all Sustaining members giving at least $100 a year to the Annual Fund? Could we do more? What about doing twice as much good and do $200 a year. Have you thought about becoming a Paul Harris Society member for a $1000 a year? How about being a Benefactor or Bequest Society member and leaving something in your will to our Foundation. Have you considered being a Major Donor to our Foundation and doing $10,000 in cash over a period of time?
What’s on the Calendar in April?
First –District Training – Club Leadership Assembly is now online for registration. This is a great opportunity get your Club Officers and Board trained for the coming year. The 2014-15 Rotary District 7770 District Training Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15 a.m. Get the latest on all aspects of Rotary including District and Rotary International Database training, Foundation training on Grants, Reports, Tracking, Scholars and more.
Second – Club Officers should be updating Rotary Club Central with Goals for the coming year. Update your Membership and Foundation Goals as well as your planned Service Activities and your involvement with your New Generations Clubs such as Early Act, Interact and Rotaract.
Third – If you haven’t registered for the Sydney Rotary International Convention, register online at http://www.riconvention.org/en/2014/Pages/ridefault.aspx
This year we will not have a Southland Breakfast at the RI Convention as we have done traditionally. Instead, our Director and RI Vice President Anne L Matthews is scheduling a reception on Saturday late afternoon. The Southland Reception will be held Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Powerhouse Museum in downtown Sydney, amidst the main hotels and restaurants. Registration can only be done online and the link is here. http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/index.cfm?EventID=77219415. Scroll down to May 31st and register.
Fourth – Now is the time for Clubs to be looking for candidates for Global Ambassadorial Scholarships. These Scholars go abroad for a year of Graduate Study in a program in line with our Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus. The Timeline information is available on the District Database under the Files Tab and is found under the “Foundation Forms and Applications” folder.
Public Relations – Are you sending in your stories to our District Website at Rotary7770News@gmail.com? Andra Watkins is our District Chair for Public Relations and puts together a great weekly email with all the stories of our Clubs’ activities. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your Club’s activities, service events, fellowships and fun meetings into the weekly News-email. This is a great way to promote your Club’s events and it’s always fun to see photos of one another in action.
Foundation – Your Club should have submitted your third quarter’s Foundation Contributions to “Our” Foundation in March. Remember that half of what we send to the Annual Fund each year comes back to us after three years to fund local District Grant projects as well as funding Global Grants, End Polio Now, Scholars and Peace Fellows. Consider becoming a Paul Harris Society Member, committing to giving a $1000 annually to Our Foundation. It’s less than a cup of coffee a day and you would be doing so much good in the world and in your own community. Contact PHS Chair David Tirard for information on how to do this. DavidTirard@aol.com
Ending Polio Now remains our number one goal in Rotary and we are getting “This Close”. Very modest goals are in place for every Club and we want to reach out to engage our communities in these fund raising efforts. Don’t just write a check, have a community fellowship event with a goal of raising some money for PolioPlus and having a great time with your members and the community at large. We promised the children of the world that we would end Polio, please consider contributing more individually and as a Club to get this done. Remember, the Gates Foundation will match every dollar an individual Rotarian or Club gives on a two to one basis, your one dollar becomes three dollars.
Membership – Have you set goals to increase membership this year by at least three new members? Have you engaged all your members in being part of the “Membership Team”? This is something that all Rotarians should take pride in, sharing our Rotary opportunities with others. Have you looked around you at family, friends and neighbors; these are people that you know the best and they are wonderful candidates to join Rotary. Updated membership shows the District at a “plus” 89 through March 27th. Let’s finish strong and get to that plus 158 which would be 2 per Club on average.
Let’s all continue having a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.
Lou Mello DG 2013-14