Welcome to the fifth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, November is Rotary Foundation Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all the Good that our Rotary Foundation does in the world and in our local communities. From eradicating Polio, providing clean water, educational materials, and life-saving medical supplies to all of our local Club Service projects funded by District Grants. Our dollars are doing wondrous things all over the world and in our own backyards. Local projects include providing free shoes to needy children via Happy Feet programs, providing literacy materials, mentoring young people, building fitness trails, installing children’s park materials, anti-bullying materials, swimming programs, reading programs; and the list goes on and on.
This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help in these efforts. 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? It is just a little less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day and the good it does in the world makes such a tremendous difference. 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?
Rotary Has Heart – Feeding the Children of our communities is a key focus for our own District’s Anne Matthews, Rotary International Vice President. You have all received information on plans to feed the children on February 14, 2014, what a great way to serve others. Every Club can plan their own activities, from donating money to organizing a full-fledged meal event as a Club service project. Let’s all do our part to make this a wonderful activity and get others in the community involved as well. Have a local town proclamation to celebrate your project and then publicize on your website, Facebook and other social media platforms.
What’s coming up in November??
First – Clubs are doing Happy Feet service projects providing free shoes to needy children. At least 22 Clubs are doing this and it is a fun and worthwhile project for any Club looking for another local service project. Clubs are doing Fundraisers to fund local charitable activities. Football Nights are being sponsored by many of our Clubs, Oyster Roasts, cookouts, Fifth Tuesday socials….and the list goes on and on. It is a great time as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday to enjoy fellowship and service and get to know everyone better, also a great opportunity to invite member prospects to your events. Just check out the Calendar tab on the District Database to stay up to date on what’s going on.
Second – Clubs may begin to submit Nominations for District Governor for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year. Nominations are due no later than December 15, 2013 and are to be sent to PDG Ed Duryea who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 23, 2014. Details including the Governor Nominee form have been sent directly to Club Leadership.
Third – The information for purchasing Holiday ornaments is now available on the District Database under the Calendar tab. $10 of every purchase will go to the “End Polio Now” program and those will be matched by the Gates Foundation two to one for every dollar.
Are you sending in your stories to our District Website at Rotary7770News@gmail.com? Don’t miss the opportunity to get your Club’s activities, service events, fellowships and fun meetings into the weekly News-email. Great way to promote your Club’s events and it’s always fun to see photos of one another in action.
Has your Club submitted your first quarter’s Foundation Contributions to Our Foundation? 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 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.
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.
Finally, mark your Calendars for the celebration of your Club’s accomplishments by attending the annual District Conference in Charleston March 28th – 30th, 2014. It will be a great time and looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Let’s all have a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.
Lou Mello DG 2013-14