District Governor Lou Mello’s June Message

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Welcome to the final month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, June is Rotary Fellowship Month.

What better way to celebrate fellowship than at a Rotary International Convention. I am writing

this from Sydney, Australia, site of this year’s Convention and sitting with about 22,000 of my

new closest Rotary friends. The sight of the flags of over 200 Rotary counties parading in to the

Opening Plenary session will set your heart pounding and make you proud to be in Rotary.

The House of Friendship is three huge Convention halls linked together and has Rotary booths,

Rotary Vendors, places to exchange banners, restaurants and just a great place to meet folks

and learn more about where they’re from and what type of Club they belong to. Pins and cards

get exchanged, new ideas gleaned about service projects and fellowship, and just a wonderful

and relaxing way to meet folks.

There are Plenary sessions with the latest information on all aspects of Rotary, changing of the

guard as new Directors and Trustees are introduced and Breakout sessions on everything you

would ever want to know about Rotary. Rotaractors from around the world have their own

mini-Convention for the three days prior to the official start of the RI Convention. Great to see

so many young folks proud to be involved with Rotary.

Our District’s own Director and RI Vice President Anne L. Matthews sponsored the annual Southland

event and held a reception on Saturday. The Southland Reception was held Saturday May 31,

2014, 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Powerhouse Museum in downtown Sydney, amidst the main hotels and

restaurants. A great time was had by all as old friendships flourished and new friends made.

As we move into the final month of the Rotary Year, have you reflected on all the good Rotary does in

your community and in the world? Have you Engaged Rotary this year and helped to Change Lives?

Think about the little things that you can do as an individual Rotarian and then consider multiplying that

by 1. 2 million to consider what we can accomplish as an organization. Have you volunteered to help

with Club Service Projects this year? It’s not too late, get involved and find others to pitch in as well.

Have you reached out to potential members and invited them to join you at a meeting? It’s not hard, it’s

just being a friend to get others involved.

Get Connected and Engaged – If you want to enjoy seeing all that Rotary does in the world

and in our communities, then the Rotarian magazine is a great source of information. There

are wonderful 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.

Public Relations – This is a great time to think about how we can spread the good word and

works of Rotary in our communities. Public Relations and providing stories and photos of our

service projects and fellowship events to local media is a great way to do that and to promote

membership opportunities as well. Use Social Media in addition to Print Media to showcase

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 May 29th

would be 2 per Club on average.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Governor this year.

Let’s all continue having a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards Lou Mello DG 2013-14

. Let’s finish strong and get to that plus 158 which

DG Lou Mello’s May Message

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Welcome to the eleventh month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, May is Promote International Convention Month. 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.

As we move into the final two months of the Rotary Year, have you reflected on all the good Rotary does in your community and in the world? Have you Engaged Rotary this year and helped to Change Lives? Think about the little things that you can do as an individual Rotarian and then consider multiplying that by 1. 2 million to consider what we can accomplish as an organization. Have you volunteered to help with Club Service Projects this year? It’s not too late, get involved and find others to pitch in as well. Have you reached out to potential members and invited them to join you at a meeting? It’s not hard, it’s just being a friend to get others involved. 

Get Connected and Engaged – If you want to enjoy seeing all that Rotary does in the world and in our communities, then the Rotarian magazine is a great source of information. There are wonderful 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. 

Public Relations – This is a great time to think about how we can spread the good word and works of Rotary in our communities. Public Relations and providing stories and photos of our service projects and fellowship events to local media is a great way to do that and to promote membership opportunities as well. Use Social Media in addition to Print Media to showcase your Club’s events, fundraisers and service projects. There will be a lot of opportunities with Club Installation Fellowships to take lots of photos, be sure to share those with our Newsletter 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. 

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 May? 

First – 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.  

Second – 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.

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” 86 through April 30th. 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”. 

Regards  Lou Mello DG 2013-14

Apr 102014
 

Donna and Lou ConferenceDistrict 7770 Governor Lou Mello presented the award winning Rotary Club of Little River, President Donna Levinski, the award for taking 2nd place honors in the District’s “Small Club of The Year.”  The award presentations were held on March 28th & 29th, 2014 at the District 7770 Conference  in Charleston, SC.

Little River Rotary Club also received the honors of, Presidential Citation with Distinction, Club Leadership Award, Secretary of the Year Award and 2nd place for best website of the year.

DG Lou Mello’s March Message

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Welcome to the ninth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year.

March is Literacy Month. We will be doing a District Service Project at the District Conference to celebrate all the good that our Rotarians do throughout the year on literacy projects. Everyone attending the Conference is being asked to bring a children’s book suitable for K through 8th to attend, please consider donating a book and give to someone in your Club that is attending. The books will be given to the Charleston Development Academy, an inner city school that does not have a library and the only reading books they get are those that are donated.

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.

Celebrate Rotary’s 109th Birthday by Raising Awareness and Funding for PolioPlus Rotary’s Birthday was on February 23rd. Why not continue to take the opportunity to hold a community awareness fundraising event for polio during the coming months. These events do not have to be major events, although they can be, but their purpose is to get the word out about Rotary’s Number One humanitarian project and increase participation and knowledge about Rotary and its programs. Over the years many clubs have had several kinds of activities such as:

• Posting Rotary Public Image bill boards along highly-traveled highways in the community
• Sending press releases about your club’s activities regarding polio eradication
• Holding pancake suppers, fish fries, BBQ suppers and wine tastings to name just a few.

This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others 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? 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. On February 14th participated in programs to feed the children, what a great way to serve others. Let’s all do our part to get others in the community involved as well going forward. Make feeding the children a regular part of your Club’s service, whether it be Back Pack Buddies or Meals on Wheels, stay involved.

What’s on the Calendar in March?

First –District Conference Registration is now online for registration. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the goals and achievements of your Club and to enjoy three days of fun and fellowship with Rotarians from around the District. Mark your Calendars now for March 28 through 30 and plan to attend in Charleston at the Charleston Marriott as we continue our Cruise into Rotary’s Future. The Registration fee goes up on March 10th only be booked at the special Rotary rate until March 18th book your hotel room.

Second – Club Leadership Citations and Presidential Citations should be reviewed with your Assistant Governors and prepared to be submitted by March 1st be working on their Club of the Year nomination submission for March 1st opportunity to showcase your Club and all the wonderful things it does. The Club of the Year in each size category will be recognized Saturday night at the District Conference.

Third – Club elections for 2014-2015 Officers and Directors should have taken place by the end of December. Please remember to update the Rotary International database with the new Officers as well as updating our District Database. Fourth – PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) is coming up March 7th Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach and registration is now online on the Calendar tab of the District Database. Plan to send both your President-Elect and President-Nominee to PETS as leadership continuity is a key to having a great Rotary year.

Fifth – 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 register.

Sixth – 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 out. Club Presidents should take 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 be submitting 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.

Let’s all have a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

DG Lou Mello’s February Message

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Welcome to the eighth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, February is World Understanding Month. 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 more understanding 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 and support Rotary’s Peace Fellow program as well as the Ambassadorial Global Scholars program. These programs offer young folks an opportunity to work on Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as helping others in the Six Area of Focus.

Celebrate Rotary’s 109th Birthday by Raising Awareness and Funding for PolioPlus 

Rotary’s Birthday on February 23rd is fast approaching. Why not take the opportunity to hold a community awareness fundraising event for polio around this time, which qualifies for one of the additional elements for the Presidential Citation. These events do not have to be major events, although they can be, but their purpose is to get the word out about Rotary’s Number One humanitarian project and increase participation and knowledge about Rotary and its programs. Over the years many clubs have had several kinds of activities such as:

• Posting Rotary Public Image bill boards along highly-traveled highways in the community

• Sending press releases about your club’s activities regarding polio eradication

• Holding pancake suppers, fish fries, BBQ suppers and wine tastings to name just a few.

This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others 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? 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.

Has your Club considered making a donation to sponsor a ShelterBox? Rotary partners with this wonderful organization which provides disaster relief supplies around the world. For all the facts on what this organization does and how you or your club can make a donation, go to their U.S. site http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

What’s on the Calendar in February? 

FirstDistrict Conference Registration is now online for registration. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the goals and achievements of your Club and to enjoy three days of fun and fellowship with Rotarians from around the District. Mark your Calendars now for March 28 through 30 and plan to attend in Charleston at the Charleston Marriott as we continue our Cruise into Rotary’s Future.

Second – Club Leadership Citations and Presidential Citations should be reviewed with your Assistant Governors and prepared to be submitted by March 1st, 2014. Club Presidents should be working on their Club of the Year nomination submission, this is a great opportunity to showcase your Club and all the wonderful things it does. The Club of the Year in each size category will be recognized Saturday night at the District Conference.

Third – Club elections for 2014-2015 Officers and Directors should have taken place by the end of December. Please remember to update the Rotary International database with the new Officers as well as updating our District Database.

Fourth – PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) is coming up March 7th and 8th at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach and registration is now online on the Calendar tab of the District Database. Plan to send both your President-Elect and President-Nominee to PETS as leadership continuity is a key to having a great Rotary year.

Fifth – 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 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.

Sixth – 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 – Has your Club submitted your second 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 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.

Let’s all have a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

DG Lou Mello’s January Message

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Welcome to the seventh month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, January is Rotary Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all the Good that Rotary does in the world and in our local communities. This is a time to think about how we can spread the good word and works of Rotary in our communities. 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. Use Social Media to showcase your Club’s events, fundraisers and service projects.

This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others 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? 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?

Information on our Vocational Training Team to Peru is now available. An email has gone to every Rotarian in the District about the opportunity to participate in our District’s first Vocational Training Team. The team will be going to Peru in May 2014 for three weeks to determine opportunities to assist areas there with water, sanitation, basic education and economic development. Applications are due by January 21st and both Rotarians and non-Rotarians are eligible. Check the District Database under the “Files” tab for details.

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.

Has your Club considered making a donation to sponsor a ShelterBox? Rotary partners with this wonderful organization which provides disaster relief supplies around the world. For all the facts on what this organization does and how you or your club can make a donation, go to their U.S. site http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

What’s on the Calendar in January?? 

FirstDistrict Conference Registration will be online the first full week of January. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the goals and achievements of your Club and to enjoy three days of fun and fellowship with Rotarians from around the District. Mark your Calendars now for March 28 through 30 and plan to attend in Charleston at the Charleston Marriott as we continue our Cruise into Rotary’s Future.

Second – Club elections for 2014-2015 Officers and Directors should have taken place by the end of December. Please remember to update the Rotary International database with the new Officers as well as updating our District Database.

Third – PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) is coming up March 7th and 8th at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach and registration will be online soon on the Calendar tab of the District Database. Plan to send both your President-Elect and President-Nominee to PETS as leadership continuity is a key to having a great Rotary year.

Fourth – If you haven’t registered for the Sydney Rotary International Convention, register by January 15th and save $100 on your registration fee. 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 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.

FifthClub Presidents should be reviewing the Club Leadership and Presidential Citations and insuring that you will be able to qualify for both. Both will be due to be turned in by March 1st, 2014.

Sixth – 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 – Has your Club submitted your second 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 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.

Let’s all have a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

DG Lou Mello’s December Message

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Dec 032013
 

Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou MelloWelcome to the sixth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, December is Rotary Family Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all the Good that our Rotary Family does in the world and in our local communities. This is a time to think about the upcoming Holiday season and ask ourselves what more we can do to promote peace and understanding in our world. How can we reach out and help others that need assistance? Consider the spirit of the Holidays and find a way to do one kind thing a day throughout the month.

This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others 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?

The District Match is Back!!!
Starting December 1, 2013, you can receive 1 Recognition Point for every $ when you contribute at least $100 but less than $500.
Or… receive 2 Recognition Points for every $ when you contribute at least $500.
For example:
If you need $800 to achieve a Paul Harris Fellow…Contribute $400 and get 400 points… DONE!
If you give $500… get matching 1,000 points that can be designated to honor a friend or family member with a Paul Harris Fellow.
Please see the attachment sent out by PDG Bernie for more detailed information about “The Match”. DRFC Kay will be coordinating

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.

Has your Club considered making a donation to sponsor a ShelterBox? Rotary partners with this wonderful organization which provides disaster relief supplies around the world. For all the facts on what this organization does and how you or your club can make a donation, go to their U.S. site http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

What’s coming up in December??

First – Clubs are planning Fellowship events to include family and friends, these offer a great opportunity to introduce friends and neighbors to Rotary. It is a great time to enjoy fellowship and get to know everyone better. Just check out the Calendar tab on the District Database to stay up to date on what’s going on.

Second – Clubs may continue 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 – If you haven’t registered for the Sydney International Convention, register by December 15th and save $100 on your registration fee. Register online at http://www.riconvention.org/en/2014/Pages/ridefault.aspx

Are you sending in your stories to Andra Watkins, our District Public Image Chair, to upload 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. This is a 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 second 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”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

DG Lou Mello’s November Message

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Nov 012013
 
Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou Mello

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”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

South African RFE Team Meets DG Lou Mello

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Oct 162013
 

south african teamDistrict 9320 South Africa’s Rotary Friendship Exchange team attended East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday, October 15. While there, they exchanged banners with District Governor Lou Mello and gave a short presentation on their District in South Africa. Situated along the Eastern Cape, District 9320 includes lovely beaches, multiple game preserves and industry.

Rotarian Cal McRae of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club will lead District 7770’s team to South Africa in March 2014.

Pictured: South Africa Rotarians Ken and Heather Gillings, 7770 District Governor Lou Mello, South Africa Rotarian Prem Lutchman, and South Africa Rotarians Ian and Andrena Foster.

 

Oct 152013
 
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District Governor Lou Mello may go down in history for his Road Runner-ish completion of his required club visits. Don’t be surprised if you see him at your club two or even three more times this year.

Here’s his final club visit schedule:

Tue Oct 15, 13 01:00P Orangeburg
Mon Oct 21, 13 01:00P Columbia
Tue Oct 22, 13 01:00P West Wateree-Lugoff

 

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