Jul 282013

Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou MelloWelcome to the second month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, August is Membership & Extensions Month. 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.

Membership is the lifeblood of our organization, there are new initiatives available to help Clubs find new and creative ways to attract new Members. We will again be doing a combination Foundation/Membership/Grant Management Training Seminar September 13th, come join us and get new ideas and enjoy great fellowship with members from around our District.

We have entered a new and exciting time for our Foundation, a new Grant Model and most importantly, an expanded District Grant program giving the Clubs more money to do great local service projects.

Plan on attending the combination Foundation/Membership/Grant Management Training – Club Qualification on September 13th in Mt Pleasant at Seacoast Church. Registration is open on the District Database Calendar and here are the basic details for attendees:

Grant Management Training Seminar – Requires two from each Club to get qualified for District Grants in the following Rotary year. Recommended that the President and President Elect attend, please note that only two from your Club can attend the session.

Foundation Seminar – anyone in your Club interested in learning more about Foundation Programs, Tools, and reports should attend this session. Highly recommended for Foundation Chairs and new members.

Membership Seminar – Learn more about attracting new members and meeting member needs, highly recommended for Membership Chairs and folks in your Clubs that have successfully brought in new members so they can share their ideas.  

Are you interested in being involved in District Leadership roles beyond the Club? We will again conduct a Question and Answer session for folks that have an interest in the District Governor position. This session will be immediately following the conclusion of the Foundation Seminar on September 13th. Take the opportunity to review the parameters of the position with your District Executive team consisting of DG Lou Mello, Immediate Past DG Ed Duryea, DGE Jimmie Williamson, DGN Rod Funderburk and Chair of the Council of Governors, PDG Bernie Riedel.

Rotary at the RiverDogs August 10th, 2013

How about some great Rotary fellowship, baseball and picnic goodies. Come join us in Charleston on August 10th at 5 pm for a Picnic and RiverDogs baseball game.

A special Rotary/RiverDogs T-shirt is part of the package and you can order the sizes you need with your tickets.

Buy your tickets now on the District Calendar.

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.

This year we will be emphasizing the Family of Rotary, Fellowship, Youth Service and the ethics of the Four Way Test. We will once again recognize a Four Way Test Nominee in each Club visit, a great way for a Club to celebrate one of their own and perhaps inspire a few new members to really Engage Rotary and Change Lives themselves.

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


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