May 012014

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  

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.  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 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 . 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. 

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

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