HOST A ROTARY DAY THIS NEW ROTARY YEAR
In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.
“Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary’s image,” Rassin said.
Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day.
Tips for planning a Rotary Day:
- Consider including a hands-on service project as part of the event to let visitors see for themselves how Rotary benefits the community.
- Feature guests that appeal to a non-Rotary audience. Consider young leaders, inspirational speakers, celebrities, musicians, or other public figures.
- If the event will offer food, keep it simple — for example, a self-service buffet rather than a formal, sit-down meal.
- Advocate on local issues related to Rotary’s areas of focus by calling attention to challenges that affect people in your area.
- If you charge admission, keep prices low. Ask local businesses to sponsor your event.
- Welcome families and make the event enjoyable for them.
- Present Rotary as an appealing opportunity for potential members to make new friends, exchange ideas, and take action to improve their community and the world. Avoid using Rotary jargon or referring to club traditions.
- Highlight the work of local Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Community Corps members, and other community members who do extraordinary humanitarian work.
- Recognize non-Rotary community members who demonstrate Rotary’s service ideals.
- Sponsor an event with a partner organization to show that, by working together, we make a deeper and more lasting impact on communities.
- Ask local news media to cover the event.
- Collect participants’ contact information, and invite them to future club events.
- Partner with local civic groups, service organizations or local businesses.
During and after your event, post photos and videos with the hashtag #RotaryDay to social media. We’ll collect photos of Rotary Day events around the world and show them at the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Some may also appear in Rotary media throughout the year.
“Imagine the collective impact we can have if all 35,000 Rotary, 10,000 Rotaract, and 22,000 Interact clubs engage their neighbors, friends, young people, and organizations,” Rassin said.
DISTRICT 7530 YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM JULY UPDATE
Dennis Shreve, Youth Programs Coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of Harrison County, will be keeping us updated on the District’s Youth Exchange program.
According to Shreve, July is a big month of transitions for Rotary Youth Exchange as we say “See You Later” to our 2017-18 inbound students, help our 2018-19 outbound student prepare for his year abroad and work feverishly to finalize paperwork, meet with Host Families, Youth Exchange Officers, Counselors and Host Clubs to prepare for the incoming exchange students for 2018-19.
Check back often to keep “in the know” with our international youth program.
Click to download July newsletter (pdf).
DISTRICT 7530 TRAINING ASSEMBLY SATURDAY, JULY 14
The District 7530 Training Assembly is intended for club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, Committee Chairs, club leadership team and anyone else who wants a better understanding of strategies to make your club better. Agenda includes:
- DG Mike Davidson’s goals for the coming year
- Meet District Governor Elect, Coop Cooper; District Governor Nominee, Sean Sawyer; District Trainer Mary Dean, Treasurer and Youth Programs Chair Dennis Shreve; Membership Chai,r Becky Hunn; Public Image Chair, Donna Tennant and our Assistant Governors (AG)
- Secretary and Treasurer report requirements
- Proven membership growth strategies
- Improving your public image within the community
- Youth Services programs (RYLA, Youth Exchange, Interact and Rotaract) and how you can help
- The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus update
- International and local grant opportunities
- District and Club database (DACdb) and how it integrates with Rotary International’s member database
- Club awards for the year 2018-2019
- Meet, interact and share fellowship with those who’ve been in your position before
- Ideas for bringing FUN into your clubs
Location: Gaston Caperton Center, 501 W. Main Street, Clarksburg WV (parking behind the building)
Time: 9:30 Registration; 10:00 – 3:30 Assembly. Please register by June 29.
Cost: Each attendee asked to pay $10 at door to cover the cost of lunch. Cash or check only, made payable to Rotary District 7530.
Bring: Please bring a laptop or tablet that can operate within DACdb.
Questions? Please contact District Trainer Mary Dean at email@example.com . You can register on DACdb under the CALENDAR tab.
2018 GRANT SEMINAR PROVES HELPFUL TO DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP
District 7530 team leaders hosted a Grant Seminar on Saturday, April 14 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.
The seminar was facilitated by Renee Reiling, Regional Grants officer from Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, IL. and Nancy Barbee, Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, who traveled from North Carolina. The all-day seminar involved several sessions outlining the process to apply for Global grants and then, settled into details on upcoming District grants requirements and deadlines.
The seminar was attended by members representing 21 clubs throughout the District. Since attendance to the Grant Seminar is a requirement for grant funds expenditures of approved
grants for the 2018-2019 year, those clubs that could not attend will have the opportunity to participate in the seminar hosted by
District 7550 in August. Representatives from those clubs should contact Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair, for more information on the District 7550 event.
Raese also announced during the seminar that the deadline for new 2018-2019 grant submissions has been moved up to June 14, 2018 and the deadline for Final Reports for 2017-2018 grants is June 30, 2018.
NEW DEADLINE DATE FOR 2018-2019 DISTRICT GRANTS – JUNE 14, 2018
In an effort to streamline grant approvals with the beginning of the new Rotary year, District 7530 team leaders announced at the recent District 7530 Grant Seminar held Saturday, April 14 that the deadline for 2018-2019 District Grants has been moved up to June 14, 2018.
Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair, said the new grant forms are available on the new District web site (rotarydistrict7530.org) and the deadline has been moved up from September to June to coordinate approval of grants with expenditure of those grant funds within the funding year. All grant forms for 2018-2019 can be found here.
2017-2018 DISTRICT GRANT FINAL REPORT DEADLINE – JUNE 30, 2018
Deadline for the FINAL REPORT for all 2017-2018 District Grants is June 30, 2018. As discussed at the recent District Grants seminar hosted by district team leaders, Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair and Jim Culberson, Grants Chair, it is imperative that all Final Reports by to Jim Culberson by the end of June. More information, Culberson’s contact info and all grant forms can be found here.
GIVE THE GIFT OF ROTARY
For more than 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians’ work to create sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing needs. But there is still much to do, and we need your help.
Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We’re also working hard to end polio once and for all.
Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference. GIVE THE GIFT!
DISTRICT CONGRESS OF GOVERNORS MEETS IN MORGANTOWN
The Congress of Governors annual dinner was held in Morgantown recently at the Crab Shack Caribba. The evening of fellowship included dinner, and a District 7530 meeting including presentations and a short photo opportunity. District Governor David Whalen presided over the meeting and outlined his agenda for the year.
District 7530 Governor Elect Mike Davidson presented Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Dave Raese with two Rotary Foundation certificates. These certificates commended District 7530 and then-Governor Raese for donating over 20% of the District Designated Funds to the PolioPlus campaign during 2016-2017. Established in 1985, PolioPlus is Rotary’s first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. IPDG Raese is a member of the Rotary Club of Morgantown.
Present were past District 7530 Governors (left to right): Dennis Shreve, Rotary Club of Harrison County – 1997-1998), ‘Jack’ Porter, Rotary Club of Morgantown –1999-2000, Mary Dean, Rotary Club of Buckhannon – 2000-2001, Dr. Subramoniam Jayakumar, Rotary Club of Weirton – 2005-2006, Michael Ellington, Rotary Club of Morgantown – 2014-2015, Mike Kirkpatrick, Rotary Club of Cheat Lake – 2015-2016, and Dave Raese, Rotary Club of Morgantown – 2016-2017.
RI CONVENTION EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2017
The 2018 Rotary International Convention will be held Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23-27.
To take advantage of early registration savings, be sure to register before December 15 at riconvention.org.
Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes. You’ll learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship. Don’t miss out on the most inspiring convention yet!
WORLD POLIO DAY IS OCTOBER 24, 2017
It’s time to start planning for your club’s World Polio Day event. My Rotary has lots of information to help you get started. Go to My Rotary to find resources and a toolkit for planning. Find more resources at the End Polio Now web site. There are all kinds of different ideas. It’s a great opportunity to raise money for Polio Plus as well as build Rotary’s public image and attract prospective members.
ROTARY DISTRICTS COLLECT EMERGENCY FUNDS
Rotary clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend. More information can be found here.
2017-2018 DISTRICT GRANT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15
Deadline for District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary year has been extended to September 15, 2017. Remember to review the 2017-2018 District 7530 Terms and Conditions and submit a 2017-2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by your Club’s current President and President-Elect. Send all paperwork to District Foundation Chair, David Raese. If using snail mail, email David Raese for mailing informaton. More information and all grant forms can be found here.
2017-2018 DISTRICT GRANT FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
If your Club is interested in applying for District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary year, review the 2017-2018 District 7530 Terms and Conditions, submit a 2017-2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by your Club’s current President and President-Elect, and send to District Foundation Chair, David Raese. More information and all grant forms can be found here.
AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, its members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Discover new ideas to help spread the word about Rotary.
RLI SCHEDULED for SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 in MORGANTOWN
Here’s an opportunity to either begin your Rotary Leadership Institute training with RLI Part I, or strengthen that training with Part II or Part III.
An RLI is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 in Morgantown at the Mountainlair Student Union of West Virginia University. The Mountainlair is located at 1550 University Avenue in Morgantown, WV 26506.
Payment of $95 must be made at time of registration for registration to be confirmed. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and Breaks are included and Sessions conclude at 4:30 p.m.
Online reservations end 8/20/2017.
Registration: Day and Place of Seminar begins 8:30 a.m.
Sessions begin at 9 a.m.
2018 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Twenty-five members from District 7530 attended the International Conference in Atlanta, June 10-14, 2017. Let’s send more than 25 to Toronto! Please check out the 2018 Rotary International Convention.
FROM THE ROTARIAN
Some disturbing facts from The Rotarian. It is estimated that 422 million adults worldwide had diabetes in 2014, nearly quadruple the amount who had it in 1980. This will be a hard problem to solve since it can’t be stopped with a simple vaccination. It will take education and changes in diet to curb the disease. Making it even tougher is the fact that the food industry must change as well, to not make it so easy to acquire foods and drinks that lead to the disease.
New cases of polio reported in 2016 was 26.
That’s 14 in Pakistan, 9 in Afghanistan, and the 3 that were reported in Nigeria, bumping it off the polio-free list. Last year, there were 74 new cases, so it still looks like we’re bringing that number down closer and closer to the Big Zero. Don’t forget, World Polio Day is Tuesday, Oct. 24 and clubs are encouraged to thump the tubs to raise awareness about Rotary’s mission to end polio. Remember, many young people are unaware of polio. So it is important that we get the word out. For ideas, go to https://www.endpolio.org.