District News and Updates

GIVE THE GIFT OF ROTARY

Give the Gift that will do good in the World!

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.

Past District 7530 Governors (left to right): Dennis Shreve, (Harrison County – 1997-1998), ‘Jack’ Porter, (Morgantown –1999-2000), Mary Dean, (Buckhannon – 2000-2001), Dr. Subramoniam Jayakumar, (Weirton – 2005-2006), Michael Ellington, (Morgantown – 2014-2015), Mike Kirkpatrick, (Cheat Lake – 2015-2016), and Dave Raese, (Morgantown – 2016-2017).

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.

 CALL FOR CLUB NOMINATIONS FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2020-2021
Nominations of candidates to serve as District Governor in 2020-2021 are due to incoming District Governor Mike Davidson on or before December 31, 2017. Any club may nominate a candidate who is a member of that club or a member of another club (with the club’s concurrence). Candidate interviews will be held during the month of January, 2018. Candidate Qualifications:  The RI 2016 Manual of Procedure spells out the qualifications for candidates (RI Bylaws, Article 16.070, pp. 70‐72). The qualifications are summarized in the “Call for Nominations” file to be found atDownloads“.

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 7530 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
The 2018 District Conference is scheduled for April 27-29, 2018 in Weirton, West Virginia.
Mark your calendars now!

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.