- New Rotarians Light Up Rotary
Last month we celebrated the induction of a total of 44 new Rotarians. Well, keep the party going as we have now hit a total of 57 new Rotarians. I want to congratulate the 20 clubs that have welcomed new Rotarians to their clubs. I am confident all 37 clubs will follow through on their goals and achieve a positive membership growth.
This is exactly what “Light Up Rotary” is all about. Instead of sitting on your hands and doing nothing, you have engaged your members and recruited new ones. Now the task is to get them involved and keep them involved. As I have conducted my official visits, it has been a real joy to witness and participate in the induction of new members. Keep it Up! Our District Membership Committee, led by PDG Abe Feder, is ready to help you achieve your goals.
- Ethics Seminar
On Saturday, September 27th an Ethics Seminar was conducted here in Phoenix. Several Rotarians from our district participated in this initiative. This program has expanded with the intent of providing a guide in which Rotarians could build their own curriculum to meet the specific needs of Rotary projects, Clubs and Districts. The original emphasis was targeted for two Youth Services Programs (Interact and RYLA), but it soon became clear that the information and educational materials could be utilized throughout Rotary.
The critical core values of the Ethics Initiative focus on two groups: 1) six universal ethical values – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship and 2) six practical values and attributes that help to accomplish goals and/or achieve success (service, friendship, goodwill, perseverance, moral courage, and self-discipline). For more information on this subject contact John Wintersteen, our District Ethics Officer.
- Grand Canyon Trip
The Grand Canyon Trip, scheduled for 9 – 12 October, is just around the corner. This year the Exchange students from all 3 Arizona Districts will join Chuck Flint and other district leaders and youth in this exciting adventure to one of the Wonders of the World. There is still time to register, but do it NOW. Call Chuck.
- Mexican – American Conference and Friendship Exchange
Again this year District 5510 will be joining with other dedicated Rotarians from 5490, 5500 and Rotarians in Mexico to pursue Grants to be conducted in Mexico and Arizona. This Mexican – American Conference and Friendship Exchange will be conducted 30 October – 4 November in Cuernavaca, Mexico
See: www.visitmexico.com/en/cuernavaca For more information contact PDG Abe Feder
- Tri-District Foundation Seminar
Our Tri-District Foundation leaders are promising an invigorating Foundation Day on 8 November. You will have the opportunity to engage in an Open forum, with John Osterlund, General Manager of TRF and Aaron Zeichner, from the Gates Foundation. Additionally, there will be a session on Foundation 101 that will benefit more experienced and new Rotarians alike. There is also a session titled Painting with Maddie, which is an opportunity to show your painting skills along side a young girl who has talent and has polio. Proceeds from this session will go to the Polio Eradication Campaign.
These 3 sessions will run concurrently, so select the one you want when you register on line. Lunch will be ready at noon. We will then have presentations from our two keynote speakers, John Osterlund, General Manager of TRF and Aaron Zeichner, from the Gates Foundation. Show your support and come to learn more about The Rotary Foundation. And while you are at it, let’s start putting those contributions to the Annual Fund to work. Don’t wait until the end of the year to submit – send them in now.
- Fall Leadership Conference
Interactors and Rotaractors from all 3 Arizona Districts 5490, 5500 and 5510 will gather at ASU on 9 November for this conference. Interact and Rotaract Leaders from all districts have been busy planning classes and activities. Additionally, PDG Art Harrington is conducting a session for Faculty and Club Advisors to enable them to better serve these youth programs. For more information, contact Youth Services Chair, John Wintersteen and Interact Chair, Howard Adams.
- President-Elect Training Seminar
Start thinking ahead now to have a President-Elect named and identified in the District database as soon as possible. DGE Sherry Mischel is fully engaged in the “Revitalization” of the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), scheduled for 7 – 8 March 2015. It is critical and essential that all PEs be identified now so they will be on distribution for important training documents.
- RI and District Dues
A good deal of emphasis has been placed on remittance of District and RI Dues the past two months. I have been particularly adamant about this, not so much because of the funds involved, but more because of the change in the dues process beginning in January 2015. It will be critical to the invoicing process that the club membership rolls be current and accurate in December 2014. The total number of members at the end of December will be the basis of the invoice sent to each club in January. The old SAR process is gone. RI expects clubs to maintain current and accurate membership rolls. There will be no negotiating the invoice after receipt by the club and payment will be due in 30 days. So I urge you to be prepared. Use the DaCdb profile for your club and keep it up to date – especially during December 2014. More information on this will be provided as December approaches.