The District Dispatch

 

The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

March Edition

Important Note: Deadline for district newsletter submissions is the 25th of each month.
The newsletter will be distributed by the first full week of the month.

District Governor's Message

Literacy is a Key to Peace

Dear Rotarians,

As part of my presentation to the clubs around our District, I asked you to imagine that we could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people and maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, what the composition of that village would look like.  Eighty people out of the 100 would live in poverty, 70 people would be illiterate, 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and only one would have a university degree.  There is a very strong correlation between the level of literacy one has and the state of one’s economic and health status.  We take literacy for granted.  However, if you can read this you are extremely lucky, because you are not part of the more than two billion people who can’t read anything at all. 

Literacy is so important that in 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace.  According to Rotary International, more than half of the world’s 34,000 Rotary Clubs are working on some project to improve literacy for primary, vocational, and adult learners as well as teacher training.  The Rotary Foundation’s mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will, improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  To accomplish this mission, The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus, one of which is basic education and literacy.  The money we give to our Rotary Foundation helps to promote basic education and literacy by (1) insuring that children have access to quality basic education; (2) reducing gender disparity in education; (3) increasing adult literacy; (4) strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy; and (5) supporting studies related to basic education and literacy.

With such importance being placed on literacy, Rotary International has designated March as “Rotary Literacy Month”.  Some Rotary clubs raise funds for schools or libraries, or for other literacy-promoting organizations.  Many clubs take part in a reading program called “Rotary Readers”, in which a rotary member spends time in a classroom with a designated student and reads one-on-one with them.  Other Rotary clubs participate in book donations, both locally and internationally.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse, through its Brain Game project, addresses early childhood literacy.  The Brain Game is a user-friendly parental resource book on infant and early childhood brain development.  This educational guide explains to parents and other adults involved with young children why and how their child is learning and developing.  It is in the first three years of a child’s life that the foundation for literacy is established.  The book includes specific activities, songs, and suggested behaviors that the parents can engage in to help foster their child’s intellectual and social development.  The Rotary Club of La Crosse provides this resource at no cost to parents of newborns in La Crosse and this Community Service Project has been adopted by other Rotary clubs as well.  You can find out more at www.lacrosserotarybraingame.org and www.rotarycluboflacrosse.org

What is your club doing to promote literacy, either locally or internationally?  During the month of March, I’m asking every club to evaluate what it is doing to promote literacy.  If your club is not already involved in some type of literacy project, I am encouraging you to explore the many options available to you to join Rotary’s efforts to promote literacy.  A more literate world will more likely be a more peaceful one.  Give a child the gift of literacy and help give the world the gift of peace.
 

All the best, 

Chuck Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements
 

Changemaker Award and Presidential Citation Deadlines

RI President Kalyan Banerjee has challenged all clubs to qualify for two special award programs during 2011-12: the Changemaker Award and the Presidential Citation. Please review the following information and ensure that your clubs are on track to meet this challenge.

Changemaker Award
Deadline: 15 March 2012

To qualify for the Changemaker Award, clubs must complete a minimum number of activities in each of the five avenues of service. Rotaract and Interact clubs may also qualify for this award, and I hope you will encourage your partners in service to participate.

Information on the Changemaker Award can be found at www.rotary.org/awards.  For your convenience, here are direct links to the brochures and certification forms for Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs, and Interact clubs. Please note that these are writeable PDF forms that can be saved and emailed as an attachment.

• Rotary clubs: http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/900b_en11.pdf 
• Rotaract clubs: http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/changemaker_rotaract_en.pdf
• Interact clubs: http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/changemaker_interact_en.pdf

2012 Rotary International Convention
Bangkok, Thailand

Watch the 2012 Convention video above! For more information visit the Rotary Convention Website.

Club presidents should submit completed forms for their clubs, as well as any Rotaract and Interact clubs, to my attention no later than 15 March 2012. Please make special note of this early deadline, as late submissions will not be accepted. Also, please be sure to send your forms directly to me, as forms submitted to Rotary International will not be processed.

For questions about the Changemaker Award, please refer to the following resources:

• Read frequently asked questions and answers: http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/changemaker_award_faq_en.pdf
• Contact RI staff at riawards@rotary.org

Presidential Citation
Deadline: 6 April 2012

To qualify for the Presidential Citation clubs must achieve goals in both Foundation giving and membership development.  Only Rotary clubs will be eligible for this award.

Information about the Presidential Citation can be found at http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/900a_en11.pdf.

The Citation guidelines are currently posted to this page.  The club and district certification forms will be posted to this page on or before 15 March.  Club presidents should submit certification forms to my attention by 6 April.  Do not send these forms directly to Rotary International, they will not be processed.

Questions about the Presidential Citation can be sent to membershipawards@rotary.org.

Thank you for your hard work this year.  These two award programs are a great way to guide and evaluate our efforts and I look forward to sharing our district’s accomplishments with President Banerjee in March and April.

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District Welcomes New Club to Onalaska

The newest Rotary Club in District 6250 was welcomed into our district at a chartering dinner on Wednesday, February 29th.  Over 100 Rotarians and guests were in attendance at the event at the      La Crosse Country Club including Past District Governors, Sharon Imes, Mary Beth Growney Selene and Alan Selene, Hal Keitel and Dean Dickinson as well as the current district leadership, District Governor Chuck Hanson, DGE Rob Stroud, DGN Dean Ryerson and DGNN Dave Warren. 

Click the image above to view the slideshow.

District Governor Chuck Hanson presented the club charter to the club president, Gary Luecke and thirty seven chartering members received their charter member certificates and lapel pins.  Mary Beth Growney Selene, Rotary International Board Member Nominee,  shared a message that focused on the wonderful traditions of Rotary as she pointed out what Rotary is and why membership in Rotary is both a privilege and an opportunity to make a difference, in our communities and in the world.  Janie Spencer, special representative to the club presided as Mistress of Ceremonies. 

The district leadership provided the official club bell and gavel and each of the other eight clubs in the area presented gifts that included the club banner, Four Way Test banner, lapel pins and charter member badges.  It was a great Rotary night. 

 

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Rotary Heroes

District Governor Chuck Hanson wishes to honor Rotary Heroes from each club at our District Conference this coming June.  Honoring Rotary Heroes will be a meaningful and motivating part of the District Conference and we strongly encourage every club to participate. Assistant Governors in consultation with club presidents are asked to designate a club contact for the Rotary Heroes project. The club contact will be responsible for developing a selection process and choosing a Rotary Hero from their club.

Every club has many Rotary Heroes and the challenge will be to choose just one. Look for Rotarians that model “Service above Self” both in their club and in their community. You may want to honor a Rotarian who has recently outdone themselves. Perhaps you want to honor a senior member for many years of service. The only requirement is that your honoree be a Rotarian.

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Group Study Exchange Team Heads to Australia District 9640

After months of orientation and gathering of information, our 6250 Group Study Exchange Team is preparing for the departure date of March 13th from the La Crosse Airport.  The Team, consisting of five members, will be led by Rotarian Juli Mor from the Wisconsin Dells Rotary Club.  The Club will be sponsoring her during this exciting adventure.

Non-Rotarian Team members are:

Frank Garritano - Sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Crosse Sarah Kinnard - Sponsored by the Menomonie Rotary Club Kjerstin Lang - Sponsored by the Valley View Rotary Club of La Crosse Jennifer Shermo - Sponsored by the Marshfield Noon Rotary Club

The Team will spend most of their time on the Gold Coast of Australia in District 9640.  They will return home on April 16th.  District 6250 Rotarians will have the opportunity to hear their report at the District Conference on June 8 and 9 in La Crosse.

Their goals include learning more about each of their professions/careers in a different country as well as learning a great deal about Australia and their culture.

The Team has also decided to create a project that both the Australian Team and the 6250 Team can work together on that will benefit fire stations in Thailand.  (Please see article in this news letter.)

Questions about our Group Study Exchange program can be directed to
District Chair Tom Marshall at:    Tom@webmonger.net


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Rotarians at Work

Two years ago we initiated Rotarians at Work into our district as we joined with over forty other districts in one united day of community service.  In those two years over 1600 Rotarians have participated and each year thirty or more clubs have been involved.  Has your club identified a community service project that you can work on as a part of Rotarians at Work Day on Saturday, April 28th, 2012?  If you read the articles provide by the President of Rotary International, Kalyan Banergee, in both the October and the December issues of The Rotarian you will recall that he pointed out how important it is to Rotary that we include our families in the Rotary experience.  With that in mind let’s ask our non-Rotarian spouses and children to join with us as we provide community service and promote the presence of Rotary in our respective communities.  This is the second call for involvement.  It won’t be the last.  Please, once your club has committed to participate, has identified a project and determined the number who will be participating, send that information along to the District Chair for Rotarians at Work.

Dean Dickinson
logan63@aol.com

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A Winter Experience for District Inbound and Outbound Students

Well, our inbound and new outbound students had a great time a few weeks ago. The Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary club hosted them all for a wonderful winter weekend. Students skied, some for the first time, had a lock-in at the YMCA and even fit in time for a small service project. Students made over 25 scarves to deliver to homeless families. The winter weekend is the start of our orientation for next year’s outbounds as they got to meet our inbound students and discuss what it is like being an exchange student. Thanks, Wisconsin Rapids Rotary for all your work in putting this together. Special thanks to our Assistant Youth Exchange Chair, Linda Buchs-Hammonds for making this happen. See the pictures from our weekend. 

 

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Rotary’s 12th Annual Ethics Symposium

By Sharyn Alden

When more than 200 students from 17 area high schools gathered at the Monona Terrace, they were part of history in the making. They were participating in Rotary’s 12th annual, nothing-quite-like ethical decision making symposium that provided interesting and compelling topics that tackled the big question, “What would you do in this situation?”
 
As a volunteer at past Symposiums (PR Chair of this year’s event), I had not yet had the privilege of sitting in one of the roundtable discussions expertly guided by area leaders who had expertise in specific topics at hand. 
 
I decided to sit in on Ethics in Advertising guided by discussion group leader, Jim Armstrong, founder of Good for Business.    The hypothetical case study involved a domestic violence shelter which was hosting an annual fundraiser event to raise desperately needed funds for its shelter.  The dilemma presented was this: a sponsor with deep pockets came forward, a liquor distributor who wanted to promote a new brew while also promoting the shelter’s fundraiser. But the high school students attending this session also learned that some studies have found alcohol is linked to domestic abuse between 80-90 percent of the time and that women are more likely (about 95 percent) to be victims.
 
The primary ethical question that needed to be answered was this:  Should the domestic violence shelter accept the liquor company’s sponsorship?  The students broke into small groups to discus the situation and apply the Five Approaches to ethical decision making discussed earlier that morning during the opening welcome presentation.
 
My small group of five students quickly drew the conclusion that it would be hypocritical to take the sponsorship and might in fact deter other sponsors from contributing to the event once they learned of the alcohol distributor’s sponsorship. T
 
The full group discussion followed and involved about 20 students who came to nearly the same decision with the vast majority in agreement with my group.
 
Interestingly, Armstrong had kept track of how all three groups (ours was the last group of the morning) had previously voted. The first group that sat in on Ethics in Advertising that day had a completely different consensus than our group. Their majority voted to take the sponsorship while the second group of the morning resulted in a more mixed vote.
 
What did I learn from this?  This one group discussion on one topic might be a good example of how we all look at decision making. Clearly, there is no one way of examining a topic and coming to the same conclusion.
 
The votes of the numerous teens who attended these three Ethics in Advertising sessions proved just that.  And that alone, is a compelling reason why the Rotary Club of Madison’s annual Ethics Symposium is an excellent resource for helping future leaders better prepare for ethical decision making.

Click here to read the full article including the 12 topics and presenters and read what the students had to say about the event.

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Valuable Information from the Zone 28 Foundation Newsletter

Click here to view the latest information from the Zone 28 Foundation Newsletter.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program Dates Announced

The 2012 RYLA Camp for high school students is set for May 11 - 13 at Upham Woods Environmental Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells. Visit http://www.rotary6250.org/ryla  for registration forms and information.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
• Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
• Encourage leadership of youth by youth
• Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
"RYLA gave me the opportunity to participate in a character building program which focused on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. Utilizing adventure, personal commitments and shared insights, I gained an increased sense of confidence in myself and learned how to work as a team. It Was A Life-Changing Event!" .... 2011 Student Participant.

Take this opportunity to change a young student's life in your area today!
Call or e-mail Jeff Odom. RYLA Chair.  608-792-7084 or odomj@preit.com

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India Removed from Polio-Endemic List

The World Health Organization has officially removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India's minister of Health and Family Welfare, made the announcement at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi on 25 February. Azad said that he had been informed of WHO’s action by its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan.
 
"It is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country," said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the summit, which was organized by the government of India and Rotary International. "This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays."
 
India's last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. Before polio eradication can be certified in India, it must go two more years without another case of the disease. Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
 
Click here to read full report.

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Do you have an upcoming Club Event or accomplishment that you would like to announce? Send your pre-written article to: rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com.

 

Waunakee Rotary Club Gives Scholarships a Boost

Over the years, hundreds of Waunakee High School seniors have gotten a little help with their college tuition, thanks to the local Rotary Club.

Each year, the club offers four Waunakee “Rotary Foundation Service to Humanity” Scholarships.  This year, scholarship recipients will receive more help than ever with their college tuition.  "College tuition has gone up so much we increased the amount to $1, 500 dollars," said Lori Derauf, who serves on the club's youth and vocational service committee.

Derauf said initially, the club gave two $1,000 scholarships then several years ago increased the number to four. This is the first year that four Waunakee High School seniors will receive the increased amount of $1,500 for their scholarship awards.

Derauf said the committee's biggest hurdle is receiving an ample number of applications. The committee members hope to get the word out to parents so they can encourage their students to apply, she said.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must plan to attend a college or technical school. The applications ask students to explain their service, community and fellowship, their involvement in the school district, their future goals and how the scholarship will help the student achieve them.

Scholarship applications are available at the high school guidance office or on the club website  http://waunakeerotary.com .

Students receiving the scholarships are required to attend the May 24 Rotary meeting to address the club. 

The Waunakee Rotary Club offers other opportunities for students, as well.  The club sponsors four high school sophomores to the annual Rotary RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), Youth Leadership.  Derauf said the camp is geared toward students looking to develop leadership skills.  The Waunakee Club also sponsors two high school students each year to the weeklong youth “World Affairs Seminar”.

The club also offers and is active in youth exchange, allowing students to study abroad and providing opportunities for international students to study at Waunakee High School.

The Rotary Club's efforts extend internationally, as well. The club collects school supplies from Waunakee’s Prairie Elementary School and sends them to schools in Honduras (along with sporting goods collected by the club). Members also collect gently used books to be sent to schools in the Philippines.

Derauf said the club is always looking for new partnerships to work with young people.

More information about the Waunakee Rotary Club, along with contact information, is available on the website:   http://www.waunakeerotary.org

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Oregon Rotary Supports Mission Trip to Haiti
 

On Tuesday February 28th a young Oregon high school junior, Ryan McGuine attended one of Oregon’s Rotary morning meetings to discuss the possibility of requesting funds for his Haiti mission trip planned, in December 2012. Ryan discussed a group of about 20 Oregon-area residents will be traveling to Haiti on a week¬long missions trip to help with construction and other projects at Eben-Ezer Orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti. Initiated by Ryan McGuine and with the assistance of Sister Ruth at his parish, Holy Mother of Consolation Church both Ryan and other community members have been moved towards compassion by Haiti’s continual misfortune. 7.0 earthquake with 316,000 people dying and 1,000,000 people were made homeless, hurricanes and other natural disasters Ryan expressed his desire to started fundraising to assist those less fortunate.  Ryan expressed during his missions trip his team intends to clean up yard-work and participate in light construction work.  His group is planning fundraisers to help cover both the cost of travel as well as supplies needed for the projects to be completed.

Rotary would like to congratulate Ryan on his efforts by helping to contribute to his expenses.  If you are able to donate, or would like additional information, please contact Sister Ruth Battaglia at (608) 835-5763, hmocpm@charter.net or Rotarian Derek Schneider for more information on how to contribute.

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Madison South Recognizes 18 for Paul Harris Fellow 

The Rotary Club of Madison South at its regular meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012 celebrated Rotary’s 107th anniversary holding a special Paul Harris Day celebration.  Club President Alan Selene presented two new Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to Tara Ingalls and Michael Dillis for their personal support of The Rotary Foundation. 

Also recognized were 14 additional individuals who had reached the next level of giving.  A total of 2 PHF +1, 3 PHF +2, 6 PHF +3, 2 PHF +4 and a PHF +6 were presented.  Those receiving recognition were:  Kay Stevens, Robert Vanden Burgt, Donita St. Marie, Bill Rock, Christopher Yesbeck, Lisa Gits, Shawn Fischer, Gary Karner, Bill Mundt, Richard Rehberg, Larry Baeder, Robert Mucci, Jacquelyn See and Theodore “Ted” See.  Also recognized were Paul Harris Society members Randy Sproule and Rob Gooze.  Randy Sproule and Rob and Mary Gooze were also recognized as Major Donors.

District 6250 Governor Elect Rob Stroud, Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator and Rotary International Director Nominee Mary Beth Growney Selene and club Foundation Chair Shawn Fischer took part in the program.

Happy Birthday Rotary and Thank You Paul Harris.
 
 

Fish for Smiles - A Madison South Service Project

It all started with Madison South Rotary Club member, Aaron Frank, when his family gave his grandmother a fish to have in her room at an assisted living facility.  Aaron was surprised at how much joy a little fish could add to her day.  Aaron is one to take a good idea and make it grow so he pitched the idea to the club that we spread the joy by setting up fish tanks in assisted living or nursing home facilities.   The procurement of a donation of thousands of fish tanks and a way to ship and store the tanks really gave the project momentum.  A couple of committee meetings and sign-up sheets later and the project was rolling.  A Rotarian also arranged for Beta fish to be purchased at a discount from an Animart pet store.  Starting at one facility we experimented with how to structure the program.  Fish for Smiles evolved from a team of Rotarians responsible for one resident’s fish tank to a team leader for 4 fish tanks who recruits Red Badgers to go with him/her to clean tanks and socialize.  The tanks need to be cleaned every 4 – 6 weeks and one Rotarian can clean four tanks in one hour.  When the tanks are being cleaned it is a great opportunity to talk with the resident.  It is wonderful to learn that they have named their fish and love watching the fish swim around.  What a great low maintenance companion! 

Fish for Smiles has wonderful potential as a service project for Rotary clubs.  It can be organized to not require too much time for busy Rotarians yet it brings much joy to the recipients.  Because we have so many tanks and the fish are inexpensive it is a sustainable project.  Madison South’s goal is to expand Fish for Smiles to more facilities in Madison.  We are also exploring whether Boys and Girls Clubs or other neighborhood centers would want fish tanks.  There are many ways to grow this project and bring more smiles to people in our community.

Madison South Rotary would love to help other Rotary clubs bring Fish for Smiles to their community.  We have tanks to donate and can provide guidance on how to set up the project and handle the logistics such as the required facility background checks, etc.  For more information on Fish for Smiles, contact Kay Stevens at kes1106@gmail.com or 608-217-5428. 


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Granton Rotary Recap

Granton Rotary had a very active and fun filled third quarter in 2011.  We were honored to host the newly elected Rotary District Governor, Mr. Chuck Hanson on July 11th.   He attended our fellowship dinner and gave a very good presentation on this year’s Rotary goals.  One of the major goals is to continue the eradication of polio throughout the world.  

August 16th was our “Back to the Twenties” night.  Our program started off with the club honoring Mr. David Lavey upon his retirement from the Granton Rotary club.  Mr. Lavey retired after 54 years of unselfish and dedicated service to Granton Rotary.   Also, Mrs. Jeanette Steiner, Granton Rotary Secretary, presented a copy of her recently published cookbook to president Chadwick. After this, she was kind enough to give a copy to each Granton Rotarian.  The evening ended with Rotarians being given rides in a beautifully restored 1929 Ford Model T, Tudor automobile, owned by Granton rotary Treasurer, Mr. Ron Webster.  As can be seen from the photo, all had a good time.(photo 0005).  Don’t you just love those clothes??

August 23th was our annual Paul Harris Award Banquet.  This year’s recipient is Loretta Dunn, known as Lorrie.  Her award was presented by the District’s Assistant Governor, Bob Trussoni. She is pictured with Mr. Trussoni and with her Paul Harris Fellows from Granton rotary.  Mr. Trusonni is a member of the Marshfield Sunrise rotary Club.  This year’s dinner and award presentation were conducted by candle light due to the tornado that went through the county earlier in the evening.

September, of course is Fall Festival in Granton.  The Rotary club sponsors the “Honored Citizen” for this activity.  On September 6th, this year’s honored citizens, Dale and CJ Wesenberger, were guests for our fellowship dinner and meeting.  They are shown with Granton Rotarian and Granton School teacher Mrs. Annette Woller.

Granton Rotary meets every Tuesday evening at the Southern Clark County Sportsmen Club.  Meals start at 5:55 PM and meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

  

 
 

An After Christmas Message

Written by Lindsey Buswell-Cleary

With the holidays coming, it is all too easy to get wrapped up in obligations and schedules. Finding time to fit in all the parties, sending cards, planning meals, cleaning and decorating, hunting the stores, catalogs or internet for the perfect gift for everyone can be exhausting. Do we go to your parents for Thanksgiving or mine? Then what do we do for Christmas so no one is disappointed? We spend so much time trying to fit everything in we never get a chance to enjoy what we’re doing at the moment and everyone ends up stressed.  Rotary International president Kaylan Banerjee set the theme this year for Rotary. “Reach within to embrace humanity.” In his remarks he focused on a few things. One…that any good work one does starts at home. “The family and the home are at the core of all our work – all our service begins here.” Another was change. “We must understand that true change can only begin with each of us, and start within us. We cannot share peace with others if we do not have it to give.”

This got me thinking. How can I foster a sense of peace and well being in my home, so that my family and I can give to others? I realize that I don’t need to overhaul my whole life. I’m no saint, but I can make small changes that can make a big difference.Mostly, it is a change of thought. Will anyone really care that my Thanksgiving offering doesn’t look or taste anything like the cover of a Martha Stewart magazine? No, especially if it is made with love and affection. As much as we love the food on our tables, it is secondary when compared to those who sit around them.

Appreciating the moment I’m in without thinking about what I have to do next. It is all too easy to preoccupy ourselves with all of our obligations at the expense of the moment which we are in.  We should all take the time to enjoy the hilarity and sweetness of a preschool holiday program rather than worrying about what we need from the grocery store afterward.
 
And, if we’re going to change our perspective on the holidays, why not change how we celebrate them. Is changing a holiday tradition easy?  Certainly not, but it is worth it if the change is meaningful. Why not do something different and visit a nursing home and sing carols as a family, or volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen for a day. The meaning of the holidays will be made clearer than they could be by any gift.
And, speaking of presents, many of us don’t need more “stuff.” Much of it gets returned or stuck in a closet, anyway. Instead of struggling to find the perfect gift this year, why not consider donating to a charity that your loved one supports. It really put the season in perspective for me when I received a card stating a school for deaf children in Uganda now has clean water due in part to my  contribution. When buying gifts for children’s friends or family take them along and ask them to pick out a gift for Toys for Tots. Or let them help purchase items for a family from the “Angel Tree” at their school or church. Children love to help.
 
Last year my three-year old son accumulated a mountain of gifts from well-meaning friends and family. There was no way he could keep track of, play with, or appreciate them all. I asked him to choose a few of his favorite gifts to keep, and then we decided it would be a good idea to give the rest to kids who didn’t have any gifts for Christmas or kids who were sick. I took him along as we went to his preschool and to the hospital to donate the gifts. When we were finished he asked if we could get some more to give away. He wanted to make sure everyone had a present. He said: “I have too many.”  It’s remarkable how children have a wonderful sense of fairness and generosity, and I believe we can all learn from them in this regard..
 
Since joining Rotary, I now have a built-in pathway to help my neighbors, my community, my country and beyond. I feel good about the work we do and have found kindred spirits in my fellow Rotarians. Now, the desire I have to serve and contribute in a meaningful way to society is joined by others and honed so that what I do really does make a difference. This holiday season, why not tap your skills and talents to help others.  The gifts you give will be returned to you.

       

     “Reach within to embrace humanity.” I can’t think of a better holiday message.
 

 

RI News

The Rotarian Magazine

The Rotarian Magazine is our link to the greater Rotary world. The pictures and stories tell us of the wonderful work that is being done, in and through Rotary, to make the world a better, safer and a more peaceful place…all because we are advancing the key elements of social justice, health projects, and educational opportunity and alleviating the dire effects of poverty.

A person is not free if they are hungry. A man is not free when he has to watch his children die because of the lack of clean water or adequate food. A mother will not be free if her sick child cannot receive medical care and when people are not free they will seek social justice even if it means going to war to achieve it.

Our magazine, paid for in our RI dues, is not junk mail. It makes you and me “literate” in the great story of Rotary. Read it. Share it with others. Drop it off in a public area where literature is offered, a dentist's reception area, the waiting room at your local hospital or when you go to your accountant's office to pick up your tax filings. Plant the seeds of Rotary by sharing our great story.

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Update on Annual Giving

New RI Foundation Donation Forms

Club executive members can now download a Multiple Donor Form that is pre-populated (filled out) with details of club members including their ID number. This form is on Rotary.org at member access. Club presidents and club secretaries have access to this form. Also club treasurers and club Rotary Foundation chairs can get this form if they have been registered on member access by the president or secretary. Select the club members who have donated and add the amount of each donation. The new form makes it easy to forward donations from a group of club members who contribute weekly, quarterly, etc. More Info.

 

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Foundation Reports

Each club in District 6250 has established a foundation goal and the question is how are the clubs going about the achieving those goals? Have each of the clubs done an every member enrollment? Successful clubs take the time to ask each member to make a pledge commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Fulfilling that pledge might involve a quarterly billing by the club secretary/treasurer or participating in the direct deposit transfer from the Rotarians checking account to the RI Foundation account or it might mean a monthly charge to a credit card. Successful clubs establish a process that allows their members to both make and fulfill the commitment.


Click here to view the updated Club Goals Report!

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Attendance Report

Reporting Tool for District Attendance

Check out the reporting tool for District Attendance!

Clubs can view each month’s attendance in a visual graph. Also Club Secretary’s can request access to update their information directly online!

Click here to submit your club's attendance report

Click here to see the full Attendance Report.

 

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