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It's Not Your Father's Rotary:
Council on Legislation Adopts Sweeping Changes
Every 3 years Rotary International convenes a Council on Legislation to consider proposed enactments and resolutions. These may originate from Rotary Clubs, from the RI Board of Directors, or from the Foundation Board of Trustees. It is a notoriously conservative group, one that does not easily embrace change. It took decades to approve a fifth Avenue of Service (Youth Services), for example. This year was different. All the conventional wisdom was wrong, and the council enacted dramatic changes to the way clubs may function. Some examples: No more required weekly meetings, no more required attendance, no requirement that members be persons with discretionary authority in their businesses. It's a new world of Rotary, one that the council and RI Board hope will spur membership growth. Times have changed, and Rotary is changing, too. The District 5500 representative was Past District Governor Michael Drake. He has prepared a summary of the council's enactments and resolutions, and this summary is being disseminated throughout the Western US. It is worth your while to take time to read this summary. You will be stunned by the magnitude of the change. You can access it here:
Rotary Days Celebration at Triangle Y YMCA Ranch Camp A Success
By Dave Gallaher, Rotary Club of Tucson
The Rotary Club of Tucson invited all of the Tucson area Rotary Clubs to participate in a “Rotary Days” celebration with a work project at the Triangle Y YMCA Ranch Camp, located six miles from the town of Oracle on the back side of Mt. Lemmon road. Six clubs participated, and non Rotarians and families participated also. More than 75 volunteers (53 Rotarians) showed up Saturday, April 23 to perform painting and masonry and a lot of landscaping. The Ranch staff had never seen such a large group of volunteers. The group worked hard and made a huge impact on getting the Camp ready for their June opening. “We completely underestimated the numbers of volunteers for this project and we are grateful to all those people who worked on Saturday,” according to Dave Gallaher, Rotary Club of Tucson who along with Dave White co-chaired and planned the project.
Several Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson and the University Rotaract Club spent the night at camp in the many lodge and cabin facilities that are a part of the Camp. The group cooked a steak dinner and had a nice time watching the full moon light up the desert sky. We got lucky with a slightly cooler day on Saturday and the group of volunteers painted two groups of four cabins and treated vigas and all things wood. The group also painted the pool bath house facility that was in a sore need of being fixed up. With five weed eaters and 30 landscapers pruning, the place looks great.
SaddleBrooke Sunrise takes the prize for the largest Club contingent followed by the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Tucson, and the University Rotaract Club. Six clubs were represented.
The Ranch has been serving underprivileged kids of southern Arizona since 1948. More than 80% of the camp attendees are on scholarship and are unable to pay the $450 cost of a week at camp. You can read about the ongoing fundraising effort weekly in the Arizona Daily Star with their updates on the Arizona Sportsmen’s Send A Kid To Camp Fund. The Ranch sends their many thanks for the help of Rotarians and volunteers on April 23. Next year’s project is all ready being planned and scheduled and hopefully Rotarians and their friends and families can take over the entire facility. The facilities are very nice and clean and comfortable and affordable.
Final 2015-16 Grant Management Webinar June 18
District 5500 will hold a Grant Management Webinar on Saturday, June 18, from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Every club that wants to participate in Rotary Foundation grants during the 2016-17 Rotary year must have two members attend a Grant Management Seminar or Webinar during the CURRENT (2015-16) Rotary year.
IMPORTANT! You must attend the entire webinar to get credit! This is the final training session for this year.
The webinar covers the application process for both District and Global Grants, grant management, eligibility requirements, conflict of interest and needs assessments.
The first seminar was a live event held at the District Conference in the fall.
Here is how to register:
Saturday, June 18, 8:00-9:30 AM: Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Dear District 5500 Rotarians -
As you have heard me say during my club visits, Rotary is changing, and we need to change with it. There are some interesting changes you need to know about.
Merger. In an effort to consolidate Rotary in Arizona, 5510 will merge with 5490 by July 2017. Our district, 5500, will not be affected. Joint activities In the interim, it makes sense for the three districts to look at opportunities for better management, consolidation, and teamwork. Task forces have been established with representatives from each district to develop new tools for cooperation. These include youth programs, membership, public image, training, and technology projects. We also will be looking at joint projects such as the Mexican-American friendship program.
PETS. The President-Elect training has been a tri-district program for some years. Our district has been looking for an approach that is more cost-effective and better suits our needs. At the suggestion of RI Director Brad Howard, we investigated the Southern California (SOCAL) PETS, which includes six districts. PDG Randy Brooks attended it last year and DGN Joe Hentges this year. After a detailed comparison and evaluation, your Board has unanimously agreed to partner with the SOCAL PETS, beginning February 2018. More details will follow.
Strategic Planning. Any successful organization must do long-range planning. PDG Ernie Montagne developed the district’s most recent long range plan in 2010. On May 15th, the leaders of the district, together with PRID Phil Silvers, will gather to revise our plan. It is my hope that we will look at District 5500 in a fresh, positive way and ask ourselves:
- “What do we want our actions to make possible? Possible for whom? What would 100% success look like?”
- “What conditions outside our immediate control would lead to that success?”
- “What conditions must be in place for us internally, to be able to influence those external conditions?”
- “What actions will trip the levers to create those conditions?”*
*These questions were developed by Hildy Gottlieb in her Catalytic Thinking course.
Social Media. This is the first year for our district to have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Under the management of Pauline Hechler, the pages offer real time methods of communication; we hope you are finding them useful. It is a new way of communication, and it is the future. Contribute and enjoy it.
Achievements. Congratulations to Gary Hirsh and the El Tour Committee for raising $14 million for polio! Their booth will be displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul.
Centennial Fund. DGND Kirk Reed has announced that we have $3.1 million of our $5 million Foundation goal in the bank. We plan, with your help, to reach the goal by June 2017.
District Interact Groups. We have chartered five (5) Interact clubs this year. Congratulations to Raina Ofori for her outstanding work with our clubs and youth programs.
The district is working hard to get “more hands on deck.” We know it’s important to you and your clubs to grow larger and stronger, and we want to help. Some new types of membership are being tested. Let me know if you want to reach out to your community in a new way. We will assist you in your efforts.
Yours in Rotary,
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DISTRICT 5500 CLUB OFFICER TRAINING SEMINARS/ASSEMBLIES
What would you rather be doing between 8:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on any one of these Saturdays: 04/02/16, 04/09/16, 04/16/16 or 05/14/16, than attending the EXCITING, NEW, DIFFERENT AND FUN District 5500 Club Officer Training Seminar/Club Assembly?
That’s correct, you have to attend only one of the four—each is the same seminar in different locations. See the times and locations here. Register here.
Yes, you are right—you would rather be learning about how to help your club be fun, active, energetic and successful; how to recruit and retain new members with giving those members a fun orientation; and teaching about Rotary Central; and looking at our Rotary Foundation as it turns 100 years young.
Secretaries and treasurers: do you want a new adventure? Come and hear how your job can be made easier as you participate in your own training given by men and women who have expertise and knowledge in these areas.
DON’T BE LEFT OUT—YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO ATTEND AND YOU KNOW YOU WANT YOUR CLUB OFFICERS TO ATTEND.
BIG NEWS: A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW WILL BE AWARDED AT EACH OF THE FOUR ASSEMBLIES/COTS—SIERRA VISTA, TUCSON, MARICOPA AND YUMA. Each attendee who is not already a full Paul Harris Fellow will be given a raffle ticket and at the end of each of the four seminars, a lucky attendee will be awarded a Paul Harris. Note: you must be in attendance to win and not already a one-time Paul Harris Fellow! You’ve got to be in it to win it!
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