Rotary District 5470

Southern Colorado from East to West

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Welcome to Rotary District 5470

As we begin a new Rotary year, I invite you to join us in bringing the hope, service, joy, and resources of Rotary to improve our communities and our world.

Rotary is changing...what isn’t?  Did you “dial“ your phone today (that’s if you know how a dial phone works) or did you text a note to a friend or business?  

I want to be sure all clubs are aware of the new opportunities and new expectations of Rotary.  RI is the “greatest humanitarian and service organization in the world” because of the incredible progress we have made in eradicating Polio and the thousands of other projects led by 33,000 individual Rotary clubs around the world.  The Rotary Foundation consistently receives the highest ratings from nonprofit evaluating organizations because of its very low cost of administration and its transparency to all Rotarians.

#1 Two Rivers Convention Center – Grand Junction
Saturday, April 18 from 8 - 4 pm                                              
Light breakfast & lunch included - $35
 Preceded on Friday, April 17 with Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator Training (Separate Signup) 
Three adjacent hotels - Rotary rate-$99: 
Marriott Spring Hill Suites Grand Junction
Hampton Inn Grand Junction Downtown
Marriott Downtown Fairfield Inn Suites 
#2 Pueblo Convention Center
Saturday, May 16 from 8 - 4 pm
Light breakfast & lunch included - $35
Preceded on Friday, May 15 with
Rotary Leadership Institute
Facilitator Training (Separate Signup)
Courtyard by Marriott $99 King or $109 double queens – 866-706-7815
Rate goes up after April 23rd
  • 8 am                    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30                    Opening Plenary Session
  • 9:30 to 11:45    Session 1 and 2 Workshops
  • 11:50 to 12:45  Lunch
  • 1 to 3:15            Session 3 and 4 Workshops
  • 3:30 to 4            Discussion and vote on District Budget, Door Prizes
  • Club Central Training by AG Area – Bring a laptop if possible
  • Membership – Hear how to grow membership from successful clubs
  • Foundation Grant Certification – Should have 2 people trained per club
  • Rotary Youth – RYE, RYLA, Interact, Rotaract – Panels of participants
  • Global Grants – Hear what our clubs are doing globally
  • District Grants – Successful clubs share their service grant projects
  • Literacy Projects – Get great ideas from other clubs
  • Rotary Public Image – A panel of local media professionals offer advice
  • Insurance & Nonprofit Requirements in CO and RI – Keep your NP status
  • District Financials and Budget – Q and A with D5470 Finance Committee
Pay at Registration Table
Sign up available online at:
Now at two locations!
Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction
FRIDAY, April 17 from 10 - 4 pm
Lunch included - $25
Ask for Rotary rate of $99:
Marriott Spring Hill Suites Grand Junction - 970-424-577
Hampton Inn Grand Junction Downtown - 970-243-3222
Pueblo Convention Center
FRIDAY, May 15 from 10 - 4 pm
Lunch included - $25
Rotary Rate goes up after April 23rd:
Courtyard $99 King or $109 double queens – 719-542-3200
Dear Rotarians,
The first six months of the Rotary year has already passed and I wanted to update you on our collective progress to date.

1.   Because of our strong focus on "Service Above Self" and diverse community service projects, district membership has increased a net of 1% since July 1st instead of dropping 1.5% to 2% as we have historically seen.  
2.   Club and district "Rotary Days" have been a success this first year.  Where Rotary Days have been held, the community better understands who Rotarians are, what our mission is and how we help identify community needs and build the basic fabric of the community.  Additional Rotary days are in the planning phase for the spring.

Dear fellow Rotarians,
Today, there are so many more ways to communicate than ever before. In the age of video conferences and instant messages, we can work together from almost anywhere, and always be in touch; we can share our Rotary work on Facebook, on Twitter, and on But there will always be a tremendously important role for the magazine that you are holding in your hands – or reading on an electronic device – right now.


From the passenger’s seat:

DG Clyde and I are having such a wonderful time with our Rotary travels. From New Zealand and Australia (passenger seat on the left side) to Durango, Snowmass Village, Eagle, and Carbondale; Rotarians are wonderful hosts and doing important projects meeting serious community needs! They are having fun and helping to bring hope and peace to our world by Lighting Up Rotary. 



MEMBERSHIP is a word we seem to have become weary of.  We are being told by our District Leaders how important it is to recruit, to retain, and to grow our clubs.  We are told to embrace a more diverse membership.

There are so many tools available at Rotary.Org, it can take hours to survey and find resources that you may want to utilize.   Now I am before you, yet another voice saying we need to do more to recruit and retain our membership.   However, I have discovered a useful tool that makes the planning simple:
The Rotary Membership Action Plan available on Rotary.Org, includes the following 7 components:
  1. Identify
  2. Introduce
  3. Invite
  4. Induct
  5. Inform and orient
  6. Involve
  7. Educate

It is a simple but complete, comprehensive tool.  Local club membership committees could benefit from implementing this excellent tool to recruit new members, to engage existing members, and to ultimately grow their clubs.  District Leadership is available to assist you in developing a comprehensive plan that can change the face of your local club.  Contact your Assistant Governor for more information. Go MyRotary|Home|Learning & Reference|Learn by Topic|Membership for more ideas on Membership for your club.


 D-5470 is now on Facebook!
An opportunity for Rotarians and clubs to share news of their activities with the rest of D-5470. 



As most of you have discovered by now, RI has a new website. It's a two-part site - one for non-Rotarians who want to find out about Rotary, and one for Rotarians. Especially the part for Rotarians is difficult to navigate. RI has finally produced a few video tutorial and here is the link to the one for Rotarians:



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