Rotary District 5470

Southern Colorado from East to West
November 2015
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    In the world of Rotary, November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Why is the Rotary Foundation so important?  What do some of the acronyms associated with the Foundation mean?  Can I set up monthly contributions to the Foundation automatically?  These are all questions I have encountered during my club visit and you can find the answers here.
Why is the Rotary Foundation so important?
     We all have heard how close we are to eliminating Polio from the world.  Polio Plus is part of the Rotary Foundation and when you designate your contribution to Polio Plus, you are helping with the effort to eliminate Polio!  Did you know that the Gates Foundation matches Polio Plus contributions $2 for every $1 contributed?  Global Grants as well as District Grants are funded through contributions to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.  When you contribute to the Annual Fund, you are supporting world and local projects.  To see firsthand what the Rotary Foundation can accomplish, follow one or both of these links.
What do some of the acronyms associated with the Foundation mean? 
     Here are some of the acronyms associated with Foundation giving and their explanation.
EREY – This is an abbreviation for Every Rotarian Every Year.  Rotarians are part of this group when they contribute a minimum of $100 each year.
PHF – PHF is an acronym for Paul Harris Fellow.  A Rotarian is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow when total contributions amount to $1000.  Each additional $1000 earns additional recognition.  The second $1000 would earn recognition of PHF + 1 and the third $1000 would earn PHF + 2 etc.
PHS – PHS stands for Paul Harris Society.  A member of the Paul Harris Society pledges to contribute $1000 annually for as long as they are able to contribute.  A member of the PHS can eventually become a Major Donor when a total of $10,000 has been contributed.
Can I set up monthly contributions to the Foundation automatically?
     Rotary International has established a way to make periodic contributions to the Rotary Foundation by using Rotary Direct.  When you use Rotary Direct, you determine your contribution and the frequency by completing a form available at .  You can also phone or mail in the amount and frequency you desire.  The funds will be automatically sent to the Foundation without the need for you to write a check.

The High Country President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be held March 11 through 13, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver is now accepting registrations.  Please select the correct link as different positions pay different rates.  Our District number is 5470 and you will need to use the RI name of your club, not a nickname that you may use in your community.  The clubs have already paid the PETS registration fee for the President Elect as this is a required training to assume the office of President on July 1, 2016.  While President Elect Nominees (PENs) are strongly encouraged to attend, the District does not have funding for registration but most clubs will assist the PEN with registration costs.  The District pays the PENS registration fees for AGs as they are required to attend to assist their club PEs and PENs.  Some District Officers have been requested to attend PETS so please register only for the meals you will need, not the full conference.  Questions?  Call Paulette Church, 970-946-4856 or contact her at

Click on the links below for Registrations:
K.R. Ravindran’s life has been molded by family, country, and Rotary. Serving as Rotary president is his way of giving back to each of them.
•         Read a profile in The Rotarian
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Latest Polio Progress Report

We’ve made tremendous progress toward ending polio this year.  The World Health Organization declared Nigeria polio-free on September 25 and removed it from the list of polio-endemic countries. This means there are no longer any polio-endemic countries in Africa, and only two endemic countries remain in the world.

As we move forward, we must address ongoing challenges, such as missed children, surveillance quality and low immunization rates in conflict areas. Polio is on track to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world (smallpox is the first), but we must continue our efforts to ensure a polio-free world.

July 2015 marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.



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: