Rotary District 5470

Southern Colorado from East to West
February 2016
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February is the month of World Understanding in Rotary.  The month identifies and celebrates the notion that world understanding crosses all political, religious, and geographical boundaries.  Rotarians have spread this message around the world through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and Service Above Self. 
It seems to me that every month of the Rotary year is a month of world understanding since one of the six areas of focus is “peace and conflict resolution”.  Not only is February “World Understanding Month” it is also the month of the anniversary of the first Rotary meeting held on February 23, 1905.  This date is World Understanding and Peace Day.  During the month of February, we as Rotarians might consider ways we as clubs and individuals can promote world understanding.  What are some of the actions we can take to promote world understanding and peace?
  1. Host a Rotary Youth Exchange student.
  2. Become part of or establish a Youth Exchange committee in your club.
  3. Become involved in or support an international project.
  4. Support or be part of a Vocational Training Team.
  5. Nominate a Rotary Peace Scholar or Ambassadorial Scholar from your community.
  6. Sponsor activities in your community that focus on non-Rotarians to promote nonviolence, human rights, conflict resolutions, and peaceful negotiating.
  7. Support the Rotary Foundation that provides funding for Peace and World Understand projects.
World understanding must start in our own communities with a goal of promoting peace and nonviolent means of conflict resolution.  As Rotarians, it is just one way we can Be a Gift to the World.
End Polio Now Virtual dinner
Last month I spoke of the speech in Denver by Rotary International President Ravi to benefit End Polio Now.  The event was to have been recorded and available to Rotarians of District 5470 that made a $65 contribution to Polio Plus.  Much to my disappointment, due to circumstances beyond our control the recording did not happen as was promised. There will not be an opportunity to view Ravi’s presentation.  Please accept my apology for this failure as well as my thanks to those that contributed to this cause.
#Rotaryroundup (aka district conference) is now open for registration.  Click on the link in the left column under "Upcoming events" immediately to the left of this text and you will be able to learn complete event details, registration, and lodging options.  Discover what is in store for you at this exciting Rotary event.

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:

Message from the Newly formed International Service Committee

Dear District 5470 Rotarians,
The purpose of this letter is to introduce you to a new district committee called International Service Committee. We are working within the Global Grants Sub-committee and would like to propose two ways we can assist your club in “Doing Good in the World” (Arch Klumph, Past Rotary International President, founder of The Rotary Foundation, 1917). The purpose of the Committee is to help District Clubs wanting to be involved in International Service Projects navigate the intricacies of the Global Grant process by .....
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
•         Watch the video


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: