December 2016
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District 5470 Governor Teresa Anson Report
August 2016
The Rotary Foundation Trustees met on 2 June 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. At this meeting the Trustees reviewed reports from four committees and recorded 35 decisions. The following are highlights of actions taken.
Fund Development Approved the "soft launch" of an endowment/major gifts adviser leadership team to serve as mentors to the endowment/major gifts advisers in 2016-17.
Programs The Trustees:
* approved a two-year renewal of the memorandum   of understanding with UNESCO-IHE
* approved Polio Plus grant funds to: World Health Organization African Region; World Health Organization Mediterranean Region; UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia; UNICEF/Lao People's Democratic Republic; World Health Organization Polio Research. Committee; Global Polio Eradication Initiative Independent Monitoring Board; UNICEF for surveillance support, operational support, social mobilization, technical assistance, research, and administrative activities.
* approved three level III global grants (grants over US$100,000); one for basic education and literacy in Guatemala and two for disease prevention and treatment in Nepal and India.
 * agreed to make an additional $3 million in World Fund available to cover an expected year-end surge in 2015-16 global grant applications.
* Finance The Trustees: approved the 2016-17 budget for revenues of US$346,919,000 and expenses of $279,742,000, including program awards of $230,052,000. The 2016-17 Trustees met in the afternoon of 2 June and among several administrative matters, adopted annual goals for 2017-18. The goals, which were also adopted by the 2016-17 RI Board at its "July" meeting and are a continuation of the priorities approved for 2016-17, are: 1) Support and Strengthen Clubs 2) Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service 3) Enhance Public Image and Awareness 4) Improve Financial Sustainability and Operation Effectiveness.
 Rotary International President’s Dinner & Polio Plus Fundraiser                    
Saturday JANUARY 7, 2016
  Denver District 5450 sponsors event at 5:30 pm Cash Bar | 6:30 pm Dinner
Denver Marriott South, 10345 Park Meadows Drive, Littleton
Keynote Speaker:  RI President John Germ speaking on the 2016-2017 Theme “Rotary Serving Humanity”

 Special Guest: Dr. Michel Zaffran – Head of Polio Eradication for the World Health Organization (WHO)
Dinner - $65.00 per person. Please plan to make an Additional Contribution to Polio Plus which will be credited to you & your club.  Please bring cash or check for your contribution.
Register for Individuals & Additional Contributions online on the Denver District Web site.
Our district scholarship chair, Dennis Shoemaker, and his wife, Liz, enjoyed dinner in London on Tuesday, Nov 29th, with our district's GG Scholar, Jourdan McGinn.  Joining them was UK Rotarian Neil Beeton and wife Doreen from the Newport Pagnell RC -- the host club for Jourdan's year of study.  Jourdan is almost through her first term at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and joins an elite student international student body with almost 30 GG Scholars.  Jourdan plans to finish her studies late next year with research in Kenya, where she had worked previously, and final completion of her degree requirements in London.  She will be home to Colorado Springs for Christmas holiday then jet-set to Florence, Italy to bring in the New Year with friends.  Our district is very proud to be the international sponsor for Jourdan's GG Scholarship.
Dennis Shoemaker, Jourdan McGinn, Liz Shoemaker,
                  Doreen Beaton, Neil Beaton                                                                               
Registration Now Open for President Elects and President Elect Nominees
The PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) registration is now open for President Elects (PEs) and President Elect Nominees (PENs).  This training is required for PEs who will take office July 1, 2017 and is highly recommended for PENs who will take office July 2, 2018.  It begins on Friday afternoon, February 24, 2017 and concludes by noon on Sunday February 26.  It will be held at The Renaissance Hotel in Denver on Quebec Street.  Each person attending will need to complete two registrations, one for PETS training and one for the hotel (must be done by February 2 to get the Rotary discount and be guaranteed a room in this hotel).
The registration fee for PETS has been paid by each club for their PE and the assumption is that the PE will attend from Friday afternoon through noon on Sunday.   You must register for PETS in order to have the meals and materials paid in advance and ready for you.  At the home page of use the Registration Links for 2017 PETS from the drop down menu at the top of the page to register as PE FOR DISTRICT 5470.


Join your Rotary friends and colleagues from District 5470 cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage on the beautiful Oceania Regatta.  The cruise departs from Seattle on July 14th, returning to Seattle on July 21st, 2017.

Although July 2017 might sound far away, now is the time to put down your fully refundable deposit to reserve the best possible selection of staterooms as the ship is filling up quickly.  Also the current Oceania O'Life pricing promotion for this Cruise expires on January 1, 2017  See the cruise details and itinerary at the CTCVoyages Rotary District 5470 Cruise webpage.

For pricing, itinerary, booking and full information, contact Katherine Burgess at CTCVoyages, 1-866-629-6499 or email



District 5470 Rotary Youth Exchange Inbounder Orientation
September 23-25, 2016
The Inbounder Orientation for this year’s exchange students was held in Durango September 23-25, 2016. All 30 students hosted by District 5470, who represent 24 countries, were present for the training mandated by the US State Department. Durango and Pagosa Springs sponsor six students.  The program began Friday night at 6:00 pm. All students spent Friday and Saturday nights with families in Durango. Saturday morning involved discussions on subjects such as insurance, travel, and sexual harassment/abuse. In the afternoon, the students enjoyed a tour of Mesa Verde. That evening, they attended the Durango High School Homecoming dance and reportedly had a great time. They returned to their host communities after a morning program on Sunday.
Incoming Governor Teresa Anson and outgoing Governor Bob Delavan
Rotary District 5470 Changing of the Guard 2016
The 2016 Rotary District 5470 Roundup was held in Grand Junction, Colorado on June 17 and 18, 2016.
Click these links for a full report of the 2016 Rotary District 5470 Roundup and a Photo Video of the event .
Whenever John Germ saw a need in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he engineered a solution. He'll bring the same can-do attitude to the office of RI president.
The Membership Cadre Program
     Is your club struggling with growing and or maintaining membership?  You might want to consider requesting a cadre specialist.  What is a cadre specialist you ask?  Cadre specialists are hand selected for their position. These individuals are trained qualified personnel with skills in membership development and growth, retention, and in facilitation. The cadre specialists exist to assist districts and clubs.  In many cases, a new face with new ideas may be exactly what clubs need to jump-start their membership growth and retention.  If your club would like more information about the Membership Cadre program, click HERE for the August Cadre newsletter and a wealth of membership links and resources available on the district Membership team page.  The August Cadre newsletter is at the top of the column on the left of the page.
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016.
The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include emergency vaccination campaigns to boost immunity in impacted and at-risk areas, and reinforced surveillance activities to ensure we detect all strains of polio. Because polio knows no borders, steps will also be taken to protect surrounding countries, to ensure all children are vaccinated and to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease.
This news is disappointing for all Rotary members - and particularly those in Nigeria - who worked so hard to help the country stop polio. However, Rotary remains steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa.

“Every convention breathes new life into your Rotary experience. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the House of Friendship, where you quickly realize how international Rotary really is.”

Carol Colon, Rotary Club of Gainesville, Georgia; House of Friendship Co-Chair, 2017 Atlanta Convention

The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and support basic education — as well as the historic initiative dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.
 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: