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D-5470 NEWSLETTER
 
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DGO Teresa Anson's Report on the 2017 District Conference
 
District 5470 Rotarians,
 
Thank you to all that attended the District 5470 Assembly and Rotary Round Up in the Springs Conference for 2017.  There was a lot of learning, networking and excitement exhibited throughout the event.  If you were there and felt it was a good value of your time and financial investment, please encourage your Club members to attend next year!  
 
    Weapons and Rotary Districts and Clubs Policy Clarification
    In January 2017, Rotary International’s Board of Directors clarified its existing policy regarding guns in relation to the use of the Rotary logo and sponsorships.   The wording of this long-standing policy was unclear, and as a result, Rotary members told our board they were often unsure what the policy did and did not allow. A key consideration was Rotary’s risk if a weapon was purchased at a Rotary event and then caused serious injury or death. Another objective was to ensure consistency in how the Rotary logo is used in the 200 countries and regions where we have clubs.  Below are the policy clarifications that address the questions raised by our members and provide clarity on our sponsorship guidelines and use of the Rotary mark.
     
     
    2017-2018 Membership Development Incentive
     
    District 5470 dues and RI dues will be reimbursed for each new member if the club net membership goal is achieved.  Transfers within District 5470 do not qualify but transfers from other districts will qualify. Member must be retained through June 30 of the 17-18 Rotary year.  The Rotary Clubs with the first 40 members for the fiscal year reported through RI or clubrunner on the District 5470 website will receive the incentive for their new members.
     
     
    The following conditions are required to qualify for the incentive.
    1. Appoint a club membership chair prior to May 31, 2017.  Provide contact information for the chair to the District Membership Chair.
    2. Review the 11-year membership chart available on the membership team page of the district website, and establish a realistic membership goal.  Submit the goal to the District Membership Chair no later than May 31, 2017.  (A minimum goal of one net gain must be established.)
    3. Enter the goal in My Rotary.
    4. Create and submit a plan for achieving the goal to the District Membership Chair no later than June 15, 2017.  Share the plan with the club members.  (The blank fillable plan form is available on the District Membership Team page of the District 5470 website.)
    5. Achieve the goal to receive the incentive payable in July 2018.
    A District 5470 Guide to
    Attending a Rotary International Convention
     
    By: Paulette Church
     
     
    Several members of District 5470 have asked for help in planning their RI Convention trip and their time will there.  In an effort to help with this and after attending four Conventions, I am putting together these suggestions, which will change as others contribute their ideas as well.
     
    First, each Convention has different issues regarding travel, size, venue, and the quality of the host committee’s planning. I suggest your arrive one day before and stay at least one day after the Convention.  That said, there are some common steps to take:
     
     

    Polio this week as of 19 April 2017

    • Over the next two weeks, key global meetings will take place to review the global polio epidemiology and examine what additional efforts must be implemented to achieve a lasting polio-free world.  Next week, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will meet in Geneva, as well the next meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the spread of poliovirus (via teleconference).  These meetings will be followed the week after by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), convening in London.  Reports and outcomes of the meetings will be made available on www.polioeradication.org.
    • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week:  no new viruses reported this week.
     
    The New and Improved Rotary International Website
     
     

    Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look

    Rotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and then My Rotary.

    For many people, our website is their introduction to the great work that Rotary members do to improve lives around the world. It’s meant to create an emotional connection that inspires potential members, donors, and partners to get involved. The latest changes to the public site do that, and more.

    Some of the updates will be obvious: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories, and better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing. Other changes, like the improved readability and speed of the site, will be a welcome surprise.

    These upgrades are made possible partly by the dues increase the 2016 Council on Legislation passed to allow Rotary to provide additional support to clubs and districts. As part of our work to refresh My Rotary, we’ll also update Rotary Club Central and the Club and District Administration pages — more information about these improvements will arrive in the coming months.

    Visit www.rotary.org to see all the enhancements to our public site.

    Club Runner has also added some new Theme Templates for Clubs and Districts in line with the new Rotary International's Theme to attract new members to Rotary.  We will explore the possibilities of adopting one of these themes for the District Website.

         
     
     

    “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

     
     

    FIRST ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5470 CRUISE to ALASKA, JULY 2017

    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.

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

             
     

     

     
     
    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.
     
    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL
     
     
    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.