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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.
     
    ROTARY REMINDER:  MEMBERSHIP MATTERS WEBINAR – 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
     
     George Small, DG 2017-18 highly recommends Rotarians attend this monthly seminar since it covers so many topics to strengthen clubs, not just membership.

     NOTE: You NO LONGER have to register for this call, simply sign in using the information below. For the BEST experience please sign in using a computer or tablet.

    Every month on the fourth Tuesday, Zones 21b-27 (7 pm MST/or 8PM CT) holds a one hour Membership Matters Seminar to discuss issues to enhance and growth membership. You may join this call by going to:
     
    https://www.zoom.us/join
    and then type in the following code: 544896340

    Or Telephone:     Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)     Meeting ID: 544 896 340
      
     
    2017-2018 July Membership Matters
    As we begin the new Rotary year, we might reflect on the continuing downward trend of Rotarians in District 5470.  District 5470 is part of zone 27 that consists of 10 districts and is paired with zone 21b that consists of 12 districts.  When taken as a whole, the paired zones have shrunk by over 400 members since the beginning of the 16-17 Rotary year.  District 5470 as of this writing has a net loss of 67 Rotarians, which was the second highest net loss of members in the paired zones.  The only district with a greater net loss of members had a net loss of 100 Rotarians.  This means that District 5470 accounted for approximately 17% of the net member loss.  Many District 5470 clubs have gained in members and they are to be congratulated! However, those gains do not outweigh the losses of the remaining clubs.  Is it because we have clubs that do not care if they fade into obscurity?  That is most likely not the case.  What may be possible is that clubs are unaware of the multitude of tools and resources available that can help them stem the tide of membership loss.  In other words, they do not know what they do not know.
     
     
     
    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:
     
     
     
     
     
    Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, according to the World Health Organization. Why do these happen? Vaccine-derived cases are rare, and differ from polio cases caused by the virus living in the wild. Here is what you need to know about these outbreaks.
    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.