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June is Rotary Fellowship Month!
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the language Esperanto joined together. In 1947, a group of Rotarian boating enthusiasts began flying the Rotary flag from their crafts, calling themselves the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; this fellowship now boasts the longest continuous existence. The scope of Rotary Fellowships has changed much over the years, but today their purpose is still to unite Rotarians in friendship and provide venues for enjoying their favorite recreational or professional activities.
We just received the latest report on membership in our district. This report shows us up 12 members on April 11! That's great news. Keep up the good work!

     The Satellite Advantage


     Satellite clubs can reach new audiences and reenergize Rotary in your area. The Guide to Satellite Clubs (click HERE for the guide) will explain how satellite clubs work, what benefits they offer, and how to get started. The guide will include best practices and links to resources.

     Satellite clubs are a pillar of the membership strategy of Regions 18 and 19 (United Kingdom). When regional leaders there work with districts, they first emphasize the benefits that satellite clubs offer the community and the sponsor club. Then they identify areas in the district that have a limited Rotary presence or clubs that don’t fully represent the community’s population. When they have this information, they recommend the following to start a satellite club: 

  • Find an enthusiastic leader
  • Hold well-advertised information sessions
  • Make it simple to join
  • Determine how the satellite club will differ from the sponsor club, and encourage satellite clubs to focus on what they’re passionate about
The ROTARY CITATION recognizes Rotary Clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary Year to achieve the citation’s goals.
Rotary can automatically verify many of your club’s achievements if you keep your club and member information up-to-date in My Rotary. You’ll use online tools like Rotary Club Central to inform Rotary when you achieve other goals.
2018 – 2019 Rotary Citation:
Rotary’s vision statement: why should you care?
Last June, Rotary's Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organization: "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” Stephanie Urchick, chair of Rotary's Strategic Planning Committee, explains what went into arriving at that statement, and how you can help us chart a course for Rotary to thrive in the years ahead.
District 5470 Social Media Guideline
The advent of social media means that you can reach your audience directly and have a two-way conversation with each one of them.
Now, instead of writing a message about your post as if you were delivering a speech, you now can make the style more personal.
Whether or not you are new to Facebook, Twitter etc., there need to be a plan, and engaging content.
Have at least two active admins for your Rotary Club page. This way, if one person moves, leaves Rotary, etc. the user name and password are accessible.

Polio as of 31 January 2019

Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years, we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The 144th Session of the Executive Board is meeting from 24 January to 1 February ahead of the World Health Assembly in May. Polio was one of the main talking points in the opening speech by the WHO Director General and current Chair of the Polio Oversight Board, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Concurrently, he also had a stakeholder consultation where he stressed on the need for strengthened and systematic collaboration between partners, health, and non-health actors, and committing to transparent long-term budgets for eradication efforts.
Summary of new viruses this week:
Afghanistan- five WPV1 positive environmental samples;
Pakistan – ten wild polioviruses type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples;
Nigeria – two circulating vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV2) positive environmental samples.

Your work, your dollars, and your commitment will make this happen!  Thanks for all you do to eradicate polio.

Strengthening the Rotary Story


In 2011, Rotary launched an initiative to strengthen our image, expand public understanding of what we do, and engage and inspire current and prospective members, donors, and partners. As part of that effort, we established an internal definition of our brand, confirming Rotary as the organization that joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations, who exchange ideas on solving some of the world’s toughest problems, and then take action to bring lasting change to communities around the world.  Rotarians have been working hard to tell the story of our impact in their communities. Thanks to their efforts, our public awareness levels globally have grown from 60 percent in 2012 to 75 percent in 2015.

Check out Rotary’s new public image campaign, People of Action. Now available at the .