November 2018
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November is Rotary Foundation Month!
Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
We take so much for granted as we enjoy our lives here in Colorado. Crystal clear waters run from every mountain peak and water streams from every faucet in our home with the flip of a lever. A large truck comes by the house once a week to remove our trash. Schools in every town. Hospitals and clinics minutes away. How different it is for one-third of the world’s population!
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, both locally and globally. We are united by common values and a vision for the future as we target specific causes that our club holds dear.
These programs are the lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding by touching lives and making the world a better place. The Rotary Foundation is a highly respected organization with a reach around the globe. This month, Be An Inspiration to the world by finding a project that your club can participate in using a global grant.
Have a great November!
DG Chris
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:
According to the latest membership report from Rotary International, District 5470 now has membership of 2,080 member Rotarians.
That is an increase of 11 since July 1, 2018!
Congratulations to our District's Club Presidents and Membership Chairs for a job well done!

There has been increasing interest in alternative membership types with particular emphasis on corporate memberships.  Below are two examples of popular corporate membership models, but don’t let these models limit your club. You have the freedom to structure corporate membership in a way that best serves your club and community, as long as you keep in mind that individuals, not the corporations that employ them, are its members.

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 16 October 2018

No new cases of polio this week, and one new cVDPV case.  We stand at 13 polio cases for the year, and 22 cVDPV cases.  These are very good numbers – please help share the word with your clubs and districts that we ARE making a difference in eliminating polio.
We focus a lot on polio cases and the benefits the world will see when we eliminate this disease.  The direct economic benefits of eradication of polio have been estimated at $40 to $50 billion.  There are also intangible benefits which we should consider.  One of them is that with the elimination of polio, we would within a generation also rid the world of post-polio syndrome.
Post-polio syndrome is a condition which affects up to 40 percent of people who have previously survived an acute attack of polio.  Post polio syndrome  is manifest by muscular weakness, pain in the muscles and extreme fatigue.  There is an overall mortality rate of 25% mainly due to respiratory paralysis.  There is no known cure.
The real cruelty of this syndrome is that it strikes thirty to thirty-five years after a survivor first encounters polio, even if a complete recovery was had from the initial attack.
Our efforts to cure polio will also in time eliminate post-polio syndrome and alleviate significant additional suffering and impairment. 
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 .