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January is Rotary Vocational Service Month!
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within your communities. 
The Great Membership Sweep
District 5470 Clubs took to the website in droves last month to remove terminated Rotarians from their membership lists before the December 31, 2018 deadline or get charged for them. District membership plummeted from 2,080 members to 2,049 which is a net loss of twenty members from July 1, 2018 numbers. District Membership Chair Bob Delavan could not be reached for comment, but District Governor Chris is still confident the clubs can manage the 20 percent membership increase that he set as a goal for this Rotary year. "Everything is in place for a strong second half of the year." 
Club Presidents Elect
The 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be held Friday March 1st through Sunday March 3rd at the Denver Renaissance Hotel.
All Club Presidents Elect are required to attend this PETS weekend or another PETS conducted by another district. As a reminder your club has already paid for your attendance.
Use the High Country PETS website to register http://www.highcountrypets.org. Hotel reservations should be made using this site as well.
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:
  Here is a club that almost doubled in 18 months! 
  [As reported by Julie Aubrey, RI regional membership officer]  The Rotary Club of Clear Creek County 2000 in District 5450 (the Denver and surrounding area district) nearly doubled their membership in the past 18 months by making simple, but effective changes to how they engage with people in their community. Not only did their small club of 12 members grow to 23, but they grew their female membership from 0 to 7 members! Here’s how they did it:
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 .