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t approximately the time you read this BreadBasket, you should be receiving a ballot to vote for the ROTIChair 201315. Operating in a virtual environment, you may not sense the importance of your vote. Is is probably even more important in this environment because we are more separated and the communication across the many barriers involved emphasize your need for a person who can represent you. Please do exercise your right to vote and select the person who you feel would be best for you and for the Fellowship.We have re-started the mail order sale of ROTI pins in a more convenient manner. We are processing the orders through the ROTI web site with credit card payment. If you go to ROTI.org, you will see a highlighted “now you may order ROTI pins on-line” on the right side of the page. Click that and it will take you to a “buy now” page. Click the button and you will be able to enter your order and then pay through PayPal on your credit card or PayPal account. Please make sure the mailing information on your account is correct. If you want to order by mail, you may do so. Just send a letter to ROTI c/o Beil & Hay, PA, 12300 U.S. 19, Hudson, FL 34667 USA including a check for 10.00 USD. Please note, your bank must be able to issue checks in US funds. Otherwise, you must submit your order through the web site using a credit card or direct withdrawal. I hope you will obtain one or more pins and wear them proudly every day. The sale of the pins does create a small income for ROTI, but not enough to cover our operating expenses. We have nice promotional literature and would like to be able to mail it to ROTIans to take to Assemblies or pass out at their clubs. With our determination to not charge dues, we need a source of funds. Stan Cahn, ROTI Finance Committee Chair, has identified a “painless” way to create a consistent cash flow. ROTI has now enrolled under iGive.com. An iGive transaction functions as a “click through”, meaning ROTI gets a portion of what you spend at any participating seller. I just ordered some books and a shirt from Amazon and ROTI will get a small percentage of what I spent. There is no effect on what the purchase costs me. The number of vendors paying iGive for your transactions is incredible. Please go to iGive and select Rotarians on the Internet when they ask your organization. That is all there is to it. This does not involve buying “cards” or such. Simply, the vendor pays iGive for each user who comes through and iGive gives part of that commission to ROTI. Please help us to continue without a need for dues. For those of you who are interested in the very intense discussions of Future Vision, you can go to the RI threads on LinkedIn.com hear a lot of information. The way Rotary Foundation does business will change dramatically. Everyone agrees with that. However, there are many different opinions on the anticipated results. If you thought it was as simple as changing the funding of GSE to Districts, you are wrong. You will learn a lot from the discussion. I am not trying to move those discussions to ROTI. The intensity is just too great – the passions are too high. Another question did move over to ROTI briefly, that drew active discussion, but no anger. The question related to having a Presidential Theme in addition to the on-going Rotary motto. The discussion only yielded brief activity, but was a very interesting exchange. You may want to go to Yahoo.com and review the thread. If you have not done it, it is quite easy. Just go to Yahoo and click on groups and select whichever ROTI list you receive. You will have the messages by thread, making it easy to follow the discussion with no intervening notes. If you have not done it, give it a try. You may have a different view of the any thread after reading it that way.

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We talk a lot about varying topics, but seem to take some for granted. I would like to thank two consistent contributors for their efforts. I was a club bulletin editor for quite a while. I never worried about having to fill a small space – there was always Jocoe's Journal for a good joke or two. Thanks Tom!! If I need information of a more serious nature, I could always count on eFlash_Rotary. Thanks, Sunil!! I write this on the US Thanksgiving holiday. One of the things I am thankful for is Rotary. Rotary service has allowed me to give while the fellowship has allowed me to get back. I worry that sounds trite, but it is an honest value in Rotary for me.

You should be receiving a ballot to vote for the ROTIChair 2013-15. Operating in a virtual environment, you may not sense the importance of your vote. Is is probably even more important in this environment because we are more separated and the communication across the many barriers involved emphasize your need for a person who can represent you. Please do exercise your right to vote and select the person who you feel would be best for you and for the Fellowship.

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fter many years in Rotary I am convinced that the crux of survival in Rotary and the survival of Rotary itself is the HUMAN FACTOR. When a person joins Rotary it has to be stressed that he joins a group of people of extremely varied personalities and the journey to satisfaction as a Rotarian lies in loads of TOLERANCE and UNDERSTANDING and the ability to ADJUST. Even after so many years of being a Rotarian one can be faced with this challenge occasionally when people whom you have known for a long time suddenly behave in what is perceived as, an inconsiderate and unfair manner. This may happen in reverse when you might be guilty of acting likewise. To be able to overcome such challenges is the only way to remain in Rotary. Sometimes it may not be possible to come to terms with certain forms of behavior but one needs to be reminded that one joins an organization like Rotary for what the Organization can do for you as a whole and not what the various pitfalls are. One must learn the art of cleverly circumventing them. Oftentimes we are reminded that if we are not happy for any reason and continue to be so then it makes it difficult to continue with the membership. Some individuals leave as soon they are faced with an unhappy situation. One of the key issues of continued membership is the RESPECT for the other individual. It is when this respect is lost that the whole meaning to membership is lost. Clubs and their membership is like belonging to a family and though there may be conflicts, if there is GOODWILL and TOLERANCE added with RESPECT then these irritations can be set aside. It is strange to see that TOLERANCE which is one of the key factors is often forgotten when things are not done in a manner which one may perceive to be the right way . Always remember that there is no one way and that your way, may not be the right way. Rotary International encourages a younger membership and if you do not allow them to be creative then the chances are they will leave. Making mistakes is acceptable and new ideas are the lifeblood of the future of Rotary. Many long standing Rotarians have not learned the art of 'letting go'. One needs to be reminded that Rotary does not belong to anyone and one has to be 'open' in matters of composition and content of the club. There may be many who are leaders in their own profession where their peers and their staff hold them in high regard. Since a Rotary Club is comprised of people of equal status no one must assume that they can â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the other person. Everything you do and say has to be with consideration for the other person. Work in Rotary is by example and through persuasion. Do not expect someone else to do a job which you yourself will not do. As all of us are volunteers no one should consider himself as being better than the next person. As for growth in membership of a club, too often we hear of individuals who have the 'train compartment syndrome' where they have occupied the compartment, made themselves comfortable and do not wish anyone or anything to disrupt the harmony which have gotten used to. Complacency and apathy are our biggest enemies. Getting used to a certain style or a certain level of membership lulls you into believing that all is well when in reality it is not. Too often individual members take ownership of a club and have strong views of how they should function. They brook no dissenting views and discourage originality. These individuals are the biggest hindrance to growth in Rotary. Recently in one club one such individual did not want female Rotarians, and another asked a potential Malay member if he ate pork as his club was predominantly Chinese! Very often it is their own weakness and unfounded fears which does not allow the club to grow. Left to me I would ban the statement "small but strong!" Trying to maintain a club with a small membership is like trying to stay underwater with the oxygen running out. Attrition in Rotary is inevitable and unless there is a constant inflow of new members the club will invariably die. In one club which has been successful in terms of growth the MDR committee comprises of a blend of senior and newer rotarians who met monthly. This then is the way to go when much emphasis is constantly given to growth and to retention. If you believe that membership is indeed the lifeblood of Rotary much more need to be done in this area.

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The Challenges in Rotary By PDG Dr Joseph Rajendran

Rotary International believes that it is in Public Relations and public awareness of Rotary's activities and good works that the future of growth in membership lies. While this cannot be denied it is in our clubs, the way they are run, how welcoming and warm we are , how effective they are, how attractive they are to prospective members ,therein lies the future of Rotary. While Service is our Goal, it is the FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP component which needs to be strengthened. Many join Rotary because of the excitement of being part of a crowd which appears to be having fun being a member. I know that I joined Rotary to be where my friends were and I looked forward each week to meet them and have fun. To me Rotary was a initially a social organization which in turn through involvement became a passion. It was an occasion to meet new people of a diverse nature and professions, to listen to interesting speakers (not always!) and most importantly to share Fellowship with my old and new friends. Of course not all may share my views but it is this diversity which makes Rotary what it is. Clubs are an association of individuals who are as varied as the people in a community. Each one is an asset, while one who can spare his time and talent, the other can use his resources during times of need, and the other a good organizer, another a good speaker and the list goes on. The Rotary Club has to be like a retreat, or an oasis where one looks forward to retire for the day, once a week to rejuvenate and be refreshed after a hard days work. Meetings should entertain and educate while at the same time afford ample opportunities for fellowship. One of the selling points to new members is the Universality of Rotary. The excitement of joining not just a club but being part of a worldwide movement. The opportunity to meet and instantly know Rotarians from throughout the whole Rotary world. The opportunity to work with the youth, the ability to help the community, self improvement in terms of leadership skills and as an individual. Rotary is an organization which has limitless opportunities for any individual. Rotarians have spent a lifetime in Rotary with enormous satisfaction. Speaking to prospective members with Passion and excitement of belonging to this great Organization is what will attract them to join. Many of us we have received far more through our membership in Rotary than what we would have thought possible. To us Rotary is a way of life, our friends are here, not only in our own country but throughout the Rotary world. EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS UNIQUE AND DESERVES TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.This is a slogan i saw many years ago at a charity kitchen and it referred to the poor and the destitute who came there for their meals. This is true of individuals we meet in Rotary as fellow Rotarians for if we do not practice this love and tolerance for one another it is difficult to enjoy being a Rotarian. Thank you Rotary for giving me a lifetime of satisfaction.

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he word WHY only has three letters, but may be one of the most important words in the English vocabulary. It has equivalents in Spanish, (¿Por qué) French, (pourquoi) German, (warum) Italian, (perché) Tagalog, (bakit) and of course other languages. What then is the importance of such a short word? Usually we lend importance to much longer words. So WHY did I use WHY as the topic of this What's Up? Let's start with a few simple questions using that questioning word WHY. WHY did you join Rotary? WHY did you continue to remain in Rotary? RON NETHERCUTT ROTI Chair 2007-2009

WHY do you feel Rotary is an important organization? WHY do you regularly attend meetings of your Rotary club?

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WHY do you play an active part in your Rotary club? WHY do provide service to your club/district as an elected officer? WHY do you attend your district seminars/workshops/conferences? WHY do you attend any Rotary International conventions? WHY did you volunteer your services or contribute financially to Rotary? WHY did you recruit other to join your Rotary club? WHY do you read your Rotary publications?

While all of the above questions deal with Rotary, we can ask WHY to many of our choices. Some reasons might be based on what was accepted by our parents as good manners, politeness, personal safety, or acceptable family standards. Later we learned rules and regulations that were applied by the educational institutions we attended. Then we learned to abide by those governmental standards and laws. Hopefully those rules were established with logic and not arbitrarily applied?

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WHY did you join ROTI? WHY do you read the ROTI Bread Basket? WHY do contribute stories of your personal/club/district events to the BB? Did you notice I said “simple questions” when asking you about WHY? OK, I admit, none of them are simple questions, and there might be no single or correct answer to some of them. As we begin to end, and that is complex verbiage itself, the year 2012, we might reflect on WHY we do many of the things we do. While all of the above questions deal with Rotary, we can ask WHY to many of our choices. Some reasons might be based on what was accepted by our parents as good manners, politeness, personal safety, or acceptable family standards. Later we learned rules and regulations that were applied by the educational institutions we attended. Then we learned to abide by those governmental standards and laws. Hopefully those rules were established with logic and not arbitrarily applied? What was implied by my asking WHY to the choices you made? Choices are one of the most important opportunities we have. While countries have different regulations in their government, religions, and cultures, all of them provide us at least some important choices. It is what we do with those choices that decide what type of person we become. Do we initiate or respond? Are we proactive or reactive? As we end 2012, you are invited to reflect on how you answer the questions presented in my opening paragraph.

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ROTIAN MONTH Each month, a special Rotarian is selected by ROTI, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to Rotary service. This month, ROTI is pleased to honour

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om Telfer's first post on the current Yahoo archive of ROTI messages was made on May 17, 1999 – and since then he has made over 1,200 posts, many having to do with Jocoe's Journal, which he has been producing for many years.

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The Journal serves as a source of material in the lighter vein for a large number of Club bulletin editors, and keeps the rest of us amused. You'll find it at http://jocoesjournal.blogspot.c om/ Tom is a member of the Rotary Club of London West, not far from Toronto, Canada. Thanks, Tom, for all you do for Rotary and ROTI! Todd has been a member of ROTI since 1999, serving as Director, Secretary and ViceChairman. Thanks, Todd, for all you do for, Rotary and ROTI – and for Chennai's Hearing Impaired

A Chip Ross Production At NOLA, Steve, JohnB, Stahn, Todd, Mark

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thenextROTIchair EUGENE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geneâ&#x20AC;? L. BEIL Centennial PDG 6950 Rotary Club of Hudson, FL District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 6950 Board Member Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship Treasurer Rotarians On The Internet Fellowship

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ugene Bell has been a member of the same Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Hudson, Florida, for 28 years. He became a member in 1984 at the age of 25.

Gene served as Club President in 1988/89. The prior year, he was the Club's Polio Chair. The small club of about 30 members raised $10,000 towards polio eradication, completing its three year goal in one year. Later, Gene served his Rotary District (6950) in numerous capacities. He was the Benefactor Chair, raising pledges for The Rotary Foundation's Permanent Fund. He served for a few years as a Governor's Representative (the pre-cursor to Assistant Governors). Gene also worked with the Group Study Exchange program within the District.

Attorney Beil & Hay, PA BA degree University of South Florida Juris Doctorate University of Akron School of Law Brunnerdale High School Seminary

In 2001/02, Gene became the District Governor Nominee and went on to serve as District Governor in 2004/05, the Centennial year of Rotary. The theme was "Celebrate Rotary". Gene had his own theme also; it was "Cup of Soup". This was from a saying of the Hudson Club's charter President, who would always say you could count on a fellow Rotarian to bring you a "cup of soup" in your time of need. Subsequent to serving as DG, Gene has been District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair (twice). This year is the final year of his second three year term. Gene was a delegate to the 2010 Rotary Council On Legislation in Chicago and is proud to have passed the legislation to make eclubs permanent. At the Zone level, Gene has been an Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for three years, working with several other districts to promote TRF. Gene is currently the ROTI Treasurer. Gene is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a major donor, a level four Bequest Society member and a recipient of the Citation For Meritorious Service. Gene Eugene L. Beil,

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thenextROTIchair John James Glassford If I get asked to serve within Rotary I usually put my hand up and do the best job possible. What can I do for ROTI if appointed as Chair? Ÿ Do my best to increase membership but it has to be a team effort. Ÿ Follow our by-laws and Constitution. Ÿ Be available for e-meetings via Skype if appropriate. Ÿ Prepare a monthly report on time. Ÿ Encourage as many members who are silent to join in the discussions. Not sure how we do that but the list will! Ÿ Prepare for new ideas with the internet such as Facebook v. our Yahoo Group. We have 285 on FB but I feel we need to look at how we can get the best out of social media via the internet and is Yahoo out of date? It is old and maybe stale but then again is it? I feel we need a good discussion on the way we communicate if we are to encourage newer younger members or members who prefer Facebook to Yahoo. Do we need two sites for ROTI I hope not? Ÿ Project for ROTI. Well one that involves the internet of course and I would ask members to put forward their ideas on any projects involving the internet that they would like to see. Personally I like this one: http://one.laptop.org. It makes a lot of sense for ROTI to have a project and I am sure that our members would look at getting their clubs behind whatever we do. I feel it should be internet based though. Ÿ I will be at Sydney 2014 but will not be able to go to Brazil in 2015 should be in Korea in 2016. Ÿ

Now here is what I am doing within Rotary over the next 4 years: 2007 onwards RFFA Australia Secretary fund raising for our African projects. World AIDS Day 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 2013 Club Secretary 2013-2014 Club Foundation Director 2014 Been asked to consider DG for 2016-2017 (Applications go in April 2014.) I missed out for 2014-2015 but was encouraged to apply again. 2015 Climb Mount Kenya April 2015 Served: Coolamon Club 2004-2007 International Services Director Coolamon Club 2007-8 Community Services Director Coolamon Club 2008-9 President Coolamon Club 2009-10 Vice President Coolamon Club 20010-2013 (3years) Secretary Coolamon Club 2005-Web master and bulletin editor (4 years ++++) District 9700 RAWCS committee 2008-2012 District 9700 RFFA Australia 2008 onwards as secretary RFFA Board member 2009-2012 (3 years). Attended 4 conventions Chicago, LA, Montreal and Bangkok; attended 9 DISCONS Major legacies: Ÿ Coolamon House Hout Bay South Africa Ÿ Tracy's 200 Ÿ Orphan Rescue Kits for Africa.

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Studied Agriculture at The University of Edinburgh Married From Ganmain, New South Wales Born on May 11, 1944

I am also a member of the Bequest Society and contribute every year to our Foundation (MPHF but do not tell the club!). Bottom line I will do my best if elected and always have done. BTW three fellow ROTIans asked me to nominate for Chair and I advised them I did not think that I could do it, but you all asked again, so I am happy to put my hat in the ring and be considered, after much thinking that is. I am very grateful and totally surprised that any of you would consider me for Chair of ROTI as I do not follow the "company" mantra. I have ideas that may not please all members, however I do believe in consensus after discussion. I am not a dictator and lead from the rear just as I did on two mountains in Africa.

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thenextROTIchair JESUS "Jesse" M. TANCHANCO, Jr. PERSONAL / PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Born in Manila on December 30, 1957. Married to the former Maria Joji Robles with 3 children (Joelle, Junot and Jestelle) and a grandson (Caeden). Graduate of the University of the Philippines with the degree of BS Agri Business and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Adelphi University, Long Island, New York, USA. Aawarded most outstanding alumni in the private sector by the University of the Philippines, College of Economics and Management in 1995. Professionally, Jesse has been involved in the business of Philippine processed food export (since 1984) with markets in Northern America and the Middle East. He is also a part time lecturer on export related subjects. He is presently, Chairman of the Food Entrepreneurs and Exporters organization of the Philippines (FEOP). ROTARY / CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Ÿ Joined the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights (RCLH) during RY 1998-99 and has held various positions. He was club president during RY 2001-02 and is a 7-time Most Outstanding Rotarian of the year of the RCLH. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. For the current RY 2012-13, he is the club International Service chairman, Grants Chairman and editor of the weekly "Loyola Star Newsletter." Ÿ Recently appointed as Chairman of the Internet Communications committee of the Philippine Rotary Magazine (PRM). He is Immediate Past Chairman of the International Fellowship of Rotary Editors and Publishers (IFREP) and currently, a member of the board. Ÿ He was District Chairman of the GSE Committee (which handled the two outbound and inbound GSE teams to and from Korea and Switzerland), 3X Assistant Governor, Senior Assistant Governor, Chairman, District Chairman, Service Projects committee, Senior Deputy District Secretary and Immediate Past District Secretary. He has been able to maintain the position of Chairman of the Club Extension committee since RY 2007 to 08 up to present. He has been DGSR (District Governor's Special representative) to more than 15 clubs that has been chartered since he assumed the position. Ÿ Awarded twice as Most Outstanding District Officer in RY 2008-2009 and again in RY 2011-2012 and Most Outstanding Rotarian in District 3780 for RY 20092010. ROTI involvement Ÿ Joined ROTI in RY 2004-2005 and has remained an active member since Ÿ Awarded ROTIan of the month at least twice over the years. He is presently a member of the board of director.

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Economics and Management expertise Chairman, Food Entrepreneurs and Exporters Organization of the Philippines (FEOP) Rotary Club of Loyola Heights District 3800 Philippines

In the more than 8 years that I have been a member of ROTI, I was able to establish lasting friendships, broadened my Rotary knowledge, established sister / match club ties with other members, implemented joint projects, enhanced my understanding of other cultures and more. I believe that I became a better Rotarian because of my ROTI experience. If elected Chairman, I would like to see ROTI expand it's membership base, starting in districts which are already represented by current members. These ROTIans can serve as ROTI's "ambassadors of goodwill" or representatives in their respective clubs, districts / countries in order to promote ROTI's objectives and ideals. In this regard, we can develop standard presentations and other "marketing" tools that can be used to create awareness of our great fellowship. In so doing, It is my sincere hope that this will help convince more members to join and benefit from ROTI the way I that I have and so many others. I would like to see the day that ROTI become the fellowship of choice of Rotarians the world over.

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thenextROTIchair LAWRENCE “Tris” TRISTRAM

Born 1944 I grew up in Hampshire, England. After school I joined the Army and six years later I left and became a Quantity Surveyor.

In 1986 I was invited by a member of my church choir to join the Rotary Club of Bordon in what was then District 111 and is now District 1110. After chairing all the club committees I was President of RC Bordon 1992-93. After I was President I felt that I would like to expand my Rotary experience and I volunteered to join the District and I was Rotary District Rotaract Chairman 1994-97. At that time we had 35 Rotaract clubs in a district of 68 Rotary clubs, one of which I had started before I became president. I then went on to become Chair of the Vocational Service Committee for the district. As the only member to join the District team I was frequently introduced to visitors as the 'professional' Rotarian. Towards the end of the 1990s RC Bordon became too small to be viable and we dissolved the club, I moved to RC Petersfield, still in District 1110, where I am now President Elect. I started life in Petersfield as Chair of Vocational Services and then became the Club Secretary. Shortly after this I became District Chair of International Service. I have attended 4 RI Conventions, Glasgow (where I met Peter Wolff, Razor,), Birmingham England, Montreal and New Orleans. At these conventions I have met many Rotians and other great people. I first became aware of fellowships in the late nineties and took the bold step of signing up as a charter member of a new fellowship called ROTI. A brilliant move! Later in Birmingham I was introduced to the Rotarian Singles Fellowship of which I became President in November 2011. My wish is that ROTI continues to be a source of knowledge for Rotarians, I always suggest to new members generally and Presidents in particular that they should join ROTI as they can ask any question and receive a wealth of practical wisdom

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President-Elect Rotary Club of Petersfield, District 1110

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thenextROTIchair SUNIL K. ZACHARIAH

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henever a Rotary news breaks anywhere in the world, eFlash_Rotary alerts thousands of Rotarians all over the world. In the last 12 years, it has become a treasure-chest and is considered the Reuters of Rotary. Few Rotarians know that it is the voluntary effort of one person - its founder Sunil K Zachariah . eFlash has a Ning version at www.eflashonline.org. and also a Yahoo Groups version. eFlash also makes available presentations on Rotary. Sunil's annual presentation on R I President's theme is now used by many Rotary Districts for their PETS and other training programs. Sunil's association with Rotary started almost four decades ago. Rotary first touched his life at the age of 16, when he was inducted as a Rotaractor. He later served the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) of Rotary District 3201. Since 1986, Sunil is an active member of Rotary Club of Kalamassery, Cochin, India. As Governor of Rotary District 3200 in 1998-99, Sunil gave leadership to 12 major sercice projects. District Project of 41 Rotary Ambulances was the biggest project of the year and it costed them Rs.10 million. This project was conceived in cyberspace; what started with a ROTI posting soon became a major project. Sunil has served many years as District Trainer. He has been a PETS Trainer in 5 Districts. He was the Chairman of the Rotary Zonal Institute 2009 held at Cochin and is currently Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 5. He chaired the ROTI dinner last year at Bangkok. Currently he is coordinating ROTI rooms for Lisbon Convention. Sunil is the Managing Director of Futuristic Consultancies Ltd, Cochin. He has served in Executive Committee of All India Management Association and CII Kerala. He is a Past President of Kerala Management Association.

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Sunil believes that ROTI has the potential to become the largest fellowship of Rotary International. Ten-fold membership growth must be targeted- and it is indeed possible. Based on his personal experience with several projects he has been able to initiate through ROTI, Sunil feels that ROTI can play a major role in forging project partnerships between Clubs. ROTI website can be more dynamic and interactive.

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Futuristic Consultancies Ltd St Joseph's High School Thrikkakara UC College Aluva, India Law College, Ernakulam Ernakulam ROTIan from 1997 Currently Board Member (201012) of ROTI; has served earlier (2001-03); total 4 years on the Board ROTIan of the month once PDG of District 3201, India 1998-99 Member, Technology Task Force of Rotary International in 2000-01 Vice Chairman, Technology Committee of Rotary International in 2002-03 Webmaster of Bhichai Rattakul during his term as RI President

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his fellowship will elect the next ROTI chair this December. We have 5 candidates and all of them are capable.

What does it take to lead a global cyber fellowship like ROTI? A PDG? A computer guru? A management expert? An organizational strategist? The next chair can be any of the above. However, he needs only to have one qualification that ROTI needs now: willingness and ability to encourage enthusiasm and activity by ROTI members.

He must have that extra sensory perception when to impose, when to intervene, when to to offer policy/ suggestion/ counsel, when to put his foot down, when to insist on discipline and when to be humble.

Aside from having writing and computer skills, on the side. :-) He must have that extra sensory perception when to impose, when to intervene, when to to offer policy/suggestion/counsel, when to put his foot down, when to insist on discipline and when to be humble. He must be heard and hear others correctly. Because we only see and read each other in email, and facebook, perhaps. Sounds like a herculean task for such a voluntary work. What do you get as ROTI chair? You get a global recognition, the respect of your peers, the advantage of being found easily by a search engine, two years of worldwide title, and a history to go with it. And if you are lucky, your successor gives you a token, for a job well done. Good luck to our 5 candidates. The best man will win. Whoever he is, this fellowship will still be on the Internet. :-)

A very merry Christmas to all!

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News of clubs around the world - Editor

Rotarians from San Rafael Rotary Club D 4170 Mexico presented a giant Rotary Wheel at Independence Monument to commemorate World Polio Day. - Letty Parra

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There were about 1,000 attendees at the Zone Institute, Selangor, Malaysia - - - and about 400 were Philippine Rotarians! District 3820 had the biggest delegation of more than 200! Our own district had about 70 delegates. We were saying that if the Filipinos did not attend, the Zone Institute would be a minuscule affair. It was a rare chance to have a photo with the Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka! - President Elmer Hernandez RC Mabalacat

RIPE Gary Huang Above, D3790 Rotarians AG Zaldy Alegre, Pres. Elmer Hernandez, DGN Dennis Go, DG Tony Bautista and Pres. Nato Rongcal. The Windows of the World, fellowship of Rotarians, was most enjoyable, according to many. DGE Linda Winter, left, at the DGE Training Seminar with colleagues.

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WORLDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AIDS DAY 1 December an initiative of the Coolamon (Australia) Rotary Club by John Glassford

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otary Club Dharmavaram Mid Town conducts free IOL camps every month. Doctors from Bangalore west Lion's Eye Hospital (Netrajyothi Hospital) screen the patients. Selected patients are taken to Bangalore in seperate bus for their free surgery and bring them back to Dharmavaram. Every month 50 to 100 people will be benefited through this program of our club. We are not getting any reimbursement for this program from Government since 2005 and no Matching Grant projects involved since 2007-08. This project is totally supported by our Members and Friends. - Suresh Sunku

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ere is an interesting and thought provoking web site on AIDS and why we cannot give up the work to help those that need it most, the vulnerable children and orphans of AIDS in Africa: The End of AIDS<http://www.one.org/us/2012/11/27/whythe-world-is-off-track-on-aids-and-how-2013-gives-ushope/> While the end may be in sight by 2022 it will need a Herculean effort by world governments who give a damn to make it happen. The cost to do this is huge billions of dollars just to roll out anti retro viral drugs for those who have AIDS. We are talking about 39 million plus HIV+ people on the planet and 20-22 million orphans as a result of AIDS and increasing daily. Then there is the search for a vaccine many many billions of dollars more. Yes the AIDS death rate has come down sure from 2.1 million to 1.7 million on an annual rate with the subsequent resulting orphans and now vulnerable children. These original orphans of AIDS are now all reaching their teens and as a result are extremely vulnerable. The boys turn to crime to survive, the girls to prostitution and the cycle starts all over again. Our Rotary club and Rotarians For Fighting AIDS Australia are working with our partners in Kenya, Hope World Wide and the RC of Nairobi, to raise funds for the vulnerable children who are ready to go to high school. High school in Kenya is not free and they need school and boarding fees as well as uniforms and books. We started with one girl Tracy Monica and we now have another 9 on the books due to the funds raised so far here.

World AIDS Day 1 December 2012 World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world. Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". The World AIDS Campaign focus on "Zero AIDS related deaths" signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honor promises like the Abuja declaration and for African

Awareness Rally on WORLDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AIDS DAY

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n commemorating the National Day of Reading or Araw ng Pagbasa on November 27, 2012, RC Holy Spirit joined other clubs in RID 3780 in simultaneously reading to select classes of grade school pupils in their respective adopted schools. Leading the nationwide celebration was President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino who read before a class at the Teodora Alonzo Elementary School, and later answered questions from the students. President Noynoy was gifted with a painting done by RC Diliman Presi-dent Jun Martinez and a copy of the Super Pinoy Kid comic book.

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mabalacat Skill and Livelihood Training Center Camachiles Resettlement Area Mabalacat

A Matching Grant project with Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor D7230 New York, USA. A cooperation with the Municipality of Mabalacat.

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resident Elmer Hernandez showed off the newly completed Skill and Livelihood Training Center of Rotary Club of Mabalacat, located inside the Camachiles Resettlement Area, to the GSE visitor from New York. The center will give free sewing classes and other skills related to bag/garment-making to residents in the surrounding areas.

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or 3 years now, the Rotary Club of Mabalacat had facilitated the free heart surgery of a number of children in India thru the Gift of Life Project with sister club RC Saicity D3201. The club processes the passport, visa and clearances of the patients while RC Saicity rendered the free heart surgery and accommodations to the patients and their companions. Lately, several clubs pitched in to help; the Rotary Club of Clark Centennialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation of P120,000 helped bring the latest 2 patients to India. Another 2 patients will leave on January 2013 for their heart operation.

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Rotary Club of Stratford Rotary Arts & Crafts Christmas Show - 2013 Nov 9 & 10th The annual Arts & Craft Show is organized by The Rotary Club of Stratford. Located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, just a few minutes from the centre of town, the Rotary Arts & Craft Show features over 100 juried vendors offering some of the best in unique, beautiful, and practical Christmas gift ideas. All Show profits go towards community needs.

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Fairview Rotary Members were putting up Christmas decorations on the old Fire Hall, Lenny Basnett up on the roof, Ken Thompson signalling to Perry Wild (not in photo) on the manlift while volunteer Keith Lyons finishes fastening a bolt securing the letters they were putting up.

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ur early childhood history lessons told of how our Thanksgiving Day originated. Newcomers from Europe sat down to a feast with Native Americans to give thanks for their harvest, to appreciate the assistance from one to the other and to celebrate family and friendship. Whether the stories are wrapped in myth or accuracy is not the point. As individuals, groups, cultures, and nations, people everywhere take time during their year to reflect respectively on their successes, rewards, pleasures and fortunes. It is a moment of subliminal, nostalgic and heartfelt gratefulness expressed in cultural, personal, public and private ways. These are expressions of gratitude beyond the “Hey, Thanks” we repeat through the course of daily living. For myself, fortunes transcend one particular day set aside for the purposes of such reflection. I am grateful daily, most particularly for my family of origin, both living and dead, my nuclear family of wife, children, siblings and relatives, and, my extended family of friends and fellow life travelers whom I’ve met along our ways. In my quiet self I offer up my gratitude. We don’t so much make friends and family as meet or encounter them in fortuitous moments.

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In his book Illusions, Richard Bach wrote, “Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.” That may be true for most and is partially true for me. My best friends shared our parent’s roof from the moments of our earliest mutual childhood, and through them I learned to appreciate those who arrived later and whose lives and mine mingled, overlapped or entwined in various ways and over variable durations. For and because of all of them, including you, I am more than grateful and it is fitting that I celebrate Thanksgiving every day.

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From: Bob Collins [mailto:catspaw4@cox.net] To: Robert Mintz Subject: United Airline Miles Good Afternoon; I am wondering if you are able to share with me any information about the actual use of the United Airline Miles that we donated to Rotary. I have heard rumors from several sources that the miles that many of us as Rotarians were being used for charitable uses are actually being used fror travel by Rotary officers and directors for other than humanitarian purposes. Can you shed some light on the matter please? Thank you Robert M. Collins RC of Council Bluffs Centennial, D-5650 IA/NE USA

on matter of Rotary winning of 2.5 million miles from United Airlines Hi Robert: Please forward the attached information to the source of the rumors since they could not be farther from the truth. The Rotary miles both donated by members and won as part of the United Airlines promotion last year have been principally used for both inbound and outbound medical programs that have saved many children's lives. These programs are mostly administered by clubs and districts that source the mileage donations for specific programs. Other uses include the list below which was recently furnished to United to allow us to qualify for the 10 Million Miles promotion that will be conducted again this holiday season. Those uses include, 1. Rotary has and would continue to use donated miles from the United Airlines 10 Million Mile Holiday Campaign to support critical international humanitarian projects. For example, Rotary: a. Provides transportation for Gift of Life surgical teams. Last year, teams traveled to Haiti and El Salvador where volunteer doctors and nurses from the U.S. performed lifesaving heart surgery on many children and provided important training for local doctors. This is an ongoing need. b. Transports Iraqi children with birth defects to U.S. hospitals for treatment they would not be able to receive at home, another ongoing need. c. Sends volunteers to help immunize children during National Immunization Days. Three polio-endemic countries remain: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Countries at risk for polio importation also require immunization campaigns. d. Provides airfare for financially disadvantaged Rotary youth exchange students to live and study overseas for a school year. Rotary fosters international goodwill by enabling 8,000 secondary school students to study abroad in 80 countries around the world. Funds speaker travel for international peace conferences. During 2012 and 2013, the Rotary International president is holding a series of peace conferences in Germany, Japan, and the United States.>>> Robert S. Mintz

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devlynf@devlyn.com.mx wrote: Please share this answer from Robert Mintz from R.I. Travel Service with the discussion internet group to which you belong to clarify a misconception of possible misuse of donated United Airline Miles. It is good knowing that these donated miles that we won were used as we expected to help in Rotary Projects and Programs as mentioned below.

Hi Frank: Below is my email response to Bob Collins. Since I have everyone's attention, I would like to add a couple more comments about this wonderful partnership with United and the joy it has brought to so many including myself and other RI staff members. In short, we began the program with United in 1998 and remain their longest running charity partner. The original Foundation program selected by United was to add Rotary to their list of approved charities so Mileage Plus members would donate miles to provide airfare for the Foundation's Grants for Volunteers program. We quickly learned that non-members had little interest in the Rotary program and we began to publicize the program among our membership as a means to utilize miles that would expire to support this TRF program. While not a huge success, some miles were donated and some volunteer mission's airfare was provided. After further thought, we decided to modify the program so RITS would act as a fulfillment center for free tickets using miles donated by clubs and districts to support their own programs and projects. Essentially, we hit on a type of future vision formula that allowed the clubs and districts to select a program and fund it by passing the mileage hat around the club or among friends. The clubs kept tract of the miles that were donated and we issued the tickets when the mileage requirements were met. The projects funded include sending high school students to install computer labs in Latin America and Africa, cleanup projects in New Orleans, special speakers for Rotary events. By far the largest use was for medical missions in which hundreds of children, their parents and teams of doctors were transported for lifesaving medical missions. Now in the area of speakers, I know of one instance when a Past RI President was furnished with a US first class ticket to speak at a district event using miles that were donated by that district solely for that purpose. Other than that, every mile has been accounted for and those earned from last years United contest have been used is listed below. I will also add that several past RI Presidents have donated all of their United miles upon leaving office. These miles have gone into a discretionary fund that RITS allocates to worthwhile purposes after these requests have been vetted by local Rotary clubs. One past President requested that we send him a picture and a little story about each child that was helped with his miles. Through the program, I have adopted a developmentally disabled young man who lives with his aunt since his parents cannot take care of him. Each year, I get an email from the aunt who is also a teacher asking if we can send Cory home for the holidays to see his parents. Each year, I use my own miles to fund Cory's ticket and we pass his thank you letter around RITS during the holidays. I know the rest of the staff take great pride in arranging travel for all of the special children such as Ali who is featured in the article above. As you can see, we treat this program as a special gift that we are fortunate enough to have and would never use these miles for business travel that should be funded by the dues money that is paid by members such as ourselves. Please let everyone know, United Airlines will again offer 10 million miles to their charity partners this holiday season and we expect Rotary to win first place. Our goal is a million votes a day !! Best wishes, Robert S. Mintz Division Manager Corporate Relations & Global Travel

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Rajeev Mujumdar wrote: I have two questions: 1) Is it necessary to have a new Theme of Rotary every year? 2) Shouldn't we have "ONE ROTARY" image through uniformity in ALL Publications & Communications in public domain? >>>> is it necessary & relevant to continue with this practice established 72 years ago?

We should look at these questions as we would take a decision for the the corporate or a leading business organization we are concerned with. At the outset, taking the point 2 first, there should be only one logo to identify the organization, to get fixed in the optic and minds of the onlooker. This will keep up the image and enhance public relation, trouble-free without confusion. The Rotary Wheel serves this purpose fully. Hence there should be no additional variety of logos as per programmes, aplenty. On the point one, changing theme, year after year, has lost its significance, although agreed that the statements are great and give meaningful message, but short-lived. Moreover the theme steals the importance of the Logo due to diversion. Theme may only go with the President that year as a part of his or her programme, if at all, keeping the Logo intact in its significance. No other emphasis be given which would dilute the main Organizational Logo which goes time-tested forever. Almost all corporates or business houses go with their single Logo with total success. Rotary should. This is a point in good marketing, and why not! I believe, Rotary Board is considering some such change in short time to come. - PDG Subhash Saraf

I completely agree with concentrating on a single theme and eliminating the change every year. As mentioned, the expense in new design and the total creation, man hours/expense for design, expense to print in all the physical materials ie. paper, buttons & pins, along with the changeover in the electronic media is undoubtedly a waste of money. And what is done with the left over material from last year? I am sure the printer does not take back and give full credit for the envelopes, letterheads and all the printed material, along with the fact that the recycle center does not pay us one hundred cents on the dollar spent for the same material. Can we see a dollar figure from RI as to what is discarded and the expense to discard along with the value of that merchandise? I feel in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic times, grass roots clubs are struggling to retain membership because not all members are financially well off, and securing funds and donations are more difficult because the general public is on hard times. Our RI management needs to re-access where to tighten the belt and reallocate some of its monies to better serve those that are in need. Monies spent on an art/design department and to the printer and all other vendors, no matter if under RI's roof or a subcontractor could be better utilized for clean water, additional polio vacines, reading material for a literacy program, or staples for a food bank. RI should not be running like a government that continues to ask (tax) its followers to support wasteful spending. It is nice to see each new RI President have a vision for what he/she would like to accomplish, but do they really think each club will do an about face to tout the new theme every year. Perhaps this started with someone having a vision of grandeure as opposed to staying on target with what Rotary was created for. Or perhaps times were different back then, just as they are different now. Look at any major corporation, Coke-a-Cola, Walmart, United Airlines, Mercedes Benz, Target, do they change their overall tag lines or slogans? Sure their weekly sales ads reflect the changing merchandise they are selling in their local area but their slogans never change because it takes years to build equity in that slogan. What is our slogan? Perhaps it is 'Service Above Self', which is a noble thought and endevour that the public could easily embrace. That slogan could be easily adopted by any club and implemented to the local flavor of that club and the needs of that community. RI can utilize it for it's number one theme of eradicating polio along with sub projects. As the initiator of this discussion said, just how much does the local club buy into the yearly changing theme? Pole the members of your club, how many know this years 'theme' or even last years? I am sure those that do are in the minority. I believe it is time for our president to reevaluate how best to fulfill the number 4 of the Four Way Test, "Is It Beneficial To All Concernedâ&#x20AC;?

>Rotary seems to be moving more and more towards running itself like a >business. In the spring a decision was made to eliminate hard cover >binders in Paul Harris Fellow recognition materials as a cost saving >measure. The feeling was that it is more important to save US$ 125,000 than spend US$ to thank a Rotarian for a contribution of US$ 1,000. RI is not TRF, but how much could RI contribute to TRF programs if it eliminatedthe issuance of 34,000 club theme banners and 530+ district banners? - Bill Phillips PP, RC of Lawrenceburg (TN, USA)

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May this fellowship continue to grow; may the season bring you peace, relaxation and good times with your friends and loved ones; may your Rotary clubs prosper and your membership multiply! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all our friends! from Breadbasket staff ROTI BOARD and ROTI Leadership Council


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