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Rotary District 6110

JULY 2012

GOVERNOR’S NEWSLETTER THE MESSAGE

DISTRICT GOVERNOR JOHN D. WILLIAMS, JR.

Congratulations are in order for Past District Governor Danny Mitchell, the 81 immediate Past Club Presidents, District Officers and District Committee Chairs and the entire District Leadership Team who have given so much of their time and energies to serving the needs of Rotary Clubs and assist with projects all across the Communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri which make up District 6110.

September 27-30 District Conference October 11– 13, 2012 Rotary Zone Institute

It is at this time of the Rotary Year that I am always amazed at the scope of Rotary International and how we as Rotarians embrace this mass change like a huge herd migrating wilder beast. With over 1,200,000 plus members and over 34,200 Club Presidents in 200 Countries each year we embrace this change along with the change of our Rotary International President. Even now more than ever, it brings to light we need to continually focus on ways to improvement the Training of our Club Presidents-Elect and the training of our Assistant District Governors. As I begin my 81 Club Visit Schedule, I will continue to encourage all Clubs to focus on ways to RECRUIT, RETAIN and RENEW our enthusiasm and Rotary spirits and find ways to strengthen and make our Clubs stronger so that we can better serve the needs within your communities.

Rotary Theme. As Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka from Japan has so eloquently stated, “Peace comes from within”. In order to obtain true Peace, you must first seek peace from within. Then, you can seek peace for your family, your Club, and you’re Community. True Peace throughout the world can be enhanced through Service. Sakuji continues to encourage a new focus February 1, 2013 Assistant Governor on “Service Above Self” as he continues to promote his International Theme as we seek “Peace Training through Service”. I encourage you to read Sakuji and Kyoko Tanaka biography in the July edition Springdale, AR. of your Rotarian Magazine. Huntsville, GA

District Governor Installation. On June 30, 2012, Rotarians from around the District assembled at the Springdale Holiday Inn to recognize the Past Year under the Leadership of DG Danny Mitchell and to rejoice with the appointment of John D Williams JR as the new District Governor for 20122013. There were 10 Past District Governors as well as 18 past, present and/or future Assistant Lisbon, Portugal Governors present. PDG Fred Vorsanger, RC of Fayetteville, conducted the Installation. Music was provided by Jonathan Story and Kara Young. DGE Ken and Lynn Colley presented John and Connie with a pair of Running Shoes so that they can hit the ground running on July 1, 2012. Ken presented Danny and Peggy Mitchell with a pair of loafer’s each so that they may kick back after a long year of Service to District 6110.

June 23– 26, 2013 Rotary International Convention

Incoming First Lady Connie Williams, District Governor Elect John D. Williams, District Governor Danny Mitchell & First Lady Peggy Mitchell See next page


Club Visioning. This year in order to help strengthen clubs and to help to RECRUIT and RETAIN, District 6110 will continue to offer a Club Vision facilitation activity which will assist Club to determine their strengths and weaknesses, where they are and find a direction of where to go. Club Visioning helps Clubs develop a 3 to 5 year Leadership Plan. Leadership Academy. In June 2012, we held our first annual Leadership Academy Graduation. The District has made a commitment to develop a pool of new, informed leaders who will be able to serve at higher leadership levels within our District. We are starting to assembly students for the Fall Leadership Academy. Graduates will become more informed and be better prepared to serve as Presidents, District Chairman, Assistant Governor and even future District Governors. Club of the Year. I will be awarding a “Club of the Year” award, based on 4-Club sizes. Points will be awarded in 7-different categories. In each of the 4-Club sizes, first place will be worth 1,250, second place will be work 750 and third place will be worth 500. A total of 10,000 points towards a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition will be distributed. Understand how your Club can earn points. Working on these points will assist your Club to become more effective and involve all your Club members. Start now, stay ahead and with the Club of the Year. District Conference. Wendy Kumpe AG (wendy@chadkumpe.com) and Chuck Culver AG (ccluver@uark.edu) are CoChairs for the 2012 District Conference, September 27-30, 2012, Embassy Suites, Rogers, AR. Bill Locke (b_locke@admiralmovingservices.com) and Lane Crider (lcrider@mwyusa.com) will coordinate our Golf Tournament at Lost Springs Golf Club, Rogers, AR. A Clay Shooting event will be offered as an additional activity. Wendy and Chuck are organizing an afternoon at Crystal Bridges, the newest destination attraction in Arkansas. Each of your Clubs will be will have a table in the House of Friendship to display your Club’s best fundraiser or service project or both. Other projects will be displayed. This activity will help share ideas for other Rotary Clubs. Perhaps you have a Public Service Project or a Special Event you would like to showcase. We need to become better at showcasing and telling our Communities about our Service Projects. Rising Star. In order to show case and recognize excellence from activities and members within our District, I plan to begin articles on the “Rising Stars”. The Rising Star is to recognize excellence from Rotarian around the District. The rising star may be an Interact student, a Rotaract Student, an Exchange Student, a Chairman of a Special Project, etc. I wish to recognize the Rotarians from around our great District who are doing excellent service projects. Anyone can nominate a Rising Star. Watch for these articles on our District Website ( www.rotarydistrict6110.org) for these articles. We all can improve our contact information which appears on our District and Club Data Base (www.dacdb.com/rotary). Actually, July 1, 2012, is the beginning of a new Rotary Year. I ask each of your to visit the DaCdb website and review and update you information. To the new Club Presidents, I will like to close with NBA Super Star Michael Jordan’s quote, “Don’t Be Afraid to Fail, Be Afraid Not to Try”. Don’t get caught up in the slogan, “We’ve always done it that way”. Go out and make a difference. Try new things. Make a difference. Work on your legacy. From the Desk of District Governor John D Williams

Crawfish Boil Hosted by Alma Rotary Club The Alma Rotary Club recently hosted their second annual Crawfish Boil at the new Alma Community Center on Saturday June 9, 2012. This is the first event to be held at the Alma Community Center which will also serve as a meeting place for the Alma Rotary. The Crawfish Boil served as a fund raiser for the completion of the community center's interior, which includes the purchase of a sound system. Rotary International District 6110 Governor Danny Mitchell and former Governor A.C. Montcrief were on hand to enjoy the festivities as well as state representatives Justin Harris and Leslee Milam Post. The evening began with an opening address by Rotary Member Wolf Grulkey and followed with a word of prayer by Wayne Thompson. Guests were treated to boiled crawfish, shrimp, chicken and hot dogs along with corn, mushrooms and potatoes as side items. Entertainment for the adults were provided by several local entertainers, most notably Crooked and Steep, a Bluegrass Band with roots that run deep in the Arkansas River Valley. Children were able to play to their heart's content in a Bounce Around located outside. The evening provided many with the chance to experience great entertainment, food, and most of all fellowship. For a Rotarian it is the fellowship which is most important, because that is how great ideas are developed into outstanding service projects. The Crawfish Boil was an enjoyable event all around which left many anticipating the next event by this local Rotary chapter.


ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

ROTARY SERVICE It’s here! Rotary Showcase, officially launched at the 2012 Bangkok Convention, is Rotary International’s newest social media tool that helps Rotarians share service initiatives with the Rotary family and beyond. Users can add their club’s service projects, exchange ideas with other Rotarians, and explore the wide variety of activities that Rotary clubs are undertaking worldwide. Showcase users can also upload project pictures, create discussions about their initiatives, and even join projects that other Rotarians have created. The application connects directly to Facebook to broadcast club accomplishments globally with the simple click of a button. Encourage Rotarians in your district to take the lead by adding their club’s service projects to Rotary Showcase right now! Please share this information with them and encourage them to visit www.rotary.org/showcase. We hope your district enjoys this new and exciting way to promote projects and we look forward to learning more about your district’s service work through Rotary Showcase! Please direct any questions torotary.service@rotary.org. Best regards, Alyson Budd, Rotary Service Department, rotary.service@rotary.org

District 6110 Embraces Leadership Academy On Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Magnolia Gardens in Springdale, AR, Rotarians from around the District gathered to share Hors d’oeuvres and toast to the graduates of the First Class of the District Leadership Academy (DLA) coordinated by Ellis Potter PDG, Dean of the Leadership Academy. Attendees enjoyed an eclectic setting, excellent service and fine food before the honorees were inducted. The Keynote Speaker, Steve Clark, current President and Chief Financial Officer of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, touched the graduates by recognizing their leadership potential. He noted that in little over 90 months we will reach the year 2020 and we need to invest in Leadership, but this Class will always be recognized as the very first District Leadership Academy Class of District 6110. Therefore, they were charged with the responsibility of leading District 6110 into the next decade. In no certain order, The First Leadership Academy Class was composed of Terry Bushay, Holiday Island; Renie Doherty, Claremore; Don den Daas, Tulsa Southside; Jayne Lowe, Bentonville; Craig Henderson, Claremore; Nicole Hoppel, Eureka Springs; Randy Martin, Springdale; Daryl Mathews, Claremore; Nick Nail, Broken Arrow; Larry NelsonMountain Home, Mark Dobbs, Bull Shoals-Lakeview; and Herb Orr, Tulsa Sunrise. This year’s Class of Instructors included Harritt Schloer, Coordinator District 5110; Steve Gragert-PDG, Claremore, Ed Hardesty-PDG; Tulsa Southeast, John Brodbeck PDG, Springdale, Courtney Palfreeman, Springdale, Wallace A. Williams PDG, Tulsa North, Ken Bateman PDG, Pittsburg. Magnolia Gardens is a beautiful setting for weddings and special occasions. But in our case, the Gardens offered the special atmosphere for celebrating the achievement of the graduates and enjoying a relaxing evening. The Fall Class of the District Leadership Academy is beginning to take shape. The Rotarians are encouraged to submit applications for enrollment considerations. Instead of 7 Classes, the new curriculum has been modified to include 6 Classes, ranging from Membership, Foundation, Communication, etc., and will soon be posted on the District Rotary website. The leadership Academy is designed to develop future District Leaders above Club Level and offer a broad education on Rotary Subjects. John D Williams JR--District Governor 2012-13


Call to Action Critical time in human history for global polio eradication! By Ron Petersen, Sr.

We are at the most critical time in human history for global polio eradication. There has not been a recorded case of polio in India for over 12 months, a development that was unthinkable only a few years ago. In fact, since 1988 the overall number of polio cases has dropped from over 300,000 to under 1,000 worldwide.

It was with great anticipation that I submitted my application to be a part of the Inaugural District Leadership Academy last August. I was thrilled when I was accepted in to the program! The topics to be covered included Membership; Public Relations; Club, District & RI Organization; Communications, New Generations and The Foundation – Future Vision. What a terrific way to get myself ready for my year as Club President!! Although we were advised that this would be like going back to school for 9 months, with tons of reading, strategic plans to make, tests to take….my classmates and I were ready to go!

At a Capitol Hill briefing this last week co-hosted by the Shot@Life Campaign and Rotary International, and sponsored by the Global Health Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Betty McCollum and David Reichert, provided stunning data and compelling stories as to why it is time for the United States to lead in global polio eradication efforts. A wide range of congressional staff were at this meeting ready to learn more about polio and support the cause.

As we started the program in September, I was so excited by the reading material! Oh my gosh….I’d been a Rotarian for 19 years and I was learning so many new things about Rotary! What a wealth of information there is out there on the RI website. Then, the writing exercises began. We classmates were emailing back and forth trying to figure out how to use the Google Groups; what did the instructor mean by this question, etc. As the end of the month approached and I was frantically wondering if I’d get everything finished…..and maybe this hadn’t been such a good idea after all…it all came together and the first test was behind us!

According to Senator Timothy Wirth, president of the UN Foundation, and representatives from Rotary International, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control on the panel, we are closer than ever to stopping the sometimes fatal effects of polio once and for all.

Every month brought more knowledge and I do believe that some of my Rotary friends got tired of hearing me refer to this, that or the other thing that I had learned through the Leadership Academy. Our class set up a DLA (District Leadership Academy) support group on Facebook to exchange ideas and vent frustrations with some of our homework. Not only was I learning more about Rotary, but I was making new Rotary friends! Since we were required to attend District Conference and Assembly, we were able to spend time together and share even more ideas.

So how do you help in the effort? It’s not just about money. Although it only costs $20 to help give lifetime immunity from some of the most deadly diseases to a child, there are many other ways to contribute. From one-on-one conversations with friends and family to group events and passing out posters, everyone can make a difference in global health. Although we are close to eradication, the experts at the event noted that our progress could be lost: without support, the disease can reemerge at any time, even in countries that have been declared polio-free. The briefing may have been designed to inform America’s leaders, but for the rest of us it is a call to action.

When the last strategic plan and the last test were completed, one by one we “high fived” each other through Facebook; congratulating each other on our accomplishment! Of the 24 that started the class, we had 12 that made it to graduation. PDG Ellis Potter made our graduation ceremony a special event. It was held at Magnolia Gardens in Springdale and he, along with our wonderful instructors, were all there to cheer us on! What camaraderie was established between us Rotarians from around the District….not only between the students, but our instructors as well. I would highly recommend the District Leadership Academy to any Rotarian who has a thirst for greater knowledge of this amazing organization we are a part of and especially if they are considering any kind of leadership role in their club or at the District level. It was well worth the time and effort. Jayne Lowe, President Elect, Bentonville Rotary Club


Oswego’s “Rising Star” By Marvin Wahl Rotary Club of Oswego

The Rotary Club of Oswego Kansas discovered a rising star when they selected Junior Eden Tullis to attend RYLA. She was an outstanding student at the camp and has continued. Eden came back enthusiastic about Rotary. She followed up her connection with Rotary when she entered and won the local 4-Way Speech Contest. After graduating from high school, Eden decided to attend college at Emporia State University. She applied for and received a Rotary Scholarship from the Oswego Club. Eden became involved in many facets of college life and in 2009 she earned her way to Leadership Class traveling to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. She visited the cultural sites but also explored community service activities there. She expressed to the Oswego Club recently how much her visit to the concentration camps affected her. She found the site so much more disturbing than what she had read and seen on the television. Eden shared her trip with the local club when she came back as a thank you for our donation to help her afford the trip. Eden has been a member of the Campus Crusade for Christ at ESU. She participated in various service activities including a St. Jude’s fundraiser, a trip to Kansas City where she worked with disadvantaged youth, student Ambassador, and several other service activities. Eden served as Activities Counsel President and worked on campus leading tours and mentoring other students. On May 12, 2012, Eden graduated cum laude with a 3.7 GPA in the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Journalism. She also received Emporia State’s 2012 Outstanding Senior Award, outdistancing over 600 other seniors for the award. She will now go to Seattle, Washington, where she has been admitted to the University of Seattle. She will enter the Masters Program in Student Development Affairs and has been hired as a student center coordinator. After a few years experience, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree where she would like to work with a university outside the classroom in the Student Development area. Oswego has been proud of Eden’s accomplishments and wishes her the best in her future. She visit the Oswego Club recently to update us on her journey. She expressed to the club her desire to become a Rotarian and because of her passion for service projects, we have recommended that she find a Rotary Club in Seattle.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 Event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 5335 S. Harvard • Tulsa, OK 741356:00 pm - Social/Silent Auction 7:30 pm - Dinner/LiveAuction

http:// www.sunriselobsterfest.com/

The primary beneficiary of the 2012 Tulsa Sunrise Rotary Lobster Fest and Charity Auction is the The Autism Center of Tulsa www.autismtulsa.org. The secondary beneficiaries are Tulsa Sunrise Rotary Foundation and The Elks Charities. This will be an adult only event. Steak available. Each ticket includes tow complementary adult beverages.


Membership & Attendance Membership & Attendance for May 2012 CLUB

MBRs 6/30/1 1

MBRs Current

YTD – chg

ChgFrom last mo.

MTGs Held

AVG Attend %

Att% Rank

Alma

25

25

0

na

0

Altus Area Sunset

17

28

11

-1

3

Aurora

24

25

1

0

5

93

2

147

140

-7

-1

3

63.1

32

71

71

0

1

4

50.71 63

Bartlesville

0

81

77.01 11

CLUB

Mid-Marion County Mountain Home

MBRs

6/30/11

MBRs

Current

YTD – change

31

26

-5

ChgFrom last mo.

MTGs Held

AVG Attend %

Att %

na

0

0

79

Rank

119

105

-14

-3

5

57.2

46

Mt Vernon

18

15

-3

na

0

0

73

Muskogee

101

100

-1

2

5

46.44 69

Bartlesville Daybreak Bella Vista Sunrise

25

28

3

1

5

79

9

Bentonville

91

94

3

1

5

55.51

2

Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Berryville

38

31

-7

0

5

95.48

1

27

25

-2

0

5

69.7

20

Oswego

Bixby

85

75

-10

na

0

0

80

Owasso

33

39

6

0

5

51.12 61

Booneville

27

29

2

0

4

65

29

Ozark

29

32

3

1

5

55.63 50

Bristow

30

32

2

0

3

55.2

52

Paris

27

26

-1

0

4

61

36

Broken Arrow

80

79

-1

-2

3

67.16 24

Parsons

41

44

3

0

5

62.5

34

Bull ShoalsLakeview Carthage

47

48

1

0

5

Pittsburg

81

95

14

-2

5

70.6

15

94

105a

11

na

0

0

72

Pittsburg Sunrise

54

55

1

-1

5

90

4

Poteau

34

37

3

1

4

Cassville

58

54

-4

-1

5

60

38

Pryor

42

44

2

1

3

Chanute

28

31

3

n/a

0

0

70

River Valley

20

18

-2

-4

5

69.99 19

Claremore

74

72

-2

-1

5

48.22 66

Rogers

130

125

-5

-1

5

54.04 55

Claremore Reveille

27

26

-1

2

5

70.08 16

Rogers Early Risers

43

41

-2

0

4

67.81 23

Coffeyville

50

48

-2

0

4

50

65

Sand Springs

117

108

-9

2

4

47.28 67

Drumright

14

15

-2

0

5

50

65

20

20

0

0

5

5

Sand Springs Sunset Sapulpa

51

48

-1

-1

4

53.33 57 51.69 60

Eureka Springs

60

37

Neodesha

16

17

1

0

4

82

7

Neosho

56

61

5

na

0

0

74

Nevada

74

76

2

0

5

Nowata

12

10

na

0

0

Okmulgee

23

22

-1

na

0

0

78

8

0

0

na

0

0

71

55

56

1

-3

5

89.52

Fayetteville

209

200

-9

4

5

66.27 25

Fayetteville Northside Fort Scott

86

85

-1

0

5

60

59

-1

-1

5

54

56

Springdale

Fort Smith

120

122

-1

-1

5

54

56

Fort Smith Southside Fredonia

32

32

0

0

5

69.5

21

Tahlequah Cherokee County Tulsa

29

29

0

0

4

58

45

50.5

Frontenac

27

21

-6

0

5

Greenwood

23

27

4

0

4

50.92 62

132

148

16

4

5

63.57 31

Harrison

77

81

4

0

5

65.79 26

Henryetta

24

22

-2

na

0

Holiday Island

32

38

6

1

4

59.87 41

Humboldt

14

16

2

-1

5

65.48 27

Independence

63

55

-8

0

0

Iola

48

43

-5

-8

5

108

110

2

1

6

Grove

Joplin

90

64

0

70

3

76

17

55.71 49 57

47

Joplin Daybreak

56

59

-1

1

4

65.45 28

Lamar

49

51

2

2

5

76.89 13

McAlester

66

77

11

1

5

53.2

58

Miami

49

57

8

0

4

68.4

22

52.86 59 0

77

54.54 54 88

63

6

33

Siloam Springs

49

51

2

0

5

Skiatook

17

18

1

2

5

216

212

-4

2

3

58.81 44

30

27

-3

-3

5

61.89 35

441

434

-7

2

5

59.41 43

Tulsa Midtown

25

26

1

-2

5

76.92 12

Tulsa North

17

13

-4

-1

5

60

40

Tulsa Southeast

50

46

-4

-1

5

80

8

55

53

Tulsa Southside

51

59

8

1

5

78.69 10

Tulsa Sunrise

56

59

3

0

5

76.45 14

Tulsa Will Rogers

47

40

-7

0

4

Van Buren

42

38

-4

0

5

Vinita

65

67

2

0

5

56

48

Wagoner

23

25

2

0

0

64

30

Webb City Carl Junction

50

47

-3

na

0

0

75

Totals, Net Gain, Avg Attendance:

4797 4790

69 of 81 clubs reporting

1

-446 4.58

70

18

59.47 42

64.23 %


A Rotary “Rising Star” By Brenda Nelson,

Rotary Club of Mountain Home, AR Dr. Terry Bushay was raised in Huntsville, AR, graduated from Springdale High in 1983, and completed his General Practice Residency in West Los Angeles/UCLA in 1993. He has had his private dental practice in Holiday Island, AR since 1996. "DrSmilz" joined Rotary in 1996 at Eureka Springs, AR and transferred to the Rotary Club of Holiday Island in 2010. Among other positions, Terry is a 3-time club president, has hosted a Youth Exchange Student, is a multiple PHF, and soon-to-be Bequest Society member. He has been married for 26 years to Rosemary (Neal) of Springdale. RI (Rotary Interviewer): What was your first experience with Rotary or an individual Rotarian? TB (Terry Bushay): While visiting a dental school classmate in Scottsdale, AZ, he asked me to go to Rotary with him. The club was a fun and rowdy club. Until that first meeting I had no idea what Rotary was. RI: What drew you personally to Rotary? TB: When I went to the local newspaper office to place an ad for my dental practice, I asked the sales manager if there were any service organizations in Eureka Springs. He was a Rotarian – plus 3 other Rotarians in the club invited me to be their guest in the first week of opening my practice! I joined 16 years ago, in January 1996. RI: Has Rotary lived up to your expectations? TB: I was only expecting to network and build my practice, but Rotary is much more than a networking club. I get a great deal of personal (and professional) satisfaction out of my Rotary experience. Rotary has far exceeded my expectations. RI: You have served as president three times in two different clubs - are you just a glutton for punishment? TB: When I was asked to lead the Eureka Springs club as president, I was humbled and honored—sounds hokey, but this is absolutely the truth. What an honor to lead the best and brightest, the movers and shakers, the leaders in our town! I still feel the same way. I actually volunteered to lead the Holiday Island club because they were struggling and I felt I could help. I volunteered for a second term because, after the first year, I realized I had not done a good job in Rotary orientation. We are ready now! RI: As president of the Holiday Island club, how do you try to encourage their Rotary experience? TB: I think the key to success is attending an event beyond the club level—i.e. district, zone or international events. These events drive home the global view of what Rotary can be. It is like a blast of positive energy and good news—not just a pancake breakfast!

RI: You recently graduated as part of the inaugural "District Leadership Academy". That was a very difficult and time-consuming endeavor. What did you learn that will help you lead your club better in the future? TB: Everything! The DLA was an eye opening experience every month. Most months included an assignment in which you were able to analyze your own club and see its strengths and weaknesses. What a great way to exchange ideas and thoughts with other leaders in the district in the Google Group discussions. RI: What do you think will be Rotary's biggest challenges in the next decade? TB: We need to be appealing to younger prospective members—much younger. We are haunted with false impressions about what we do and who we are. RI: If you could change one thing about Rotary, what would it be? TB: Make it “cool” to the 25-35 year olds to join. RI: Tell us about your favorite "Rotary Moment": TB: Flying to Istanbul to see our youth exchange student and her family 9 years later. RI: How would you like other club members in 6110 to emulate your Rotary experience? TB: Host a youth exchange student! Treat them like your own child—not like a guest. What a great Rotary experience! I became a Rotarian (as opposed to a Rotary club member) after watching a youth exchange student say goodbye to our club. She had grown so much, had such a profound effect on our club, and was obviously so gracious and happy about her experience. I was hooked on Rotary after that!


"I feel like I have a 'Master's Degree in Rotary! This course (District Leadership Academy) will take you on a journey where you will see how amazing and truly dynamic our organization really is." Second quote: "It will take years for the average curious Rotarian to learn as much about the many aspects of Rotary that we learned in just a few structured months. Today's Rotary leaders and folks who may want to be Rotary leaders should make this course a 'must-do'!" General thoughts: Anyone who hopes to take on a Leadership role in Rotary should make every effort to complete the Leadership Academy. I believe the Leadership Academy gives you the tools to help make you a better, more knowledgeable Rotarian. This Academy is helping us to build an alumni network of Rotarians who will likely help direct future RI, District and Club endeavors. Mark Dobbs, Bull Shoals-Lake View Rotary Club It was a real treat to be in the inaugural graduating class of the District Leadership Academy with eleven other fellow Rotarians from District 6110. We had spent seven months doing extensive reading assignments, preparing strategic plans to strengthen club performance, developing grant applications, and discussing our thoughts and opinions about various aspects of Rotary with each other in Google Group Discussions. The academy was challenging, but greatly rewarding. Each of the graduates is now much better equipped to serve as a resource to our clubs and the district. I know my personal knowledge of Rotary increased tremendously as a result of the District Leadership Academy. The graduation dinner included our instructors (six of whom are past district governors), our district leadership, and the other academy students. It was a wonderful Rotary memory – celebrating the completion of the course and sharing congratulations and recognition for our work. Larry Nelson, Assistant Governor, Mountain Home Rotary Club The District 6110 Leadership Academy course was excellent overall. It was challenging, thought provoking, and rewarding academically. This was an opportunity for Rotarians to network and share ideas and learn more about Rotary; The Rotary Foundation, Communications, Membership, Club Strategic Planning, New Generations, just to mention a few of the areas that were covered, and the fact that Rotary is 70% outside of the United States. Our graduation ceremony program was excellent and as always, it allowed us an opportunity to get better acquainted with our Leadership Academy classmates. Nick Nail, Assistant Governor, Rotary Club of Broken Arrow Growing up on a farm in northeast Oklahoma my grandfather instilled in me I should never do anything half way. He had a special phrase for expressing this theme but I will refrain from using it now. When the opportunity to participate in the academy came about, I wondered, was I participating in Rotary only half way? If there is an academy, there must be much more to know. It was then I decided to immerse myself in the vast knowledge of Rotary. I applied and was accepted into the District 6110 Academy. Wow, the instructors were great leading the students to look under stones, some I didn’t even know existed, for knowledge of Rotary. I learned more than I expected and I now know there is yet more to learn. I am now immersed in Rotary a great deal more than half way. We spent a lovely evening in Springdale for a graduation dinner and social event. It was nice reacquainting ourselves with fellow students and instructors who, for the most part, had been only remotely connected. Each graduate is a winner but District 6110 is the real victor with the realization of a renewed strength in future leadership with greater things to come. Craig Hendrickson, The Rotary Club of Pryor

http://rotarydistrict6110.org/ “The Official District website” Contact information for Rotary District 6110 Governor’s Newsletter

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Rotary District 6110 Newsletter- JULY 2012  

The monthly newsletter for Rotary District 6110

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