District 6380 Newsletter November 2013
Rotary District 6380 is Changing Lives in SE Michigan and SW Ontario
6380 District Governor Jim Gilmore and Anne Gilmore
Governor’s Minute t is the duty of every Rotarian to personally give to the Rotary Foundation.
There, I said it. Now, before I continue let me tell you from whence I started. I used to absolutely hate it when either the district governor or the district foundation chair would make the annual visit to my club and pound us for donations to The Rotary Foundation. It made me feel like the organization I had chosen for my service to the community was nothing but a moneygrubbing international organization who wanted my membership simply for my wallet. During my days as club membership chair I used to say that the worst day to invite a visitor was when one of these two district officials was going to visit. Sound familiar? Well, I have changed my tune, but only slightly. I still hate it when people come to my club and pound us for donations, but not because the money is not needed but because I have seen the results of the money. See, I think we spend too much time talking about the money and not enough time talking about the results … the Changed Lives. Someone gave a little talk that I have copied somewhat when I was presented a Paul Harris by the Brighton club years ago. They said that it represents $1,000 given to The Rotary Foundation in my name, but the $1,000 wasn’t important. What was important was what the $1,000 did. It represents: | Nearly 1,700 children immunized against the scourge of polio | A water well for a village of 150 in Africa | BioSand filters providing disease-free water for 1,300 households | Shelter for an entire family following a devastating earthquake in Haiti | Literacy programs for hundreds of street kids in India
| Economic independence through microloans for up to 15 new “business owners” in developing countries | Up to 30 artificial limbs for amputees at the Jaipur Limb Camp So I look at it differently now and when the monthly donation comes out of my credit card to The Rotary Foundation, I simply pick up The Rotarian magazine and thumb through it. Just look at the Lives I Changed because I donated to The Rotary Foundation. Little old me, a relative nobody in Brighton, Michigan is Changing Lives of people I will never meet, never see and never know. How amazing! And why? Because I believe in the cause for which I wear the Rotary pin; that there are ways I can Change Lives by my “putting my money where my heart is.” So let’s change our mindset about OUR Rotary Foundation and talk about the results, not about the money. I believe if we sell the results, the money will follow as Rotarians see the worth of their donations in Changed Lives. We’ll change the discussion from “Why should I donate?” to “How can I donate?” There are so many ways to give that it seems silly that we all haven’t figured out a way to give something. Whether it’s through monthly “Rotary Direct” from our credit cards or by leaving a small portion of our estate to The Rotary Foundation. If you have questions on that aspect, contact Coach Don Riddell and he’ll help you sort through the myriad of ways to “put YOUR money where YOUR heart is.” Engage Rotary – Change Lives DG Jim
Governor Jim – He’s One Busy Guy! By PDG Don Riddell District Foundation Giving Chair id you ever wonder what Governor Jim does on the days when he is not visiting clubs for his official visit, or running off to a District 6380 committee
meeting? Well, he is one busy Rotarian. You can read about Jim’s adventures on almost every page of The Rotarian. For instance, in the November 2013 issue, you can read on page 51 about the good work he is doing in Honduras with micro-loans to women business owners. And on page 36, you can read about how Governor Jim helps thousands of folks in remote parts of West Africa by providing aid to Mercy Ships. Just to be sure he is always busy, he also participates in each and every one of the 54 projects funded by district grants to our District 6380 clubs in the first three years of Future Vision. See, like many Rotarians, Governor Jim contributes to our Rotary Foundation. And, by doing so, he is participating in every great project we read about in the Rotarian. It’s part of why we are so lucky to be Rotarians, and why we can be so excited about the great work done by Our Rotary Foundation. As it states on page 47, “Our Donors are Passionate.” – And so is Governor Jim! With our new Rotary website, it is easier than ever to read about the many ways to give. Just go to the Rotary.org Give page, and you’ll find easy-to-follow information on Ways to Give, Planned Giving and Donor Recognition. TRF Direct is easy, and once you sign up, the amount you designate can be deducted from your bank account or put on a charge card, at your capacity, and at the frequency you designate. The next time you pick up The Rotarian, read about everything YOU are doing around the world to help those less fortunate, and maybe, just maybe, you can keep up with Governor Jim, one busy guy! Please contact me, with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-7819351. I’ll be happy to visit your club and make a presentation on Our Rotary Foundation.
U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance
November is The Rotary Foundation Month
# from Bryan Clark, Troy Rotary Club presidentelect & District Insurance Representative
# from Rotary Information Officers Jan and Merle Loch
ere is some important information to share with your clubs – straight from Rotary International, and us!
s you read the title of this article, many of you may have said to yourselves, what the heck is the Rotary District Liability Insurance Program? If you did, I’m sure you weren’t alone. Well, please allow me to introduce you to the Rotary District Insurance Program.
Take pride in the work of The Rotary Foundation and encourage members to give annually through EREY – Every Rotarian Every Year! November is an ideal time for all Rotary leaders to remind their clubs of a simple but important fact: everything that the Foundation achieves – from paying for polio vaccines to teaching children to read – is possible because of the time and contributions of Rotarians and friends of Rotary. “When Arch Klumph in 1917 put forward the idea of an endowment fund to do good in the world, he could not have imagined what our Rotary Foundation would become,” said PRIP William B. Boyd. Three things every Rotarian should know about the Foundation. Highlight these points during your next meeting to get your club involved. 1. The Foundation is working on our primary goal. Rotary’s top priority is to eradicate polio. Through PolioPlus, the Foundation has led a global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion toward that goal. $355 million in challenge grants have also come from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help achieve a polio-free world. 2. The Foundation changes lives. Through the resources and programs of the Foundation, Rotarians carry out far-reaching projects based on Rotary’s areas of focus. Communities have access to safe water and health care, and benefit from the work of Rotary Peace Fellows because of The Foundation. 3. YOU make it possible. The Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share our vision of a better world. And because of the Foundation’s impact – and the close monitoring of projects – giving to The Rotary Foundation is a financially sound decision. Our Foundation tells the world that we care. Be proud of our Foundation and the wonders that we achieve through it. Donate now. Yours in Rotary Service, RIOs Jan and Merle
The U.S. Rotary Club and District Liability Program automatically provides U.S. Rotary clubs and districts with general liability and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. It is paid for by U.S. Rotarians on the July Semiannual Reports. What does this all mean to you and your club? It means that when your club is planning events and activities, don’t forget about risk management and liability insurance. Keep the following factors in mind about club events and activities. What could go wrong, and how will we respond? What insurance coverage do we have? Do we need any other insurance? Is proof of insurance required for our event/activity? Do we need to collect proof of insurance from others? Are the contracts we sign fair to our club? Do we need to make others sign contracts to clarify responsibilities and to protect our club? Did you know that up to $500,000 for each General Liability Claim and $25,000 for each Directors and Officers claim are paid from funds collected from the July Semiannual Report? There is incentive to make risk management and safety a priority. Plan in advance, select reputable vendors/partners, train volunteers on safety, explain risks to participants, eliminate hazards, and enter into fair contracts that protect your club, because less insurance claims lead to lower dues. The 2013-2014 rates per dues-paying member in Michigan are $2.79. If you have any questions on filing a claim or about what is covered, please contact the Insurance Broker, Lockton, at 800-921-3172, or at email@example.com
The Rotary Leadership Institute Part III - Making a Difference module October 19, 2013 in ChathamKent, Ontario, Canada # submitted by PDG Renée Merchant, chairman Rotary Leadership Institute Great Lakes Division
Making a Difference Session Goals •How can I, as an RLI participant, contribute to improving the RLI experience for others? •How can I use the ideas raised at RLI to improve my Rotary club, other groups in my civic, social or business life? •From our experience, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the RLI program and make some specific suggestions for improvement.
1. What RLI Sessions were most memorable (beneficial) to you individually? Why? The Rotary Foundation, because it was interesting and I became more knowledgeable. Teambuilding and the coat of arms. Rotary Opportunities – Rotary Action Groups and Rotary Community Corps (RAGs and RCCs) and Fellowships, wish I knew about this earlier in my Rotary life. Rotarians & Vocational Service – character literacy and fellowships
2. How have you used RLI information to improve your club and other organizations? How has RLI made a difference in your club? Fund-raising for a nonprofit organization Club communication (PR and club bulletin) Have used teambuilding in my club RLI content has helped with attracting new members Promote RLI as good training Rotary Minute at club
3. What issues facing RI and your club can be helped by RLI? (A medical doctor, Jay Eastman, was facilitating this question. Diagnosis: Growth and retention Solution: Member engagement (RLI module) Diagnosis: Transition (described as moving from volunteer to Rotarian and beyond the club) Solution: RCCs, RAGs, Rotary Fellowships
There were only four participants in this session. This group seemed to work well together, and they were very positive about the RLI experience. We had four graduates, Paul Mayrand, DGN Henry Dotson, both from D6380, Karen Noreen all the way from Lowell D6290, and Jay Eastman from 6380.
4. What improvements would you make to the RLI materials, presentation methods, venues or other recommendations to improve the RLI experience for others? Move Rotary Opportunities Module from Part III to Part I Include something on Vision Facilitation (in Strategic Planning and Analysis) Keep local flavor at lunchtime (entertainment) Hotel proximity to training facility (it was a 30-minute drive) or inform participants that they will have a 30-minute drive to the training facility. Rotate countries (USA and CA) Promote RLI at district conferences Add to Personal Action Plan – “plan to offer a Rotary Minute in the club on RLI”
The expectation is that we each deliver the content as provided, so it’s easy for note-takers to record in the correct place. Two modules are being reworked and these changes will be made to the student manual and sent to facilitators. TIP: Write the starting page of your module on the same page as the session goals! Be sure your faculty manual pages coincide with the student manual sent to you on a disk. Review your session goals at the end of the module. It was a wonderful event. Find photos on our Facebook page RLI Great Lakes. Save the date for our first 2014 RLI March 1 in South Bend, Indiana.
Rotary Youth Exchange for 2014-2015 by DG Jim Gilmore otary Youth Exchange is a key element of a successful, vibrant and well-rounded Rotary Club. Inbound exchange students bring enthusiasm, excitement, information and engagement to your club and the community. Outbounders bring excitement, curiosity and enthusiasm not just before and during their exchange; but afterward when they come back and tell your club how you changed their lives by sponsoring them on the greatest adventure of their young lives. The personal relationships you form with these young people will last a lifetime. Ask PDG Gerry Jackson and Debbie who were invited to Ecuador to attend the wedding of their YE student from 8-10 years ago. Our district is full of stories just like that, lives of students and lives of Rotarians all changed. Your club is missing out on an important and life-changing part of Rotary if you are not involved in YE, especially if you have a passion for youth. So, that all being said, please see the RYE Commitment Letter posted on the district website that we need to have completed by December 15, 2013. It is crucial that we have these in hand so we know how many students we can commit to for the Rotary year 2014-2015. Please discuss it in your club and with your board. The costs are small and the rewards are huge! Contact either of the IB contacts on the letter if you have any questions. Let’s make this a banner year for Youth Exchange and your club.
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Hannah Griffin
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Cassandra
ola a todos! I’m Hannah Griffin and I’ve been living in Lima, Peru for 2½ months now. I attend high school just like a normal Peruvian teenager and am getting used to my new life here. I have a daily schedule and I’ve gotten accustomed to how pretty much everything works. I have fallen undeniably in love with ceviche, a Peruvian dish that consists of raw fish “cooked” in lime juice, I have learned how to barter with someone down to the last Nuevo sol for anything from a keychain to a taxi ride, and I’ve learned how to communicate in the Spanish language. We just returned on October 4 from our first Rotary trip and it was truly amazing. We traveled south, down to the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa, the last city before you get to Chile, Tacna, and finally, just inside the Chilean border to Arica. Our first night we were all struggling a bit with the altitude of more than 3,000 meters but we forgot all about that when we saw the private thermal baths of our hotel and the beautiful view from our windows of the mountains and the river. The beauty of Peru stunned us all, after living in the busy, cloudy city of Lima for so long. While on our trip we saw the beautiful Colca Canyon, where you can see condors if you’re lucky (we were!), the “White City” of Arequipa (including its beautiful Plaza de Armas), the mirador of Yanahuara, a llama farm, and countless museums all throughout southern Peru. While in Tacna we got to try a special drink that can only be found in this city called Tacna sour. Throughout all of Peru you can find Pisco sour, which is like the national alcoholic drink here but Tacna sour is special because they use ingredients specific to the city. We ended our trip in Chile, where we saw a collection of 300 mummies and renewed our visas upon reentry into Peru. I’m having such an amazing time in Peru and I’m amazed by how at home I feel. I’m so happy and grateful to be here and I just want to say thank you to everyone that helped me get here! This is a dream come true and I can already feel how this experience is going to affect me for the rest of my life.
Doolittle Host country: Japan, District 2530, Ishikawa District, Fukushima Prefecture
his has been a busy month. I have participated in the Ishikawa Festival and carried a portable shrine with 17 other girls and had to dance and scream with it on my shoulder. It was really fun we got to watch others perform too. One was really big and had a guy with a thong thing on. It was funny. I have also participated in the school festival. We made donuts and sold them; it was so cool. I went into a haunted house with my friends and they were all so scared and I couldn’t stop laughing. I switch families soon and to be honest I’m a little glad. At the beginning of my stay my family loved me but now my younger sibling Ricky doesn’t like me; he gives me dirty looks, ignores me, and doesn’t make me feel welcome at all. I have tried to ignore it and solve it but if I am up front; it will be rude; and if I ignore it I think it will get much worse. So I am going to just have to ignore it. My host sister Rana says if I act like I don’t notice it, it will go away but I don’t think it will. I will just have to see how things go from now on. My host mother is a little bit difficult also. She has yelled at me three times because in the month and a half I have been here. I am not fluent in the language yet and when she yells at me I cry and then she yells more because she hates when people cry, so she gets angry. But lately she and I have been good. I have been talking to her in mainly Japanese so I think everything is getting a little better. My school life is amazing. I have the best friends in the world and school is so much fun. I have been studying a lot because during gym class we were playing volleyball and I sprained my thumb in three places. I am not able to participate in my extracurricular activity so I have been studying hard. The memorizing part is difficult but I am working I have got one and a half of their writing systems down. I know hiragana and half of the katakana, and a little bit of kanji but it is difficult and takes time to learn. I have to go. The tests have finished and I have to go help clean the classroom. (The students have their exams right now.)
WORLD POLIO DAY NEWS submitted by Ginger Barrons
Milford Rotary party WOW! n October 24, District 6380 presidents collected $.60 per member so that we could celebrate World Polio Day by paying for the vaccination of one child per Rotarian in our district. We had hoped to vaccinate 1,800 children.
I am delighted to report that our district Rotarians went above and beyond to show the children of the world their support! I promised to print all the results in the newsletter and they are listed on the next page There are more clubs that participated but I do not have their totals yet. I listed two that I know had collections but their treasurer is still tallying the results. What is most relevant is the total of what WE accomplished when we put the club totals TOGETHER. $5,386.02 was the sum total of the day plus one club also sent in the requested $1,500 per club polio challenge amount which I did not add to the total. From the one-day collection, 8,976 children will be vaccinated. When combined with the Gates Foundation Matching Grant, 26,930 children will be saved from contracting polio. Congratulations District 6380 Rotarians! Thank you so much for participating with Governor Jim and your polio co-chairs PDG Keith Koke and Ginger Barrons to make World Polio Day memorable in our district!
Milford Rotary Club invited polio chair Ginger Barrons to join them for a World Polio Day party. There was the lure of a surprise. The room was festively decorated in purple balloons and End Polio Now collection boxes as table centerpieces. After the club passed the jar for their $.60 collection I was called to the front of the room where the Milford Polio Chair Bear and president Sharon Peterson presented a check for the polio fund in the amount of $2,000. Wait, there’s more. The club also kicked off their polio collection box fundraising campaign for both club members and Interact club. Each Rotarian will carry the responsibility of a collection box for one week. During that week, they will solicit $.60 from wherever they can and a prize will be awarded to the person who collects the most. Last but not least, we snapped a photo of two Rotarians who both happen to be former Novi Police Chiefs. Current Milford Chief Tom Lindberg (on the left in the photo) and on the right, Retired Chief Lee BeGole who is a charter (54 years) member of the Novi Rotary Club. Thank you Milford Rotary for inviting the chief and me to join you. You really know how to throw a party! Clarkston Rotary Club also hosted a fabulous celebration on World Polio Day with their wine tasting party. Congratulations Clarkston on your great event. Please check the district website for information about all the upcoming club events. CHANGING LIVES
Excerpt of the Polio Update Message from Dr. Bob Scott: Polio was recently confirmed in Syria, a country that has been free of this disabling and potentially fatal disease since 1999. In response, health authorities in Syria and neighboring countries have launched urgent, largescale, multi-country immunization campaigns to ensure that every child is reached with the polio vaccine. Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Initiative are working together with local health authorities to activate the outbreak response. In the wake of World Polio Day, these and other recent polio cases in previously polio-free countries serve as a stark reminder that as long as polio still exists, un-immunized children everywhere remain at risk. Rotarians, as leaders from all continents, cultures and occupations, have been active throughout the region to raise awareness and build support in the fight to end polio. We know that if polio remains endemic, outbreaks will continue to occur, and that’s why the progress being made in the three remaining polio-endemic countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria) is encouraging. Polio cases in the endemic countries are down by 40% compared to the same time last year. We, as Rotarians, remain steadfast in our commitment to a polio-free world, and we will continue our efforts until polio is gone forever. Bob Scott Chair, Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee
World Polio Day Collections # submitted by Ginger Barrons
ANN ARBOR NORTH BLENHEIM BIRMINGHAM CLARKSTON CHATHAM DEXTER EASTPOINTE FARMINGTON FOWLERVILLE HARTLAND HOWELL LAKES AREA LIVINGSTON SUNRISE MILFORD NOVI OXFORD PONTIAC RIDGETOWN ROCHESTER ROYAL OAK STERLING HEIGHTS TILBURY TROY UTICA SHELBY WARREN W. BLOOMFIELD
$25.75 150.00 124.60 127.00 151.40 39.81 PLUS $400. INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS 133.00 23.00 24.00 PLUS THEIR CHECK FOR $1,500 61.00 40.00 66.70 2,074.00 56.00 50.00 111.00 25.00 206.00 14.25 25.65 1,200.00 33.00 42.36 182.50 15.00
Technology By Phil Abraham –Technology Committee Chair
im asked me to give you all an update on the activities of the Technology Committee. So here goes. In the next few months we will be freshening up the district website. As part of that process I’d like to receive photos of activities, events around the district clubs. We’ll use the photos on the district website going forward to keep the website fresh. Please include members, supporters, volunteers so we can show Rotary in action. A short description of the activity or event and names of anyone in the photo would be appreciated but not required. We will be changing the site appearance, as well as removing some old material and providing more public-friendly content. One of my charters as technology chair is to assist the district, (every Rotarian, clubs and district staff) to better utilize technology in their Rotarian lives. To achieve this, I’d like your help. Please advise me of subject matter you would like to learn about. We will be offering some webinars to cover material, and if you have a particular subject you would like covered we can set that up. Just let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A webinar is similar to a conference call (multiple people communicating by phone) but uses computers to display the material being presented and/or discussed and uses either phones or headsets with microphones and speakers. Basically everyone can see the material on their computer (at home or wherever) and listen in and participate. One of the webinars will even be on how to participate in a webinar! Hmm? Although not directly connected to our technology committee, I really need to ensure you are all aware and make good use of the district website support team. These are the folks who can support you when it comes to anything related to the district website. The team members are John Joyce, Tom Gueth and Phil Abraham. You can of course contact any of them individually, but it is really best if you have a question or a problem to contact them via email at email@example.com. This email is automatically forwarded to all three of the support staff and will ensure your email will be addressed.