Page 1 Social Networks May 24, 2011 Club News Last week we had Mr. Tim Curtis, from the RedRock Leadership Organization, speaking on “Leading in the New Normal”. This week we will have a Club Assembly. Next week we do not have a program. Please contact President Bill or David for suggestions.

Club Coming Events

May 22-25: Rotary International Convention, New Orleans, LA May 24: Club Assembly.

May 29: Tampa West Latin Rotary Club Family Picnic at Ft. DeSoto Park, Shed #8, 10:30-????. May 31: We do not have a program. Please contact President Bill or David for suggestions.

June 10-11: District 6890 Conference, T. Pepin Hospitality Centre, Tampa. Registration is open in the If you have any suggestions for programs, please communicate with David or José to schedule them.

RI President: Ray Klinginsmith – Kirksville, Missouri, USA

District 6890 Governor Ed Odom, Riverview, FL

Food for Ronald MacDonald’s Home: For at least 20 persons. It can be bought or home cooked and delivered NLT 6pm. David is your contact. *If you can’t make it, please call him. David – Sun., Jun. 12

José – Sun., Jul. 24

Luis V. – Sun., Aug. 28

Food for thought Politeness is the flower of humanity. - Joseph Joubert A little humor to brighten your day!

When I recently arrived at a very popular restaurant, I was dismayed to find it very crowded. Going up to the hostess I asked, "Will it be long?" Ignoring me, the hostess continued writing in her reservations book. Thinking she had possibly not heard me the first time, I decided to ask again. "How much time is the wait for a table?" Looking up from her book, the hostess smiled and said "About ten minutes. We will inform you when your table is ready." A short time later, I heard an announcement over the intercom system, "Willette B. Long... Willette B. Long, your table is ready."

What if we could prevent just ONE child from suffering from POLIO?

How much would that be worth? Click below and contact Dennis or José to learn more. p/Polio/HelpEradicatePolio/Pages/ridefault.aspx

Birthday/Anniversary Birthdays May 5: Patsy Feliciano May 7: Carmen Vargas May 15: Carmen Horn May 18: María Ovalle May 31: Bruny Biaggi

Anniversaries May 14: Dennis and Grace Viera

Rotarians celebrate opening of the 2011 RI Convention By Antoinette Tuscano Rotary International News -- 22 May 2011

Rotarians celebrated past accomplishments and future friendships during the opening plenary session of the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on 22 May. “Let’s celebrate Rotary this week while we are here together in this special place,” said RI President Ray Klinginsmith. During the traditional flag ceremony, South Central Rotary Youth Exchange students presented flags from the more than 200 countries and geographical areas in the Rotary world. The group’s participation highlighted Rotary’s fifth and newest Avenue of Service, New Generations Service. Attendees were treated to a variety of entertainment features. Internationally renowned opera singer Simon Estes, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, Iowa, performed the national anthem. Rotarians Steve Selvick and Jerry Mills, who wrote the song “Come Join Us,” performed with the Youth Exchange students. Country music star Lucy Dalton received an enthusiastic response for a song she wrote about Rotary's "This Close" public awareness campaign for polio eradication. And singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey performed “Cowboy Logic,” a song about the common-sense solutions for everything. Klinginsmith has used it as the theme song for his presidency. Klinginsmith urged Rotarians to use the convention as an opportunity to visit the House of Friendship, meet new people, and learn about service projects from other Rotarians. “Greet everyone and talk with as many people as you can," he said. "You do not need an introduction to talk with other people here. You are free to converse with anyone and everyone. And regardless of where you are from, you will eventually meet someone who can help you with a project or who knows someone you know.” Klinginsmith also encouraged Rotarians to attend some of the convention's many workshops to learn how to make their clubs bigger, better, and bolder. “The best days of Rotary are still ahead,” he said.

Generation Y has much to offer Rotary, says McQueen By Ryan Hyland Rotary International News -- 23 May 2011

Michael McQueen, who spoke at the second plenary session of the RI Convention, is a social researcher and bestselling author of two books on bridging the generation gap. As a leading authority on youth trends, he is regularly featured on TV and radio programs. McQueen sat down with RI News in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, to talk about how Rotary can best connect with Generation Y.

RI News: Your book The 'New’ Rules of Engagement looks at what drives and defines Generation Y. How do you define this generation? McQueen: Well, numerically, Generation Y is between the ages of 12 and 30. But culturally, they are globally minded. Through online social interactions, many members of this generation have networks of friends around the globe who are only a click away. RI News: How can Rotarians best reach out to Generation Y? McQueen: Start small. Rather than approaching young people by asking them to join, engage them with short-term projects. Build relationships with them so they get a sense of Rotary’s DNA. When Rotarians are asked about Rotary by younger people, often they answer with how Rotary works -- the rules, traditions, and rituals. Rotarians need to explain the “why” of Rotary. Generation Y is outcome focused. Have a clear answer on why the outcome of projects is important. RI News: What kinds of benefits can Generation Y bring to Rotary? McQueen: The next generation represents an enormously exciting opportunity for Rotary. There are three reasons why. One, having grown up with the Internet and being so interconnected, young people are acutely aware of global issues and concerns. They believe that such a small world really can be changed. Two, they are socially engaged. Recent studies have shown that 70 percent of Generation Y actively volunteers on a weekly basis. Not only does this group feel it can make a difference, it genuinely wants to. Three, they are ambitious. Young people today are desperate to get ahead in their careers and are looking for mentors and networking opportunities. RI News: Generation Y seems to be very busy, perhaps busier than previous generations. How can Rotary overcome this challenge? McQueen: Yes, the younger generation has been raised in a faster-paced world. The demands on their time, energy, and attention are enormous. But when young people say they don’t have time for Rotary, they are stating a priority rather than a fact. Young people simply perceive Rotary as a lot of restrictive rules and timeconsuming work. Rotary’s challenge is to communicate to young people the compelling reasons and benefits of joining Rotary. RI News: What about new technology? How should Rotary be using technology to its advantage to attract young people? McQueen: Use more multimedia. For instance, nobody under the age of 35 really knows what polio is. Their parents do, and they can be told how crippling this deadly disease is. But that only means young people will be intellectually pulled in, not emotionally. Use video to educate them about polio. Also, more clubs should have websites that engage young people. RI News: Are you considering becoming a Rotarian? McQueen: Funny you ask. I officially joined Rotary on 28 February. But there are so many passionate, engaged, and inspired young people around the world right now who are in the right position to join.

Weekly Newsletter, May 24 2011  

Weekly Newsletter, May 24 2011