In Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Rotary members already
have big plans to celebrate the Foundation’s
centennial in 2016-17. Arch C. Klumph, who’s
considered the founder of The Rotary Foundation,
was a longtime member of the Cleveland Rotary Club.
District 6630 is partnering with the Cleveland
Orchestra to host a concert on 23 October, dedicated
to Klumph and the history of the Foundation.
Klumph helped coordinate the last pairing of Rotary
and the orchestra when the city hosted the Rotary
International Convention in 1939.
In addition, district Rotarians are tracking a small
statue of Klumph on Facebook as it travels from club
to club on its way to the 2017 convention in Atlanta.
Beginning with this year’s convention in Seoul,
Rotary kicks off a year of activities that highlight
the Foundation’s amazing record of service. Follow
Cleveland’s example by planning your own events and
spreading the word in your community.
Incoming district governors will begin planning at the
International Assembly as they prepare to lead their
clubs in celebrating the centennial. You have lots of
ways to let your members know about the Foundation:
IS TURNING 100
Plan now to celebrate the centennial year
Dedicate time to Foundation topics
each week. Share how your local and
international projects are providing
safe drinking water, fighting disease,
promoting peace, saving the lives
of children and mothers, improving
literacy, empowering women to start
their own businesses, and supporting
the drive to end polio.
Promote the book “Doing Good in
the World,” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Foundation’s rich
Participate in a global grant or district
grant project and dedicate it to the
Challenge members to increase their
contributions to the Foundation.
Encourage them to give through
Rotary Direct and to join the
Paul Harris Society by contributing
$1,000 or more annually.
“Rotary and the Gift of a Polio-Free World:
Volume 1, Making the Promise” is available in
paperback at shop.rotary.org. The first volume
of a three-volume history of PolioPlus and the
campaign for global polio eradication takes the
story into the early 1990s, exploring the roots
of what became the largest internationally
coordinated public health effort in history.
Volume 2 (pictured), “Almost Every Child”
will be available soon.
Tracking your membership leads is easier than ever. District leaders and
club officers can now review inquiries from prospective, referred, and
relocating or returning members — all in one place. Sign in to My Rotary
and visit the Club and District Administration pages to discover how
easy it is to manage your online membership leads and review reports.
You’ll also find guides to help walk you through the new process.
Beginning in January, RI President K. R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation
Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith will hold a series of presidential
conferences on Rotary’s six areas of focus. Each conference will highlight
a different area and include experts as speakers. The first conference,
focusing on peace, will be held 15-16 January in Ontario, California, USA.
Download a schedule of the entire conference series.
Our new Membership Assessment Tools will be available in early January
in the Member Center. A replacement for the Club Assessment Tool,
this new resource provides questions you can ask club members related
to common issues clubs face, including how to increase diversity, keep
members happy, and get members more involved in projects.
Celebrate World Rotaract Week
7-13 March. Partner with Rotaractors
to take action and demonstrate how
Rotaract clubs improve communities
locally and globally.
Centennial promotional kit
Doing Good in the World:
The Inspiring Story of
The Rotary Foundation’s
First 100 Years
History of The Rotary
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