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RI research and member clubs' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.  The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs more flexibility than they've ever had. The changes in policy affect when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.  RI has now published a number of resources to assist clubs who are considering flexible rules.  These resources are found at: https://my.rotary.org/en/club-flexibility.
 
We have also prepared a District resource.  The new “flexibility rules” require clubs to amend their by-laws to implement them.  To simplify this process our District drafted a short alternative by-law paragraph by which a club (incorporated or not) may delegate authority to implement  flex rules to the Club’s directors on notice to its members.
This a one-time by-law change for clubs.  When adopted, the club’s directors can easily implement, amend or cancel flex rules on notice to its members.  RI approved this paragraph and the Nova Scotia Companies Office has accepted it when filed by two clubs.  Find this paragraph in the article “7820 - Checklists for Rotary Club Constitution Review”  through the link on the District Website home page - District Documents / Club Constitution Review Documents – 2016.  
 
Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
 
Garth Gordon
District Secretary
rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com

 
Interesting in learning how to more effectively use Clubrunner to more manage member information or communicate with your members? Want to spruce up your clubs website? Want to learn how to easily use RI's Rotary Club Central to help meet the requirements for the RI Presidential Citation?  
 
There is a whole range of tools available to make the work of the club's officers  and committee chairs easier... you just need to know they are available and then how to use them.
 
There are two on line technical discussion sessions coming up during April and May that may be of help. I will lead these discussions and will cover topics of interest to Rotarians who are responsible for some of the technical day to day management activities of their Rotary Clubs.   I'm open to questions and suggestions for topics so the sessions can be interactive.  Based on requests and interest, additional sessions will be scheduled.
 
The two planned sessions are open to everyone interested and will be held on 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  and Wednesday May 10th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ADT.  Please register at  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6045538623097389570
 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

There are lots of tools available to help with effective operation of a Rotary Club. Let's learn about them. Contact me if there are specific questions or topics you'd like to see covered. If I don't know about it,  there are others we can find who can help us.  
 
 
 


 
Although our district has participated in Rotary Friendship Exchanges for several years, many of our members are unaware of what they are or how to get involved.
A self-funded international exchange opportunity for Rotary members and partners to discover diverse perspectives and establish international service partners, RFEs are a great way to travel, to learn how others live, make lifelong friends, discover cultures and communities in a unique way all while enjoying Rotary Fellowship while being hosted in homes of Rotarians.
 
Come to Greenwich this June to be inspired and meet your District 7820 Rotary friends and family at the 2017 District Conference.  We have over 40 delegates registered now, and the Inn has been busy taking accommodation requests.  Put away that snow shovel, read through our Conference Program and make your plans to be with us for Apple Blossom Time (well, just after) now - Just go to the District 7820 Home Page and click on District Conference or go directly to 7820conference.com
 
We want to preview the Keynote and other Speakers and events:  Our RI President John Germ has named a President’s Representative to visit with us, to talk about what Rotary International is doing, and to meet as many individual Rotarians as possible.  Steve Brown, a member of the Rotary Club of La Jola, California, has served as one of 15 Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and has extensive experience in the many initiatives funded through the Foundation.  He has been hands on with projects in Afghanistan and Africa, visiting there frequently and supporting programs that link students from primary to university with their counterparts from around the world.  Steve is a lawyer by vocation, and lives in the San Diego area with his wife Susan, who will also be visiting us.  If you want more information on Steve, look at his Rotary web site: www.stevebrownrotary.com
Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the District Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL). The term begins July 1, 2017. The COL will convene for the purpose of amending the constitutional documents of Rotary International. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure as per RI By-Laws.
 
Any club in the district may suggest a candidate for Representative, but if a club suggests a Rotarian who is a member of a different club, the Rotarian's club must agree in writing for the nomination to be accepted. Clubs must provide a brief (one page suggested) resume indicating their candidate’s background and reason he or she should be selected.
 
To be eligible, the candidate must be a current member of a club in the District and must have served a full term as District Governor as at July 1 , 2017.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was admitted into Rotary International on October 1, 1917 and received its Charter on November 8th of that year having been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax.
 
Plans were developed with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown giving leadership in celebrating 100 years of Rotary in the Province which included all Island Rotarians and the six Rotary Clubs. The Charlottetown Club has been active in promoting the concept of Rotary throughout the Province, sponsoring four of the other five clubs currently on the Island: Summerside (1943), Hillsborough (1979), Montague (1985) and Charlottetown Royalty (1987). The Rotary Club of Stratford is the other Island club (2002).
 

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Garth Gordon
District Secretary
 
14 Duncan Avenue
Kentville, NS
B4N 1N4
902-678-4535
rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com
 
 
 
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St. John's NL, Oct 21, 2017
Truro NS, Oct 28, 2017
 
 
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