Youth is the Rotary theme for the month of May.
The happy baby in the photo to the left is our granddaughter, Josie. Every Rotarian needs to be thinking about what his or her club is doing to support youth and to make Rotary and Rotary Clubs attractive to the next generation of Rotarian.
Rotary International has had fantastic programs for youth - Youth Exchange (both "Long Term" and "Short Term"), Rotaract, Interact and RYLA. Plus, Rotary clubs have created their own projects that we can involve youth - like "Adventures" in Citizenship, Human Rights, Agriculture and many more. 
Your district's board recently decided to spend funds set aside for youth to help promote these Youth programs and services over the next few years. Read all about that plus this year's "outbound" Youth Exchangers orientation weekend held on April 27-29. Both stories are from District Youth Chair Michael Craig.
If clubs want to continue to be relevant for new and current members and to continue to attract and retain quality members, clubs need to change. Read all about how clubs in this district have taken advantage of the 2016 Council on Legislation to do just that!
Also in this Bulletin:
  • June 30th deadline to propose resolutions at the 2018 Council on Resolutions.
  • Mark your calendar for the June 17th DG Changeover Event in Pictou.
  • Do you have a high performing club?
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Don
Council on Legislation 2016 Revisited - Club Flexibility
The 2016 Council on Legislation (COL) was absolutely groundbreaking for Rotary and its clubs around the world.
The 2016 COL approved a number of changes to the old Rotary rules around attendance, meeting time, place and frequency and signaled a new era in Rotary marked by a recognition that change is needed for clubs to attract and retain quality members to remain vibrant forces in their local and world communities, well into the 21st Century.
Rotary International also recently adopted a new Vision Statement: 
We see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
Our District has taken the change message to heart with the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC) now focused on training all current and future club leaders in the latest skills related to leadership, planning and technical roles like President, secretary and Treasurer. The Professional Development Day (PDD) on Thursday May 24th prior to the District Conference features a day of world class training for your business, not for profit and Rotary lives on “Transformational leadership in times of change."
Clubs within District 7820 have taken the change message very seriously. Here are some of the innovations that clubs within our district have tried or are currently implementing:
  • Reduced the number of meetings to the minimum required by Rotary - twice a month.
  • Taken advantage of the fact that all clubs may new meet online. Some clubs broadcast their meetings/guest speakers on Facebook Live or other technological format.
  • Eliminated old rituals and formalities - like graces, anthems, singing, fines, ticket draws, head tables - that are not relevant or welcoming to the next generation of Rotary membership. 
  • Eliminated old labels like "Sgt at Arms" for a less militaristic and more welcoming term "Host"
  • Mix traditional meetings - sit down meals and  guest speakers - with meetings that are entirely club related (working meetings like a club assembly, commitee/board meetings) or simply a social meeting (pot luck, BBQ, picnic, pizza party, wine and cheese) or a community service meeting (volunteer at local food bank, Salvation Army kettle duty, seniors event, etc.)
  • Combine social events with fundraising - like the World's Greatest Meal for Polio - or a BBQ or pot luck hosted by a Rotarian with a donation by attendees going to a designed charity or cause. 
  • Different times and locations - for example a regular breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting three times a month and once a month hold a less formal meeting at a coffee shop or pub. Some clubs see higher attendance at the non-traditional venue than the traditional venue/meeting!
  • Hold occasional joint meetings with a nearby club.
  • And that's not all!
If your club is planning or is currently trying an innovative way to hold meetings, why not share what has worked and what has not with other clubs in the District? We all can learn from the experiences of others. Post it on social media and let your Assistant Governor and District Governor know how your club is finding new ways to "Make A Difference" in your community!
DG Changeover Event June 17th in Pictou!
Mark your calendar for June 17th!
Join DG Don Sword and DGE Rob Christie and their families for the changeover garden party to be held at Rob and Irene’s home (110 Water Street, Pictou) starting at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities and meet Rotarians from around the District. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
It's a new Rotary year staring July 1st be among the first to help 2018-19 District Governor Rob to kick off the new theme, "Be The Inspiration".
 Come and join us!
2018 Council on Resolutions - June 30th Deadline to Propose Resolutions!
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. The COR has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees.
District 7820's representative to the COR is PDG Greg Coldwell, and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club is considering proposing a resolution for the COR, please follow the guidelines in this link.
The deadline to submit proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the 2018 COR must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June 2018, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement.  There are no exceptions to the deadline.
Do You Have a High Performing Club?
All Rotary clubs have the power and resources of Rotary International and its award winning charity, The Rotary Foundation behind them.  But how do you know if your club is one of the best?
The answer may well be subjective, but there are a few objective ways that Rotary International and our District 7820 have for clubs to see how they measure up.
Each year the RI President sets out a goal based Rotary Citation for clubs to strive for. Last year (2016-17) three clubs in our district achieved the Citation. (New Minas Sunrise, Sackville & Area, and Sydney Sunrise).
This year, as part of his annual theme of "Rotary: Making A Difference", RI President Ian Riseley has offered a club "Rotary Citation" as well. Clubs that achieve this year's Citation are high performing and balanced clubs that have achieved a variety of service and club management goals under categories that are based upon the overall strategic priorities of Rotary International:
1. Paying RI dues on time
2. Recording volunteer hours and service project contributions
3. Support and strengthen clubs
4. Focus and increase humanitarian service
5. Enhance Rotary's public image and awareness
So far five clubs in D7820 have already qualified for this year's Award! And there are five clubs that are only one category away from qualifying! Plus other clubs in the district are working to achieve the recognition by the end of the year. Clubs have until June 30th 2018 to complete and record their 2017-18 Rotary Citation goals and the actual certificate won't be available until the Fall of 2018, but I will be announcing the clubs that have achieved the Citation by the timenthe District Conference begins. Will your club be recognized? Please come to the District Conference to find out!
This year, as your District Governor, I challenged clubs to help fulfill my P.I.P.E. Dreams. (Public Image, Peace and Environment). For a high performing club, achieving those "dreams" not not hard at all (and if you complete the dreams you also can check the box on a couple of the Rotary Citation Goals):
Public Image - use the proper Rotary branding and annual theme logos in club communications. 
Peace - hold one club meeting, project or activity related to Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Environment - hold one club meeting, project or activity focued on the Environment. (completing RI President Ian Riseley's "Plant a Tree" challenge qualifies for this "dream").
Most clubs in D7820 have fulfilled the P.I.P.E. dreams or at least one or two of them. 
The District Conference speakers and programming will support these themes - including the Saturday "White Out" when all attendees are asked to war something white to support Rotary's commitment to Peace.
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Don Sword
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