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There was a buzz about Membership at the Zones 24/32 2018 Conference in Montreal.  Delegates know that our data shows that most Districts in North America have seen a decline in numbers. They also know we have imbalances of age, gender, and ethnicity. Themes of attracting and retaining members cropped up at many sessions.
One take-away I share is the membership session’s List of the Top 10 of Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time:
  1. Review our traditions. Are they old-fashioned and exclusive? Examples included grace and anthems.
  2. Up-date our lingo. An example is that is Sergeant-at-Arms has military overtones, might host or hospitality be fresher? Is our humor offensive or disrespectful?
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially, such as:
  • Entrepreneurs use microloans to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, weavers, and tailors
  • Entrepreneurs in rural communities can borrow money to buy livestock or plant crops, or get training in sustainable farming.
  • Rotary helps Tanzanians with albinism overcome stigma and superstition to find safety and a livelihood.
Closer to home, at the Zone Conference in Montreal Sept 20-22, former Prime Minister Paul Martin spoke of his foundation, the Martin Family Initiative, and their education based programs for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities.
Your district is preparing a new strategic plan for the next three years and your input is needed.  When your Board meets on October 12-13, we are excited that we will have the benefit of a summary of views from across the district to inform our discussions.
If you have not already completed it, please do so at your earliest convenience. The survey has questions about the key areas of responsibility of the district - leadership development, youth programs, foundation, public image, membership and club health and governance.  There are multiple choice questions and every topic has an open ended space for you to give suggestions and feedback on any aspect of the district's work. Your responses are confidential.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Click on this link https://www.questionpro.com/t/AK0X6ZcvS3, or cut and paste it into your browser if it does not take you directly to the survey. We expect that the survey will take about 7-8 minutes.  We appreciate your help in this important task.  It is only with your input that your district can effectively support your club in achieving your goals. We would appreciate receipt of your response by October 5th.
As you know, World Polio Day is October 24. District 7820 PolioPlus Committee Chair, Tom Campbell, offers the following suggestions for ways you may celebrate the day:
  • Pints for Polio - Collaborate with local craft beer pub, charge $20 to get in for a beer and munchies, and every $1 of a beer sold goes to Polio;
  • Have a flag raising at your city or provincial building.  Most will have a flag pole where you may fly the End Polio Now flag for a day;
  • 5K walk for Polio - similar to the CIBC run for the Cure. Walk and raise donations/pledges;
  • Invite 6-8 people to dinner at your home, and charge $25-$30 each. Prepare the meal yourself, and give the money raised to Polio.
Last month we started our "People of Action" section and this month is no exception! Our clubs and members continue to do great things in our communities and around the world. This month, we are pleased to feature the work carried out by the following clubs:
  1. This month, members of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast cooked up a storm for their support of the Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk.
  2. The Rotarians of the the Rotary Club of St. John's East "Served up Gratitude" when they fed over 400 people at the Larkhill Academy Family Breakfast.
  3. Partnerships are the way of the future for Rotary and we honour the apple tree planting done by the Rotary Club of Clarenville and the Girl Guides and Brownies at their local farm and market.
  4. Everyone now knows about the play "Come from Away" and the members of the Gander Rotary Club were thrilled to have as their guest, cast member Patrena Bromley to help them celebrate their "Toast and Auction" fundraiser. 
  5. A shout-out to the Rotary Club of Exploits for their significant financial support of the accessible swing for Rotary Park! 
Stay tuned for the "People of Action" section of next month's newsletter to learn about the incredible projects our clubs are involved with.
Is your club looking for an interesting international project that has high impact, excellent accountability, ease of funds transfer and the potential for a great program?  Here you go…
Who is involved?  The MicroReseach team at Dalhousie University/IWK (www.microresearch.ca) has established an excellent relationship with the Rotary Club of Mbarara in Uganda and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Charles Kazooba who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) at MUST, a Dal alumnus, is the local Rotarian in Mbarara who is spear heading the MicroResearch relationship there.

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