It's the middle of August and normally the Bulletin comes out monthly, but there have been a few announcements at the International level of Rotary that I wanted to highlight for members of District 7820.
In the August 1st Bulletin the lead story was the tragic death of Sam Owori who was due to be RI President in 2018-19 following this year's RI President Ian Risley. (to access old Bulletins simpy follow the links on the left side of the District's home page at
The Nominating Committee at Rotary International was quickly re-constituted to nominate his replacement as RI President for 2018-19. The nominee is Barry Rassin. Read all about him in the lead story.
And this is the time of year when the nominee for "two years out" is announced. Read all about Mark Maloney, nominee for RI President in 2019-20.
This Bulletin also has stories on good news from Rotary International on improvements to online and Public Image tools. Check out the new and improved Rotary Club Central and the new Public Image campaign (Rotary: People of Action) materials at the Brand Center. Both can be accessed when you log into "My Rotary" on the Rotary International website
The summer is rapidly coming to a close and the remainder of this month includes official club visits in the Valley, Sydney and PEI areas of the District. You can follow my visits by liking the District Facebook page "Rotary International - District 7820". 
Until next time, remember, in 2017-18 we are "Rotary: Making A Difference"!
DG Don 
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”


Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassin’s nomination follows Sam T Owori's in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

RI announces Mark Maloney as President for 2019-20 

Rotary International has announced that Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, has been selected by the Nominating Committee to be President of Rotary International in 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” Mark believes. His priorities are to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.

“With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”

Mark is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the southeastern and midwestern U.S., and he has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation.

Mark has chaired his church’s finance council and local Catholic school board. He has served as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Decatur, chair of Morgan County Meals on Wheels, and director of the United Way of Morgan County and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Maloney joined Rotary in 1980. He has served as an RI director; trustee and vice chair of The Rotary Foundation; president’s aide; zone coordinator; and a leader on the Future Vision and 2014 Sydney Convention Committees. He serves on the Operations Review Committee and has served on the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. He has received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Mark and his wife, Gay, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members.
Upgraded Rotary Club Central
Club leaders in particular will be pleased to learn that the new and improved Rotary Club Central is finally here! Sign in to My Rotary at now to experience the upgraded platform.
And don’t forget — you can access Rotary Club Central with a desktop or mobile device!

If you need help navigating the new platform, go to the Rotary Learning Center and search for Rotary Club Central to access any of the several guides. 
New Global Public Image campaign, "People of Action"

While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do. In fact, 35 percent of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program, including their local club.

That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.”

Just log into My Rotary and the ads are available for download at / brandcenter, where you’ll also find guidelines on how to use and localize each element, making it easier for clubs in any part of the world to tell their story in a consistent, compelling way. 





Here’s what you need to know

Who are we trying to reach?

This campaign is for people who do not know about Rotary or why it’s relevant to them. We hope the campaign will appeal to potential members who want to make a difference in their communities, those interested in Rotary’s causes, and people looking to establish relationships with others in their communities.

Why is the campaign’s theme “People of Action”?

Rotarians share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see problems, we see solutions. This is our chance to show others how Rotarians see what’s possible in their communities and to highlight what we can achieve when more community leaders join Rotary.

What materials are available?

At, you’ll find videos, social media graphics, and advertisements for print and digital. Campaign guidelines are also provided to help districts and clubs localize the assets.

Who are the people/projects featured in the campaign?

The first ads in the campaign feature real Rotarians in Colorado and Brazil, and the stories shown were inspired by actual projects. More stories from Rotarians will be featured in upcoming ads.

Can clubs or districts modify campaign materials with pictures of their own projects?

Yes. Guidelines are provided at to help districts and clubs localize the campaign with photos of their own communities.

Is there guidance for taking photos for the ads?

Yes. has a checklist and information on how to capture photos that focus on connections and community.

Bulletin Editor
Don Sword
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