Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Like you, my year as District Governor really started many months ago with training and planning for the official start of July 1, 2014. In that training, you may have learned that as of January 1, 2015, each Rotary Club is going to be expected to do more of the work of reporting membership, increasing membership and hopefully in turn increasing giving to the Rotary International Foundation. Thanks to Sue Pearce and the current Presidents and leadership of our Clubs, we should end the year with a positive increase in the number of Rotarians in District 5690.
We are trying to prepare for and help you benefit from the changes taking place both within our District and at Rotary International. The District has purchased and has on line Club Central. Susan Ellis is the new District Trainer who will assist clubs in getting the maximum benefit from Club Central. This service is intended to help with tracking membership and giving for the Clubs plus can be used to help with a Club newsletter and engaging people in your committee through social media.
We also had the first Assembly in the District in 5 years. The event in Pratt set the stage for submitting our District grant requests to Rotary International. Through your efforts, we got over $83,000 in grants approved generating projects of over $112,000. Dave Yoder(DGE) and Dean Kennedy(DGN) have agreed to schedule an Assembly each spring so we can annually get our grant requests in early so the funds are available to your Club at the start of your year. We are also scheduling a long range planning session for the District to discuss how we can get the maximum return for the other Rotary Foundation contributions.
Gary Huang, our Rotary International President, has established the theme for his year as “Light Up Rotary.” As I have listened to the President Elects and leadership of the Clubs at Assembly, I am amazed at how much each of our Rotary Clubs are already doing in their local communities and in the world. Tell those Rotary stories to encourage others to join a Rotary Club, preferably your Rotary Club. Bring in new Rotarians so that the projects you have done yearly will continue long after you are able to actively or financially support those projects.
I have been so proud of the Wichita Club this last year. While I know we are jokingly referred to the old men’s club and their fathers, that has dramatically changed because the Club has actively recruited young professionals. That change has engendered an excitement at the Club meetings, an energy for continued and new projects and greater funding for our Club’s activities. Best of all, it has resulted in a very energetic and fun atmosphere at the meetings. Your Club will be amazed if you can increase your Club size by inviting qualified members to join Rotary. Light up your Club this year with a membership drive and new Rotarians to help lead and continue your Club’s projects.
I also attended the International Convention in Sydney. The list of projects and activities that are available to Rotarians in our District are amazing. They range from fellowship(hiking, tennis, golf etc), home visits, international relief projects and disaster response projects. There is something for any of your existing members and much to excite someone you are recruiting to join. While in Sydney, Vivid Sydney was occurring. This project is outdoor light shows on the surface of the downtown buildings in Sydney including the Sydney Opera House. Talk about “Light Up Rotary.” The message was to take the time to look at something you see every day and do not always notice and look at it in a different light. Take the time with your Club leadership to do the same with your Club this coming year. Can you make your Club better? How can the leadership of the District help you achieve this improvement.
We are excited this year as we plan a Rotary Day at the Kansas State Fair. We are doing this in conjunction with District 5710. We hope your Club will plan an activity to attract fair goers to the Rotary booth that will include a shelter box display that will also feature what Rotary has accomplished in your community
My fellow Rotarians, I am honored to be able to serve you this year as your District Governor and look forward to visiting your Club and community. Help me “Light Up Rotary” this year in your Club and in our District. You have accomplished a lot but there is more we all could do to engage current and future Rotarians in our efforts. Thanks.
District Governor,District 5690
Counties of District 5690
District 5690 (Kansas/Oklahoma) is part of RI Zone 27
Curtis Dick, Executive Director
613 Quail Nest Road
Winfield, KS 67156
620-221-6479 - Fax: 620-221-6479