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HURRICANE RELIEF 2017

The following message is designed to give District clubs and members some direction in the wake of the recent disasters.  I thank PDG Karen Oakes for her significant role both at our recent District Council meeting and with this message.
 
Yes, The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency funds to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, see details around the two Donor Advised Funds (DAF) below, that have been set up to accept donations. Please note that both of these DAFs are US based and may not be appropriate for your charitable giving requirements.    
 
To quote, Don Mebus, Rotary club of Arlington, Texas,  "The power of Rotary is the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities."
 
When disaster, be that fire, floods, hurricane winds, earthquakes, torrential rains and mudslides or other tragedies, does strike, we, Rotarians, want to step up and provide our assistance, our compassion and our funds in many cases.  Rotarians and Rotary International have long been recognized for their ongoing community service programs, and for providing disaster assistance, i.e. after “first responders” have completed their tasks of providing emergency and life-saving services. 
 
With all respect for the many personal outreaches already underway in our District, we draw your attention to the following information extracted from the Rotary International home page, http://www.rotary.org. under My Rotary, What’s New, "Find out how you can help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma". Click on the Read more.
 
Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:
 
Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608
 
Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296
 
You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You'll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. If you would like a credit card receipt, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary. 
 
As well, Rotary's partner, ShelterBox, continues to provide support to families displaced by the storms as well as other disasters around the world.
 
Each of us is encouraged to consider our personal level of support based on our own convictions and after due consultation with our trusted advisors for any income tax or financial implications.
 
Thank you for Making a Difference,
 
Reg
 
Reg Madison
District Governor 2017 - 2018

READY, SET, GO!

Is Your Club Really Ready to Recruit Young Professionals? Most clubs would love to bring in some young professionals as new members. But, many clubs aren’t sure about how they should recruit young professionals. Guess what? Recruiting young professionals really isn’t the most important issue. The most important issue is making sure your club is ready to attract, welcome and retain young professionals once they become aware of Rotary. As my friend, Amy Gringhuis (member of the Hamilton Tonic After 5 Rotary Club), put it, “You need to set the table before you invite your guests in for dinner.”
 
So, how do you make sure your club is ready to welcome and engage young professionals? We’re going to address that in workshops that will start in the fall. In the meantime, if you’re eager to get started, check out the ideas in this great article about Rotary International’s Young Professionals Summit.

DISCOVER ROTARY NOW

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about your options for joining other leaders and volunteers in your community who are part of Rotary.  There are four things you should know about Rotary:
  • Rotary is simply an opportunity to build friendships, serve the community and improve the world.
  • Rotary joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations.  We are a network of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world.
  • Rotary exchanges ideas, bringing our expertise and diverse perspectives to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems.  It's people like you and me, working together to make the world a better place.
  • Rotary takes action to bring lasting change to communities around the world.  We take pride in providing sustainable solutions.
I hope you will reach out to a Rotary club in your area and let them know you are interested in becoming part of our team.
 
Click here to discover RotaryNow7090!
 
Kevin Crosby, IPDG
Director, Membership
 
 
 
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