Rotary Speech Contest for 2021

COVID can't keep us from making a positive impact in the lives of future Rotarians! 
This year's Rotary speech contest chairperson is Bill Highland, and he has taken the challenge to heart and isn't about to let social distancing keep us from a successful contest. Meet Dr. Zoom: 
Rotary Speech Contest for 2021 DeDe Cordell 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Shaping Peace Together

Monday, September 21 is the UN's International Day of Peace. It's the perfect day to make a statement about what Rotary stands for, about kindness and compassion. Please join us. 
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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

It's September, and so far, 2020 has been one challenge after another. I'm a glass-half-full kind of guy, though. So, while there is no shortage of negative aspects to the coronavirus, I'd like to share a positive - something we can take advantage of right now.

September is Rotary's Basic Education and Literacy Month - a time to reflect on what we're doing to help reach this key Rotary focus area in our communities and/or internationally. Learn more about this important focus area on the Rotary International website.

But, in addition to that, because we're all meeting virtually, we can really use this opportunity to beef up our own basic literacy and understanding of what it means to be a Rotarian, by hearing from those at the top. 

Rotary International has many people available to speak to your clubs. You could hear from those who know it best about things like membership, foundation, grants, club and district support, Polio Plus, and more. Plugging into the opportunity to have guest speakers from all around the world right now could really help build our understanding of Rotary and solidify the passion you have for this organization that I can honestly say has changed my life - and the lives of my family members. 

If you'd like to have someone speak to your club, you can reach out to Nick Taylor.

Also, you may not be aware, but there's a Speaker's Bureau page on our website. Just go to the homepage, under "For Rotarians" and you'll see it in the drop down. There's a list of vetted speakers, many of them make great virtual speakers.

Stay cool out there, and stay safe. 

-DG Brent

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Brent Hastey 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reboot 2

Save the Date!

It's time to reboot. On Nov. 7, we're going to get our district's club leadership together to brainstorm about how to grow membership and engage our current members. 
Some of you may have participated in last year's Rotary Reboot, where we focused on how to work better together. This year we are training leadership in the clubs on the best ways to build membership. The 3-hour training will be a combination of video and live-streaming events, and we'll be teaching principles for marketing, community service, membership, and other ideas to help you attract and retain members.
So if you're a club leader, this is for you. We're targeting presidents, president elects, chairs for membership, marketing, community service and more. Bring the whole gang (virtually, of course)! 
Registration details to come. 
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Scholarships and Fellowships

Global Grant Scholarships & Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellowship

Promoting peace is one of Rotary's main causes. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience, and professional networking.

Up to 130 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.  Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional certificate in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world.
More than 1,300 program alumni are working in more than 115 countries as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations
Scholarships and Fellowships DeDe Cordell 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Together, We Connect

As our country faces trying times of divisiveness and racial tension, Rotary is about peace and bringing people together. 
Our Peace Committee has been hard at work developing resources that can be used by clubs and individual members who are interested in growing and building bridges, to help ensure that all Rotarians know and feel our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 
We've only just begun building that resource, but on District 5180 website, you can find a resource page that we'll continue to build out with books you can read, webinars you can view or attend, and speakers you can invite to your club to help us all grow and become better humans, better Rotarians, at a time when the world really needs people who can bring togetherness. 
This page is new, but we are always seeking to add to it. If you have more ideas or suggestions about programs or resources we can add, please reach out to our Peace Committee chairperson, Lynette Anderson
In the meantime, check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion web page, and let's all continue growing and learning together. 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources DeDe Cordell 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

August is Membership Month

Never a Better Time to Invite a Friend

So August is Membership Month for Rotary. And with virtually all of our meetings VIRTUAL, there's never been a better time to invite a friend!
When District Governor Hastey says Rotary is "FFF'n Amazing," one of those F's is for Friends! This is the time to invite your friends to join us, to learn more about what Rotary stands for, and to check out a meeting or join us for a (safe) community service project! With virtual meetings, it's easier than ever for someone to attend. Just make sure you welcome them and help them understand what to expect. 
Now, more than ever, people want to connect and find a way to serve their communities. Let's make the most of this wild time, and introduce as many people as we can to the clubs, and to the organization, that we all love. As this year's theme touts, "Rotary Opens Opportunities," but Rotary can also be a light and a spark of hope for people who want to be part of the solution. 
Not sure where to start with a potential Rotarian, check out this web page with great information about what Rotary is about, and links to the various clubs in our district. 
And if you haven't already, please make sure you add your online meeting information to your website. It's only visible to members, but lets prospective members know that you're still active, meeting and serving your communities in spite of all we're facing these days. 
August is Membership Month DeDe Cordell 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

We Need a 4th 'F' for FLEXIBLE

COVID Strikes Again, Rotarians Rise to the Occasion 

Just when some of us were beginning to return to some kind of "normal" in the time of COVID-19, the cases have started rising significantly in our region, forcing the shutdown of our in-person meetings and cancelling events. Deja Vu, right? 
I just have to share how impressed I am with all of the flexibility you've shown. 
In the last few weeks, I've seen incredibly creative demotions done online, virtual fundraisers planned, and truly inspirational meetings and speakers all done via Zoom. 
If you do gather in small groups for community service or meetings of any kind, I ask you to please, wear masks, ensure you're six feet apart and practice good hygiene. It's incredibly important that Rotary set a good example, but it's a whole lot more important that none of you get sick or spread the Coronavirus to others. 
So please, continue to be creative and think out of the box, and if you've got an idea that could be easily replicated among other clubs, please share them with us, so our other clubs can also thrive during these challenging times. 
Together, we thrive. 
Thanks so much for all that Flexibility and your commitment to Rotary, 
-DG Brent
We Need a 4th 'F' for FLEXIBLE Brent Hastey 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Jennifer E. Jones Makes Rotary History

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history. Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
Read the full story on the Rotary International website.
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District Leadership Transition in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by DeDe Cordell on Jul 01, 2020
Brent Hastey assumed the role of District Governor today, but in light of social distancing requirements, outgoing DG, Ray Ward, had to get creative about how to best pass the baton. Here's what he came up with:
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What Rotary Isn't!

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
Shanti Landon from the Rotary Club of Lincoln created this lovely video explaining some of the misconceptions about Rotary and what we truly are as an organization.
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