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ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR LETTER The Annual Fund and Endowment Fund provide ways for “Service above Self” in our commuDear Rotary Club President, nities and around the world. As Claudette and I Rotary Greetings! I hope this finds you having a have traveled around the District, we have seen great Rotary year as President of your Club. It has the many wonderful community projects that are been an awesome year for Claudette and me as helping our communities become better places to your District Governor. We have been having a live and work. Your contributions to the Annual wonderful time visiting all of the Clubs in our Fund and the Endowment Fund help provide for District, and at this point, we have about 10 Clubs these projects, both at home and internationally. still to visit. Thinking ahead: As President of your club, you We are almost half-way through our year to- need to be thinking ahead to the coming year(s) gether in office. Both you and I set some goals at as well. Does your club have a Vision and a plan the beginning of our year, and now is a good time of where you are going and where you want to be to sit back and analyze how things are going. in the next 5 years? Now is the time to make sure you have a President-Elect and a PresidentMembership: The number ONE goal that we Nominee (Vice President) in place.Your club elecshould all have is growing our membership. I am tions should take place in December. As hoping that each Rotary Club will have a net President, your job is to help them learn the pogrowth of two new members this year. That goal sition and work through possible community and cannot be reached without a lot of work! Some international projects utilizing our District and clubs are brainstorming lists of potential mem- Global Grants. bers and inviting them to a social time after work or to other activities. To gain members, we need I would strongly encourage you to apply for the to be actively asking people to join Rotary. Presidential Citation for your club. It is achievable and certainly not too early to start working toFoundation: Our most important service goal to ward it. You will find the Presidential Citation humanity is the eradication of Polio. We have the Award Form on the Awards SITE page located on Gates Foundation Challenge of $2 for every $1 the District Website at www.clubrunner.ca/5580 . that we contribute. Polio has spread in recent months into other countries, such as Somalia and All of us have seen the devastation brought about Syria. Our efforts to end this deadly virus must by the recent typhoon that struck the Philippines. continue. Please come up with special fund-rais- Clubs have been asking about ways to help, and included with this letter is some information proing efforts for the eradication of Polio. November 14, 2013
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ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR LETTER vided by ShelterBox. Many of you are familiar with ShelterBox and have made contributions previously when catastrophic events have taken place. Our District supports ShelterBox and the attached information provides an address where US funds can be sent. A donation to ShelterBox qualifies as an INTERNATIONAL Project for your club. (Note : Our Canadian Clubs can contribute to ShelterBox Canada and the Canadian Government has agreed to match those donations. Assistant District Governor, Maria Hudolin, has provided information from ShelterBox CAN to our Clubs in Thunder Bay and Nipigon.) Lastly, I would hope that you and your club are having FUN! Great fellowship and great programs make your club lively and make people want to attend. Find ways to have family fun and other times outside of the regular meeting to get together and socialize. Remember that this is also an excellent opportunity to invite potential members. Thank you for your service as Club President and your commitment to, “ENGAGE ROTARY – CHANGE LIVES.” Yours in Rotary Service, Dave Smette District Governor 2013-2014 Rotary District 5580
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE The membership committee of our club has been meeting on a regular two week basis since the beginning of this Rotary year. The thrust of the meetings is to bring definition to the membership process.
be creating a guest/new member packet to better assimilate the new person into Rotary and potentially educate the guests and speakers to the benefits and projects of Rotary. We also will bring back the red badge for new members. The red badge allows our members to identify the new members and welcome them into the club, by inviting them to sit together at the table and answer any questions they may have. The new member will get a list of duties to perform to again help assimilate the new member to Rotary and our local club. Fireside Chats will return and the club website will take a more center stage in our club lives.
Great progress has been made since the start. One to the goals of the committee is to make the membership process transparent, convenient and transferable. Over the years we have had many great successes and many great ideas; however we have more recently lost focus and the clubs membership has suffered and our club ultimately suffers from loss of membership and lack of bringing new, vibrant members into the club. We are currently working on recruitment strateMany of the great ideas have been lost. gies to help each of us as members to bring the Subject to board approval we have streamlined right people into Rotary for the right reasons. We and defined the new member proposal process. will follow up with retention and exit interviews We will require a completed application. After the for those that Rotary is no longer a fit for their application process is completed, but prior to in- lives. duction the new member, their sponsor and a veteran member of the club will meet to discuss the We have a great committee and I feel certain the opportunities and obligations of Rotary member- ideals that come from this year will pay dividends into the long term for Brainerd Rotary. ship. Also subject to board approval, we have most re- Denny Doucette cently completed the orientation process. We will
FAREWELL FROM CHERYL Dear Rotarians, Jim and I move to Minneapolis beginning a new chapter of our lives called retirement on the 12th of November. I wanted to say farewell to you all in person but thought I would get choked up. Jim asked me if I would be joining Rotary in Minneapolis and I thought about it for a while and came to the only conclusion ---no-because I could never have the same wonderful relationships. You are a special group of people doing great things for the community and the world and I have been proud to be a member of Brainerd Rotary! I know I will stop in to visit the club so I'm not going to say goodbye. Keep in touch! Cheryl Gelbmann December · 2013 - 3
ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARADE Rotary Christmas Parade - Fayetteville, NC When a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club learned that there was not going to be a Christmas Parade in 1999, he approached his club and the other two Rotary Clubs, suggesting that this would be an excellent Community Service Project. The three clubs agreed and banded together to insure Fayetteville would continue to have a Christmas parade. They have undertaken the parade as a part of their Community Service Avenue, not as a fundraiser. The Rotarians were fortunate that one of their members, Greg Gunn, had helped with a Christmas Parade in another city. He agreed to chair the parade. When his job took him to another city the following year, Johnson Chestnutt and Matthew Smith agreed to co-chair the Parade and continue in that capacity.
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The Rug Rats The Carolina Garrison of the Fighting 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, a premier fan-based STAR WARS costuming club Tom and Jerry Scooby Doo Fred Flintstone Yogi Bear
The Rotarians are very appreciative of the support they have been given by the community. The first Rotary Christmas Parade had about 50 entries; that has now grown to 110-120 units with some coming from out of state. Support from the business community has been a blessing. We have had several well known past sponsors as well as our current sponsors, News 14 Carolina/Time Warner, Family Foods, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver's are lending great support to the Parade effort.
One of the goals set by the committee is to bring in as Grand Marshal, a Nationally known individual or character, that the children will know whether they just got here from California, or Texas, or Michigan, or have lived here all their life; one that the children can relate to, one who presents a good moral character and one who parents would not be displeased to see their child emulate. Past Grand Marshals were: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Rotary in Fayetteville Fayetteville is fortunate to have three ROTARY clubs representing about 120 members. The Fayetteville Clubs come under Rotary International's District 7730. The Fayetteville Rotary Club is the original Fayetteville club, formed on May 1, 1920. It is an evening meeting at 6:30 on Mondays at the Hamont Grill. The West Fayetteville Rotary Club was sponsored by the Fayetteville Club and Cmdr. Curtis Brown - Astronaut - admitted to Rotary on January 27, 1972. They are originally from Elizabethtown a noon club, meeting at the Heritage Place at 1:00 Mr. McFeely - Speedy Delivery - of Mr. on Thursdays. The LaFayette Rotary Club was Rogers Neighborhood formed in December 1988. They are a morning Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Sylvester club and meet at 7:30 AM at the Highland Country Club. It was sponsored by the West Fayetteville The Power Puff Girls Club. Fred Flintstone SpongeBob Square Pants Cmdr. Bill McArthur - Astronaut originally from Red Springs
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ROTARY CLUBS TAKE ACTION... Rotary Clubs Take Action for Typhoon Ravaged members the chance to make a difference at Philippines home and around the globe. Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.
Rotary's work to eradicate polio, our top priority, began in the Philippines. In 1979, Rotary funded the immunization of six million children with the oral polio vaccine. Based largely on the success there, the World Health Assembly authorized the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in which RoThe situation remains dire as widespread destruc- tary is a spearheading partner. tion has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the Rotary clubs in the Philippines have improved strongest storm to make landfall on record. water and sanitation, led medical and dental missions, created literacy programs, and participated Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 in reforestation plantings. When a 7.1 magnitude clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm vic- earthquake struck central Philippines in Septemtims. ber, clubs were there to bring aid to those in need. "I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses," says Burton. "We are in the business of helping people in need." Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. Such disasters are “exactly why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox,” says Burton.“It gives Rotary members worldwide the opportunity to respond immediately and in a very meaningful way to the life-threatening conditions faced by the people of the Philippines.” For nearly 100 years, Rotary clubs in the Philippines have been creating positive change in their communities. The first Philippine Rotary club was formed in Manila in 1919. Today, more than 800 Rotary clubs throughout the Philippines give
“Rotary members often are both first-responders and rebuilders when major disasters strike because clubs are present in every corner of the world,” Burton says. “We continue with recovery efforts long after international relief agencies have gone because Rotary clubs are part of the communities we serve.” Clubs in Rotary District 3860, which covers the area that sustained the most damage, created a relief fund for victims. You can also help by working with relief agencies like these: • International Committee of the Red Cross and Philippine Red Cross • World Food Programme UNICEF, Philippines • ShelterBox Contact your local Rotary club to learn how you can help your community. By Ryan Hyland Rotary News, 15-Nov-2013
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BRAINERD ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS - NEW LOCATION! The Brainerd Rotary Club has officially relocated the weekly Tuesday meetings to The Blue Room at Yesterday's Gone. BIRTHDAYS 12/03 12/04 12/17 12/19 12/20 12/21 12/29 12/29 12/30 12/31
John Koupal Linda Hanson Joseph Brenny Jack Ruttger James Roelofs David Winkelman Bob Musielewicz David Ten Eyck Michael Bjerkness Richard Bricker
WINTER WONDERLAND Tis the season. Once again Brainerd Rotary will be helping with the Winter Wonderland Drive Through. Our club has agreed to help on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 to approximately 9:00 PM. We are in need of four volunteers. We will post two at the entrance and two at the exit. There will be no holiday village so all workers will be outside. Someone will be onsite to answer any questions. Contact Paula Persons for more information.
ANNIVERSARY OF JOINING BRAINERD ROTARY 29 years 12/1 29 years 12/11 26 years 12/1 23 years 12/11 21 years 12/29 12 years 12/16 7 years 12/12 4 years 12/22
Ray Charpentier Jack Ruttger Rick Bricker Dave TenEyck John Forrest Brad Person Larry Lundblad Ed Menk