Monday, February 21, 2011

One day only: double recognition for online contributions

In honor of Rotary's birthday on 23 February, online contributions of US$100 or more to the Annual Programs Fund will receive double recognition credit. To be eligible for the credit, Rotarians must be registered in the secure Member Access section of . The registration process can take 24 hours, so register before 23 February.

Making a secure online gift is the most cost-effective and efficient way to support The Rotary Foundation's life-changing programs. For more information, e-mail RI's Contact Center at or call 866-976-8279.

New pilot programs support member diversity By Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary International News -- 10 January 2011

Rotary clubs interested in taking part in one of four new pilot programs approved recently by the RI Board can now download an application form and related fact sheets.

The three-year pilots --
satellite club, associate member, corporate member, and innovative and flexible Rotary club -- will allow participating Rotary clubs to experiment with flexible membership requirements and club operations beginning 1 July.

Each one is designed to improve recruitment and retention, allow for flexibility in club operations and structures, and provide Rotary clubs with an opportunity to explore new and innovative ways to promote member diversity -- all goals of the RI Strategic Plan. Other potential benefits include improved leadership, engagement, and participation among members and increased support of The Rotary Foundation.

The pilots will allow RI to collect data and analyze results from the participating clubs to evaluate the effectiveness of each change.

Clubs have until 1 April to submit applications to Rotary International to be considered for a pilot. Read more about the 2011-14 pilots, and download related fact sheets and an application. Information and applications are also being sent to each club this month. Up to 200 clubs will be selected for each pilot. Rotary clubs must have been chartered before 30 June 2009 to be considered.

Contact with any questions about the pilot.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrate Rotary on 23rd February

The 23 of February is celebrated in many Rotary clubs as the birthday of Rotary. It is an excellent opportunity to invite the family to Rotary. It is an opportunity for clubs in the same city to organize a joint lunch or dinner with some special entertainment.
Paul Harris Fellows are often awarded on this occasion. And do not forget to invite local media.