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Welcome DG Susan Valenta
We are pleased that we'll be meeting with DG Valenta early in the Rotary year.
She will meet with the members of the board before our lunch meeting and will serve as our featured speaker for the general membership.
Posted by Ruth Ashford
We're off to a fantastic start of our EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR (EREY) giving campaign! So far, members have contributed $1200.00 to the Rotary Foundation.
Remember, when your EREY is designated as contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, these monies are invested by RI for approximately 3 years. The interest helps to pay RI overhead. At the end of this time period, approximately 1/2 of the contributions are returned pro rata to districts (DDF) and the other 1/2 goes to the World Fund to be used for matching grants.
You can find more than you want to know about the Rotary Foundation at rotary.org.) and in our District 5170 Foundation newsletters (rotary5170.org)Ruth Ashford
Club Vice President and Foundation Chair 2014/15
Posted by Charlie Wasser
on Jul 22, 2015
TALKING POINTS WHILE DISCUSSING MEMBERSHIP WITH POTENTIAL ROTARIANS:
Why Join Your Local Rotary Club?
The Opportunity to Serve
Rotarians provide service at the local and international levels that addresses health-care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental issues, to name just a few areas of Rotarian activity. Through participation in these projects, members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Today’s membership includes leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion who make critical decisions and influence policy. Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people of this high caliber and work with them in serving others.
Personal Growth and Development
Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Rotarians have countless opportunities to further enhance their leadership skills, as well as gain experience in public speaking and communication, organization and planning, team building, fundraising, and teaching.
Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today, with more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in some 165 countries, Rotarians have friends wherever they go. Rotary helps to build a sense of community as well as enduring individual friendships.
Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Membership is open to business and professional leaders from every ethnic group, political persuasion, cultural background, and religion. Rotarians value this cultural diversity and practice and promote tolerance.
Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world. Rotary’s expansive network of clubs and programs provides extensive opportunities for service and cross-cultural interchange.
Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them through international service projects and exchange programs of RI and its Foundation. Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s foremost objectives.
Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversion from life’s demands. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest cultural and educational exchange and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for future leaders.
Rotarians practice The Four-Way Test, which measures words and actions by their truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, and benefit to all. Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days.
Posted by Sara Calkins
on Jul 22, 2015
We were saddened to receive news of the passing of Chaplain John Berger, Rotarian since 1991, member extraordinary.
The impact of his loss cannot be measured; a small example of the the impact of his Invocations and loving fellowship follows:
A New Year's Invocation
Honoring ALL the Past Members
Tribute to the Faithful Members of Today
God, we're telling it like it is:
-- a lot of us are hurting a lot these days,
-- especially those of us who want to be good
and faithful Rotarians.
Maybe that is why this club ends up holding
our weekly meetings on top of a hill.
The view is clearer and reminds us --
because of the lofty goals of Rotary --
of how things ought, could and should be!
So, we are thankful that we can gather here
and proclaim again
the motto by which we should and try to live:
Service Above Self!
Then we can ask You to
bless our food -- fun and fellowship.
(Chaplain John Berger)
It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.
-Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1 Jul 1742-1799)
Posted by Charlie Wasser
on Jul 04, 2015
The importance to a Rotary club to continue to grow its membership cannot be stated strongly enough. A club will develop a culture over time. With growth, there probably will be some change in the culture. However, as the new members join, any changes that might happen will be a slow evolutionary movement. Then again, since most social groups grow by attracting like minded new members, there may not be any discernible change. The point is that all members of a Rotary club should embrace growth and participate in recruiting.
With new members, current projects can be expanded and new ideas from the cross fertilization of ideas from newer members may bring about new ways to serve the community. In the case of San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary, there are several community projects underway. The current goal is to find more members to keep the projects growing and continue to implement them.
There are two areas of focus for a recruiting effort in a Rotary club. The first is to continue to attract members of all demographic considerations. The other is to hone in on what attracts younger members. The underlying technique is best to showcase the value of membership and let the values attract new members.