Hello 

It is great to have a break at this time of year to relax and reinvigorate before returning to Rotary later this month. This time also provides us with an opportunity for reflection. As we look forward to new beginnings and experiences, let’s think outside the box and discover new opportunities to serve through Rotary. We have a full six months to finish this Rotary year strong!

Ask yourself a few questions and reflect on the answers:

  • What did you do to make your club vibrant?
  • How did your engagement help enhance the experience of your fellow members?
  • What can we do collectively to make a difference?

Set intentions on what you want to accomplish as a member of Rotary. The little acts of kindness that you do have a ripple effect on us. Let’s continue to Imagine, act to serve and make an impact.

One of Rotary’s founding principles was to use your vocation – whether as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or another profession – to do good in the world. January is vocational service month. Rotary emphasizes the importance of bringing together business and professional women and men for the purposes of exchanging ideas, developing relationships and improving communities.

The District Leadership team has planned for new opportunities to learn, celebrate and serve through Rotary. Please register and participate to enjoy “beyond the club” experience.
Ask Us Anything on February 15th,
Leading with Heart – Celebrate Women in Rotary on February 16th,
Let’s Get Growing on February 24th,
Joint District Conference from May 5-7,
Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders from July 13-17.

I have completed 31 club visits to date. See you soon as I finish up the last half of the Rotary year visiting more clubs in person. I am looking forward to meeting many more of you!

My heartfelt gratitude to all District and Club officers who have been working behind the scenes in keeping our Clubs and District vibrant. Let us continue to learn, improve, and do our best as Rotary members, push the envelope, help bring in more like-minded individuals into our District, help our Clubs grow and be more diversified and vibrant.

I am so grateful for this community and for so many of you who have reached out to encourage me to serve as your District Governor this year.

Yours in Rotary,

Kam Chandan

Upcoming Events

District Oriented

Clubs Oriented

Zone, National, and International Oriented

Other

FEB 15, 2023 – Ask us Anything Zoom Call with DG Kam and D7680 Leadership team
FEB 16, 2023 – Leading with Heart – Celebrate Women in Rotary
FEB 24, 2023 – Let’s Get Growing
APR 1, 2023 – Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference (Duke / UNC-CH)
MAY 5-7, 2023 – Joint District Conference
RI President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these values.

Febuary 15th, 2023 – Ask Us Anything (AUA) Zoom call is open to all Rotary members to ask any question to the D7680 leadership team. Submit questions (anonymous) ahead of time for the leadership team to review –  https://tinyurl.com/7680askusanything. The team will be prepared to go through the list of questions and answer them on the Zoom call.

Let’s celebrate The Women of Rotary! The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary. This year we have the first Female International President, Jennifer Jones. D7680 celebrates its women and the difference they have made, not only to Rotary clubs, but to the world.

Every Rotary member has a role to play in their club’s membership success! Even if you are not a club officer or a member of your club’s Membership Committee, you have a role in attracting, engaging, and retaining members. This event is for all D7680 Rotary members committed to the sustainability of their clubs. All Presidents, Presidents-Elect, AGs and Club Membership Chairs are expected to attend.

Starting new Rotary clubs increases our ability to improve lives in communities around the world. A new club adviser works with district leaders to develop and support the new club during the process. Other Rotary clubs and members can help the new club succeed by serving as sponsors or mentors.

Reasons to start a club
Both Rotary club members and nonmembers can start clubs. Here are some reasons you might want to.

You’re a Rotary club member, and:

An area in your district doesn’t have its own club.
Your Rotary club can no longer accommodate new members.
Some members need an alternate meeting time.
Some members prefer to meet online, less frequently, or using a different format (explore club meeting options).
You’re not a club member, and:

Your area doesn’t have a club.
The club in your area doesn’t fit your needs.
You want to get involved with your community in a new way.

How to start a club
You’ll first need to contact Rotary leaders in the region, starting with the district governor. They’ll help with the process and guide you through the requirements. If you don’t know who the governor is in your area, email Club and District Support. Before you begin, remember:

A new club must have a minimum of 20 members. If you have a sponsor club, it must have at least 20 members.

Starting a satellite club
Want to start a club but don’t have 20 members? You can start a satellite club with just eight people with the sponsorship of an established club. Satellite clubs meet at different times, have their own bylaws and club culture, and their own club leaders. They function as a short-term transitional step on the way to becoming a full, independent Rotary club. Find information about the process in Starting a Rotary Club.

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) can strengthen your club and strengthen your life. Knowledge is the power that can help change the world. Begin your RLI journey with one of these events. Join us as you begin to discover the wonder of Rotary. Five (5) sessions will be led by trained Rotarians and include exploring Rotary’s Roots, Creating Service Projects, The Foundation, How Best to Engage Members in your Club and What Lies Beyond Your Club.

VIRTUAL RLI OPPORTUNITIES
Parts 2 & 3
Two Separate Events:
1. Monday February 6 & Wednesday February 8 5pm – 8pm
OR
2. Friday, February 10 (1pm – 4pm) & Saturday, February 11 (8:30am – 11:30am)

Register at www.midatlanticrli.org
Fee – $35 (Many clubs cover the registration cost).

IN-PERSON RLI EVENT
In conjunction with… 7680/7690 Joint District Conference

Parts 1, 2 & 3
Thursday, May 4, 2023 – 8:15am to 3:15pm

Location:
Le Meridien Charlotte
555 South McDowell, North Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204

Register at www.midatlanticrli.org
Fee – $95 (includes materials and lunch)
Many clubs cover the registration cost.

Each spring, our graduating Fellows from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center host Rotarians, faculty, staff, students, and local participants as they present their research on a wide range of issues affecting peace around the world.

Mark your calendars for our 20th Annual Rotary Peace Center Conference, to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The conference is organized by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.

Chapel Hill, NC (pre-registration required, go to Duke / UNC-CH Peace Center for details & tickets closer to event). The conference has been live-streamed the past 3 years, with a hybrid event offered (limited in-person attendance) in 2022.

New to Rotary or want to know more – This is for you! You are part of a group whose impact reaches around the world through local community service by our 1.4 million members in 200+ countries. Join us for “Rotary 101” a virtual tour of Rotary and Rotarians that will inspire you to engage even more in the Rotary community. Wednesday August 24 was the kickoff for ROTARY 101, an online program designed for new and potential members of Rotary. 

February 8th and March 13th at 6:00pm

Here’s the link: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801636156?pwd=d2sraXFqdWRlSTVtL2ltQ0dIT1dPZz09 Meeting ID: 818 0163 6156 Passcode: 539445

Questions: Contact Marcia Scheideman (mscheideman.ms@gmail.com) or Lorena Prince (garzalster@gmail.com) for any questions you might have. Looking forward to seeing you virtually!

Arts for CART Fundraiser

Sage Stream’s 16-Week Bundle of Entertainment has partnered with CART to conduct a fundraiser. The bundle of shows costs $100. For every $100 purchase, $25 will be donated back to CART. You can achieve two goals at once. Support the CART fund, then gift the 16-Show bundle to someone deserving – a caregiver, an older person you know, etc – you get the idea. Scan the QR code or go here to purchase: https://tinyurl.com/7680cartfundraiser

If you haven’t yet become a member of the Roger Ackerman Circle, our newly-named group of recurring donors in memory of our founder, don’t forget you can sign up to do that at mycartfund.org also! Our goal is to get the first 100 donors in 100 days, and we are pleased to announce we are currently at 70! Will you help us by committing to a minimum of $5 per month (or $15 per quarter or $60 per year)? We would love to recognize you with a special edition lapel pin to say THANK YOU!

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new “cause-based” Rotary Club coming soon to support The CART Fund and Alzheimer’s research.

What is a cause-based club? It is simply a Rotary club that focuses on one particular cause. The programs & speakers are all about the cause, and the club’s service projects are all about that cause too. For example, a cause-based club could focus on serving veterans or ending human trafficking, or perhaps even helping find a cause, treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In the coming months, we will be actively reaching out to former Rotarians who have left traditional clubs but may be interested in rejoining a different format. We will also be seeking referrals of individuals who may have a specific interest in Alzheimer’s Disease but are not currently a Rotarian.

If you are interested in helping create this new club, or if you have suggestions of prospective members in your community, please let us know by sending an email to cartfundnews@gmail.com. This club will have no geographic boundaries, and will also offer “affiliate memberships” to those who are already members of other Rotary Clubs. It is NOT an initiative designed to take Rotarians away from their current clubs.

Greetings to our fellow Rotarians! Here are some of the activities and projects our group has been working on lately:

  • We now have roughly 28 DEI Club Ambassadors that will be invited to their first meeting to be held in January 2023. Thank you to those who have raised their hand and we invite others to do so if you’re interested.
  • We are excited to announce that the majority of the members of our District DEI Team will be participating in training for Facilitators of Brave Conversations and looking forward to sharing this with interested clubs.
  • If you are interested in being part of the DE&I Committee, please email co-chairs Rina Arline at rcarline07@yahoo.com or Chris Arline at carline30@gmail.com.

Kam is doing his official club visits and has been posting photos and commentary on his Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/kamleshchandan. Go take a look. Great Photos! We have added a few below, but on his FB page, it is club by club.

Giving Tree Village – “Connecting Local Communities”

The Rotary Club of Davidson’s Giving Tree Village once again lit up the Davidson Town Green during Christmas in Davidson continuing this annual fund-raising tradition for non-profits. The Giving Tree Village has become the premier event during the Christmas in Davidson celebration, lighting up the Davidson Town Green with an array of prominently displayed, uniquely decorated holiday trees all in support of local non-profits. The village brings the community together creating visibility across a broad range of local non-profits, businesses, and local neighborhood communities.

The Giving Tree Village fund raiser provides vital funding for many of the local non-profits. This year the event raised over $46,000 for local charities. Each of the 63 trees in the Giving Tree Village was sponsored by a local business or individual who partnered with a local non-profit organization to decorate a tree within the village. During Christmas in Davidson, which drew approximately 50,000 visitors, each visitor had the opportunity to visit the Giving Tree Village and vote for their favorite tree. All the funds collected from the votes for each tree went directly to the non-profit. Additional donations were collected from corporate sponsors including Lowes and State Farm Insurance and Main Street Match Sponsors including Carrburritas, Kindred and North Harbor Club and donated to the non-profits through awards for favorite tree, most uniquely decorated tree, and other superlative categories. To learn more about the Giving Tree Village Final Details and Winners and view the uniquely decorated trees. Visit www.givingtreevillage.com.

Annual “Men That Cook” Charity Event Is Back. After a three year hiatus due to Covid, “Men That Cook” is ready to roll once again. A family friendly event hosted by the Happy Hour Rotary Club of Huntersville with the help of corporate sponsors, this event has raised as much as $25,000 in previous years. Come and see what they will be serving up on Sunday, March 26th and vote on your favorite dish. Tastings are prepared by community members who compete to raise prize money for their favorite local charity. Held at Langtree Plantation in Mooresville, participants are invited to mix and mingle while sampling cuisine from multiple cooking categories. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a choice of two sessions, 11 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Tickets for children under 10 are $10. Chances will be available to win a “Happy Hour” cooler of cheer or one of several themed gift baskets. This event is only possible with the generous support of our wonderful sponsors and cooking teams. To buy tickets, become a sponsor or register a team, visit https://lakenormanmenthatcook.info/ or call 704-905-5002.

Submit your articles, stories and upcoming events about your Club projects. These will be showcased in our district monthly newsletter. Submissions are due by 25th of the month – https://tinyurl.com/7680districtnewsletter

The Rotary float at the Rose Bowl Parade has won the Princess Award!

Rotary’s connection to the Tournament of Roses Parade dates to 1923 when the Rotary Club of Pasadena entered this float. Today, the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee heads up the effort. Members, clubs, and districts donate all the money for the floats, which over the years have depicted Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, commitment to service, and various programs.

Offer people who have fled the war a stable environment

Rotary has been collaborating with our partners and other organizations to meet humanitarian needs in and around Ukraine. Clubs have been providing food, water, medical equipment, and other supplies. What people who have fled their homes need most is safety — and Rotary members have been instrumental in finding them shelter. But people still need help. That’s where Rotary members in the U.S. can get more involved. Rotary is collaborating with Welcome.US, an organization working to engage more Americans in welcoming newcomers, with a focus on sponsoring refugees. Through Uniting for Ukraine, Rotary and Rotaract clubs and members in the U.S. can sponsor a person or a family that has fled the war and help them relocate to the United States.

To sponsor a Ukrainian refugee family and offer them a stable environment:

  • Sign up to get connected to a Ukrainian family.
  • Use district grant funds to help with resettlement costs.
  • If you have more questions, write to trf.welcome@rotary.org.
  • Learn more about the Rotary-Welcome.US collaboration.
  • Find resources and answers to some common questions.

The next office hours will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 10 A.M. EST. Join us to learn more, share ideas and interact with others around our Zones as we explore ideas and share projects to empower our girls. (Yes, this call will be recorded and sent afterwards if you have a conflict with the day and time.) To listen to our last call (held 12/14) and our efforts we highlighted : https://vimeo.com/781351534 We all have so many meetings and I am always most energized when I leave these meetings. Doing what we can, where we are, with what we have, is how tremendous change and service happens.

Connect and invite anyone that you know has an interest in this Club-level initiative. Our goal in our 60 minutes together is to create a space where ideas and innovation happen. We know that energy happens when we spend time together. Register now at: https://www.rizones33-34.org/empowering-girls

During 2022 four successful safaris were hosted and all the participants had a wonderful time and returned safely home. We thought you might be interested to read past participant Rotarian Art Anderson’s comment which very aptly sums up the objectives of our safaris. “And the safari – wow – beyond our expectations! Not only were the animal sightings fantastic, but the accommodations, meals, special activities, and our interaction with wonderful South African Rotarians and our fellow guests made this experience so much more than just going on safari. We will cherish our memories and our new friendships forever.” We have only recently started marketing our May and September 2023 safaris and still have places available.

Following a review of three proposals, The Rotary Foundation Trustees selected Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Türkiye to host the Otto and Fran Walter Rotary Peace Center. The Rotary Peace Centers search committee was very impressed by BAU’s proposed program for Rotary Peace Fellows, as well as the faculty, facilities, and regional recruitment efforts, all of which met or exceeded Rotary’s established partnership criteria. The first application launch will be in February 2024 and the initial cohort of certificate students by winter 2025.

Membership Action Plan (MAP)

“Bite-Sized” webinars, every month on the second Monday at 6 pm ET

Feb 13th at 6 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86851107986?pwd=bmdrbUR5TTREQ3plZ1pacmhSOTBPQT09

The target audience is club leaders, Presidents, Assistant Governors, Presidents-Elect, Membership Chairs, and anyone else who has an interest in the long-term viability and vitality of their Rotary club. All District leaders are also encouraged to attend.

The MAP Page on the Zone website has past recordings, registration links for upcoming events, and a library of membership collateral: RIZones33-34.org/membership-action-plan

What is the MAP?

It’s a unified, multi-year membership growth initiative spanning Rotary Zones 33 and 34 — 1,700 clubs and 66,000 Rotarians from Pennsylvania to Florida, then extending through the Caribbean to the coast of South America.

In search of a strategy to mitigate membership decline and get our clubs on a path of consistent, moderate growth, RI Director Jeremy Hurst launched a task force in January of 2022.

This group of District and Zone leaders has developed a set of “Bite-Sized”? webinars (1 hour or less), delivered once a month, that are 100% actionable by the clubs. No concepts. No theory. No figuring out how. Everything is there. Strategies that are GUARANTEED to work (they’ve worked for hundreds of clubs), together with recipes, templates, slides, videos, worksheets and scripts. There’s also an awards program that will recognize both clubs and districts for their participation and achievements.

How can YOU help?

Embrace, publicize and promote participation of all your club leaders in these monthly events. Yes, they are being recorded, and, yes, all the material presented is downloadable from the MAP Page on the Zone Website: RIZones33-34.org/membership-action-plan.

The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a group of Rotary members who volunteer to provide technical expertise and advice to other members who are planning and carrying out Rotary grant projects around the world. We often hear Rotary members, including some leaders, aren’t familiar with the Cadre and don’t know how to ask these advisers for support to ensure that their projects meet Foundation requirements and achieve their goals. This may be because traditionally, the Cadre’s work was only to evaluate Rotary-funded projects. Cadre members collected data and documentation by reviewing grant applications, visiting project sites, and conducting grant audits for The Rotary Foundation.

The clubs and districts involved in these projects developed strong relationships with their Cadre advisers, who could have been seen as critical inspectors but in practice helped improve the quality of projects. So, these grant sponsors recognize the importance of Cadre advisers.

Now, the Cadre not only evaluates projects for the Foundation but has also evolved into a more holistic project-planning resource for Rotary members. The Cadre has more than 500 technical advisers and technical coordinators that lead them in eight groups: one for each area of focus, plus financial auditing. The technical advisers have also been arranged recently into seven geographic teams, each led by a regional organizer. These teams are made up of the advisers who are closest to and most accessible to Rotary regional and district leaders. We hope this will lead to more collaboration between regional and district leaders and Cadre advisers. Contact your Cadre leaders to get connected with an adviser today.

Being able to articulate and share your stories with others is a valuable skill in any setting. For Rotary and Rotaract members, it’s also a powerful way to tell others about Rotary. Through our alliance with Toastmasters International, members can visit a local Toastmasters club to hone their skills and receive feedback from others in a safe setting. Check out these storytelling techniques from our partner, and take our Inspirational speech course in the Learning Center.

Inviting all clubs across the District to hold an End Polio fundraising Tea Party during February to celebrate Rotary’s birthday.

Some ideas to help with contributions to the Rotary Foundation Polio Fund:

  • Partner with a local bakery / donut shop / café and ask them to give a profit percentage on that date whilst you promote their business locally.
  • Designate a regular club meeting as the Tea Party – skip the ordinary meal, ask your members to bring a share plate and donate the meal cost to help End Polio.
  • Organise a wonderful cake and sell raffle tickets or guess the weight of the cake.
  • Ask for a $10 minimum donation per member and give the cake to the highest contributor or have the cake as a lucky door prize.
  • Come up with ideas to amaze but please donate as the children are counting on us!

Don’t just have a tea party: tell everyone about it! Take photos of your party, post them on your club’s Facebook page.

Here are seven reasons you’ll want to attend the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne.

1. You’ll (re)connect with the Rotary family.

The last Rotary International Convention, in Houston, was proof there’s nothing like connecting face to face. But for many Rotary members in the Asia-Pacific region, where COVID-19 restrictions complicated travel plans, Melbourne will be their first in-person convention in four years. With five districts (representing more than 250 Rotary and Rotaract clubs) across the state of Victoria hosting the event, it’s sure to be a big reunion.

2. You’ll explore the world — all in one place.

The convention is the best way to appreciate Rotary’s global scale and reach, says Rebecca Fry, founding chair of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Oceania and charter president of the Rotary Club of Social Impact Network, New South Wales. “The House of Friendship is a true festival of Rotary, showcasing our organization’s fellowships, action groups, and community projects from around the world.”

3. You’ll discover cities within a city.

The coastal metropolis is known as the Australian capital of culture, food, sports, architecture, and theater. It’s also a shopping mecca.

Mary Barry, chair of the Host Organization Committee, proudly notes Melbourne’s regular recognition as one of the world’s most livable cities. It is a family friendly place where visitors will feel instantly welcomed and at ease. “The city looks after its tourists with excellent public transport to unique attractions,” says Roslyn Teirney, an assistant Rotary public image coordinator for Zone 8 and a member of the Rotary Club of North Hobart, Tasmania.

4. You’ll be inspired.

Rotary conventions are all about an exchange of ideas. And each year’s gathering brings you big name speakers to inspire, connect, and spur solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Just look at the list of some past speakers: Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Princess Anne of the United Kingdom. “While still early to announce 2023 program highlights, be assured only outstanding international speakers will take part,” says HOC Chair Barry.

5. You’ll get your kangaroo fix.

Experience quintessential Australia with a visit to the Melbourne Zoo for a close-up and safe encounter with some of the world’s most unusual, cute, and dangerous species — kangaroos, koalas, snakes, spiders, crocodiles, wombats, and platypuses. Just 13 miles northeast of Melbourne’s central business district, the Gresswell Forest nature reserve provides spectacular sightings of eastern gray kangaroos, says Jennifer Scott, a past district governor and member of the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains.

Need more cuteness? Head to Phillip Island, 75 miles southeast of Melbourne, and check out the largest colony of little penguins in the world.

6. You’ll feel energized.

Looking for a place to hang out with all your new Rotary friends once the day is over? Melbourne has endless options. Laura Telford, chair of the Rotaract Australia multidistrict information organization and member of the Rotaract Club of Canberra, describes Melbourne as another of the famous cities that “never sleep.”

“Visitors will enjoy jumping on one of more than 475 trams that cover 250 kilometers [155 miles] of track to take you to every corner of this exciting city.”

7. You’ll want to see more of Australia.

While the distance can be a challenge in traveling to Melbourne, visitors may fly in to Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, or Perth to make the most of a unique travel opportunity by seeing other parts of Australia. “The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the Red Centre, our tropical north, and the rugged coast of Western Australia all present memorable sightseeing experiences,” Scott says.

Are you REGISTERED?

Do you have QUESTIONS?

Call PDG Bob Wilson, 7680 Melbourne Convention Promotion Chair