Centennial Club Projects
The Rotary e-Club NY1 has chosen as its Rotary Centennial Project the creation and maintenance of a Rotary Resource Room for children, visitors, and tourists, at the Children's Museum in Utica, NY.
The Rotary Centennial in 2005 provides the ideal opportunity for Rotary clubs to showcase their service projects in 30,000 communities worldwide. All clubs are invited to join in this global effort to demonstrate the remarkable scope and power of Rotary service. To participate in the program, clubs must register their Centennial Community Project with Rotary International by the extended 1 July 2003 deadline. All projects must be completed by February 2005, the Rotary Centennial month. Register online.
To qualify as a Centennial Community Project, projects should meet the following criteria: Fulfill a clearly identifiable community need; Provide a solution that has measurable results; Involve the active participation of Rotarians, rather than simply providing funding to another organization; and Feature a permanent sign, plaque, or inscription at the project site that identifies both the sponsoring Rotary club and the Rotary Centennial. Projects that meet these criteria will appear in a special photo display at the 2005 RI Convention, and sponsoring clubs will receive special recognition; some will be featured in RI publications and on the RI Web site.
In planning Rotary Centennial projects, clubs should consider the most pressing needs of the community and determine highly visible ways to meet those needs. Possible project ideas include constructing or renovating youth centers, playgrounds and other recreational facilities, low-cost housing for homeless people, or spaces for food banks or soup kitchens. You might also consider providing special rooms or additions for local schools or libraries that could also be a site for a Rotary-sponsored tutoring or literacy program. In communities lacking access to healthcare services, think about renovating space to house a clinic or purchasing and equipping a mobile one.
To expand your resources, form partnerships with other neighboring Rotary clubs or local organizations and businesses. Invite your club's partners-in-service — Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotary Community Corps members — to join in the effort. Centennial projects offer an opportunity to enhance awareness of Rotary in the community. To maximize the effectiveness of your project, work with the local media to secure coverage throughout its implementation — from groundbreaking through inauguration, if applicable. Download 12-04 Centennial Project update.
Centennial Bell: Similar to the traveling Olympic torch, five Rotary Centennial bells will be circulated to clubs in every Rotary country, starting at the RI Convention in Brisbane, Australia, in June 2003. The bells' journeys will symbolize the internationality of Rotary as they crisscross the globe. One bell will travel to the first 100 clubs to join Rotary International, while the others will travel to the first Rotary club formed in each country of four regions: Asia and the Pacific; Latin American and the Caribbean; Africa; and Europe. The bells' journeys will end in Chicago in June 2005 when they ring in the start of the centennial RI Convention. Once the bells have begun their two-year journey, check back often to see how far they've traveled. Download 12/04 Centennial Bell schedule.
Official Celebration Begins
Rotary International Guidelines on Project Names: To District Governor's: As you know, one year from now we will be celebrating Rotary's 100th anniversary. Clubs everywhere have been challenged to make this coming year special by launching highly visible service projects for everyone in their community to see. Clubs across the land have responded most enthusiastically by creating or sponsoring commemorative parks, camps, youth centers, libraries, shelters for the needy, and a myriad of other worthwhile and much-needed facilities for the direct benefit of all in the community. These projects will not only provide valuable services for the community, but will create outstanding public relations for Rotary as well.
In sponsoring these facilities, many clubs have given them names that include the word Rotary. "Rotary" is a trademark owned by Rotary International for the use and benefit of the clubs and districts under certain guidelines adopted by the RI Board. Unfortunately, some of the facility names are not in compliance with RI Board policy concerning the use of the word Rotary. Clubs have used the word Rotary without further qualifiers, which are necessary to tie the project to the local club or district that sponsored it. When used alone, the word Rotary means Rotary International. Thus projects with names such as "Rotary Park" imply that the park is sponsored by or under the direct control of Rotary International, when such is not the case. Moreover, the local Rotary club that did sponsor the park is not given due credit for it.
Following the Board's guidelines for the use of the "Rotary" mark helps to protect the organization's right to own and protect this mark for future generations of Rotarians. As you will recall, this subject was covered in detail at the 2003 International Assembly in Anaheim, and all governors were provided with specific instruction and materials for counseling clubs on the proper use of the Rotary name and emblem (Rotary Marks). The basic policy on this subject can be found in the 2001 RI Manual of Procedure, chapter 19, pages 171-178. An excerpt from that policy is also attached. Since some of these projects involve the erection of buildings or other permanent structures, I also have enclosed the Board's guidelines for these types of projects. As Rotary's official representative in the district, it is your responsibility as the district governor to uphold the rules of the organization, and to correct and assist clubs as needed when they have violated these rules. Compliance with this Board policy by all clubs is especially important as we approach Rotary's centennial. You are asked to review the policy with the clubs in your district, and to assist them in the correction of any club projects that may have been misnamed.
Should you have any questions about the policy, or need assistance with suggestions for alternative names that would be in compliance, your CDA representative is ready to assist you, as am I. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this important matter. Sincerely, Frank Stryczek, Jr. Manager, Club and District Administration - Pan America.
Rotary International Centennial Poster Contest Deadline December 30, 2003
As part of the Rotary Centennial celebration, Rotary International encouraged clubs to organize children's poster contests that focus on providing service to others. Clubs submitted their top entrant into a district competition, and district winners competed in one of 34 zone competitions. One winner from each zone will compete in the international competition, with top entries announced in February 2005, the Rotary Centennial month.
· 15 March 2004 Rotary International must receive
winning district entries no later than 15 March 2004. The District
will submit entries to: