R. I. President & TRF Chair's Monthly Messages

Rotary International Ray Klinginsmith's January 2011 Message

January 2011

My fellow Rotarians,

"Test Time!"

We are at the halfway point in this Rotary year, and now is the time to test the strengths and weaknesses of our clubs. Perhaps a strange idea for some Rotarians, but how else will we learn how the activities and programs of our respective clubs match up to those of other clubs in our districts – and around the world? Therefore, I encourage all Rotarians – not only the club officers – to become involved in evaluating their clubs during the month of January.

The Presidential Citation program for 2010-11 has been designed as a score sheet for all the Avenues of Service. It also is a checklist for many of the activities and programs conducted by most clubs. Club presidents are required to complete the score sheets and submit them to their district governors by 31 March 2011 for their clubs to be eligible for the Presidential Citation awards. The scores should be shared with all club members either as written reports or as presentations at club meetings.

Starting work on the Presidential Citation test in January will provide an opportunity to correct any discovered deficiencies in club activities before the submission deadline of 31 March. It also will cause the club leaders to notice that a new Presidential Citation with Distinction award is available this year for clubs with a good balance of activities in all Avenues of Service.

This year I am recommending that all clubs review their practices and procedures to see if they are truly best practices or merely traditional practices. Annual evaluations of our clubs are certainly best practices, and more Rotarians than usual need to be involved in the evaluations for their clubs. The Presidential Citation score sheets are a good place to start the process. How else will we know if our clubs really are becoming Bigger, Better, and Bolder?

Ray Klinginsmith
Building Communities / Bridging Continents
President, Rotary International, 2010-11


TRF Chairman's January 2011 Message

Raising Awareness of The Rotary Foundation

Awareness is an important part of The Rotary Foundation's work. It is important that members are aware of The Rotary Foundation Goals 2010-11: polio eradication; the Future Vision Plan; Every Rotarian, Every Year; and the Permanent Fund.

We must also be aware of the Rotary Centers Major Gifts Initiative in support of our Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution and our USD 200 Million Challenge.

It is important to know that we are 1.2 million Rotarians in approximately 200 countries or geographical regions. Also that we are divided in geographical zones, each of which has one or more regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, and Rotary Foundation alumni coordinators. Furthermore, that The Rotary Foundation finances are totally separate from those of Rotary International and that The Rotary Foundation has its own board of 15 Trustees, headed by a trustee chair. And there are seven regional offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. Together with the headquarters in the United States, they are available to serve not only Rotary International but also The Rotary Foundation.

Another part of The Rotary Foundation awareness is the sharing of information outside our organization. We are a group of leaders with a superb network. It is time for us to let the world know about all good things that we have accomplished over so many years. Rotarians have the opportunity to create – and must create – awareness regarding world problems and how they can be solved by Building Communities – Bridging Continents through Service Above Self.

Foundation Trustee Chair, 2010-11

Source: Rotary International

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