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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.

  • Pre-Centennial
    · RI selects Centennial logo with voting process through The Rotarian, magazines and Rotary website.
    · Clubs/districts form Centennial Committees and initiate plans
    · Clubs support TRF promotion of $100 per capita goal
    · Clubs begin Centennial Community Service Project registration/initiation
    · Clubs establish membership goals in support of the Centennial goal of 1.5 million members
    · Clubs/district initiate Centennial poster contest
    · RI mails Centennial Celebration activities materials
    · RI Board seeks endorsement of Centennial activities that require Council on Legislation action
    · Clubs/districts initiate Centennial essay contest
    · Clubs submit Centennial Community Project progress reports to RI
    · Governors promote Rotary's Centennial at Rotary Institutes
    · Clubs establish membership goals to support Centennial goal of 1.5 million members
    · Rotarians register for the 2005 Centennial Convention at the Osaka Convention
    · Clubs support TRF promotion of $100 per capita goal
    · Clubs initiate a "twin club" relationship with a club in another country to promote international service and fellowship
    · RI starts the Centennial Bell Around the World project - a special bell to travel to all districts of the world much like the Olympic flame, culminating at the 2005 Convention in Chicago
    · RI Board to obtain Council on Legislation endorsement of Centennial activities
    · RI to introduce and begin sales of Rotary Centennial History Book at 2004 International Assembly
    · RI selects winners of the Centennial poster contest
    · RI mails Centennial Celebration promotional materials

Centennial Year
· Clubs establish membership goals to support Centennial goal of 1.5 million members
· Districts hold district conferences with Centennial emphasis
· Clubs support TRF promotion of $100 per capita goal
· RI President addresses the United Nations (tentative)
· RI to offer series of educational club programs on Rotary history
· RI to select winners of the Centennial essay contests
· RI to begin Centennial traveling displays transported by appropriate Rotary Fellowships
· RI secures statements of congratulations from world political/religious leaders by 1 January 2005

Official Celebration Begins
February 2005 - Centennial Month
· Clubs/districts hold observances emphasizing heritage of Rotary
· Clubs mount public displays during World Window Week, the week in which Rotary's birthday falls
· Clubs display Centennial banners and posters in communities worldwide
· RI holds worldwide video/webcast to celebrate Rotary's 100th birthday
· RI launches a worldwide promotional campaign
March 2005
· Clubs complete Centennial Community Projects and submit reports
April 2005
· Clubs hold Centennial "Service Above Self" Volunteer Project Month
May 2005
· RI holds a Worldwide Peace Symposium utilizing Rotary World Peace Scholars
June 2005
· RI holds Convention, Chicago, Illinois - sharing statements of support from world leaders
· RI to dedicate the Centennial Commemorative Statue in Chicago, IL & offers tours of One Rotary Center

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.

Children, ages 10, 11, 12, or 13, on 1 January 2003 are eligible to compete. There will not be separate competitions for various age groups. One entry per child may be accepted and all posters must be the work of only one child.

Design Theme
Posters should express the concept of providing service to others in the community and in the world.

Use chalk, charcoal, crayon, paint, pastel, pen, or pencil. Chalk, charcoal, and pastel posters must be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing and smudging. Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted. Nothing may be glued, stapled, or attached to the artwork in any way. Framed, matted, or laminated artwork will not be accepted. The use of lettering, numbering, or a corporate logo in any language on the front of the poster is not allowed with the exception of the Rotary International or the Rotary Centennial logos. Artwork must be no smaller than 12 inches by 18 inches (30 cm by 45 cm) and no larger than 24 inches by 24 inches (60 cm by 60 cm). Folded posters will not be accepted; artwork should be rolled and shipped in a mailing tube.

· Clubs and districts should determine specific deadlines for their competitions.
· 30 December 2003  All District 7150 Club entries must be submitted to the district no later than 30 December 2003. Mail to:
Your District Governor or Your Centennial Chair

· 15 March 2004  Rotary International must receive winning district entries no later than 15 March 2004. The District will submit entries to:
Rotary International
RI Programs Recognition Section
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201-3698 USA

Club and district winners will be presented with certificates provided to districts by Rotary International. Zone winners will be announced in September 2004 and will receive a memento from Rotary International. The winner and runners-up of the international competition will be announced in February 2005 and will receive a cash prize and a memento from Rotary International. Clubs and districts are encouraged to display runners-up in local community in schools, libraries, and other public places and to consider presenting recognition materials to runners-up and other participants at no cost to RI. Download poster information.

Share your ideas on the Centennial Project Page, in approximately 100 words, along with information on your club's project, and earn a makeup

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