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  • AUGUST 2004 � Official newsletter serving the 53 clubs in Rotary District 7610

    District 7610 website: www.rotary7610.org � RI Website: www.rotary.org

    AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP & EXTENSION MONTH ... How many new members have you brought in?

    YOUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE Jerry Evans, District Governor, 2004-05

    Your Governor, Jerry Evans

    District Governor Jerry Evans and Barbara

    District Rotarians and Presidents,

    The first month of my term hascertainly been a busy one! Bar-bara and I have visited 17 clubs, traveling to every corner of our district. It has been wonderful meeting all of you.

    Interestingly, although each club is different, many have similar concerns. In particular, I was surprised to learn how extensive the concern is about membership. During my visits at vari- ous clubs we talked about statistics that show each Rotary club loses 10 per- cent of its members every year. Never- theless, at the full-day session on mem- bership held at the Club Leadership Training Seminar during the recent District Assembly, attendance was not as high as we would have liked. Hope- fully, the next Club Leadership Train- ing Seminar on April 9, 2005, will be filled to capacity, with attendees tak- ing back useful information to their clubs to solve problems about attract- ing and retaining members.

    Since this is membership and ex- tension month, I would like to encour- age everyone to remember the single most important thing about increasing membership: ask. How many of you have asked someone you know to at- tend a Rotary meeting, or to join Ro- tary? If you are unable to ask some- one, but you know of someone who might be interested in joining Rotary, give that person’s name and contact information to your club membership chair. Each Rotarian should ask or name someone every year. If we all did this, Rotary membership would really grow.

    The new mantra of the Rotary Foundation is “every member, every year.” In other words, every Rotarian needs to support the foundation every year with whatever amount is possible. Consider all the good work made pos- sible by the foundation—the Group Study Exchange, Rotary Scholars (one- year or three- or six-month programs), World Peace Scholars (masters pro- gram for two years), simplified grants (district-controlled money) or match-

    ing grants, to name a few. All of these programs use foundation money. The amount of money the district receives currently depends on what we all do- nated three years ago. Please open up your hearts and wallets to give what you can.

    And please remember to put the following dates on your calendar: May 12-15, 2005, for the District Confer- ence in Morgantown, W.Va., and June 17-22, 2005, for the International Con- ference in Chicago.

    Key to Recruiting and

    Retaining Members For an extremely useful PowerPoint presentation containing excellent sug- gestions and new ideas for recruiting and retaining members, go to w w w . r o t a r y . o r g / n e w s r o o m / d o w n l o a d c e n t e r / p p t / memb_retaining_recruiting.ppt.

    Long-time Rotarian Needs Our Fellowship

    Past District Governor Pete Petro, who served as our district governor in1975-76, is currently hospitalized in Northern Virginia after sufferinga sudden illness. He has been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syn- drome, an acute neurological disease that has him paralyzed at this time. He is on a ventilator to assist his breathing so is unable to speak or move.

    Despite the paralysis, Pete’s brain works just fine. More than 70% of the victims of this disease recover completely but it may take quite a while. Pete loves Rotary and The Rotary Foundation and we know that he would appre- ciate hearing from his fellow Rotarians. Cards and letters can be sent to PDG Pete Petro, 6064 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207.

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    Rotary International 95th Annual Convention By Kenneth G. Tillman, Rappahannock-Fredericksburg Rotary Club

    Osaka, Japan, welcomed morethan 45,000 Rotarians, friendsand guests to the Rotary Inter- national 95th Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2004—the largest convention attendance in history. Throughout the conference, speakers, projects, activi- ties and even relaxing and networking in the House of Friendship focused on the “Lend a Hand” theme of President Jonathon B. Majiyagbe.

    The opening session featured the usual stirring presentation of the flags of all 166 countries where Rotary clubs are located. Majiyagbe gave the open- ing address, stressing the accomplish- ments of Rotary not only during 2003- 2004, but also throughout Rotary’s 99- year history.

    Each session provided ample op- portunity for Rotarians to pause and appreciate the many Rotary programs that make a difference for people worldwide. One speaker, Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and now president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, emphasized the great impact that 1.2 million Rotarians have when carrying out their many projects. She mentioned that her interest in working in the international field came from her experience of be- ing only the second Japanese recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar- ship. (She studied in San Francisco in 1951.)

    And there was the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Trust, a nonprofit or- ganization based in Warrington, En- gland, which received the 2004 Rotary Award for World Understanding and Peace. The trust was created by the parents of two children killed in a 1993 Irish Republican Army bombing of a Warrington shopping center. This award will give further financial assis- tance to support the trust’s peace ef- forts that focus on children.

    One plenary session was devoted to the Rotary Foundation. RIPP James

    L. Lacy, trustee chair, announced that Rotary is determined to have polio eradicated by 2005. RIPP Carlo Ravizza, next year’s foundation chair, informed the gathering that the foundation’s fundraising goal for 2004- 2005 is $100 million. The convention also received an update on the Rotary Peace Scholars who are studying at seven different sites around the world. (The third group of scholars will begin studying next year.) It was obvious from the report that this foundation pro- gram will have a far-reaching impact on peace and understanding among nations in the future.

    In addition to the plenary sessions, each day was packed with discussion workshops that covered Rotary pro- grams worldwide. Panelists included Rotary International officers, past and present, as well as representatives from clubs and districts that designed or sup- ported unique Rotary activities during 2003-2004. Topics ranged from edu- cation and literacy to PolioPlus. In fact, Rotarians could attend workshops cov- ering almost every humanitarian and educational program of the Rotary Foundation, plus Rotary International programs such as Avoidable Blindness, Microcredit, Aging, Youth Exchange and RYLA.

    The convention also featured the popular club and district exhibits that, with the many Rotary Fellowship booths, gave Rotarians an opportunity to really experience “grassroots Ro- tary” as work. These exhibits provided Rotarians the opportunity to take back ideas for projects at home or ways to assist clubs in other parts of the world with their projects.

    Looking Ahead

    Glenn E. Estess Sr., a member of the Rotary Club of Shades Valley in Birmingham, Ala., and Ro- tary International president

    for 2004-2005, and his family attended the convention, as well as Carl- Wilhelm Stenhammar of Goteborg, Sweden, who will be president of Ro- tary International in 2005-2006. Need- less to say, there was high anticipation for next year’s convention, which will “Celebrate Rotary” and its centennial. Fittingly, it will be held in Chicago, the birthplace of Rotary.

    A new publication, A Century of Service—The Story of Rotary Interna- tional, was officially presented during the convention in Osaka. RIPP Clifford L. Dochterman, chair of the Rotary In- ternational Centennial Operations Committee, challenged Rotary Clubs to make Rotary’s centennial year a spe- cial time through various activities:

    � Complete your centennial project

    � Establish a relationship with a sister club

    � Each Rotarian should provide 10 hours of volunteer work in April

    � Have a centennial observance

    � Design a centennial exhibit to display in your community

    � Increase membership growth and foundation giving

    � Use centennial activities to extend the public image of Rotary

    � Schedule special events

    � Attend the Centennial Convention in Chicago, June 18-22, 2005

    � Celebrate the centennial

    The 95th Annual Convention of Rotary ended with spectacular closing entertainment and the traditional sing- ing of Auld Lang Syne.

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    Building Bridges in Ethiopia ...

    A Successful Matching Grant Effort “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

    This old expression may best de-scribe the bridge story comingout of Ethiopia this last year. Ken Frantz, Gloucester Rotarian, puts it another way: “I knew that this project was going to be more challenging than the first Rotary bridge project across the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, but I really had no idea what we were getting our- selves into. It is one thing to just fly into a country and build one bridge with a bunch of Rotary volunteers. But it is a completely different matter to set up a permanent bridge program to build bridges entirely with Ethiopians that we have trained.”

    Ken goes on to explain that fabri- cation logistics, government red tape and access to the rivers have all been