Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kenny calls upon Rotarians to take action

Rotary clubs can earn a 2009-10 Presidential Citation by meeting the criteria RI President John Kenny has set for service and membership.
Rotary clubs can help show that the future of Rotary is in their hands and earn a 2009-10 Presidential Citation by meeting the criteria RI President John Kenny has set for service and membership.
To qualify for a citation, clubs must achieve a net increase of at least one member. For the service requirement, clubs must complete an activity in three of six categories, which reflect priorities of the RI Strategic Plan 2007-10: polio eradication, public image, service, membership, vocational service, and leadership.
Clubs must complete these requirements between 1 July and 31 March.
Interact and Rotaract clubs may also earn a Presidential Citation by completing two activities from any of the categories or by participating significantly in two activities with their sponsor club. District governors will receive special recognition if half or more of the clubs in their district earn the citation.
Rotary clubs must submit their certification forms and those of the Rotaract and Interact clubs they sponsor to their district governor by 31 March. RI World Headquarters must receive the list of certified clubs from district governors by 15 April.
The 2009-10 RI theme, The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands, emphasizes the role individual clubs will play in the future of the organization. Kenny has urged districts and clubs to align their goals with the strategic plan and to develop service projects within three areas of emphasis: water, health and hunger, and literacy.
"Water is a main emphasis because it is the first necessity for every man, woman, and child," he explains. "We could, I suppose, live without oil, but none of us can live without water."
Clubs and districts are already busy with hands-on projects. Clubs in District 5950 (Minnesota, USA) are working to provide safe drinking water to people in Uganda displaced by civil war, according to District Governor Sandra Schley.
In District 9210 (Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe), District Governor Stallard Mpata will work with clubs to improve functional literacy in villages.
"We will empower rural communities to read basic information on agricultural practices to improve incomes and food security," he says.
Districts are also furthering Rotary’s four Avenues of Service. "We are planning to provide vocational training to youth to provide them with opportunities for making a livelihood," says Trichur N. "Raju" Subramanian, governor of District 3140 (India).
Lip-Kee Yap, president of the Rotary Club of Singapore, would like to see his club and district develop and fund portable relief containers for victims of disasters in Asia.
"A project of this nature draws on the efforts of every service committee in our club," he says. "The reminder that The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands will resonate well in our club."

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