District Governor's Message

Greetings Rotarians,

Another Rotary year has come to a successful end, and a new year begins. Before I talk about the coming year, let me first congratulate DG David Yeghiaian for the leadership that he and his entire team provided District 6220 during the past Rotary year. DG David used his great communication and organizational skills to lead our district through the implementation of Future Vision, Rotary Internationals new method for applying for, and awarding grants. Over the past year we were also encouraged to implement flexible membership programs, and to become heart and souled inspired leaders. Our district is stronger as a result of David's leadership...thank you David!

The theme for 2014-15 is "Light Up Rotary", and I would encourage all of you to read President Gary Huang's message that will appear in the next District 6220 newsletter. Gary is the first RI President from China, and is a very capable, and approachable leader.

As I begin my year as District Governor, there is so much that I'm excited about. I'm proud of the team that we've put together, which includes our new club Presidents, Assistant Governors, and district Board. I'm confident that, together, we will be able to build on the work done by the leaders before us to make District 6220 even stronger.

The incoming club Presidents, the District 6220 Board, and I have several goals and aspirations for the district this year, and we'll need the help of every district Rotarian to accomplish the following:

1) We'll continue to encourage all clubs to be flexible in their approach to membership.
2) We'll ask each Rotarian to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation.
3) We'll ask all clubs to implement leadership succession plans.
4) We'll roll out a new method for recognizing Rotarians who sponsor new members.
5) We'll continue to support District projects like SAMP, Power Flour, and the Etta project.
6) We'll encourage all clubs to send at least one student to RYLA.
7) We'll encourage all clubs to consider starting an Interact, Rotaract, or Satellite club.

In addition, our district will be piloting two exciting new programs for Rotary International this year. Along with the Stevens Point club, we will work to educate the general public in our district about "Post Polio Syndrome". The primary targets for this education are polio survivors, and we'll work with the media and the medical community to ensure that information about "PPS" is disseminated to the right people. In addition, we'll be rolling out a pilot called "Friends of Rotary" that will recognize non-Rotarians for their financial and/or volunteer support to Rotary programs.

Finally, District 6220 will be turning 100 years old at the end of this Rotary year, a distinction that we share with the three other major Rotary Districts in Wisconsin and the surrounding States. We encourage all clubs to find a way to celebrate this milestone in their own way, but of course we want to end the year with a bang! Therefore, I'm happy to announce that we'll be having a combined District Conference during the weekend of May 15-17, 2015 in Appleton, Wisconsin. The "TRICON" conference will include Rotarians from most of Wisconsin, the U.P. of Michigan, and a small part of both Illinois and Minnesota. Together, we anticipate that over 1000 Rotarians and guests will join us as we "Light Up Rotary" together. More information will be forthcoming, and we hope to open registration in September. Please plan on joining us and MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

I look forward to meeting all of you over the next few months as I make my Governor's visits, and I thank all district Rotarians for your involvement and support for Rotary.

~ Tom Berkedal
District Governor