District Governor News

Ann Fuge

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District 6220 Exec. Asst.

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Fellow Rotarians,

We are half way through our year and continue have many areas to address.  As I have visited your Clubs I identified several areas the District members needed to continue working on to guide us in becoming a Vibrant District.  I would like to take this opportunity to review some of the steps needed to move us closer to this goal. 

We continue to have open Leadership positions to be filled by members that want to be involved setting the direction and guiding us to accomplish our goals.  We currently need Assistant Governors (AG) in three areas.  Those areas are: Area 1 serving Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw, Houghton, Hancock, and Ontonagon- White Pine, Area 5 serving Appleton, Appleton Breakfast, Appleton West and Kaukauna, and, Area 9 serving Clintonville, New London, and Shawano.  This is also the time of year to elect our District Governor Nominee-Nominee (DGNN).  I would be happy to discuss any of the AG positions with you and you should have received information about the DGNN process from IPDG Rick Jansing. Contact information for Rick and myself can be found on the District 6220 website.  See attachments for more information on this process.

Membership is another area that needs to be addressed as we move our District forward.  RI numbers are moving upward and the worldwide membership at the end of November was at 1,227,477 representing a growth of 19,571 since July 2016.  District 6220 numbers at the end of November indicate a loss of 61 members since July 2016.  This means we have loss 138 members since July 2015.  Just imagine the work we could accomplish if each of us could bring one new member into Rotary this year to double our membership.  We are currently at 1575 members so my dream will be 3000 members by July 2017.  With all of us working together we can reach that goal. 

Let me share some thoughts from our VP Jennifer Jones which may help inspire us to approach potential new members.  Jenn feels as Rotarians we differentiate ourselves from other groups and community clubs because we abide by high ethical standards guided by the 4-way test, and, we are both a service organization as well as a humanitarian organization.  Jenn encourages us to recruit “young thinkers” to our organization because participation in Rotary gives a mindset of being leaders and we share insights and learn from each other.  Rotary is about connectivity and doing quality work in our communities and globally. She reminds us that Rotary is known as a quality networking organization for young professionals offering them all the aspects they are seeking.  We can use these thoughts from Jenn as we approach new members.

The third area to address is that of the Foundation.   The Rotary Foundation was named the world’s outstanding Foundation for 2016 by the Association of Professionals.  This award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others and involvement in public affairs.  This award gives us even more reason to celebrate our Foundation’s centennial year.   The continued support of all Rotary members will help us to keep our promise of a polio free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, good will and peace.  As members of District 6220 we need to continue to do our share supporting the Foundation so we are part of the great work being done by the Foundation in our communities and the world.  

 I also want to call your attention to two areas our members are working on.  John Townsend leads the District’s effort offering a Global Grant Scholarship to a qualified candidate.  Please reference the information on the District website regarding the process for granting this award to a deserving candidate for graduate studies. Attached is more information on this Global Grant opportunity.

Also, Door County North is working with a Rotary District in Ohio to complete arrangements to send a container of medical supplies to a hospital in Madagascar.  They have 49 hospital beds and mattresses’ plus two dental chairs ready to be sent, but are in need of more items to fill the container.  Stan Whiteman the Door North Club President can be contacted if you are able to help. 

I wish you and your families a wonderful Holiday Season.  Enjoy the Blessings you have been given and enjoy sharing the Season’s good will.

Rotary Hugs