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QUARTERLY BULLETIN - OCTOBER 2016
 
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why education changes the world
Why education changes the world
 
By Isma Seetal, Rotary Global Grant Scholar
 
“Education is the best way to change one’s standard of living.”
My mother would repeat this phrase over and over. I was lucky to have been brought up by a hard-working, single, mother, who empowered my brother and me to climb the socio-economic ladder by giving us the best education she possibly could. Other children from broken families like mine did not have the same fortune. My unwavering drive to give back and improve my community led me to join the Rotaract club of Port-Louis, Mauritius in July 2012. 
 
 “Driiiing! Driiing!”  My alarm rang out on a Saturday morning. My mind and body knew it was the weekend, and ganged up on me so that I had to crawl sluggishly out of bed. But the reason for my early wake-up soon dawned on me. It was the day of Lolo’s follow-up doctor’s appointment.
 
Lolo is an eight-year-old boy, living in a poverty-stricken area of the island, whom I had met during a health-related Rotaract project. His mother was convinced that he was suffering from cognitive disabilities, which she blamed for his poor grades, and for the fact that he was constantly bullied at school. However, the diagnosis the doctor gave us that day was different from what the mother had thought: hearing impairment. Lolo was not mentally challenged. He just couldn’t hear properly!
 
Many doctor appointments later, I visited Lolo. My heart filled up as he ran up to my friend and me, sporting the widest smile. Thanks to a hearing device, Lolo could now hear his teachers in class. He had changed from a sullen, withdrawn little boy, to a cheerful child with glowing and hopeful eyes. I discovered a passion: community service. I went on to become a Rotaract board member and then the president of the club in 2013-14.
Through this project and many others, it became increasingly clear to me that the reason there were so many children roaming the streets was much more complex than I had thought. Some are the dropouts of an archaic education system, others are the victims of poverty and abuse, yet others are caught in their parents’ web of drugs and alcoholism.
 
Back then, during one of the long discussions I had with my husband-to-be about the societal ills which continue to pervade our country, we came to one conclusion: we needed to build our skills and knowledge further to make a difference on an even larger scale. Though I am from a small island of 1.3 million, thanks to a Rotary global grant, I am now studying in California for a doctorate in Educational Leadership, gorging on new knowledge and making the best of the international exposure. I am delving more into educational reforms and the principles of leadership, and I am eager to return to my country to bring about positive changes in education.
 
I continue to volunteer here for the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club, my hosts. The ties with Rotary are life-long! Long live Rotary!
Chokha Fest 2017 Press 
 
PI Citation
Rotary District 7030 Group Study Exchange 2017-2018
Zone 34 Regional Rotary Seminar Agenda
 
Eight Ways to Reduce the Cost of Rotary Membership

 

Ken Solo
District Governor, 2015-2016
Rotary International
District 7620
 
Growing the membership of your Rotary club is all about the value you provide for prospective members.  The value equation is relatively simple and looks something like this: local and community service + networking and business development + professional growth and leadership opportunities + fellowship + fun / cost of membership = Value of Rotary.  We tend to focus on the numerator in this equation all of the time. ( er…the numerator was all the stuff before the divisor “/” sign.)  Today we are going to focus on the denominator, for the good reasons of  1) cost of membership is cold and lonely and we just don’t talk about it enough, and 2) it is the quickest way to improve the value equation.
 
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Strengthening Rotary's Image

 

Sheila Bethel
District 7020 Public Image Chair
Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator
 
For years, we described Rotary by the numbers: 1,220,115 members in 34,558 clubs in 200 countries and regions. Impressive figures, for sure, but they only tell part of our story. What numbers can't convey is the essence of Rotary –- what sets us apart and inspires people to get involved.
 
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Public Relations Cheat Sheet
 
Quick Tips for an Effective Rotary Year
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Have You Added Your Projects to Rotary Showcase?
 
 
Rotary Showcase is an opportunity to show the world the  exceptional projects clubs are carrying out or have completed.
 
Are you on-board?
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Understanding The Big Picture of Rotary
 
 
Reinventing Membership: The New Dynamics
 
Check out this most informative webinar video taking new perspectives on membership in Rotary
 
 
Have You Visited the Rotary Learning Center?
Whether you're a new or veteran Rotarian, take advantage of a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do in your Club and be of greater service.
 
The Rotary Learning Center allows us all to enhance our understanding and practice in several areas, including: Goal Setting, Rotary.org, Membership, Professional Development, Rotary Grants, Rotary's Strategic Plan, Service Projects and The Rotary Foundation.
 
 
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Maximizing Your Online Presence
 
 
One of the most common areas of concern and, unfortunately, causes for some frustration in our District, deals with a Club's online presence. Some clubs are pretty adept at sharing their information and updates via the web and social media; while others find it hard to produce the information necessary or committ the time needed or sustain the personnel responsible.
 
Information provided here tackles how you can enhance your club (or district’s) online presence with topics ranging from "Why creating a digital communications strategy can help Rotary", to "How to get the most out of social media" and "Quick fixes to enhance your website".
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What You Should Know About Rotary Grants
 
 
What do we as Rotarians really know and understand about grants in Rotary? Most members in our District are unaware of the what grants are available to their club and how to go about applying for grants.
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Membership Matters
 
Check out some recent ideas on why membership matters and new ways of approaching and thinking about membership and innovative tactics to address changes in people’s attitudes towards joining clubs.
 
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Rotary Publications - Are You Subscribed?
 

Having Problems Receiving The Rotarian?

Many of us currently subscribed to receive a copy of Rotary International's monthly magazine publication - The Rotarian. However,  for the last year or so, nearly all of us in District 7030 are experiencing either a delay in receiving our print copy each month or, in many cases, not receiving it at all! In this article, we shall explore some easy and readily available options for members regarding alternative digital solutions, including other publications available for free from RI.
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2017 International Convention – Atlanta
 
Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in Atlanta...Special registration rates soon to be offered.
 
 
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Using Social Media In Rotary
Why Use ClubRunner?
 
Club & District Membership Leads: A How-To Video
D7030 Launches Club Officer & Committee Resource Section
 
Prior to the start of a new Rotary year, the District PR Team is happy to announce that the Club Officer & Committee Resource Section of the District Website is now available. This section contains a comprehensive listing and links to helpful and guiding materials for the various personnel in your clubs.
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How Will You Celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial?
 
The Rotary Foundation is turning 100, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating. Visit the Centennial website to see what’s being planned, pick up ideas for your own celebration, and brush up on your Foundation history in our interactive timeline. 
Foundation’s Achievements And Future
The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about its work and help celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.
 
In his address to convention attendees on Tuesday, 31 May, Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith proclaimed that The Rotary Foundation has never been stronger than it is today. Bolstered by generous contributions from members and robust programs like PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers, the Foundation's good work is drawing public notice, Klinginsmith said: CNBC, a leading consumer and business news outlet in the U.S., ranked Rotary No. 5 among the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015.
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Why Is Learning Transfer So Hard?
learning-transfer3
 
Learning transfer refers to the degree to which an individual applies previously learned knowledge and skills to new situations. It is the primary reason for formal learning interventions—like courses, as well as informal interventions—explaining how to perform a task at a meeting.
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D7030 Public Image Citation Recipients
 
Every year, clubs who have distinguished themselves by meeting the high standards in Public Image and Relations are recognized and awarded by Rotary Zone 33/34. This year a total of nine (9) clubs from District 7030 have achieved the Zone 33/34 Public Image Citation and we are most proud to share their accomplishment with all.
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2016 HandOver Ceremonies Around District 7030
 
Over the last few weeks, Clubs across District 7030 have been conducting their respective handover ceremonies with dignity and flair. Many clubs have shared some of the highlights of their handovers and the District is pleased to display just a sample of some of them.
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Getting To Know Your District Committees
 
How many of us really know about the various committees maintained by District 7030 and established to assist clubs and members? Do we know who are part of these committees or even what each is charged with or responsible for each Rotary year? Your District PR Team is pleased to announce a new section of the website dedicated to informing club leaders and Rotarians in general about the specific district committees in 7030 and to help you connect with them to better assist your clubs in meeting its goals and objectives.
 
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D7030 Clubs Receive 2015/16 Presidential Citation
 
The Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for achieving an array of accomplishments that help them become stronger, deliver more effective service, and enhance their public image. In 2015-2016, the Presidential Citation recognized Rotary clubs that took action to increase their membership, enhance their service impact, expand their network and enhance their public image. By qualifying for the Presidential Citation, clubs contribute to Rotary’s organizational goals and multiply the impact of their good work through the collective focus of 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. A total of ten (10) Rotary clubs and ten (10) Rotaract clubs from District 7030 achieved the 2015-2016 Presidential Citation and we are most proud to share their accomplishment with all.
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2016-2017 District Governor Club Visits Announced
 
District Governor Roger Bose shall begin visiting D7030 clubs starting in August. A tentative schedule of dates has been added to the District Calendar. Clubs are advised to liaise with their respective Assistant Governors to note the dates and begin planning for the DG's visit.
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RC Stabroek Commences School Improvements
Rotary Club of Stabroek President Anand Harrilall (right) making the donation to St. Joseph’s High School Principal Nathram Raghubansi.
 
On 20th July 2016, the Rotary Club of Stabroek commenced its school improvement project at the St Joseph’s High School with a donation of school desks and bookshelves obtained through a partnership with Food for the Poor.
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RC Point Fortin: Free Dental Clinic
From Monday 25th July 2016 to Thursday 28th July 2016, the Rotary Club of Point Fortin jointly hosted a Free Dental Clinic in Point Fortin, Trinidad.
 
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RC Central Port of Spain: All In One Child Development Centre's Graduation
 
Member of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain gathered on Saturday 9th July for the All in One Child Development Centre School's graduation in the Beetham Estate. It was a great occasion in the lives of all the 24 graduating children. Recognition was given for the outstanding work by the staff.
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2017-2018 DG Message
 
 
     2017-2018 DISTRICT 7030
GOVERNOR: WADDY SOWMA
  
JULY 2017
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,   
   
At the beginning of a new year we like to look back at what the past year has brought us: being it lessons learned and our accomplishments.
But also we like to look ahead: make new plans to reach new goals.
The theme for 2017-18 is: Rotary: Making a Difference
In the words of RI President Ian Riseley 17-18 we will answer the question “What is Rotary” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. “However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others,….. we know that the work we do will change people’s lives- in ways large and small- for the better”.
 
The best way we in District 7030 can give meaning to the theme of President Ian is by
achieving the Presidential Citation and to focus on the District Goals.
We have set District goals that are aligned with the Presidential Citation Goals.
Our first priority is to build stronger clubs, with more members, that are engage and with more Rotary knowledge. Clubs which are vibrant and were we have fun; clubs which attract members but above all, retain members; Clubs which through their service show what Rotary is and that indeed Rotary is making a difference.
Stronger clubs will lead to more humanitarian service, the second goal of the district. Not only more, but more high impact projects for the community, in cooperation with the community and sustained by the community.
The 3rd goal is for the clubs to show the world our Rotary, our service to the community of which we believe will finally lead to peace.
 
But by doing all this we must not forget the heart of our funding system: our one-hundred-year-old Rotary Foundation. I encourage you to contribute more than ever to the Rotary Foundation. You should know, we and I mean the clubs in District 7030, received 3 times more from TRF through grants than the amount we have contributed.
 
In 2017-18: The focus of the District is EDUCATION
Through education we can build a world where everyone is given equal opportunities. Education is an indispensable condition if we want to do away with the existing differences between social classes and genders.  It opens a whole world of opportunities for the less fortunate so that they may have an equal shot at well-paying jobs. Through education we can help others realizing their dreams and build peace!
 Like the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius stated:
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
So for District 7030 we twisted the International Theme a little bit to reflect our focus: ROTARY: Making A Difference through EDUCATION
Today as District Governor I pledge to all the clubs in D7030 being it Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact, my dedication and commitment to work with you. I strongly believe that only together, as a team, we can and will make a more impactful and sustainable difference in the lives of those we serve. 
My fellow Rotarians a happy and fruitful rotary year, let’s go to work and do what we do best ”Service above Self”.
 
Ideas To Develop Membership Retention & Recruitment Strategies
 
August is membership and club development month, a time to focus on and appreciate your members, celebrate their devotion to the club and the impact they have made. It's also a time to think about developing strategies around growing your membership. The reason why Rotary is such a successful organization is because it is full of members that have one trait in common - the passion to make a difference in the world. All of us share this passion and it's what drives us to work together.
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RC Antigua Sundown: Pediatric Village Helps Students Get Ready For School Year
Scenes from the Pediatric Village
 
St. John’s – The recently held Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) Pediatric Village offered a free health screening to over one hundred and forty (140) children in preparation of the new school year. Free eye and dental exams were among the services available at the event held on Saturday 27th August at the University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) Antigua.
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RC Princes Town: 23rd Annual Choka Fest Fundraiser
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town's 23rd Annual "Chokha Fest" took place at the scenic San Fernando Hill on the 27th August 2016.
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RC Antigua Sundown Supports Back To School/Back Pack Project
 
St. John’s Antigua, September 2016 – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) and several of its members contributed 23 back packs and supplies to the Back to School/Back Pack Project. Also joining RCAS were representatives of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) with another 6 filled back packs.
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RC Barbados West Awards 2016/2017 Rotary West Scholarships
 
The Rotary Club of Barbados West has announced it has awarded the Rotary West 2016/2017 to Miss Shaneanoh Carter and Miss Chloe Thompson. Miss Carter is pursuing the BSc Chemistry degree at the Faculty of Science & Technology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and is currently enrolled in the final year of the four year programme. While Miss Thompson is pursuing BSc in Medicine at the Faculty of Science & Technology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
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RC Antigua Sundown Assists Fire Victims
 
St. John’s Antigua, September 4, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) recently donated gift certificates to the family of Bernadine Richards Grays Hill, who recently lost their home in a fire.
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RI 2016 Manual of Procedure Released
 
The English version of the 2016 Manual of Procedure has been released! Print versions will be available for purchase in the coming weeks, and translated versions are expected in the coming months.
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2016 District Governor Club Visits Underway
DG Roger and DS Ann-Marie with T&T North Club Presidents
 
DG Roger began his visits to Clubs in District 7030 and is off to a rousing start. Completing his rounds so far to the Trinidad and Martinique Clubs, DG Roger and his Assistance Governors have met with the respective Club Boards and discussed Clubs' plans for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, while also seeking to address any pertinent Club issues to which the District may lend support.
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Rotary Global Rewards - Updates
 
Since the launch of Rotary Global Rewards on 1 July 2015, over 100,000 members have visited the site! Rotary Global Rewards would like to thank you for supporting the program by spreading awareness of it among your district and clubs.  If you have not visited Rotary Global Rewards recently, there are now over 1,500 offers worldwide.
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Rotary Ideas - Are You Connected?
 
Rotary Ideas helps clubs seeking volunteers,partnerships, and in-kind donations, as well as funding, connect with one another. More than 1,220 projects have been posted on the platform since it was launched in August 2013. And unlike other crowdfunding sites, Rotary Ideas emphasizes partnerships over dollars. Rotary Ideas allows Rotary clubs to post projects, seek resources, or contribute to an existing project. Here's how one club in the Caribbean used Rotary Ideas to make a difference...
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Rotary Has Heart 2017
The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last year’s program, originally initiated by PRID Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin.  Zones 33-34 want all of its approximately 1600 clubs in the 29 districts to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2016 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing.  In so doing, we as Rotarians, can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time.  The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.  This is especially important in Zones 33-34.  Therefore, publicity is a key requirement for Rotary Has Heart.
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2017 Zone 33/34 Club Video Contest Announced
 
Clubs in Zones 33/34 are invited to create a video about the implementation in your club of the 2016-17 theme: "Rotary Serving Humanity". Several prizes will be awarded in both Rotarians Choice and Judges Choice categories. All winning videos will be featured on Zone websites, Facebook pages and YouTube channels.
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2017 Zone 34 Public Image Citation
 
How we as Rotary Clubs share our story with the world is vital to our future. through a unified Rotary look and clear and compelling voice, we are enhancing our legacy as one of the most widely recognized and respected organizations in the world. Every Rotary year, clubs who have distinguished themselves by meeting the high standards in Public Image and Relations are recognized and awarded by Rotary Zone 33/34 with the Zone Public Image Citation. Last year (2015-2016), nine clubs in District 7030 received recognition and we think that we can do even better in 2016-2017.
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