District Governor Brad and the First Lady Tonya Gamble
Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Welcome to the 2015-16
As we begin this new year, I want to express how deeply honored I am
to serve as your District Governor. As I often say, one of the
greatest pleasures of being a Rotarian is the opportunity for new
friendships both here, and around the world, while at the same time
working toward making our world a better place. It's what we as
Rotarians do. We do this selflessly, we do this tirelessly, we
do this in addition to our work, family and other obligations.
And, we have fun!
This year's Rotary International President, Ravi Ravindran, is
urging that we "Be a gift to the world." At the
International Convention in Sao Paulo, attendees heard of the many
accomplishments we have achieved over the past year in so many areas
of the world. Of significant note is the exciting news that we
are nearing one year with no new polio cases reported in all of
Africa! And great strides are being made in Pakistan and
Afghanistan, with fewer cases than ever being reported and with
access being gained to areas that have been out of reach for
years. All this is happening because of the power of Rotary and
the ability of Rotarians to reach great heights. In the words
of the Dalai Lama, "If you think you are too small to make a
difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
Over the next several months, Tonya and I will have the privilege of
visiting each of the clubs in our great District. We are
eagerly looking forward to these visits and meeting with your clubs
and boards to learn more about what each club is doing, how the District
and RI can help strengthen the clubs, and getting to know
our great District 5010 Rotarians. I know that you are doing
wonderful things in your communities and I'm excited for this
opportunity to be your District Governor.
Thank you for your service. Thank you for being
Thank you for being a gift to the world.
DG Brad Gamble
DGN Harry Kieling - "We are in the midst of a
serious membership challenge. "
Membership Moment wraps up my first year as District Membership
Chair. I wish I could say that as a District we did gang busters and
showed a positive net increase. Fact is, we didn't. And this is in
spite of a District Governor who could not have been more committed.
I certainly had some good ideas-some of which I followed through on
and some I didn't. But I haven't lost my eagerness to
make a difference.
some very dedicated Rotarians around the District, some agree with me
that we are in the midst of a serious challenge. Surprisingly enough
there are others who don't think there is any evidence we are in
downward spiral. My only retort is that if we are in a downward
spiral and we don't recognize it then the consequences will be
something we regret.
In any case, I
am going to redouble my efforts. And I ask you to do the same. If you
want some examples of how to do it right, talk to the Fairbanks Club
who had a significant positive growth and the heretofore small Seward
Club which brought on 12 new members.
columns, I have painted the picture at the RI level, the national
level and the District level. What I would ask you to do this year is
look at it on the personal level. You, reading this article, bring in
one new member. I am going to. Can You?
Finally, I want
to mention that Andre Layral has agreed to help with the membership
challenge. In the near term he and I will work together and
eventually as I move into my DGN then DGE year Andre has agreed to
take over as District Membership Chair. Let's all work together to
show the world District 5010 will take the membership challenge.
Rotary Club... Loads up on "New Members"!!!
How did they do
it?! A lesson learned...a great process!
Invitational A Grand SuccessThose
personal calls made the difference. Word started to spread,
people wanted to hear what Rotary was all about.
Our club was shrinking! Members were moving away physically and
figuratively. We were down to 20 members, and of those only about 13
were really active and attending.
With less active members, we were finding that inviting engaging
speakers was scary, what if only a handful showed up to listen? How
could we accomplish the work of the club and serve our community with
such a small club? We needed to try something We started with a good
old-fashioned classification study. When we pulled out the old one
and dusted it off, it was over 20 years old. We sent the new study
out to the club and asked them to think of the people in the open
classifications that they would love to see in our club, people they
liked hanging out with and doing things with. We ended up with
a list of 88 people.
Our idea was to do a mass invitation to join our club. We knew it had
to be a nice location, a brief presentation, and that we had to
shine. We picked the waterfront restaurant Zudy's, and picked out
some hearty appetizers, wine and beer. We had nice nvitations
printed, hand-addressed the envelopes, and mailed them out asking for
RSVPs, and then we waited. It seemed that no one was RSVP'ing. Would
no one show up? We split up the list and started calling people.
We planned our format and decided on one hour
long- fifteen minutes to gather, then 15 minutes of presentations
from 5 club members, then 30 minutes to mingle. We decided to bring
our badges so they could find our members, our banner with the 4 Way
Test, and a bunch of old Rotarian magazines scattered throughout the
room that they could take with them. Fresh flowers would add a nice
touch. We decided that we wanted to offer this group of invitees a
discount on the first year membership too and settled on a reduction
that we could afford. Then we decided to invite them as guests to the
last four meetings of this Rotary year at no obligation, and then if
they joined their year would start on July 1.
The night of the invitational was beautiful, that didn't hurt. The
food was fabulous, that didn't hurt either. Not much wine or beer was
drunk; they weren't just coming for the free drinks, which felt good.
When it was time to present we started with Rotarian Kristi as the
current president welcoming them, moved to Rotarian Tom T who told
them about the networking part of Rotary, on to Rotarian Skip who
highlighted the community service projects we have done in Seward
over the years, then we had a comedy break with Rotarian Deb who did
a fun facts of Rotary poking fun at local club members. We finished
with President Elect Lori, with international focus and then an ask
to join. We brought with us a sign up sheet that they could fill out-
it had four choices they could select, briefly, 1) Yes- sign me up, I
want to be a Rotarian 2) I'm too busy in the summer call me in Sept.
3) not now but don't could me out, and 4) No, I'm not interested.
After the presentation we handed these out. The
rest of the meeting was so filled with lively conversations, we
overstayed our hour by a half hour, seemed like people just wanted to
stay and visit. As we compared notes afterward a common theme was
that folks had always been interested but had never been invited.
Seward Invitational A Grand Success
Are you ready for the numbers? Of the 88 invitees, 34 attended the
event, 4 replied that they couldn't be there but were interested. When
we tallied the sheets at the end of the night we had 16 people check
the yes box, 5 said call me in September, 5 said not now but don't
count me out! No one turned in a "no" sheet! Holy cow, it
appears our club is going to double in size in the upcoming Rotary
It was a good night to be a Rotarian. The 10 current Rotarians that
attended walked out full of pride and making plans to make those last
four meetings of this Rotary year spectacular so that our new
prospective Rotarians would feel welcome. A whole new energy has been
injected into our club, now it's up to all of us to keep it going.
There were at least of few of us that were worried that Rotary was
not going to survive in Seward, and we weren't about to let that
Membership Moment: Embrace your military!
HAPPY 225th BIRTHDAY UNITED STATE COAST GUARD
CWO Chad Lawler - Base Ketchikan, Senior Chief Kevinn Smith -
Officer In Charge Station Ketchikan, and David Dixon retired CWO
former Command Officer USCGC ANTHONY PETIT
The Rotary Club of Ketchikan First City has in the last few years
embraced the United States Coast Guard members who traditionally have
been strong in service to communities. This is a perfect fit
for our Rotary clubs.
Thursday, August 6, USCG Rotarians Smith and Lawler made a special
presentation to the club on all aspects of the history of and the
makeup of the Coast Guard commemorating the 225th birthday of the
Coast Guard. These officers are in the top 3% of the Coast
Guard and just happen to be members in First City Rotary.
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HERE FOR THE REWARD PROGRAM
RI President-elect K.R. Ravindran
introduced a member benefits program at the 9 June closing session of
the 2015 Rotary International Convention, saying that many more hands
are needed to continue Rotary's work around the world.
The program, Rotary Global Rewards, aims to boost
membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut on 1 July.
"This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to
connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around
the world -- and that number is growing," said Ravindran.
"These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and concessions
on the everyday business that you do. And, in many cases, not only
will you benefit, but our Foundation will as well, by receiving a
contribution with each transaction."
The program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels,
dining, and entertainment. Discounts on more products and services
from companies worldwide are expected to be added throughout the
"It will be
another way to benefit from being a Rotarian and being part of the
Rotary network," said Ravindran, whose presidential theme for 2015-16
is Be a Gift to the World. "I urge all of you to become a
part of that scheme."
2016 District Conference in Talkeetna - SIgn up!!!
TIME FOR ROTARY
Rotary District 5010
WE ARE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
Assembly & Convention
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
May 12-15, 2016
Coming and Going
you clubs, for honoring your Youth Exchange students with a great
send off and welcome back!
is Wasilla Sunrise Club: Farewell Victor.
Thank you for being our Rotary exchange student from Brazil.
Club of First City Rotary welcomes back
Thank you Rebound Morgan Wyatt returning from Germany, for being our
awesome Youth Exchange student!
There are going
to be a lot of great greetings and welcomings...look how many
involved Youth Exchange we have each year!!!
Fairbanks Inbound having a GREAT
Moreno, the first Rotary Youth Exchange student from Spain to
District 5010, has been in Fairbanks since July 16. Fairbanks
Downtown Club has welcomed her enthusiastically and as usual the Club
members have been busy taking her out to enjoy the Alaskan summers
before school starts end of August. Paula has been having a
waterskiing at Lost Lake with Rotarian Barbara Schuhmann (Barbara not
shown in the picture, busy taking the photo)
WOODY ANGST - DISTRICT 5010 ROTARY FOUNDATION CHAIR
Thank you everyone for your
continuing interest and your support for The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
and its programs. Your good efforts are appreciated.
TRF - GIVING
On May 13, we were short of our goal of $338,067 for donations to the
Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. By June 30, we had exceeded our
goal for 2014-15 by 1.04% with $352,085 of total donations. These
donations came from Rotarians in 39 of our 40 clubs and averaged
$203.99 per capita. WOW!
Furthermore, our total donations to the Polio Plus Fund were
$180,344. This included a very generous contribution from one
Rotarian who will be recognized as our district's second Arch C
Klumph Society Member for cumulative cash donations to the TRF.
are wonderful. Let's make this another great Rotary year. Will you "Be
a Gift to the World" by continuing your caring support for the
Annual Fund and the Polio Plus Fund of the Rotary Foundation?
TRF - USING DISTRICT
DESIGNATED FUNDS 2015-16
In 2012-13 our district donated $317,258 to the Annual Fund of the
Rotary Foundation. Half of that amount, $158,629, is available for
D5010 to use for worthy projects this year.
Here is the "rest of the story."
This year we already have:
- awarded the $79,764
available for District Grants;
- committed $25,000 to continue supporting the Rotary Peace Centers;
- committed $31,726 to
support the Polio Plus Campaign.
We would like to;
- fund several Global
Grants (yes D5010 can be the beneficiary of a Global Grant);
- nominate a candidate for a Peace Fellowship;
- support a Global
- support a Vocational
The money is available; let's us it. Will you "Be a Gift to
the World" by sharing your ideas and personal participation to
make these ideas realities?
TRF -- POLIO PLUS CAMPAIGN
On July 24, Nigeria became the latest country without a new case of
polio for one year. Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only
countries with new cases of polio during the current year.
DG Brad has authorized the donation of $31,726, 20% of District
5010's District Designated Funds, to support RI's Polio Plus
Campaign. Significantly, this donation is being matched 1 for 1
by The Rotary Foundation AND 2.5 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation resulting in a $142,767 donation for polio
eradication. That's huge! Our donations do make a difference.
Will you "Be a Gift to the World" and add your
donation to the Polio Plus Campaign?
Remember, 50% of this year's Annual
Fund contributions come back to the district in three years for us to
award as district and global grants. That is an exciting opportunity
to have a great District Governor Visit......hints...
Club receiving their 75 year certificate. Birthday in January
are all kinds of activities that a club can put together for a
District Governor visit!
Put a daily agenda together...send it to the DG and AG for
Arrange for airport transport and greeters, if appropriate
Build in a little down time for DG.
meeting (with board members, carry on
regular business, in an appropriate private venue.) Board
meeting is usually held prior to the club meeting
speaker is the DG at least 20-30 minutes with time for questions...
is a great time to bring prospective members.
Induct Paul Harris members
Tour: Take your DG and AG on a tour of
your town highlighting your projects.
it works out for your timing and area)
it works out)
if there is time...for a club photo for your Facebook and Clubrunner
Rotary Club of Sitka
Harris recipients: left to right DG Gambel, Deborah Daniels,
AG Rosie Roppel, Jeff Budd, Ken Ash, and Sharon Bergman!
behind Women's Shelter
Your Presidential Citation is all on My Rotary
to Qualify...achievements must be done online.
Be sure to check
off what you can do to help your club and president achieve these
Relationships with Russian (a former member of our District)
clubs have an opportunity to Twin (Partner) with a Russian Rotary
Club to open up communications, partner on projects for instance
there are four clubs looking for playground partners. Contact:
Ted Trueblood or Gayle Knepper, or Jeff Hunston if you are
Leadership Academy (DLA) APPLICATIONS
What do District Governor Dick, Rosie Roppel,
Dan Kennedy and Past District Governor Jack Randall all have in
common??? They are Graduates from the Rotary District
Leadership Academy! DIane Fejes
ALL Rotarian up and coming Leaders....
The District Leadership Academy is accepting
applications for the 2015-16
year. This 9 month fully online course starting in September is
chock-full of information for Rotarians.
All are welcome--- President-Elects, and future
District Leaders as well as those just interested in more global
Talk to your Club Presidents, past Leadership Academy
graduates and get in your application before the 25 slots are
filled. We encourage multiple members from one Club to apply
and work together - teamwork cuts down the individual time spent and
doubles the fun!
International Monthly themes and dates - 2015-16 calendar
calendar throughout the year to find award deadlines and convention and
event information. Develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image
campaigns based on these special occasions. All dates are subject to
Months designations changed, effective 1 July 2015. You'll find the
new ones below, in the 2015-16 calendar. Use them at your regular
meetings to promote Rotary's involvement in these activities.
July - Start of new Rotary officers' year of service
Membership and New Club Development
Basic Education and Literacy Month
1 September -
Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Service Above Self
Economic and Community
Rotary Foundation Month
1 November -
Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation Service
Award for a Polio-Free World
1 November -
Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Vocational Service
2-8 November -
World Interact Week
Disease Prevention and Treatment
15 December - Early
registration discount ends for RI Convention
Vocational Service Month
17-23 January - International
Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
Peace and Conflict
23 February -
Water and Sanitation Month
1 March -
Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Rotarian
Spouse/Partner Service Award
7-13 March -
World Rotaract Week
15 March -
Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Significant
Achievement Award (for clubs)
31 March -
Preregistration discount ends for RI Convention
Maternal and Child Health Month
1 April -
Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Rotary and Rotaract
11-15 April - Council
15 April -
Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Interact
30 April -
Registration/ticket cancellation deadline for RI Convention
Youth Services Month
28 May-1 June - RI
Convention, Seoul, Korea
Rotary Fellowships Month
30 June -
Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation
Distinguished Service Award
30 June -
Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Global
Alumni Service to Humanity Award
30 June -
Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Alumni
Association of the Year
EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year!!!)
The Rotary Foundation is KEY!!!
One of the great ways we do good
for the world!!!
Become a Paul Harris Fellow and
5010 Leadership Team...Please welcome!!!
Message From the District Governor
I think it was
in the movie "Evan Almighty" where the actor Morgan
Freeman, who played the part of God, said that "you change the
world by one random act of kindness at a time." As Rotarians, we
are given the opportunity to help change the world through the kind
use of the time, talents and resources that we, individually, have
I am always
impressed by the unselfish ways in which our Rotary lubs pull
together to make a difference, both in our local communities and the
broader world community, through the participation and support of the
many programs in which we are involved.
Membership and Extension month, and while we engage in active
programs, activities and projects to enhance our community, it is
also important that we not ignore the health and well-being of the
club itself. To me that means, among other things, that we enjoy good
fellowship opportunities, attract and retain new and existing
members, encourage participation by all members in the club's
activities and truly make Rotary an integral part of our lives.
Thank you for
being Rotarians and sharing your gifts.
DG Brad Gamble
Rosie Roppel News Editor - one last time... Send
info to Dan Kennedy for next newsletter!
The Rotary Club of Ketchikan First City
(I want to thank all of your who have posted to
Facebook, Clubrunner, and have sent in photos and information for the
newsletter..."Be a Gift to the World")
"New" Rotary Rewards Program
"RI President Ravi" Ravindram
2016 DISTRICT 5010 CONFERENCE
Rotary International Convention 2016