Brenda Peterson of the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County wants to see if a small group of Rotarians would like to participate in a fundraising event they have coming up in November called “Let’s Dance Lip Sync.” She said that the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary group will be participating and it might be healthy competition between the two Rotary groups.
For more information contact Jennifer Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary provides many great opportunities for us to learn, grow and improve ourselves and one of them is through the RYE (Rotary Youth Exchange) program. Many of us in our club and the TM Noon club have had the wonderful and rewarding opportunity to be host parents to high school students from many different countries. The RYE students provide us with an opportunity to see our country and community through their eyes and at the same time they share their unique cultural differences and insights with us. We both come away with a better understanding and appreciation of our differences and similarities.
Nancy and our family were hosts to Cristina Sancen from Mexico 14 years ago. We’ve had an opportunity to follow her accomplishments over the years and we reconnected with her in Quebec in 2006. We were very happy for her when she got engaged and thrilled to be invited to her wedding. We were more than wedding guests, we were introduced and treated as her parents from the USA. It was a beautiful wedding culturally different from anything we’ve ever experienced.
We thank Rotary for this great gift and encourage others to consider becoming a host family or really getting to know a RYE student when they are here visiting us. It’s really is beneficial to all concerned.
Port Washington State Bank to open Thiensville branch
By Erik S. Hanley
Thiensville - Port Washington State Bank is building a new branch in Thiensville at the corner of Main and Spring Street with an expected May opening.
The bank will be a full-service, 2,650-square-foot facility, according to President and CEO Steve Schowalter in a news release.
The Thiensville Village Board approved a certified survey map for the bank at its Aug. 15 meeting.
"Our staff is very excited about this expansion to the far south end of the county," Schowalter said.
The choice to build a Thiensville branch came from market research and local outreach, according to Schowalter. He said "the area would benefit from the services and involvement of a truly independent community bank."
Construction is expected to begin in October, according to the release. Schowalter said the location in the "heart of downtown Thiensville" allows for convenient access.
Vice President Ron Knaus will be in charge of the new branch. Schowalter said Knaus' knowledge of the market and his "broad set of banking skills" will be helpful at the new location.
Port Washington State bank is a full-service, locally owned bank. It has been in operation for 117 years and is headquartered in Port Washington.
By Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
As a former member of Rotaract and now a young Rotarian, I get asked quite a lot, “where do we find more young members like you?”
It may seem like young members are as elusive to catch as Pokémon, but with the right strategy and awareness, it’s not that difficult at all. The truth is, they are really all around us. They may be in your work place, they may be in your neighborhood, or they may be in those other social gatherings you belong to. Others may be active in our youth programs like Rotaract and RYLA, readying themselves for the challenges that lie ahead.
Attracting new members is pretty critical to our clubs. They are the lifeblood of our organization, bringing in fresh ideas and insights, and keeping our clubs alive and relevant. In turn, young professionals seek a sense of purpose and belonging, and this is exactly what your club can give them.
As we celebrate Membership Month in Rotary, here are my tips for attracting younger members
- Don’t go too crazy at first. If the average age of your club is over 60, begin by trying to attract members in their 40’s and 50’s and work from there.
- Use your age differences to your advantage. Stress the opportunity for career mentoring and set up mentoring programs pairing members with vast experience with those just beginning their careers.
- Make sure you welcome new members into your club. At meetings, assign a seasoned veteran to each new member to be their host and introduce them to everyone else in your club. In time, the newcomer will get a better feel for the club.
- Use social media (Twitter, Facebook). Let’s face it, anyone under 30 is on social media 24/7. So use it to your club’s advantage by promoting your activities and what you do in the community.
- Sponsor participants for our young leaders programs. College or university students are excellent candidates for a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event. Sponsor a high school student for a Rotary Youth Exchange, and you not only broaden their horizons, but also make a lifelong friend of Rotary. Work alongside these future leaders of tomorrow so they become interested in your club and our organization.
- Keep younger, and newer, members in the loop. This one is a biggie! Don’t waste all that effort attracting new members only to forget about them and let them drift away from lack of attention. Engage them in as many ways as you can. Find out what they are interested in, and put them in charge of things that match their likes. If you have enough new members with a particular interest, start up a new program or incorporate their interests into an existing one. Make sure you give them lead roles, and give them a real opportunity to make a difference.
Member recruitment is a must for any club that wants to survive and not turn into the Rotary Club of Jurassic Park. It is not difficult, but you DO have to put some effort into it. You won’t regret the time, though, when you see your club take on new life.
Register for our webinar, Revitalize and Rethink Your Rotary Club on Wednesday, 24 August, at 11:00 Chicago time.
Erik S. Hanley, email@example.com
“We haven’t fully developed this yet,” Ernst said. “We’re very conceptual.”
Cindy Shaffer, owner of Shaffer Development, said she's had weekly meetings with staff working on the project since January.
She added that with the current parking issues at the Town Center now, she was worried about parking at the new development. Therefore, the developer is proposing 10 spaces per 1,000 square feet instead of the standard five.
EVANSTON, Ill. (July 26, 2016) — Rotary and disaster relief charity ShelterBox renewed a three-year agreement to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to survivors of natural disasters and conflict.
Rotary clubs worldwide have mobilized to provide immediate relief to thousands of displaced people quickly and efficiently with ShelterBox for 16 years. To date, Rotary members have donated US$48 million to provide shelter for families in need – 40 percent of ShelterBox's total of US$119.6 million raised.
"The partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox has provided a place of refuge to people facing some of the most difficult and uncertain moments in their lives," said John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary. "We are happy to renew this project partnership and honor our ongoing commitment to taking action to help communities devastated by disasters and conflict."
Each ShelterBox container typically provides a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, along with regionally-appropriate supplies such as a water purification kit, blankets, tools, solar lights, and other necessities to help a family survive for six months or more after a disaster.
As part of the communities they serve, Rotary clubs help ShelterBox identify and prioritize immediate relief needs in disaster-affected areas and assist with the deployment of shelter kits, education materials and lifesaving supplies. Rotary members also fund aid boxes, become trained relief volunteers, assist with shipping customs clearance and connect with governments and other organizations in impacted areas to facilitate the delivery of boxes and aid. CEO of ShelterBox, Chris Warham said, "Rotary and ShelterBox will always stand side by side to help those less fortunate. This project partnership renewal simply indicates the strength of our long friendship, and recognizes the immense practical and funding support provided by Rotary members worldwide to enable us to reach out to families in distress."
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. To access broadcast quality video footage and still photos go to: The Newsmarket.
ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families affected by more than 270 disasters in more than 95 countries, and has already helped over 1 million beneficiaries. Based in Cornwall, United Kingdom, with 18 international affiliates, ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people made homeless by disasters worldwide. The agreement with Rotary reaffirms the charity's volunteer base, enhancing its capacity to respond rapidly to disasters while keeping costs low. ShelterBox teams and their distribution partners are currently operating in Ecuador, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Niger, Cameroon, Syria and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian
When I tell people I grew up in Palo Alto, Calif. – the epicenter of Silicon Valley – they tend to assume that I was born with a silver iPod in my mouth.
But back in the 1970s, Palo Alto was a sleepy college town. The big innovation of my boyhood was a gizmo that Alissa Fox once brought in for show and tell. It performed four basic math functions and displayed the result on a tiny LCD screen. We regarded the calculator as nothing short of a miracle.
When I tell my own kids about the devices I used throughout childhood – the phones bolted to the wall, the typewriters, the dense volumes of the encyclopedia – they listen with a certain pitying incredulity, as if I were describing the customs of early hominids roaming the Serengeti for edible tree bark.
And who can blame them? My oldest daughter was handed an iPad in first grade, as was her brother two years later. They speak to Siri as if she were an old friend. Granted, they are often asking Siri what it sounds like when a duck farts, then laughing hysterically. But still.
The point is that they are growing up in a world where hand-held devices offer immediate answers to practically any question or dilemma that may arise in their lives. They don’t see this as strange or troubling.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. – Vernon Law
From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian
1) BECAUSE WE ARE ABOUT TO ERADICATE A DISEASE, AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT
We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.
As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips.
Also consider using your network to spread the word and make sure polio stays on the global agenda. Provide a link to endpolio.org in your email signature. Follow End Polio Now on Facebook and Twitter and share the story of polio eradication with your social networks. When your legislators speak at club meetings, make sure you bring up polio funding. “The fact we are grassroots enables us to have a tremendous amount of influence,” says International PolioPlus Chair Michael McGovern. Host a community event to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October; register your event and download resources at endpolio.org.
Donate now and your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Go to www.endpolio.org.