Fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to November! Harvest is over for most and we look forward to the holiday season. It is The Rotary Foundation month. Please promote The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this month in your clubs. TRF supports so many great projects year-round across the globe and in our own communities. Remember that about half of your donations to the Annual Fund of TRF are returned to District 5610 to be used for Global Grants at our discretion and to be returned to clubs for their own local or international projects. Please consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and if you are, consider joining the Paul Harris Society. Paul Harris Fellows are those that have donated $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation and Society members are those that pledge to donate $1,000 per year. Donations can be made nearly painlessly online via your credit card by signing up through your My Rotary account. If you don’t have an account, perhaps someone in your club can help you, or contact District Administrator, Nicole Rawden or myself and we will help you. Nicole sent an email on November with great reminders and this link https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000060087/en-us/files/homepage/foundation-52-weekly-messages/2020-TRF-52-Week-Message.pdf  that has 52 weekly Foundation messages for you to promote TRF all year long.
About a week ago, a survey went out to club presidents and presidents elect to collect their opinions about their PETS experience last spring and what would they would like to see covered at PETS next spring (April 27-29, 2023). The due date for return is November 15th . It is very important for DGE Rich Burns to know what is important for you to know. Of most importance, is that clubs elect their president elects as soon as possible. This helps create a smooth transition of leadership in your club and allows planning between current and future leaders to work on shared goals for their club. It also help us in communication with PE’s to promote PETS.
The final question in the survey mentioned above is about a program to help clubs grow membership.
Can you IMAGINE your club RETAINING more members and GROWING your membership by 10%?
Can you IMAGINE having a club with VISION that is VIBRANT and dedicated to SERVICE in your community and around the world?
We have facilitators in our District that would be happy to come to your club and work with you to brainstorm and build a roadmap to make these things happen. It will require a commitment from your club in time and effort to accomplish this. Probably a 2 hour or more session with perhaps a follow up, but it will be well worth your effort. Almost every club brought up to me in my club visits that membership is a challenge and I am following through with my pledge with a program to help clubs with that.

Yours in Rotary,

John Schneider
DG 5610