District Governor

December 2016

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Attention enthusiastic Rotarians: Plan now to attend one of two sessions of the One Rotary Summit. These sessions will join together Rotary leaders to exchange ideas on energizing and boosting your club for growth, service and public interaction. Rotarians are Leaders! Engage fresh new thinking and take home hands-on tools to strengthen Membership, Public Image and involvement in Foundation programs. Register for your spot today - we hope to see you there!
Please join us for the One Rotary Summit experience at either event:
..Monday, November 28 at Indian Creek Country Club 2401 Indian Creek Rd., Marion 5:30 - 8:30pm. Register for Marion by clicking here.
..Tuesday, December 13 (new date) at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1501 E. Walnut St., Algona 5:30-8:30pm. Register for Algona by clicking here.
Click to Download the Event Brochure- SHARE at your Club Meetings.  ALL Rotarians are welcome!!


Nonstop flight, great accommodations for Atlanta convention

Alert: Hotel Reservations and $400 deposit due Nov 30!

Nov 23 update: The hotel rooms are available only until Nov 30 with a $400 deposit.  Contact Ruth asap, if you want a room at this hotel. 

A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids and great accommodations in Atlanta are available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the International Convention June 10-14.  The flight, priced at $457.60 per person, will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m.

Rooms  at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, are available for $239 per night, including taxes, a reduction from the normal rate of $595. The hotel is 8.8 miles from the convention, and Rotary buses will provide transportation to and from the convention center.

For more information and to book the flight and hotel, contact Ruth Smith at ruth@rrtravel.biz or call (641) 228-1235. Register here to see and reserve the Convention Events.  The convention before rates increase Dec. 15.  View President John Germ's video invitation here


Rotary.org limited access Dec 3-5. We will be upgrading our membership database from 3-5 December 2016. Due to the size and scope of this effort, parts of Rotary.org and My Rotary will not be available during this time. This includes most features requiring login, such as: Registering for convention, Running reports, Accessing grant information, Using Rotary Club Central, Making contributions, Finding a club via Club Finder.  News and content will still be accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you have additional questions, please contact rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
DG Jim Coloff is making the rounds of Clubs! (Nov 15, 2016) He is nearing the finish line!  Follow the club dates on the list (left side of this Home Page) and postings about his visits on Rotary District 5970 Facebook.
Rotary President John Germ promotes community involvement to Rotarians and Legionaires in this American Legion Magazine video.  Take a look and listen here.
News from our Bulletins!  Please read these if you missed the District Bulletins in your email box.

We invite you to read the latest District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter here
Read the Top Five Reasons to Give to the Rotary Foundation!
The 100th year of the Rotary Foundation has started with a bang. Clubs are already having birthday parties and raising monies for the Rotary Foundation. Don’t forget your personal challenge to make a personal donation to the Rotary Foundation of $100 more than you typically give each year. Please share your Club Plans and results with Michelle Bell. Your club may be featured in a future newsletter.  The Newsletter contains many ideas for celebration projects!

What a wonderful year to be a Rotarian!
by District Governor Jim Coloff - Rotary Club of Cedar Falls - Iowa 
I am honored to serve as District Governor of D-5970 during this Centennial Celebration year of the Rotary Foundation
We can be very proud of the outstanding support our district has given the Foundation during these 100 years.  We have been part of the $3,000,000,000 that has been contributed to worthwhile humanitarian projects by the Rotary Foundation.  What a great accomplishment, and what a great organization to be part of!  I challenge you to celebrate the Centennial by enhancing what you and your club are doing to support the Foundation’s work. 
I also challenge you to join me in living the theme of RI President, John Germ: Rotary Serving Humanity.  This year, we will serve humanity around the world through the work of the Foundation, and we will serve our community through the work of our local Rotary clubs.  

Each month a new message from the RI President will be available...

"Rotary Serving Humanity" starts inside our clubs!  
Our Rotary Presidential Citation and District 5970 Club Excellence award applications should be examined now, as the 2016-2017 year is underway.  
Be sure Club plans are aligned with these award criteria.  Download the two applications on the left side of this webpage. 

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
RI President-elect Germ's Presidential Citation criteria for clubs during 2016-2017 are in this brochure.
Meet Rotary President John Germ.  This article is from The Rotarian magazine.
Excerpt: Germ supports flexibility in many Rotary matters. “Our clubs have always been organized around a meal. Lunch and dinner were part of our dues, and that system served us well. But society has changed,” he says. Rotary International is catching up by allowing clubs more leeway in when and how they meet. “How do we accommodate the 30-year-old businessperson raising a family? Well, for one thing, we could pay less attention to attendance,” he adds. “My question isn’t ‘How many meetings did you make?’ It’s ‘How are you making a difference in your community?' "
Read more here

REGINA MUTIRU PETER, 30, of Nairobi, Kenya has become the first District 5970 Rotary Peace Fellow. Regina was awarded a fellowship to the University of Bradford (England where she will study African Peace and Conflict Studies. Here is a recent update from her Rotary adventure:
Greetings to you all, hope this finds you well. I am excited to inform you that I arrived in Bradford on 10th September and I already enrolled ready for studies next week so I have settled in well. The weather here is cold for me comparing it with my countries weather but I will manage. Today we had a luncheon at one of the local Rotarian home and they opened their garage for us the peace fellows to pick items we may use in our apartments (very kind of them). Here is a photo of us together at the luncheon (8 of us and Ken our local Rotary coordinator) Will send a photo of all of us together when we take one.
Thanks very much for your support and for accepting to be my district!
Regina Mutiru