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Per the Rotary International bylaws, District Governor John Bender is inviting clubs to nominate a candidate for District Governor for Rotary Year 2019-2020.
Each club can nominate one candidate. Please follow the procedure outlined in the RI Byllaws below.
13.020.4. Suggestions by Clubs for Governor.
In a district selecting its governor-nominee either by nominating committee procedure or at the district conference, the governor shall invite the clubs to submit their suggestions for nominations for governor. Where the nominating committee procedure is to be utilized, such suggestions shall be considered by the nominating committee so long as they reach the committee by the date established and announced by the governor. Such announcement shall be made to the clubs in the district at least two months before such suggestions must reach the nominating committee. The announcement shall include the address to which suggestions shall be sent. The suggestions shall be submitted in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming the suggested candidate. The resolution shall be certified by the club secretary. A club may suggest only one of its own members as a candidate for governor-nominee.
Please forward your clubs' resolutions to
PDG Jill Olsen,
District Governor Nominations Committee Chairperson
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Welcome to District 5970 from District Governor John C Bender
On behalf of Rotary International President Ron D Burton, and his wife Jetta, I want to welcome you to Rotary District 5970. Located in the northern one half of Iowa with 54 clubs, we have nearly 2900 inspired Rotarians. The makeup of the District ranges from clubs almost 100 years old, to a recently chartered New Generations club. The District includes farming communities with miles of sprawling rich and majestic farm land, to metropolitan areas where large business and industry are located along with colleges and universities providing the highest quality education.
When I agreed to become a candidate for District Governor for the Rotary Year 2013-2014, I thought nothing about having to take office. It was only the end of 2010 and July 2013 seemed such a distant future. It is here now and we only have 365 days! I am blessed that the District has assembled a team of very dedicated and competent Rotarians who are committed to serving all clubs in the District. Our team is made up of a mix of new faces, and I would say experienced faces, that can provide opportunities for the newcomers to learn from the veterans.
Our Rotary area is over 100 years old, as it wasn’t chartered as a District until 1915 and then it was District 10. Our largest club and oldest club of over 300 members is located in Cedar Rapids and will celebrate 100 years in 2014. Attend any of our clubs to receive a great Rotary welcome.
I begin my official club visits in the middle of July and extend until the middle of November. I look forward to seeing all of our members during my visits, listening to your club leaders and brainstorming with you how we can take your club and the District to new levels. District Governors change, but the values of Rotary do not!
We work hard on recruiting new members. I want to remind you not to forget about membership retention. Undertake meaningful and credible projects where every member can contribute. Most important of all, have frequent fellowship and get together to promote better bonding among club members. We are targeting membership strength of 3000 in three years’ time. Can we achieve it? Yes! We can and we will!
President Burton’s theme for 2013-2014 “Engage Rotary-Change lives” is so simple, yet so powerful! The dictionary states that engage means, employ, occupy, involve, engross, absorb, take part, or appoint. What does it mean to you!
I wish all of you a very enjoyable and fruitful Rotary Year ahead; together let’s “ENGAGE ROTARY-CHANGE LIVES”.
John C Bender PE
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Representatives from Rotary’s 532 districts met in downtown Chicago 21-26 April, approving a number of measures designed to strengthen Rotary, increase membership, and enhance the organization’s capacity to serve.
The Council on Legislation meets every three years to consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. This year’s Council accepted an increase of US$1 per year in per capita dues, removed limits on e-clubs, permitted satellite clubs, and changed the name of the fifth Avenue of Service to “Youth Service.”