Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rolling on the River August '18 Conference Update



District Governor Bruce Azevedo is a great believer in teamwork. Teamwork is vital to Rotary. Rotary cannot achieve complete success without the participation and cooperation of all members of the team. We would like to have all team members attend Rolling on the River District Conference May 2-5, 2019. District Conference brings our clubs' successes full circle. Here, you will inspire your fellow Rotarians with what you and your club are doing and you will be inspired by them.

If you've been to a district conference before, we are bringing back a few traditions:  cookie breaks, local service project, child care during the dinners, and clubs will have the opportunity to share their outstanding projects. There will be group activities or you can visit Greenville on your own. Click here for information on Greenville and all it has to offer.

Who knows? Maybe there will be new club traditions started on Saturday, May 4 with clubs inviting their conference attendees to lunch with ample time afterwards to explore Greenville.

Due to the success from last year's conference, we will offer again a 1st time Attendee Session on Thursday, prior to the official start of the conference, to learn about expectations at a District Conference.

Some new additions to District Conference this year will be themed dinners, promotion of sponsorships, and lots of fun that will be happening in our House of Friendship.

Click here for conference agenda or visit Rotary6910Conference.org/Agenda.

Click here for sponsorship information or visit Rotary6910Conference.org/Sponsors.

As your District Conference Chair, I am committed to ensuring that you have the best conference experience ever! Bring the family and enjoy an incredible, entertaining weekend in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina.

Be the Inspiration. See you in Greenville May 2-5, 2019.

Yours in Rotary,

Dianne

PDG Dianne Cammarata, District Conference Chair


Monday, July 9, 2018

Rotary District Conference 2019 Info


I'm excited to report that planning is already underway for an exciting Rolling On the River conference in 2019. The conference website that I hope you'll visit often for updates is active at Rotary6910Conference.org.  The conference begins on Thursday, May 2, 2019 and concludes Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, South CarolinaGreenville is a short drive from any destination in Rotary District 6910.

Clubs are encouraged to promote the conference with performances documented on video and presented at District Governor Bruce Azevedo's official club visit. The performance can be in the form of a skit, song or whatever your club wants. Capture it with a cell phone video. (It doesn't have to be professionally done). The performance shouldn't exceed two minutes and will be judged in the following categories:
  1. Appearance and stage presence; Use of costumes and props.
  2. Overall creativity
  3. Crowd appeal and audience response
The award for the BEST CLUB PERFORMANCE will be presented at the Rolling on the River District Conference.  Submit your video to Tammy Gilland, Rolling on the River PR Chair.


Rotary District 6910 clubs will have an opportunity to share their accomplishments and showcase their projects.


Club Recognitions/Awards will be sprinkled throughout the Plenary Sessions and Dinners
(with lots and lots of awards). Dinners with be 'Theme Driven.'


There will be free time on Friday and Saturday for group activities or to enjoy Greenville on your own.

We will have special recognition for
  • 1st Time Conference Attendances with a special program prior to start of conference.
  • Presidents-Elect Reception with DGE Don Martin
  • Children's Activities/food during dinners
Thursday's "Lift Off" dinner will feature keynote speaker, Wayne Bingham, who will share with us his journey, having contracted polio at a young age and his career experience with the Space Shuttle Columbia.


Youth are the inspiration for Friday night's "Be the Inspiration" dinner.  On Saturday night, we will celebrate with "Kentucky Derby" style attire and maybe even give you a chance to throw in bets.

The conference will conclude on Saturday night for families to enjoy Greenville on Sunday or arrive home by early afternoon. An Interfaith Service is the only scheduled event on Sunday morning.

You can now book you hotel reservations here. Conference registration will open January 1, 2019. 

Look out for updates in District Governor Bruce Azevedo's newsletter. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

PDG Dianne Cammarata
Conference Chair
770.530.5162





Monday, May 7, 2018

Rotary District 6910 Conference Time






District Governor David "Coop" Cooper and Cheryl are ready to welcome all to Charleston this weekend. Here's an agenda so that you have it handy. We will celebrate all the Top Guns of Rotary District 6910 in Charleston this weekend, May 10-13, 2018.  Click here for Friday and Saturday rooms.  Click here for Thursday night rooms and reference code RID. 

Click here for the Rotary District 6910 Conference website and here for additional information like downloadable agenda, notes, disclaimers, and important information.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Georgia Rotary Student Program Experience


This is a letter summarizing two of our current Georgis Rotary Student Program (GRSP) students’ experience. It is from Clare Ballantyne of England and Linnea’ Neman of Sweden. 


Submitted by - John D. Richmond, MD, GRSP Trustee - Rotary Club of Dalton 




Our GRSP Experience
Seven months ago, after a similar length of time of growing excitement and anticipation having discovered I would be a GRSP scholar, I found myself being wished a ‘happy birthday’ by the Customs Officer as I emerged into the bustling arrival terminal of Hartsfield-Atlanta airport. I was greeted by the wonderful couple I would come to know and love as my host family, but that would all come later because I only just about made it to their car before I was fast asleep! 

It seems crazy to think about how much I have done, learned and grown as a person since that night. Being at a small college has enabled me to interact with and make friends with many American students, though an English accent is certainly a bonus when it comes to starting a conversation! People often worry that they are pestering me when they ask questions, but I always enjoy answering them. Not only because am I helping to increase their awareness of my country and Europe but it also increases my own awareness of my country, as I have learned more about aspects of English culture which I hadn’t previously thought much about in order to answer their questions. Additionally, I now appreciate more and have gained fresh perspectives on parts of English culture which I had taken for granted.

College classes have been fantastic as I have rediscovered the joy of going to class excited about learning new things, rather than worrying about whether I can fit the new material into my revision timetable and focusing solely on getting good grades. United States History was fascinating having learned little about it in my own country and made me realise that history is much less mundane than my impression of it from secondary school. I have also been delighted to be able to study Spanish again, having been inspired and helped along the way by many of the GRSP students who can speak multiple languages.

I feel I have developed a lot of independence, from making day-to-day decisions like when to get up, do laundry etc. to organising group GRSP trips across the USA and dealing with unexpected situations. Public transport misfortune in particular has led to some of these! Yet when I was stranded in Chicago and New York due to cancelled flights, both times I felt confident in the knowledge that there is a huge network of Rotarians in Georgia able to support me. Whether it was my host mum picking me up from the bus station at 1.30am after my forty-hour Greyhound bus journey, or a Rotarian on holiday in New York letting me join her family on their road trip back to Dalton- even stopping in Washington DC on the way so that I could see the sights-, the generosity and hospitality I have been shown by Rotarians is simply overwhelming. I am so grateful, as it really is the involvement of Rotarians- in organising student weekends, doing things with us like taking us to dinner, shows and events, and transporting us around so we can do activities with college and GRSP students- which makes this unique program so amazing. 

One of our favourite things to do here in Georgia is to attend the different GRSP weekends. It all started in Bainbridge, at the Conclave, when we met the other 43 GRSP students. After only a few hours, we both knew that this would be a good year. We can today both say that these are some of the best people we have ever met, and we truly enjoy spending time with every single one of them. The warmth and love within this big group of international students is truly amazing. At almost every weekend we’ve had small gatherings at Rotarians houses, whether it’s been a pool party or intense games of heads up at the dinner table, which we’ve really enjoyed.

One of our favourite weekends was the leadership weekend hosted by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. It was a weekend that gave us a lot of perspective on our lives, both here in Dalton but also in general. Even though I’ve been here for 7 months, some things that still confuse or surprise me are the backward date format, the sales tax, free refills, the fact that everything is big and the strange bathroom designs (you can both hear and see other people). 

One of our top aspirations for the year was to learn about America, Rotary, ourselves, other countries, different lifestyles and ways of life. Of course, this is a humongous goal and we’ve barely scratched the surface, but we certainly know much more than we did before participating in GRSP! Linnea and I have been able to meet and make friends with people from many different backgrounds, as well as travel to different states and see the diversity of American culture while making lasting memories with each other, our host families, and the other GRSP students. 

Ultimately, GRSP has been an unforgettable, fantastic experience. I know I’ll reminisce about it with a big smile on my face whenever I am travelling, living in the dorms at university, speaking to anyone about Rotary, America or countries where GRSP students are from, or essentially doing anything in daily life which takes my mind back to Georgia. But I am happy in the knowledge that the impact of GRSP upon my life doesn’t end when I return to England. Being more informed because of everything I have learned and experienced, I will be confident to participate in and lead conversations where I would’ve previously stayed quiet, and to raise awareness and involvement among my own generation of the brilliant work of Rotary International. Both Linnea and I are very excited to think about all the trips we need to organise to visit the friends we now have from all over the world! 

By Linnea Neman (Sweden) and Clare Ballantyne (England)
   

Friday, March 30, 2018

District 6910 Governor Message-March 2018


It’s March and the temperature is rising!
I thought I could coast a little at this point in the Rotary year. Boy was I wrong! The pace has quickened with new member inductions, club’s planting trees, district training events, club’s having anniversaries, new Paul Harris Fellows, new multiple Paul Harris fellows, New 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs and new major donors. Thank you for the invitations. I am having a blast creating more wonderful memories with the clubs in District 6910 


The Rotary Club of Dahlonega celebrating their 35th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Washington, led by Terry Boswell (center), is the leader in new member growth.
What in the wide wide world of sports is going on???
The Rotary Club of Washington, led by Terry Boswell (pictured above) has taken over the net new member percentage lead. Terry, now serving back to back years as Club President, has figured out membership drives everything we do!  As of March 23, 2018 our district now boasts an increase of 169 net new members. I challenge all clubs to keep your foot on the accelerator. Our goal is a 10% increase in net new members and we have until June 30, 2018 to get there. 

The TOP TEN clubs with the highest % of membership growth as of February 22 are:


Washington led by Terry Boswell 36.84%
Rotary E-Club of the South led by Ron Kersey 31.58%
Thomson led by Jason Smith 23.81%
Woodstock led by Robert Tidwell 23.53%
Lanier-Forsyth led by Logan Butler 22.06% 
Greene-Putnam led by Bob Massey 20.45%
Banks County led by Jeffery Lewallen 20.0%
Lake Chatuge-Hiawassee led by Jane Hindsman 20.0%
Martinez-Evans led by Rob Ashe 19.51
Summerville-Trion led by Susan Locklear 19.05%

Below is what your club has recorded in DACdb. Do a member compare so that the number count is the same on the Rotary.org database. Please clean your roster up NOW. Do not wait until after conference or the end of June to delete members that are no longer members.  Leaving members on a roster just to make your individual club look good until June 30 does not serve any purpose except to distort final reports that come out in August. We call this the “Scott Yochum Effect” which is using smoke and mirrors in an effort to appear better looking than what one actually is. Yeah, I am seeing if anyone is actually reading this monthly newsletter at Scott’s expense. 





Sorry Cheryl, I meant to put the tree in the hole.

Pictured L to R is Loganville Mayor, Congressman Jody Hice, DG Coop and Loganville Rotarian Steve Arnold
Stand up and be counted.

Many of our clubs are planting trees and I am finding out they are planting more than the number of members in each club. Gwinnett County, Elberton, Loganville, Franklin County and Rockdale County all have planted more trees than members. Make sure you let RI President Ian Riseley know you did your part. Being counted requires some entries in Rotary.org. Visit Rotary.org and share your tree project on Rotary Showcase.


Come to District Assembly and receive a check.
Refund checks for the International convention will be distributed at District Assembly, April 14, 2018. Your club President and Assistant Governor have the spreadsheet with the amount your club will be receiving.  I am sure each club will give a considerable amount of thought regarding the best use of the money being returned. That decision belongs to each club and its individual leadership. That being said, the District 6910 is asking your club to consider the following options below. 
Donate a percentage of the refund to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and/or Polio Plus Fund. This donation is in addition to donations previously made or previously planned. 
Clubs that are willing to support a onetime donation will be recognized at our District Conference in Charleston. Below are percentage categories that will determine the level of recognition that will be awarded individual District 6910 Clubs.
25% Bronze Contributing Club
50% Silver Contributing Club
75% Gold Contributing Club
100% Platinum Contributing Club
Keep in mind that one half of the Annual Fund will return to District 6910 in three years and the Polio Plus Fund donation will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is your Club’s decision but I recommend supporting both funds.  
I am in awe of the District 6910 Rotarians giving spirt. Thank you for your trust in our District and for supporting the Rotary International Convention last year.


Mark and Beth DiGiovanni are registered.  Are you?


I’m so excited I can’t count them all…
Actually I did and registrations for conference, including those attending the Saturday evening dinner, have exceeded 400!!! Seriously, if you have not registered for the conference then you remain unregistered until you actually register. (Profound isn’t it?) Come on, you know you are going to attend, why wait until two weeks prior to register? What can you possibly do, with your clothes on, that could be more fun than going to Charleston with your Rotary friends??? Anyone that sponsors a new member between January 1 and May 3 gets the Yorktown event refunded at district conference! Bring those new members with you! We plan on making a big deal out of all new members and new member sponsors and have the time of our life in the process!



Yours in Rotary,

District 6910 Governor






Thursday, March 8, 2018

Greene-Putnam Rotary Club Plants Trees


Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley made the case last year that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. “Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone,” Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility.Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said. So, Riseley challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians around the world to plant a tree before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. According to Riseley, “The greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself."

Trees are engines for economic development providing high nutrition foods for humans, animals, wildlife and insects, sustainable building materials and fuel, canopies in urban areas to cool, reduce energy use, absorb pollution and increase property values. Trees also protect our environment and increase ground water recharge, prevent runoff and loss of soil, create habitat for wildlife, produce oxygen, use carbon dioxide thus improving public health and slow global warming by storing carbon.

In acceptance of the challenge by the RI President, the Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties last week, planted an orange glory maple tree at Lakeside Church and together with the Interact Club of Gatewood Schools planted an eight-foot dogwood and six dogwood saplings at the Briar Patch Walking Trail, The Butterfly and Blooms Garden in Eatonton.  In addition, each Rotary Club member received a dogwood and wax myrtle seedling to be planted at their homes or businesses.  
(Left to right):  Rotarians Avis Dickey, Lee Rhodes, President Bob Massey, Reid Conklin

The Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties is grateful for the support of Steve Noles and Blake Noles of Noles Landscaping who donated the trees at Lakeside and at the Briar Patch Walking Trail, The Butterfly and Blooms Garden and to Rent Sanders from the Walton County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission who donated the dogwood and wax myrtle seedlings.


Submitted by Laura Dent - Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties, Public Image Chair

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

District 6910 Governor Message - Feb 2018



Angela Wirt (far right) is current president of Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise and holds number one position for new member growth in the district.

February, the shortest month of the year.
This month was short but….There is nothing short about District 6910 and our great clubs! As of February 22, 2018 our district now boasts an increase of 117 net new members. Rotary International membership officer, Rebecca Holloway, informed me that District 6910 is the number 1 district in NORTH AMERICA for new membership growth! 

The TOP TEN clubs with the highest % of membership growth as of February 22 are:

Gwinnett Sunrise led by Angela Wirt (Pictured above on right) 41.67% 
Rotary E-Club of the South led by Ron Kersey 31.58%
Washington led by Terry Boswell 26.32%
Summerville-Trion led by Susan Locklear 23.81%
Lanier-Forsyth led by Logan Butler 23.53% 
Thomson led by Jason Smith 22.22%
Green-Putnam led by Bob Massey 20.45%
Banks County led by Jeffery Lewallen 20.0%
Lake Chatuge-Hiawassee led by Jane Hindsman 20.0%
Chatsworth-Murray County led by Rusty Ridley 20.0%

Below is the tally as of February 22. Please, please, please make sure you have done a member compare on DACdb so that these numbers are the same on the Rotary.org database.  






Happy Birthday, Rotary Club of Conyers

Happy 50th birthday Rotary Club of Conyers!
The Rotary Club of Conyers celebrated their 50th birthday this month. Tommy Morgan, pictured far left, having served in the club for 48 of those 50 years was there to help celebrate. Ed Cowan, pictured next to Tommy, was also present and has served 45 years. 

With District Conference Coordinator Carol Colon and District Conference Chair Margie Ensley

Exceeding all expectations.
Registrations for conference, including those attending the Saturday evening dinner, have exceeded 370. Conference chair Margie Ensley and conference coordinator Carol Colon are bringing their “A” game to make sure this conference will be spectacular! The response has been so good that the Embassy Suites room block for Thursday evening has been sold out. Here’s what you can do…Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, connected to the same parking lot as conference center, on Thursday evening. Then move to the Embassy Suites on Friday morning. The move will put you with the rest of the district and it helps fill our commitment to Embassy Suites for Friday and Saturday evening. 

Yours in Rotary Service,