Sunday, April 30, 2017

District 6910 Governor Message-April 2017

We celebrate thirty years of women in Rotary this year. Rotary clubs all over the world are celebrating with programs celebrating our diversity and all that women bring to the organization. The  Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, chartered in 1987 in California, was the first Rotary club to have women as charter members. The first female club president was Sylvia Whitlock of The Rotary Club of Duarte in California.

I am serving as the fifth female district governor in District 6910. The first was Kay Miller who served 2001-02, then with Rotary Club of Canton. Next came Lona Pope, with Rotary Club of Hall County who served in 2003-04. Dianne Cammarata was the third woman to serve as district governor is District 6910 in 2005-06, and she's also with Rotary Club of Hall County. Margie Eddy-Forbes with Rotary Club of Green and Putnam Counties served as district governor in 2012-13.  Had it not been for these women who served before me, I might not be a Rotarian, much less your district governor. I am thankful for their leadership and all they continue to do today in inspiring others.

Internationally, women make up only 18% of Rotary's 1.2 million members. In District 6910, we have a slightly higher number of female members, as women make up 25% of our total membership. Most Rotarians with whom I discuss this statistic think that it would be higher in our district.

I hope you will think about who you might invite to join you at Rotary, especially reaching out to your female colleagues and friends. We need more caring hearts, willing hands and bright minds with new ideas in Rotary.  

I hope you to see you at District Assembly on Saturday, May 13 at Lanier Tech's Forsyth Campus. Registration is open at DACdb. We will celebrate this year's achievements and I will pass the torch to incoming governor David Cooper. Thank you for all you've done to make this a great Rotary year.  But it's not over yet.  We will celebrate our Rotary Foundation's Centennial in Atlanta June 10-14, and I hope to see you there.

Yours in Rotary,

Kim Waters
District Governor

Monday, April 10, 2017

Peace Pole Dedication at Jasper Rotary Peace Park

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper will dedicate our Peace Pole. The dedication ceremony will be held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper. The GPS address is 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Our Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, our monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the pole, two different languages will display the Peace Pole message of, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

This year, 2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper. We invite you to join the Rotary Club of Jasper in this celebration of peace. A light lunch will be served immediately following the dedication. For planning purposes, please RSVP to For further information, call or contact: Steve Lawrence, Public Image Chair Mobile: 770-289-6685

Submitted by Steve Lawrence - Rotary Club of Jasper, Public Image Chair

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

District 6910 Governor Message-March 2017

We have just over three months left in this Rotary year and so much has been accomplished. We have set a new record in District 6910 giving to The Rotary Foundation in celebrating the Centennial and I know that number will continue to grow as Rotarians continue expressing their desires to 'do good in the world' by giving. As of today, our clubs show increased membership of 100 members in Rotary District 6910

This Friday, 31 March is final day for registering with savings for the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Currently, we have 653 registered for the convention from our district. If you're not registered, please consider getting it done this week to avoid the walk-in registration fees. Register here. In addition to the inspiring speakers like Bill Gates, there will be informative break-out sessions. One of the best parts of the convention will be the events. You can get registered for those fun events here. Entrance to the biggest House of Friendship ever is included as part of your registration, and that will be a highlight of your convention experience.

Here are some helpful convention notes:

Last day for preregistration discount March 31 - $415.  After March 31 - $490

You must be registered to volunteer. Volunteers are need to staff events and at the airport.

Thurs., June 8, 7-10:30pm – Atlanta Braves Game – Strike Out Polio $85
Sat., June 10, 7:30 – 10am – 3K Walk/run to End Polio Now $20
Sat., June 10 6PM-11 – Blue Jeans & Blue Grass: Opening Night Celebration $50
Sat., June 10 9:30PM -10:30 – Candlelight Vigil to End Slavery and Human Trafficking $0
Sun., June 11 7 – 11PM – Gone with the Wind $20
Mon, June 12 1-4PM – Delta Flight Museum Tour $40
Mon., June 12 6:30-10PM – Evening at the College Football Hall of Fame $75 or $90
Mon., June 12 7-10PM – Evening at The World of Coke $75
Tues., June 13 1-3PM or 3-5PM – Habitat Home Build $20
Tues., June 13 7-10PM - Centennial Celebration Block Party $60
The following are sold out: Athens Night, Peace Tour, CDC Polio Tour, Host Hospitality Night

In Georgia, the three Rotary districts will be celebrating on the evening of June 9th at the Georgia Aquarium with a Million Dollar Dinner. Those donors who have given $10,000 or greater to The Rotary Foundation, either outright or in the form of a bequest, during this 2016-17 Rotary year will be receiving invitations to attend. Rotary International John Germ will be the keynote speaker, delivering a personal thank you, for your support of our Rotary Foundation. If you're interested in making a bequest gift, please either contact me, our Million Dollar Dinner Chairperson, Rich Panyik or visit The Rotary Foundation's Endowment Fund for more information.

Our 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs continue to grow in District 6910. Here are our outstanding clubs celebrating this achievement. Congratulations, and thank you!

Our clubs need more caring hearts, willing hands and bright minds with new ideas. Please share the gift of Rotary by inviting someone to attend your next meeting, social event or service projects. Consider who amongst your family, friends, clients, or business providers might be waiting for the invitation to attend. Consider how many of the people we know aren't Rotarians simply because they haven't been asked.

Yours in Rotary,

Kim Waters
Rotary District 6910 Governor

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gwinnett County Rotarians Bowl to End Polio

Rotary members in Duluth, Georgia gathered together  to reach out, raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.   

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of Sept. 19, 2016.  To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.  

The Gwinnett Mosaic Rotary Club along with 5 other Rotary and Interact Clubs joined together in service and fellowship at the “Bowlio for Polio” fundraising event to help End Polio Now! 

Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985. The “Bowlio for Polio” event raised $4,000 which is matched with a contribution from the Gates Foundation to total $12,000

Submitted by Jennifer Hibbard - Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, Club Secretary

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oconee County Rotary Expands-Makes a Difference

The Rotary Club of Oconee County has made great gains in growing membership under the leadership of President Marion Butler. The club leads the district in membership growth at 31% compared to its starting year July 1 membership. Recently, several new members were inducted.  

Children of Oconee County receive dictionaries from Rotary Club of Oconee County.

The club is making a difference in the community, providing dictionaries to area youth. Every 3rd grader in Oconee County recently received a dictionary.  Approximately 800 dictionaries were given out in five elementary schools and three private schools.

President Marion Butler on left with Assistant Governor Gerry Taylor on right surround new members recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Oconee County.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Canton Rotary Partners with Canton Elementary

By all measures, the Canton Rotary Club's $5,000 grant to run Canton Elementary School STEM Academy's first-ever Fall Festival and Book Fair on Saturday, October 22 was money well spent! The event was held to promote family involvement in the school, which serves a 85% free-and-reduced lunch student population.

A glorious fall day saw dozens of families come out for children to play games, pet animals, have their faces painted, win cakes and tickets to a Halloween show at a cake walk, and choose a free book for each child. Most of the Rotary District-Canton Rotary grant funded a free paperback book for each of the 800-plus children at Canton Elementary, many of whose families do not have enough disposable income to buy a book.

Smiles and laughter abounded throughout the school during the three-hour festival which saw special appearances by Schmee the Yiddish Pirate, who ran the cake walk, and Geronimo the Mouse, who meandered through the festival and danced to the continuous upbeat music.

The dozen Rotarians who helped run the event so that teachers and their families could enjoy the event were assisted by a dozen members of the River Ridge High School Interact Club and Faculty Advisor Lyn Orletsky. Many thanks to all those who participated in the Canton Elementary School Fall Festival and Book Fair, an event that will be remembered for many years to come!

A River Ridge High School Interact student face painting at the Canton Elementary School STEM Academy Fall Festival and Book Fair.

Canton Rotary Club Sergeant at Arms Bill Cornelius ran the duck pond game.

Schmee the Pirate (Past Assistant Governor Peter Gleichman) helped these students do the cake walk instead of walking the plank!
River Ridge High School Interact Club Faculty Advisor Lyn Orletsky dancing with Geronimo the Book Mouse a/k/a Canton Honorary Rotarian Francisco Lozano at the Canton Elementary School STEM Academy Fall Festival and Book Fair on Saturday, October 22. 

Canton Rotary Club Immediate Past President Jerry Cooper encourages a student doing the ring toss at the Canton Elementary Fall Festival and Book Fair.

Submitted by Peter Gleichman - Rotary Club of Canton, Public Relations Chair

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

District 6910 Governor Message - February 2017

The month of February has just flown by, and I share with you my message for February on this last day of February in just the nick of time to call it my February message. One of the things I've enjoyed most in this journey as your District Governor is seeing all the good that our clubs are doing right here in District 6910. I have several issues of this 'Rotations' newsletter queued up within the next few weeks that will let you see firsthand how our District 6910 Rotarians have been changing lives, serving humanity. I hope you'll consider subscribing, by email, to this newsletter so that you won't miss a single story.

As you know, our Centennial celebration of The Rotary Foundation peaks in Atlanta this June when we welcome the world to Atlanta. Please take advantage of how easy it is to get to Atlanta and enjoy all this International Convention has to offer. My life was forever changed when I walked into the first Rotary International Convention I ever attended in 2011, in New Orleans, hearing Bill Gates speak to thousands of Rotarians from all over the world as to how we were 'this close' to ending polio. It let me see that I really was part of an organization that could change the world. It's not too late to get registered. I hope you will today.

Speaking of polio, the world saw 74 cases of the wild polio virus in 2015. In 2016, there were 37. To date this year in 2017, we have seen three. We could have very well seen the last case of polio. What a celebration that will be when we have rid the world of this dreaded disease. Thank you for your continued support of The Rotary Foundation, and in particular to our PolioPlus fund, where our contributions are still matched by the Gates Foundation 2 to 1. Our district has seen record giving to the PolioPlus fund of The Rotary Foundation in this 2016-17 year. I thank you for your continued generous giving to The Rotary Foundation.

One of the goals that the three Georgia governors set prior to taking office was to work to see that each of Georgia's three district's clubs achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs in entirety. If you are not yet a Paul Harris Fellow, and you are interested in becoming one, please contact me directly and I can help. A Rotarian achieves 'Paul Harris Fellow' by donating $1000 outright to The Rotary Foundation or by receiving recognition points from another Rotarian to total 1000, combining the dollars actually given and recognition points. Our goal is to welcome the world to Atlanta, Georgia with a 100% Paul Harris Fellow state. To date, 43 of our 73 clubs have achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club with several others very close. Congratulations to these clubs on this outstanding achievement!

With 122 days remaining in my term as district governor, there is still so much to do. We will celebrate our clubs' achievements at District Assembly on Saturday, May 13. Also, we will do the ceremonial change of governors that day, inducting District Governor Elect David "Coop" Cooper. I hope to see you there, if not sooner.

Yours in Rotary,

Kim Waters
District Governor