Friday, October 19, 2018

World Polio Day-Gwinnett Rotarians Hold Polio Talk

The Rotary Clubs serving Gwinnett County, comprised of more than 300 Rotarians in nine clubs, will mark World Polio Day on Wednesday, October 24, with a community-wide polio discussion. The public is invited to hear the latest news concerning polio from Dr. Abhijeet Anand, a medical epidemiologist who focuses on polio at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. In addition, Past District 6910 Governor Bill Strickland will tell a personal story about polio immunizations in India.

Past District Governor Bill Strickland administers polio vaccine drops during a National Immunization Day (NID) in India.

The event will take place from 4:30 to 6 pm on October 24 in the Education Center at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097. Hosting the community-wide polio discussion are the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett, the Rotary Club of Duluth, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett Tomorrow, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville, the Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners and the Rotary Club of Sugarloaf.

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International more than a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. The first polio vaccine was available in the United States in 1955. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99 percent.

GPEI is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the CDC and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. According to the World Health Organization, there is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio vaccine, for as little as sixty cents each, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

Since 1979, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

To register for the event, visit this link -

For more information, Contact Barbara or 770-309-0613

Submitted by Barbara Myers - President, Rotary Club of Sugar Loaf

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Rolling on the River - Oct ‘18 Conference Update - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who should attend? All Rotarians and their spouse/guests.
2. What is the purpose of the Conference: The purpose of the conference is simple: to share ideas, celebrate our accomplishments, and find out what has been happening in the district and the world. 
3. When is the conference? May 2-5, 2019
4. Where is the Conference? The Hyatt Regency - Greenville, S.C     
5. Why attend District Conference? This is a perfect opportunity to network and share ideas with other Rotarians. You will also get to know the amazing projects going on around the Country. A District Conference is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding privileges of Rotary membership.
 What are the costs associated with Conference?
Lodging: The District Conference Committee has negotiated the following group rates at the Hyatt Regency - Greenville: Single Rate/Double Rate $149, Triple Rate $169, and Quad Rate $169.  Premium and Suite upgrades may be available for an additional fee based on availability. These room rates are subject to tax, which is currently 10.00% plus a 2.00% Destination Fee. Reservations must be made on or before the cutoff date of Wednesday, April 10, 2019 to be eligible for the group rate.  
Hotel Parking is 7.50 per day; valet parking additional.

Note: The group rate is available April 30th to May 5th. 


• The on-line registration site will open on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and will close at midnight on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Please encourage anyone in your club to register before the cut-off date.   
• A special rate of $225 will be effective from November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  The rate increases to $250 on January 1, 2019 and $275 on April 10, 2019.     
• Please encourage all members to visit the district conference website at for up-to-date information.  A link has been placed on the district website that will also take you directly to the conference website.   
• Cancellations:  In order to request a refund, cancellation or changes in registration you must submit your request in writing to the D6910 District Office.  All refunds for registration fees will have a $50 processing fee per person registered.  No refunds after April 10, 2019.   
• Spouse/Guest Registration:  If fully registered, your spouse/guest will be able to participate in all conference events and meals.   

Spouse/Guest Registration:

In the event you prefer not to fully register your spouse/guest: you can purchase individual tickets for each event:

        Lift Off Dinner (Thursday) $50.00
        Be the Inspiration Dinner (Friday) $60.00
        The Rotary Foundation Lunch (Friday) 45.00
        Kentucky Derby Dinner/Celebration (Saturday) $75.00

7What to wear? Attire for all events is resort casual, except for Friday Night's "Be the Inspiration" Dinner and Saturday night’s "Kentucky Derby" Dinner/Celebration. If you have a tendency to get cold, please bring a sweater or jacket with you to the General Sessions. Please feel free to wear your favorite Rotary shirt for the Friday and Saturday General Sessions.   
8. What is a House of Friendship (HOF)?
This is where the Rotary world comes together and where ideas, best practices, and project successes are proudly shared. You can:
• Browse booths showcasing Rotary projects, Rotary Fellowships, and Rotarian Action Groups
• Shop for Rotary-licensed merchandise, including pins, shirts, and banners: Awards4U.
• Participate in the GRSP Silent Auction  - 15 students, representing 4 continents and 7 countries, will donate an item representative of their country for the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the endowment of GRSP.  
• Fellowship Reconnect with friends and make new ones
• Breaks: Cookies will be provided during breaks from the General Sessions
• Compete for the Best Club Booth Award:Governor Bruce is asking all clubs to participate in this year’s House of Friendship/“Rolling on the River Exhibition Hall” by exhibiting the club’s Signature Project, District Grant or Global Grant.  Please utilize the District 6910 Conference Theme “Rolling on the River” or the 2018-19 Rotary theme “Rotary: Be the Inspiration”. 
• Have your photo taken in the HOF Rolling on the River Photo Booth 
9. Will there be  "Free-Time"?
 Friday, May 3rd  1:30pm - 6:00pm 
 Saturday, May 4th 12:00pm - 6:30pm

10. What can I do during Free Time?

Planned Group Activities or enjoy Greenville on your own for additional information. There are over 100 restaurants to choose from - we have listed a few of them on the website here.

11. What to expect?

General Sessions: 

Recognize accomplishments at all levels and inspire everyone to get involved
Recognize those who have participated in Rotary Foundation activities. 
Promote successful club and district projects. 
Highlight achievements of individual Rotarians. 
Recognize Georgia Rotary Students (GRSP)
Be inspired with our Speakers


Thursday, May 2, 2019: "Lift Off" Dinner: DG Bruce and Pam Azevedo are hosting a dinner to honor the 2018-2019 President's and their Assistant Governor's in District 6910. This is a pre-conference event and is open to all Rotarians and their guests. There is no charge to the 2018-2019 Club President's and Assistant Governor's; all other Rotarians/ spouse/guests is $50.00.

• Keynote Speaker: Wayne Bingham, Polio Survivor and United Space Alliance FlowManager for the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Among many awards presented to Wayne are the: Astronauts Silver Snoopy Award, Fewer than 1 percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award; awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to flight safety and mission success. 
Eagle Manned Mission Success Award, Administered and funded by AXA Space. Presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to manned space flight.
Friday, May 3, 2019 "Be the Inspiration" DinnerThe focus will be on the youth of D-6910 including the GRSP Parade of Flags, Student Introductions, Youth Service Awards.
Keynote Speaker: Winnie Morgan, Honorary Rotarian of the Rotary Club but more importantly, a Rotarian in her heart. She has spoken at a variety of Rotary events. She was the first recipient in North Carolina of the Rotary International Jean Harris Award for her outstanding service to the support of low-income women.
Saturday, May 4, 2019: "Kentucky Derby Dinner/Celebration": An fun filled evening in true Kentucky Derby fashion. There will be awards for: Ladies Best Hat, Men's Best Hat, Best Dressed Couple. 
The evening will conclude with Clubs of the Year Awards along with the District Governor Parade and changing of district leadership. 
Watch for details in the next few weeks on the: Club Stick Horse Competition

Sunday, May 5, 2019: Interfaith Service: We will offer an inter-faith service on Sunday morning from 8:30am -9:00am and encourage our Rotarians to attend.  District Chaplain Calvin Ward will officiate, and his message will encompass the 2018-19 theme, “Rotary: Be the Inspiration”.   

12. Will there be a Golf Tournament? There will not be an organized Golf Tournament but public golf courses in the Greenville Area can be found on the conference website:
13Will there be Child Care available: Watch for details in the next few weeks on opportunities for child care/activities.

Dianne L. Cammarata
2019 District 6910 "Rolling on the River" Conference Chair

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rolling on the River Sept '18 Conference Update

We all had a great time in Charleston for the 2018 District Conference. Take it from these first time District Conference attendees:

"I found my first Rotary District Conference to be enlightening, educational and a lot of fun! Meeting Rotarians from other parts of our District and visiting the House of Friendship was a nice way to learn what other clubs are doing to make their communities a better place. The speakers were all captivating and engaging and the workshops were well organized and informative. I especially enjoyed the time “away from it all” to get to know members of my own club better, and the special dinner on the USS Yorktown was truly amazing. District Conference is a great way to expand your Rotary experience. I would definitely encourage anyone who has never been to make plans to attend in 2019." -Greg Elder, The Rotary Club of Canton 

"I was so impressed by the level of detail and thought that was put into district conference. I laughed so many times. I was moved to tears. I was enthused and excited to be learning among such great people. I was proud to be a Rotarian. Such a great event!!!" -Heather Kellen (E-Club of the South)

A ventriloquist provided entertainment at an evening dinner session at District Conference in Charleston.

"Rotary International's scope of service above self activities is generally hard to measure at a local club level. However, my first District 6910 conference was an eye-opener. There, I first connected me with a larger community of Rotarians, the finest people I have ever known. While the traditions are fun, the experience of District Conference keeps me enthused. I look forward to renewing friendships and seeing new faces in Greenville. I am excited for new opportunities to validate and often improve ideas that connect Rotarians and our community." -Al Trembley, Rotary Club of Hall County

We will have a special program for First Time Attendees prior to the start of Rolling on the River District Conference.  This is a great opportunity to learn about "What to Expect" at a Rotary District Conference.

Encourage Rotarians in your club to attend the Rolling on the River District 6910 Conference in Greenville SC at the Hyatt Regency.

  1. Please encourage all members to visit the district conference website at for up-to-date information. A link has been placed on the district website that will also take you directly to the conference website.
  2. On-line registration will be available November 1, 2018.
  3. The District Conference Committee has negotiated the following group rates at the Hyatt Regency - Greenville:  Single Rate/Double Rate $149, Triple Rate $169, and Quad Rate $169. Premium and Suite upgrades may be available for an additional fee based on availability. These room rates are subject to tax, which is currently 10.00% plus a 2.00% Destination Fee. To make your hotel reservations, click here.
Whether you will be a first time conference attendee or this is one of many conferences you have attended please know that Governor Bruce and your conference committee are working everyday to insure that Rolling on the River will be a memorable one! 

See you in Greenville.

2019 District 6910 "Rolling on the River" Conference Chair

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

Click here for sponsorship information or visit

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,


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  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

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)