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Welcome to District 5970! 

It is my pleasure to serve as District Governor for the year 2015-2016. Our Rotary International president for this year is Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka. Ravi’s theme is: “Be a Gift to The World”.  The District Leaders are here to help Rotarians and Clubs be just that.  

Although many of Rotary’s Goals are the same,  end polio, provide clean water and sanitation, improve health, prevent conflicts and promote peace, we as Rotarians can bring new gifts to the world by working together with young and old to promote Rotary in every aspect of our lives.  We will honor our long standing traditions and make them stronger by incorporating the necessary changes of our times.  We will pursue the diversity needed to make Rotary stronger than ever and embrace the gifts that new Rotarians bring to every club.  We will invite our friends and family to partake in these gifts and together our District will indeed be a treasured “Gift To The World”.
 
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in our District and wish you a most successful Rotary year.
 
Joe Gitta 
​District Governor

 

 
RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is asking Rotary members to be gifts to the world during his term in office.
 
“One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’” For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.
 
Read more here
 

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

JULY 2015

We in Rotary aspire to great deeds. We admire those who gave great gifts to humanity: Abraham Lincoln, who gave the gift of human dignity to the downtrodden; Mother Teresa, who gave the gift of compassion to the forgotten; Mahatma Gandhi, who gave the gift of peaceful change to the oppressed. Their very lives became gifts to the world. We can be inspired by their example. We can be inspired to ask, how can I, in the life that I live – without neglecting the responsibilities that are so dear to me – how can I, too, become a gift to the world?....

Read his entire message here 
 

 
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  Many past RYLArians from around the country have said, “It was the best week of my life!”
 
We currently have 243 applications, 90 from District 5970 and 153 from District 6000 for youth to attend this year's conference. So the numbers are up again this year and we're excited! For more information on the volunteer opportunities, please email District 5970 RYLA Coordinator Dave Kutter.
 
 

 

All Rotarian golfers – head to Mason City for the District Golf Outing! See details and Registration on the District website Calendar Event.  CLICK HERE.
A limited number of carts are available. Call 641-423-9693 to reserve.
For the Registration Form> CLICK HERE

 

 
 
 
Training for our District Rotary Youth Exchange students, both inbound & outbound, was on March 21 & 22 in Mt Vernon. The students are preparing their display boards for our District Conference.  Come to Okoboji this week and give a warm welcome to our RYE Students!