District Governor

December 2016

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Attention enthusiastic Rotarians: Plan now to attend the LAST One Rotary Summit in our District. The summit will join together Rotary leaders to exchange ideas on energizing and boosting your club for growth, service and public interaction. Rotarians are Leaders! Engage fresh new thinking and take home hands-on tools to strengthen Membership, Public Image and involvement in Foundation programs. Register for your spot today - we hope to see you there!
Please join us for the LAST One Rotary Summit experience at in Algona:
..Tuesday, December 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1501 E. Walnut St., Algona 5:30-8:30pm. Register for Algona by clicking here.
Click to Download the Event Brochure- SHARE at your Club Meetings.  ALL Rotarians are welcome!!

Nonstop flight for Atlanta convention

A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids to Atlanta are available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the International Convention June 10-14.  The flight, priced at $457.60 per person, will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m.

For more information and to book the flight, contact Ruth Smith at ruth@rrtravel.biz or call (641) 228-1235. Register here to see and reserve the Convention Events, and choose Rotary Hotels with shuttle bus service.  Registration price increases Dec. 15.  View President John Germ's video invitation here

Rotary.org limited access Dec 3-5. We will be upgrading our membership database from 3-5 December 2016. Due to the size and scope of this effort, parts of Rotary.org and My Rotary will not be available during this time. This includes most features requiring login, such as: Registering for convention, Running reports, Accessing grant information, Using Rotary Club Central, Making contributions, Finding a club via Club Finder.  News and content will still be accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you have additional questions, please contact rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
DG Jim Coloff is making the rounds of Clubs! (Nov 15, 2016) He is nearing the finish line!  Follow the club dates on the list (left side of this Home Page) and postings about his visits on Rotary District 5970 Facebook.
Rotary President John Germ promotes community involvement to Rotarians and Legionaires in this American Legion Magazine video.  Take a look and listen here.
News from our Bulletins!  Please read these if you missed the District Bulletins in your email box.
About a year ago we started implementing what we call our "5th Tuesday Service Projects". In every month with 5 Tuesdays, we have an evening meeting which revolves around some type of service project. 

On November 29, Decorah Rotary made 50 care packages for the 50 service personnel from our local Army reserve unit, currently stationed in Kuwait. These boxes held items such as beef jerky, magazines, movies, nuts and snacks, chewing gum, homemade baked goods, and hand written letters from elementary and middle school children. 

Rotarian Ward Budweg's son, John, had been on two tours overseas, so helped us with what is most appreciated. He also spoke at the meeting, expressing what the packages from home truly mean to those away from their families. It was very touching. Submitted by Kelly Reagan
We invite you to read the latest District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter here
Read the Top Five Reasons to Give to the Rotary Foundation!
The 100th year of the Rotary Foundation has started with a bang. Clubs are already having birthday parties and raising monies for the Rotary Foundation. Don’t forget your personal challenge to make a personal donation to the Rotary Foundation of $100 more than you typically give each year. Please share your Club Plans and results with Michelle Bell. Your club may be featured in a future newsletter.  The Newsletter contains many ideas for celebration projects!
What a wonderful year to be a Rotarian!
by District Governor Jim Coloff - Rotary Club of Cedar Falls - Iowa 
I am honored to serve as District Governor of D-5970 during this Centennial Celebration year of the Rotary Foundation
We can be very proud of the outstanding support our district has given the Foundation during these 100 years.  We have been part of the $3,000,000,000 that has been contributed to worthwhile humanitarian projects by the Rotary Foundation.  What a great accomplishment, and what a great organization to be part of!  I challenge you to celebrate the Centennial by enhancing what you and your club are doing to support the Foundation’s work. 
I also challenge you to join me in living the theme of RI President, John Germ: Rotary Serving Humanity.  This year, we will serve humanity around the world through the work of the Foundation, and we will serve our community through the work of our local Rotary clubs.  
Each month a new message from the RI President will be available...
"Rotary Serving Humanity" starts inside our clubs!  
Our Rotary Presidential Citation and District 5970 Club Excellence award applications should be examined now, as the 2016-2017 year is underway.  
Be sure Club plans are aligned with these award criteria.  Download the two applications on the left side of this webpage. 
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
RI President-elect Germ's Presidential Citation criteria for clubs during 2016-2017 are in this brochure.
Meet Rotary President John Germ.  This article is from The Rotarian magazine.
Excerpt: Germ supports flexibility in many Rotary matters. “Our clubs have always been organized around a meal. Lunch and dinner were part of our dues, and that system served us well. But society has changed,” he says. Rotary International is catching up by allowing clubs more leeway in when and how they meet. “How do we accommodate the 30-year-old businessperson raising a family? Well, for one thing, we could pay less attention to attendance,” he adds. “My question isn’t ‘How many meetings did you make?’ It’s ‘How are you making a difference in your community?' "
Read more here
REGINA MUTIRU PETER, 30, of Nairobi, Kenya has become the first District 5970 Rotary Peace Fellow. Regina was awarded a fellowship to the University of Bradford (England where she will study African Peace and Conflict Studies. Here is a recent update from her Rotary adventure:
Greetings to you all, hope this finds you well. I am excited to inform you that I arrived in Bradford on 10th September and I already enrolled ready for studies next week so I have settled in well. The weather here is cold for me comparing it with my countries weather but I will manage. Today we had a luncheon at one of the local Rotarian home and they opened their garage for us the peace fellows to pick items we may use in our apartments (very kind of them). Here is a photo of us together at the luncheon (8 of us and Ken our local Rotary coordinator) Will send a photo of all of us together when we take one.
Thanks very much for your support and for accepting to be my district!
Regina Mutiru