District Chair Support from RI!

Dear Rotarians:

Greetings from Evanston!  On behalf of the Rotary Service Department, we are writing to inform you about the support we offer to some of the district chairs that you will be working with throughout the year.

Our department provides support to the following district chair positions:

·         Rotary Fellowships

·         Rotary Friendship Exchange

·         Community Service

·         Vocational Service

·         World Community Service*

·         Rotary Volunteers*

*Please note: the World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers programs have been phased out and are being replaced by a resource-based model for International Service. For the 2011-12 Rotary year, District Rotary Friendship Exchange, World Community Service, and Rotary Volunteers committees are being encouraged to work together to coordinate fellowship, service, and volunteer activities. In future years, district governors will be asked to appoint an International Service chair in place of World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers.

In June we emailed each group of district chairs an information kit highlighting their role and responsibilities for the year, as well as various online resources to assist them in their work.  Following are some important key messages we that we have emphasized to the district chairs:

·         Review the District Committee Manual (249-EN) for information and guidance on performing the functions of a district chair.

·         Encourage clubs to align their activities with the RI Strategic Plan.

·         Encourage clubs to undertake activities in each of the avenues of service to qualify for RI President Kalyan Banerjee’s Changemaker Award.

·         Encourage clubs to consider Rotary’s six areas of focus when planning new projects.  Refer to the new publication Rotary’s Areas of Focus (965-EN) for ideas.

·         Use RI’s ProjectLINK database to find project partners.

·         Visit the Service and Fellowship section of the RI website for information and resources related to planning service projects, making connections in Rotary, partnering, and other topics. This section of the website will be revised in early September, so please revisit then for updated information.

Our department communicates with the district chairs throughout the year with brief, topical email updates.  We will include you in these updates and we encourage you to share them freely with Rotarians in your zones.

Please feel free to contact us at rotary.service@rotary.org if we can be of any assistance to you.  Thank you for all your hard work and we wish you a successful Rotary year!

Best regards,

Jesse Allerton

Supervisor, Rotary Service Department

Susan Schneider

Supervisor, Rotary Service Department

Ryan Hall

Coordinator, Rotary Coordinator (RC) Program Rotary International ryan.hall@rotary.org 847-866-3830

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