It has been a very busy few months.  With the help of the Area Governors, I will have visited approximately 32 out of the 65 Rotary and 9 Rotaract Clubs within the District by this year’s conference. My plan is to continue my Official DG Club Visits with the goal of finishing the remaining clubs by the end of January. My last visit will be to the Iqaluit club sometime this Winter. Past District Governors have told me that the best part about being a District Governor is visiting and learning more about our clubs.
For me personally, I enjoy learning about the various fundraisers they conduct along with how they donate their funds.  The fundraisers range from: Carleton Place bagging and delivering manure, Stittsville hosting/selling monthly Toronto Film Festival film subscriptions, Kingston’s massive Nut Drive, Massena’s Pancake Breakfast, Montreal’s Galas, Perth and others BBQ Fests, Brockville and others Golf Tournaments, Mums and Calendars project let by RC West Ottawa, and much more.
The funds they raise are then used for projects, such as, Buruli Ulcer screenings in Ghana, planning a yearlong multi-club Rotary Anniversary in Kingston, a “Newfie” celebration in Smiths Falls and many other projects supporting at-risk-youth and those with special needs in our communities.
Of the clubs I have visited about 1/3 are doing very well, 1/3 OK, and 1/3 are struggling.   Of those clubs having issues approximately 90% of the issues involve recruiting, retaining, and getting members actively involved in their club.  Basically, it can be summed up with the need for increasing our membership and in particular the number of doers verses watchers. That is why my visiting focuses on listening to all the things the clubs do while also giving them concrete solutions/tools to help them “Grow Rotary” though increased recruiting and retention. I will be having a hands-on breakout session at the upcoming District Conference dealing with membership issues.  I hope to see many of you there, see below.  It is by working together we can get things done.

District Conference - Why attend

  1. Link up with old and make new friends.
  2. Learn more about and sign up for the 2020 International Convention in Honolulu Hawaii.
  3. Hear PRIVP Dean Rohrs, Representative of RI President Mark Maloney deliver his message and vision of where Rotary International is going in the future.
  4. Have fun, a beverage, a gourmet snack and meet others at the Hospitality Room
  5. Watch the Parade of Flags and eat dinner with our past or present Youth Exchange students.
  6. Attend the Friday night Turkey Dinner Fundraiser hosted by the Clayton Club.
  7. Get involved in the Rotary/Interact Service project on Saturday Afternoon with spreading the word about Polio Eradication
  8. Attend some of the breakout sessions and carry back new tools for your club.
  9. Council of Governors Meeting.
  10. St Lawrence Seaway boat trip.
Step-up your enthusiasm for Rotary by listening to our motivational speaker John Bull and PDG Doug Vincent’s presentation on the 75th anniversary of the UN/Rotary’s involvement.
Meet and listen to one of our Global Scholars.
Entertainment: Midnight Flyer playing until 10 pm as a fundraiser to eradicate Polio and the Rotary Dance Party at our Banquet on Saturday.
Plus, club and Foundation awards and much, much more.  Register/more information here.