DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Vol. 2 Issue 3 September 2015
Do you recall those scenes from spy thrillers where the secret agents meet in airports, ports, docks, and carparks with precise clock work? Well, after 16 plane, 1 ferry, and 1 speedboat rides , plus miles and miles of road trips, that is how I, with my leading lady, Letty, and our suitcases in tow, felt as we met up with one District Governor after another or their assigned Aides. The rendezvous and transfers to 20 districts from August 19 to September 13 were efficiently and smoothly managed. Together, we were guarding Rotary’s treasure: friendship and the Rotary heart.
The very big difference was that my Rotary story was not about living dangerously. It was a story of living safely, securely, and joyfully in the company of Aussie Rotarians. And why not? It was because of the careful and loving attention to details, including making sure that there was time for dancing after a Rotary meeting, the perfectly timed delivery of a newly purchased speedboat just so I can visit one district, the warm reception, the heartfelt friendships and joyful interaction with community volunteers, plus relaxation in the cozy homestays. Probably, I was able to shake the hands of a thousand Rotarians and their spouses/partners. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Like most spy thrillers, it was intellectually engaging, nuanced and at times there were complications that needed clarification; but by and large fresh and exciting. After RIPE John's visit, we all did SMARCT work. We discussed alternatives to achieving the specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, challenging and time-bound expectations/objectives for Rotarians and the communities we serve. The senior, incumbent and future Rotary District Leadership made every Rotary minute and dollar matter. I truly appreciate the sincerity that came with each feedback and suggestion during the weekend briefing, Director’s Networking Seminar, one on one, private conversations, leadership team meetings, club meetings and, fellowships: Re-study the dues for corporate membership. Make the Presidential Citation Program strategic and revive the “with distinction” category to emphasize the goals for the current Rotary Year.
I felt privileged to be one of the five Rotarians above 40 who were allowed to observe the Youth Summit for a few minutes. I do hope that there will be an increase in the number of Interact/ Rotaract Clubs as well as Rotarians coming from their ranks.
I hope that the planning session with the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust and the Regional Rotary Foundation Training Team will yield a bountiful harvest of TRF contributions from Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. I am particularly grateful for letting me know about the Global Grant -funded projects and the direct donations-in-kind you have for the Philippines and Indonesia.
Thirty years of fighting polio will be commemorated next month. Let us remember and pray for lives lost in bringing the polio vaccine to the last child in each community, especially in the conflict-ridden countries. Moving forward, let us study the socio-cultural and communications systems that made eradication possible so that we can be better prepared to prevent the threats to our health and well-being. Looking back, we can say that the fight against polio taught us the value of vocational service – Rotary Leaders were at the right place at the right time to influence decision making and authorize critical actions that launched 3-H Grants and PolioPlus.
Excerpt from September 2015 PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE
Vol. 2 Issue 3 September 2015
K.R. “RAVI” RAVINDRAN President, RY 2015-2016
When we aren't making the kind of progress we feel we should be making, the natural response is to redouble our efforts. Sometimes, though, the better response is not to work harder, but to work smarter. Look at your tools. Analyze your processes. Are you directing your resources in the most effective ways?
It is time to sharpen our tools. Instead of focusing on the question, “How can we bring more members into Rotary” we should be asking ourselves, “How can we add more value to Rotary membership, so that more will join and fewer will leave?”
One way we are doing that is with the new Rotary Global Rewards program, which launched in July. This innovative program allows Rotarians to connect with, and receive discounts and concessions from, businesses and service providers around the world. Individual Rotarians may submit their own business to be included alongside those with which Rotary has already negotiated relationships; the most appropriate offers will be added to the listings. We have also created the option of allowing businesses to return a percentage of their profit on each transaction to our Rotary Foundation, and several companies have already been locked into this part of the scheme. Each month, we will update the list with additional offers that we may receive. I urge all of you to try it out by signing up on My Rotary at www.rotary.org now. The more Rotarians participate, the stronger, and more beneficial, the program will be.
Much more than another loyalty program, Rotary Global Rewards is a new way to benefit from being a Rotarian, and being part of the Rotary network. It is another way to combine business and service. And it is yet another way to add value to Rotary membership. We cannot forget that our potential members will be asking themselves, “What's in it for me?” We need to demonstrate the value of Rotary by showing that becoming a Rotarian will enrich their lives, as it has ours.
Screenshot of Rotary Global Awards Apps on your tablet
From the Apps, we can gather the offers Rotarians availed of, how much savings or discounts were given and how much is returned to Rotary.
Availment: To date, many are patronizing discounted hotel and vacations, advertising, rent-a-car. Office supplies and printing, airline tickets, email marketing services, coffee shops and restaurants, movie tickets, computers, shows, football games, translation and copywriting services, consumer goods. Up to 55% savings are enjoyed by Rotarians and 1.5% to 7.5% is given back to
“7850 ROTARIANS JOINED ROTARY GLOBAL REWARDS; 50% REDEEMED OFFERS!”
RI President Ravi Vol. 2 Issue 3 September 2015
ROTARY GLOBAL REWARDS: THE GOOD YOU DO COMES BACK TO YOU
We are all thinking of ways to make Rotary attractive. We are equally focused on retention. What keeps us in Rotary is the feeling of satisfaction we have because of friendships, self-actualizing opportunities, and the joys of seeing people become and feel better. For the uninitiated and rookie Rotarians, this remains to be experienced. The Rotary Global Rewards is one innovation that can provide the immediate tangible answer to the question “What’s in it for me?” Whether we are pragmatic or altruistic, our brain naturally needs affirmation for that “I’m okay” feeling. Rewards, savings, discounts, prestige are self-affirmation.
We may not personally need the offers given by the program. BUT wouldn’t it make us feel good when somebody says “Wow, this rewards program shows that Rotary truly has a global reach!”? Some Rotarians simply enjoy the idea of discounts and special offers. Rotary Global Rewards enhances the attractiveness of Rotary as a membership organization. It conveys a positive public image that we have many friends in business; we have an organized network; and, we are technology savvy.
The downloaded apps on your tablet can be a conversation piece. Start showing Rotarians and non-Rotarians what the 218 business organizations have to offer. Help fellow Rotarians download the APP and start enjoying the benefits.
In addition to the Ambassadors appointed by President Ravi, he called on the World Class Governors to appoint a district chairperson for the Rotary Global Rewards and for Directors to help promote the program.
The Rotary Global Rewards Program is perhaps the modern day application of the business networking they had when Rotary was just starting. This eventually resulted in club extensions in various parts of the US as the pioneer members had the opportunity to go out of town. At the time, some pioneer Rotarians served as statisticians to track the effect of Rotary membership and goodwill on business growth.
The fifth Rotarian, Harry Ruggles, recalled “I used to lure new prospects by telling them “we're one for all and all for one” – and, ‘being a member is like having, say, 25 salesmen out working for you.’ I'd point to my new printing accounts or to the estate business turned over to our lawyer member, Paul Harris, by Barney Arntzen, the undertaker. Why, we even had a “statistician” to keep tab on business given and received among members.”
With a well-conceived communication plan, the Rotary Global Rewards Program can directly contribute to membership growth and corporate partnerships.
ACCESSING ROTARY GLOBAL AWARDS FROM YOUR COMPUTER
Go to Rotary website:
- Click “My Rotary”. Sign in or create account.
- Scroll down and click on “Rotary Global Rewards” or the article and “Learn more”
- On Explore Rewards page
3.1 On the left, click “view offer” to know benefits
3.2 On the left, click “create a new offer” if your
company wishes to participate in giving rewards
3.3 On the right, click “frequently asked questions”
3.4 On the right, click “help” “how to find deals for
(mobile or desktop)”, and “how to create an offer”
TRUSTEE CHAIR'S MESSAGE
Rotary and its partners have developed an endgame for the final eradication of polio, and the plan is working successfully. No one can predict the last case of wild poliovirus, but if our progress is sustained, it may come before the end of this Rotary year. What a victory that will be for Rotary and its partners – and for the children of the world!
Rotary also has a plan to publicize and gain recognition for its vital role in the eradication of polio. Rotary started its first immunization campaign against polio in 1979, when there were still 500,000 cases of paralytic polio every year. Its success led Rotary to launch PolioPlus in 1985, with the goal of immunizing all the world's children against polio. It raised US$247 million for that purpose in the first three years, and it then joined forces with the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF in 1988 to eradicate polio. When the partnership was formed, a truly epic battle was joined, and Rotary was the catalyst.
Now we are in the final days of this heroic effort, and it is important for Rotary that the entire world is made aware of its contributions as a major partner in the eradication battle.
PRIP RAY KLINGINSMITH Trustee Chair, 2015-2016
TOWARDS MORE MEMBER ENGAGEMENT BEYOND GIVING TO POLIOPLUS FUND
Visit www.endpolionow.org . Learn about the many ways to be a significant participant in the end fight
MAKE HISTORY. SIGN THE PETITION.
We believe that every child deserves the chance for a healthy life. Through the provision of vaccines, we can help ensure a better future for millions of children around the world.
Right now, we have a unique opportunity to use the power of vaccines to wipe out a disease for good – polio.
We have the technical tools to end polio and the means to reach all children with immunizations. We have developed a clear plan and we are confident we can achieve a polio free world.
Ending polio means that no child anywhere in the world will have to suffer from this debilitating disease again.
And it will prove to the world that we can reach even the hardest-to-reach children with other vaccines and health services. We call on world leaders to make the most of this window of opportunity and fully fund polio eradication efforts through to the end. Together, we can create a brighter future for all the world’s children – beginning with a future free from polio.
I am signing on to join more than one million Rotarians and other supporters across the globe by sharing my voice in the fight to end polio now.
Urge world leaders to provide critical funding needed to end polio forever.
Encourage Rotarians, family, friends, business colleagues, and community leaders to sign up online and be heard
RIPE John F Germ: We will be the ALL STAR T.E.A.M ! Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
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In August, management was indeed fortunate to interact and present at the Zone 7B and Zone 8 DGE networking weekend. Led by RIPE John Germ, RID Guiller Tumangan, RIDE Noel Trevaskis and staff members from the Sydney Office of Rotary International (TRF; CDS; Finance and Publications), the event served as an opportunity to interact via 20-minute interviews with DG’sE.
THE VISIT OF RIPE JOHN F. GERM TO AUSTRALIA
Laying the groundwork for a people-focused All Star TEAM for RY 2016-17
Organized by Rotary Down Under and the RI Parramatta Office, the Weekend Briefing consists of two parts: On Day 1, the RI Director and the district governors-elect have the opportunity to fellowship; and, the RI key staff in Australia familiarize the DGsE with the administrative and operational support services provided by RI and TRF for a successful Rotary year of service. Day 2 & 3 is for networking with Rotary-oriented organizations for possible multi-district or multi-club project management. Like last year, RI President Ravi was able to join the meeting.
In his presentations and dialogues, RIPE John Germ called on his All Star T.E.A.M. to emphasize that Rotary is in the PEOPLE business: Pride in our history and heritage, Emphasis on ethical standards and the areas of focus, Opportunity to make a difference in our five avenues of service, Perseverance to eradicate polio, Leadership and influence in global affairs, Enthusiasm to serve even if in senior years.
RIPE John Germ answering the questions during the Open Forum, while RID Guiller, RIDE Noel Trevaskis and RDU Chair PDG Neville Parsons wait for their turn to be asked
During the Joint Meeting of Sydney Rotary Clubs, RIPE John spent some time interacting with Rotaractors from Australia. This
VISIT TO TWENTY (20) DISTRICTS IN AUSTRALIA LAUDABLE PROJECTS!
I congratulate all the Districts for the engaging and sustainable projects. It is heartwarming to see Rotarians and the Friends of Rotary, especially the retirees spending time daily in your projects. There they were making wheelchairs and toys for kids. I hope the volunteer hours and donation in kind are reported in the Rotary Club Central.
A carousel was bought so that on certain days of the week, special children and people with disability get free rides. The facility built to preserve cord blood and many more projects are really impressive.
Toys made by Rotarians and friends of Rotary and proceeds used for their humanitarian projects
I gained so much insight from the projects toured. Multi-district cooperation for high impact sustainable projects is strong in Zone 8 which has enabled you to raise funds and mobilize resources from government, partner organizations, corporations, seniors, women and the young adults.
Carousel bought by a Rotarian, used for fund raising for other humanitarian projects