Sunday, November 10, 2019

In Memory of Ralph Krueger

On Wednesday, November 6 a Memorial for Ralph Krueger a member of Westport Sunrise Rotary
Ralph had a very successful career in New York City, Madison Avenue, and in real estate in Connecticut. Then at the age of 84 he became a member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club. He became an important club member who was always available to help. He was an important part of the fellowship of the club and the fellowship of the club was important to him.

So he was important to the clubs service effort and was very involved with the fellowship. That's Rotary.

A leader of the club describes the effect that Ralph had on him and the club

Ralph's daughter talked about the effect that the club had on her father
 Westport Sunrise Rotary runs a duck race fund raiser every year. They make considerable money for scholarships and other service to their community. They have a 23 foot high duck that they use for publicity. Ralph always wanted the 23 foot duck, which weighs 450 lbs to be front and center promoting the duck race.

Ralph's two daughter gave the club a nine foot duck so they could promote the race the way their father wanted

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

All the Ways You Contribute

A video on All the Ways you Contribute
Video on All the Ways you Contribute

All the Ways you Contribute
I have visited almost all the clubs in our District and am amazed, excited and inspired by the range of ways Rotarians contribute to and change the world in our District. So here's a list of how you each in your own way contribute to the range of our contributions.
1. RYLA, our leadership program for young people. I mention it first because we just finished a RYLA weekend when 75 high school students became leaders and their lives were changed.
2.  A club sees a need for an informative quiet space in a Middle School and gets a District Managed Grant to install an aquarium.
3. The Food Bank in another town needs a food freezer and a club gets a District Managed Grant to buy a freezer for the Food Bank.
4. Yale Rotaract got a Global Grant to buy medical equipment to serve Syrian refugees in Turkey and are right now working to buy medical equipment to serve Rohingya refugees in Bengladesh. In both cases the connections of Rotary allowed the club here in New Haven to connect with Rotarians on the ground in Turkey and in Bengladesh.

5. Our Interact students do service in every one of their communities and raise money District wide($20,000 in the last three years for Gift of Life and Polio) The success of Interact Clubs is assured in each case by a Rotarian who cares.
6. And our District helped found a school for girls in Africa and that school has grown so much that it needed help with a water system. PDG Trish Pearson and many, many of our clubs helped provide that water system.
7. And the eradication of polio is so important. It will change the world. Rotarians throughout the District give to help with the fight. The Ridgefield Rotary Club ran a concert which contributed a large amount to the polio effort and now Arlo Guthrie is coming November 22 and much of the income will be donated to eradicating polio.
8. And Youth Exchange. Every year we send students overseas and receive students from abroad and this changes their lives. Dedicated Rotarians in our District enable this to happen.
9. And one club in our District helps people with dementia and Alzheimers to live a little better. They bring people from Nursing Homes to a location where they can sing to and with each other. Music Mends Minds is the organization and our Ansonia Rotary Club is leading the way on this project.

10. Scholarships. Many clubs provide scholarships to high school students. Interviewing those students is such a rewarding experience for our Rotarians. The students receive help from our Rotary Clubs.
11. This year we have Service above Self Scholarships $5000 each that your scholarship winners from recent years can win. Recommend that the recent winners of your scholarships apply.
12. Clubs(New London and others) have built pavilions for their town. It is so satisfying to see a lasting result for your town from your Rotary efforts

13. Some clubs beautify their towns by planting and weeding town gardens in the Spring.
14. A few clubs do Breakfast with Santa or Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The Interact clubs often help with these events. In at least one case over a 1000 people come meet Santa and have breakfast.

15. There are many fundraising events where it's all hands on deck. For example Lobster Fest or Shad Bake or....  Although these are a lot of work, the satisfaction from working with your fellow Rotarians is wonderful. And the proceeds go to help your town, fund your scholarships and other good works.

16. And packing meals for Haiti or Bahamas or .... These meal packing events are a wonderful combination of service and fellowship.

17. And I hope you are all planning to do something in support of STEM(Science Technology, Engineering and Math) and Robert insists with good reason that I add Arts. This is very rewarding and does not require you to be an expert.
18. We have another youth program, called Next Generations, which allows young people to talk about their issues and the World. This is enabled by contributions from your club.
19. And a club has people skilled in prosthetics(artificial limbs). They take their expertise and equipment to Peru and help people there who need help.
20. Gift of Life. Many Rotarians in our District help this program for bringing life saving surgery to infants in many parts of the world. Lynda Hammond leads this effort but you make it happen.
21. At Thanksgiving time and other times many clubs give food to the needy.
What a variety of ways to give back to your community and the world. There are many, many other projects and activities , which people in our District do, which bring value to our communities and to the world. Way too many to mention. But think about it, you know how much your club does and multiply that many times for all the clubs and all the people.
But if you have an idea, a passion that is not addressed, you can enlist the help of your fellow Rotarians and make it reality. And don't worry if some Rotarians are not interested now, keep trying, find others and you will find a team to help you make it happen. 

Rotary is a Gift.

Monday, November 4, 2019

December 10 Hawks Ridge Winery-Rotary Builds Business

December 10
Rotary Builds Business and Holiday Party

Hawks Ridge Winery
Rotary Builds Business is a gathering of Rotarians from many clubs to meet others and talk about their businesses. 

Talk about your Business and talk to other Rotarians and Guests

From 5:30 - 9:00pm on December 10 at Hawks Ridge Winery

Heavy appetizers are part of the deal

 Wine can be purchased at the winery. 

Bring potential members, family and friends

What a great way to kick off the holiday season get to tell others about your business and meet others.

Register Now

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Four Way Test Speech Contest for 2020

2020 4 Way Test Speech Contest  
 The Four Way Test speech contest is for high school students and your club can be involved. Contact your local schools(Interact Club, guidance counselors, English or speech teachers, principal or ...) and let them know about the contest. Pick a date and have the students present their speeches to your club or a few of your members. Pick a winner and have the winner go to the semifinals. It's easy and it will help your club. Contact Mark Davis for help. Mark Davis / Chair Person
Wallingford Rotary Club, 203-668-4080 (C) 203-949-8012 (O)

February and March-Contests in your Town, at your club
March 21, 2020-Semi-Final for East at Norwich Free Academy
March 28, 2020-Semi-Final for West at Trumbull Library
April 25, 2020-Finals at Mystic District Conference 1 PM Mystic Marriott

District 7980 Contacts 2019-2020
At the District Conference
4-Way Final
Contact: Jack Solomon (914) 309-3904
District 7980 Conference;
Date: Saturday April 25th 2020 at 1PM, Arrival Time: 11:00am
Location: Mystic Marriot Conference center, Mystic CT
Prizes: Winner 1st $500, 3 runner ups $300.00
For semi finals they are broken down as follows at this time due to an increase in club participation may affect area semifinal location.
Local Contact: Areas 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9
Mark Davis / Chair Person
31 Audette Dr.
Wallingford, CT 06492
Wallingford Rotary Club
203-668-4080 (C)
203-949-8012 (O)

Semi Final: (contact at Library Judy)

March 28th, 2020 9am-12noon Trumbull Main Library, Starts at 10am

Local Contact: Areas 10/11/12

James (Jim) Troeger
218 Case St.
Norwich, CT 06340
Norwich Rotary Sunrise Club
860-823-3745 (W)
860-334-5484 (C)

March 21, 2020 9am-12noon  Norwich Free Academy, Slater Hall starts at 10 am

District 7980’s Four Way Test Speech Competition continues to be successful — and
will be even more so as more clubs participate and sponsor their local high school(s).
The competition is open to every high school student in the district, subject only to a
club sponsoring the student.
The contest requires that each contestant write and present a speech of five to seven
minutes — about 750 to 1,000 words — on a topic of their choice, to which they apply
the Four Way Test. The speech can be personal — a decision the student had to
make, a situation they were involved in (bullying seems a popular topic because schools
are working very hard to eliminate it). Or it can be broader — global warming, capital
punishment, school shootings, gun laws, mental illness, lack of parental role models. All
of these meet the tenets of the Four Way Test. Rotary will not censor talks other than to
assure they are in good taste.

The following are the tasks you will need to complete be successful:
Identify Club Coordinator(s) — Start as soon as you can. This should be a simple
request at a meeting. Seek out a member who is a high school parent, a teacher or
administrator, or even a Board of Education member. Include a new member to assist,
to build engagement. The task of overseeing the process is only intermittently
demanding, and then only for short periods.
Identify an In-School Faculty Adviser — The Club Coordinator should meet with your
best contact(s) — a Principal, Assistant Principal, a senior teacher or administrator. If
you sponsor an Interact club, club members or the Club Adviser could help. While
being a Faculty Adviser also requires only intermittent work, you may want to offer an
honorarium. Invite the Adviser to a meeting at the end of the process as a thank you,
and honor them in front of the club. While Speech, Debate and Language Arts (what we
used to call English) teachers are the most obvious, a previous Staples Advisor is a
Health teacher, and she was excellent. The Wallingford advisers are Social Studies and
English teachers.
Identify sources for potential student participants — The same classes and
activities whose teachers/advisers are the best sources for program leadership are the
best sources of participants — Language Arts, Speech, perhaps Drama classes, and
extra-curricular activities such as the Debate Team, Pre-Law club, and Moot Court
Recruit Student Participants — Ask the Faculty Adviser to hold in-school meetings to
get the word out as soon as you can, perhaps in the Fall semester, to get activity started
early. Recruiting a student who writes for the student newspaper to publish/post a story
should help (we will help with this if that helps). If your high school has a relevant
Facebook page, a Twitter or Instagram presence or any other active social media
activity — or if your Adviser has a social media presence for his/her role as a teacher —
use that to get the word out (do not seek to use teachers’ personal social media

Your objective should to recruit four to six students at the start. Don’t be surprised if
one or more drops out. While the benefits of competing are substantial, more so if
the student wins at any level, researching, writing and practicing is a non-trivial task.
It is essential that every student contemplating participating understands that if (s)he
wins your local competition, (s)he must be able to attend the Semi-Final. And if they
win there, they must be able to represent their school and your club at the Final, so
we are assured of four speakers.
Write, Prepare and Practice Speeches — Students should start research and writing
during the Fall semester to get as much as they can out of the way as soon as possible
(recognizing this runs counter to human nature). They don’t need a finished product
then, but semester exams typically begin after Winter Break.
Let me suggest that as students start to practice their speeches, they use their
phones to video themselves to see how they look and sound, to assure their speech
is between five and seven minutes, and to help them learn their speech. The more of
their speech they memorize, the better their presentation. They’ll figure this out.
Local competition — The number of participants you attract may define how you
select your club finalist. If you have five or fewer competitors you may want to invite
them to speak at one of your meetings, and so allow your entire club to see the
speakers and act as judges.
Staples, which has participated for many years, has had as many as nine competitors.
They hold an in-school competition to select three winners, who then compete to
select a speaker to represent Westport at an off site competition in the Semi-Final.
Most clubs offer cash awards to each of the local finalists.
1 st $150, 2 nd $75, 3 rd $50 and 4 th $50 as examples.
This competition can be judged in several formats. The more informal (or direct) is to
hold the competition at a club meeting and have members choose the winner, (using
either the Judging Form or a simple majority choice). The more formal — a great way
to get some local publicity for your event — is to hold the competition at a location like
a school auditorium or Town Hall and seek out (as many as) five community leaders
— teachers, religious leaders, your mayor or first selectman, School Superintendent,
or the like as judges.
When you judge at the club level, the key points should be how well the student made
their argument, how persuaded were you by that argument, and how well they applied
the Four Way Test.
Semi-Final — The fee for a student who wins the local competition to participate in the
Semi-Final is $150.00, payable by sponsoring club. Students give the same speech,
typically better than before. The Semi-Final for Areas 1-9 will be held at the Trumbull
Library, on March 28, 2020, and at Slater Hall, Norwich Free Academy for Areas 10-12,
on March 21, 2020.
District Final — The winners from each Semi-Final will compete immediately after
lunch at our Mystic District Conference on Saturday April 25, 2020, at The
Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton, Connecticut. Arrive at 11am. The event may
be video recorded. Rotary will provide lunch for students and parents.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yale Rotaract-Rohingya Refugee Osteoporosis Project

Rohingya Refugee Medical Relief Project

This year, the Yale University Rotaract Club will undertake a large-scale, collaborative fundraising effort towards medical relief for the Rohingya Refugee Camp of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. According to Human Rights Watch, since 2017, almost 700,000 Rohingya muslims have fled from Burma’s Rakhine State in order to escape large-scale ethnic cleansing, which has included acts of mass killings, widespread arson, and increased sexual violence. As they have been denied citizenship by the Burmese government, the Rohingya is one of the largest stateless populations in the world, many of whom have found temporary refuge in camps around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
As a club, we have forged a relationship with our international partner club in Bangladesh, the Rotary Club of Dhaka (the Dhaka Mavericks), in order to gauge the most underserved needs of the Rohingya refugees and to help administer our medical relief project.

 Since access is restricted in the Rohingya refugee camps, we will work with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, an NGO based in Bangladesh, to provide screening and treatment services for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a systemic bone disease that can lead to increased bone fragility, often from lack of proper nutrition. Although osteoporosis can be prevented with early detection and subsequent changes in lifestyle and nutrition, it is often left undetected and untreated until first fractures appear. Fractures, in turn, can be life-threatening both in their immediate and consequential effects, including the inability to remain in the workforce and a gradual decline in independence. In many ways, the effects of osteoporosis left untreated can prove more costly to heal than the care necessary to diagnose and preventatively treat the insidious disease.
We plan to fundraise for specialized medical screening equipment called the Echos portable bone densitometer to initially provide treatment for over 2,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. This project will also serve to begin a longer effort towards osteoporosis awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in the camps. The total cost for this project is approximately $75,000.
We are in the process of building a network of partner Rotary-affiliated clubs to help aid us in this endeavor. In order to achieve and hopefully exceed our ambitious fundraising goal, we need your help. We hope that you may be able to donate or join us in our fundraising efforts.
Thank you for your time and donations. Thank you for helping us put service above self!
How can you help:
  1. Donate here!
  2. Venmo @YaleRotaract
  3. Write a check made payable to “New Haven Rotary Charitable Trust Fund” with a notation for “Rohingya Refugee Project” and mail it to Colin M. Gershon, One Century Tower, Suite 500, 265 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510.
  4. Donate to our GoFundMe.
  5. Email to join our fundraising efforts and partner up with Yale Rotaract. We are especially eager to invite domestic and international Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Clubs to our team!
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Jack's Talk to Clubs

 I wanted to have Interact Clubs at the Rotary meeting because the Interact Club and Rotary Club working together is beneficial to both. You can help each other on projects on fundraising. It would be great to have Interact Clubs be involved in District Managed grants. So Interactors think of a project that you want to get funded and work with the Rotary club to get Foundation funding.

President  Mark Maloney has chosen Rotary Connects the World as his theme. You may have seen the theme logo.
This means that each of us is connected in our Rotary Clubs, we are connected to our towns through Rotary, we are connected around our state and we are connected worldwide. Rotary Connects the World.

There are three things that RI President Elect Mark will focus on.

1. Membership
Create new membership models
New paths/models to Rotary membership
Create new Rotary and Rotaract clubs
Membership Committee at every club
What's new here is a recognition that Rotary is very versatile. We have our clubs but each is different.
New models for clubs and for membership are possible and are desireable. Barry Rassin, current RI President
has said that every Rotary Club should have a Rotaract Club. There are young people in our towns who could enjoy and benefit from Rotary. But they need to design their own way of being Rotarians. And we need to give them the space and encouragement to create their version of Rotary. The same could be said for other groups.
2. Involve our Families
We should have family activities and encourage family members to participate in our Rotary projects.
We shall do this in the coming year i.e. family Rotary activities and involvement of families in projects.

3. United Nations
This is the 75th anniversary of Rotary's involvement with the UN. President Elect Mark will

be planning some celebrations.

Membership is so much a part of Mark Malone's focus that I wanted to share a bit about my views on it.
Rotary consists of three essential elements 1) fellowship and friendship. 2) service and 3) a code, the four way test and other principles. There are three members of my club who are near or over 90. They are at almost every meeting because they have friends at the meeting who they want to see. Club members pick them up and help them get to the meetings. They enjoy the friendship. That is a key element of Rotary the friendships we create, in our clubs, in our area and beyond. These friendships are an essential element of Rotary and keep us in our clubs. Service is another essential element. Working together to help our town, people in our town\ or beyond makes us feel good and reinforces the friendship element. Packing meals forThanksgiving, planting flowers in the Spring, building a playscape together and much more are examples of Rotary Service to our towns. An excellent example of Rotary Service was the recent packaging of meals for Haiti in Area 8. Over 150 Rotarians and guests prepared more than 40,000 meals. Fellowship and Service were completely together on that day.The third key element is the Four Way Test which describes how we interact with each other and with the world.
So from this description of Rotary how do we handle membership-some ideas
1) Organize a Community Assessment event. Invite the town leadership, other non-profits and people interested in service. Identify some service projects. Keep track of who comes and invite them to service projects and fellowship events.
2) Have public service projects where we invite people to help us do service.
Keep track of those who want to help, they are potential members. Have public
fellowship events also.Invite those who have helped to come to other events and meetings and then ask them to be members.
3) Once you have a new member do everything you can to encourage her/him to create
friendships in the club within a short time. It has been said that there is a friendship when
the people involved do things together one on one. That's the objective the new member has one or more friendships in the club.
4) Hold fellowship events at different times, different places and invite others. In particular invite the non-members who can't or won't attend your regular meetings. . (Rotary after hours/ dinners instead of lunch, cocktail hour etc.)  Encourage the others who come, to design a Rotary involvement that they are interested in. Make whatever they design a part of your club also. Do this for people under 30 to create a Rotaract club.

Some Governors have a project for the District. I am suggesting that each club get involved in STEM locally. Help a robot team, judge at Invention Convention and my daughters' favorite, help your Science teacher. Many Science teachers  use their own money to buy class room equipment for their students. You could help the teacher buy what she/he needs to do a class project. . You'd get to know a teacher and help the school. Sort of a scholarship for a teacher. And a project that one of our clubs, New London, does. A STEM summer camp for Middle School students.  You kick it off and organize it but teachers from your school run the camp. It might be easier than you think. STEM Summer Camp
 So do a STEM project at your schools, locally. I cncourage your club to talk with the school and figure out a way for your club to help with STEM. It will help our students, it will help your club and it will help your schools. My Governors project is that your club do something on STEM, in your community.

And while we're talking about students I want to mention our District Interact Board. This group of students from Interact clubs across our District has run a fund raising dance for the last 3 years. They have raised over $20,000. The first two years they gave the money to Gift of Life and this last year they gave the money to polio. These students organize themselves and also have the responsibility of running events for the leadership of all our Interact Clubs.

The Rotary Foundation District Managed Grants are a great opportunity for your club. Some examples of how clubs have used grants for their town are buying and installing a freezer in their local food bank, installing an aquarium in a quiet area in their school, helping build a pavilion on a beach. Think about what needs in your town could be met with a District Managed Grant from our Foundation.

                                    Every year we have an Awards process which your club can participate in. This year the awards are all based on the RI Presidents Citation and a Governors Award. There is a handout, it's on the website and on the Governors Blog so you can see now what is involved. Every club can win these awards. By that I mean that 57 clubs could win the Presidents citation and 57 clubs could win the Governors Award. The awards are kind of a road map.

                                    Our District Conference next Spring April 24 to 26 will be at Mystic. It will be a blast, more on that later. Your club will have an opportunity to talk about some of the special things you do to inform the other clubs. So put on your calendar that you will talk about your club at the Mystic Conference. There are three speakers committed already. Jeff Cadorette  Jeff Cadorette on Leadership     Stephen Coan of the Mystic Aquarium   Dr. Stephen Coan video   Admiral Sam Cox Director of Naval History Museum   Admiral Cox and the discovery of the Indianapolis          
                                 What should your club do? This Rotary Year.
1. Have a public event/service project at least quarterly. Track who comes and follow up with them.
2. When new members come into your club, have a big installation ceremony and ensure that they become friends, that's friends, with at least one or two members of your club.
3.Work with your Interact club, they will impart energy to your club.
4.Establish a Rotary Day in your town
5. Have  family Rotary events periodically
6. Create an alternative Rotary involvement in your town. Let the newcomers design a Rotary they want to be part of.
7. Do something on STEM

Monday, September 23, 2019

Rotary Strategic Plan

Rotary Strategic plan


Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

As People of Action, we share a strong sense of purpose.
More than a century ago, we pioneered a new model of service leadership grounded in person-to-person connections. Today, those connections are a network that spans the globe—bridging cultural, linguistic, generational, and geographic barriers—and shares the vision of a better world.
As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a plan.

This is Rotary’s plan for the next five years: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
By helping to realize the goals of this plan, you ensure a stronger and even more effective future for Rotary—a tremendous legacy. Our plan is rooted in our tried-and-true values and builds on the remarkable capabilities and spirit of Rotarians.
It is clear-eyed about the challenges that Rotary and the world face. It protects the value of human connection in an age of technology. It lays out a path for bringing great ideas to the forefront of the global imagination of what’s possible.
And our plan will provide us with a continuity of vision from year to year, keeping us moving toward fulfilling our shared purpose.

Increase Our Impact
People of Action are effective problem-solvers.
Why do Rotarians achieve so much? We invest in relationships. We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilize our networks to create solutions that last. And we’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers.
Throughout the fight to end polio, we’ve shown what we can do when we draw on our collective strengths. We’ve created solutions that match the people they serve. We’ve evaluated the results to learn from our successes and setbacks.
This is a model we will use again and again in pursuit of our audacious goals: educating the world’s children, ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation, helping local economies grow sustainably, and so much more.
Let’s seek out new ways to translate our expertise into making a difference—in our communities and across the globe. Let’s prove that our impact on the world has only just begun.
Expand Our Reach
People of Action activate and inspire one another.
We know that our capacity to make a difference is larger when more people unite with us. We want the world to appreciate our ambitious, compassionate, and inclusive spirit—because when they do, they see that Rotary is the source for the person-to-person involvement so many are seeking.
Told widely and emphatically, our stories give people hope that the world can change for the better, inviting listeners to imagine themselves as part of that change, too.
Let’s build connections and opportunities that will allow people who share our drive to do the same.

Enhance Participant Engagement
People of Action strive to understand the needs of others.
Just like the people and communities we serve, our participants need to feel seen and heard. They’re seeking experiences that feel personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. When they see our dedication to investing in them at every stage of their professional life, our participants are eager to go the distance with us—even at a time when there are many other options for networking and volunteering.
Let’s recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.

Increase Our Ability to Adapt
People of Action are inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient.
We’ve shown throughout our history that we excel at finding new ways to lead the world to lasting change. And we’ve proven in our own careers that we know how to help organizations of every kind move forward. That’s why new approaches to our organizing principles don’t threaten our sense of who we are.
We’re ready to seek out fresh opportunities, create more paths to leadership, open up our conversations to diverse voices, and simplify how we operate—with confidence.
Let’s stay true to ourselves and stay ahead of change in our next 115 years.