Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 
 
Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 36 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
 
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS
Some of you have inquired as to how we can help our friends in the Southeastern US as well as the Caribbean that were affected by Hurricane Dorian. Rotary International has a Donor Advised Fund established to enable participants to help those affected by the hurricane.

Included in the link below is a document that will guide you in your contributions—in general, or specified to a particular area affected by the hurricane. As Rotarians we know how to come to the aid of those in need. This is a perfect example of how we as volunteers “Connect the World” 100% of ALL FUNDS COLLECTED will be used to aid in the recovery.
 

Dear Rotarians,

I love this time of year…football season, cooling weather and lots of family activities. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” What a way to rejuvenate your club with more members by involving family in your Rotary life. Why not invite them to your next club social event or service project? Or, better yet, an upcoming meeting? Let’s make Rotary welcoming to family members…find ways to make your events family-friendly.
 
Mark Maloney, Rotary International President emphasized the need to attract diversity in our membership. For example, young professionals are one area to ensure a vibrant organization going forward. In many cases, these young professionals have greater family responsibilities; so Rotary must be realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level. We shouldn’t expect Rotarians to choose between the two.
 
Rotary should complement the family, not compete.
 
With school getting back in full swing, it ties right in with this month’s Rotary focus: Education and Literacy. Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write at least a simple message in any language; illiteracy, on the other hand, refers to the lack or absence of this ability. Literacy plays a very crucial role in the social and economic development; and illiteracy is an obstacle to peaceful and friendly international relations.
 
Sadly, over 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate, 17% of the population. We can help! We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.
 
  • Mentoring students – Rotarians pairing with students for improved learning
  • Teacher training – We share our knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals
  • Adult literacy – Rotarians work with local advocates to offer community literacy programs
  • Rotary scholarships – We invest in the future by giving scholarships to students
 
These are just a few examples of Rotary’s efforts in our focus to improve education and literacy. “When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.” – Mark Wilson, Rotarian
 
I would love to hear what your club is doing to fight illiteracy and promote education. Share your ideas with me.
 
Finally, regardless of your football allegiance, I wish all of you a winning season! I will be visiting several of you over the next 3 months and I promise not to wear my team’s colors, except for the Rotary blue! Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!
 

Yours in Rotary,

Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020

 

FULL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE HERE

Rotary is built on connection. When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique — and unrivaled.

Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary International provides...
 
 
Attend the 2020 RI Convention!