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Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

Effective January 1, there will be a new process for handling Semi-Annual Dues Payments to Rotary International.  There are only a few days left to make any necessary changes to your club membership.
Before January 1, membership data must be up to date - members added and dropped.
With the January 2015, Semi-annual process:
- - Clubs will no longer receive a packet of information for processing the Semi-Annual Dues - Clubs will receive only a simple invoice showing what is due.
- - You cannot add or delete members, you cannot adjust the invoice amount to be paid - you will pay the amount that you are billed . . . period.

Attention Current Club Leadership!  It is now time to report your 2015-16 Club Officers to both Rotary District 5650 and to Rotary International.  

You can report your club’s officers to District 5650 by logging in to this site and clicking “Edit Executives and Directors” under the “District, Clubs and Membership” category.  Once there, click on “Define Next Year Executive”. If your club subscribes to ClubRunner, you can also update your 2015-16 officers through your club’s website.  If you prefer, you can fill out the attached form and e-mail it to

In order to report your club’s officers to Rotary International, your current Club President or Club Secretary must log in to “My Rotary” at  If you need help with the Rotary International website, please contact John Hannes, or David Massey,  Both can also be reached by calling 1-847-556-2197.

This information was due December 31, 2015.  A timely response is appreciated.


A new category this year for the Presidential Citation is Light Up the Family of Rotary! and there is no better way to light up Rotarians than through hosting or participating in a Rotary Days Event!  
If you had the opportunity to attend an event with RI President Gary C.K. Huang, you heard his passion about Rotary Days – having fun and creating new ways to positively present rotary in our communities.
Rotary International has provide a Rotary Days Brochure and the Rotary Days information is briefly mentioned in the 2014-15 Presidential Citation Brochure.
Rotary District 5650 has outlined some additional criteria and guidelines for events to qualify as Rotary Days events. 
There is an entire page on this website dedicated to Rotary Days, located just to your left under the "Site Pages" heading.  We hope that you will share your photos and event information so that we can fill this page with ideas and success stories!  

Building Excitement ~ Building Leadership ~ Building Rotary
On October 18, 2014 members from Rotary Clubs throughout Rotary District 5650 gathered for Rotary Leadership Institute.  At the close of the day, there were 12 Rotary Club Members added to the list of graduates from the program.
Congratulations to Matt D, Curt, Clay, Rose Mary, Irene, Scott, Mei, Matt S., Barb, Jennifer, Javier and, not pictured, Roger.  These graduates represent the Rotary Clubs of Council Bluffs Centennial, Friend, Lincoln #14, Lincoln South, Omaha North, Omaha Suburban, Schuyler and Wayne.
Rotary Leadership Institute graduates and represented Rotary Club are making a difference!  Read more below. 
For more photos of the session click here.
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The U.S. Rotary Club and District Liability Insurance Program automatically provides US Rotary clubs and districts with general liability ("GL") and directors' and officers'/employment practices liability ("D&O/EPL") insurance.  It is paid for by U.S. Rotarians on the July Semi-annual Report.  For clubs needing insurance for an event, please view the "Liability Insurance for Clubs" document.  There are a couple changes for the 2014-15 year.


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