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We heard your concerns and we have made changes to the Grant Management Seminars to meet your needs.

This year we are offering these online sessions:
The Naivasha, Kenya Inbound VTT, Rotary District 9212, on Neonatal Mortality Reduction will be arriving April 17 or 18 and will be here until April 25.

Vocational Training Teams (VTT) are one of the programs available using global grants of The Rotary Foundation. The provide an opportunity to share skills and knowledge. 
The Council is Rotary International’s legislative body, which meets every three years, to consider proposals to change RI’s constitutional documents and resolutions that express an opinion or make a recommendation to RI’s Board of Directors.

RI’s bylaws, which govern the relationship between Rotary International and Rotary clubs, can be changed only by legislation by the Council. The bylaws include provisions covering the formation of new clubs, types of membership within a club, club voting in district elections, and per capita dues.
Rotary District 5650 representative to the 2016 Council on Legislation was PDG Rich Rowland. Attached (click here) is Rich's report.

Thanks to Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, and our various projects, we have improved many lives throughout the world, That is the most important measure of success.
Talk about your success - thank your members - put your accomplishments on display. That is what the Rotary District Awards program of recognition is all about.
The Rotary District 5650 Annual Meeting will be held May 12th at 7:00PM. As we did last year, it will be held online using GoToWebinar.  

Each club needs to select delegates to represent the club and its membership at the meeting. Per the bylaws, each club is allowed one delegate per each 25 members. The secretary of each club must submit their selected delegates to the District Administrator (Erin Oberhauser) no later than May 5th. Delegates can proxy their vote to another delegate from the same club. Such proxies must be reported along with the delegate list submitted to the District Administrator.
Consider honoring a member of your club for their service by nominating them for the Rotary District 5650 Cadwallader Award.
Nominations are due May 1 to Dick Galusha (
Nominations come from the Club and the form must be signed by the Club President and Secretary.
Click here for the 2015-16 Cadwallader Award Nomination form which includes criteria and all process details.
"Thinking about going to Seoul for the Rotary International Convention? You can find additional information at or you can contact DGE Gary Bren @"
Providing bike helmets . . . moving a caboose . . . packaging food for those in need . . . supporting the renovation of community facilities . . . these are some of the projects that District 5650 Rotary clubs are supporting in our local communities with the help of Rotary District Grant Funds.
Some of the funds that you contribute to The Rotary Foundation are returned through the SHARE program. Those funds can be used for projects in our communities and for other district initiatives.
For the 2015-16 Rotary Year, there are $35,670 in grant projects in our District. To see the projects that we are supporting, visit the Grants page of the Rotary District 5650 website - click here to move to that page.
Pictured - Bellevue Rotary supports the renovation of a caboose.

How to get more out of Rotary
How to engage members . . .
Making our projects more successful . . .
Understanding the value of The Rotary Foundation . . .
When asked what participants want to get out of Rotary training and meetings, we hear things like the statements above.
Meeting all of those needs is a challenge - but there is an answer – the Rotary Leadership Institute.
Activities of Rotary District 5650 clubs can be submitted for posting to the Spotlight on Clubs page of this District 5650 website. Find the page on the left or click here to see the activities of the clubs in the District.

Rotary International (RI) has instituted this communication policy:  in most cases “whenever RI sends something to one officer, it will go to all officers”.
The Officers "as identified by Rotary International" include: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Foundation Chair, Membership Chair, and Club Executive Secretary/Director (if applicable).  The members holding these positions must be identified (and authorized) by someone that is currently an officer.  It is suggested that the President or Secretary review the information at regularly to ensure the the members are identified for those positions.

Rotary International President 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

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