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Every year, the Rotary International president outlines a focus for the year – challenges – ideas for helping with Rotary’s success. In support of that, Rotary District 5650 outlines goals for the District.
There are many ways to track and measure our success, including:
The Rotary International Presidential Citation
Rotary District 5650 Club Profile Program
The Club Recognition Profile program of Rotary District 5650 is the program used determine the progress of the clubs in the district in various activities and programs of Rotary.
There were important changes made for the 2015-16 Rotary Year. Go to the Club Profile Page on the left and click here for the specific guidelines for 2015-16.
The latest standings of the To 10 Clubs based on the Club Profile program have been posted - click here.
Reminder!  2016-17 Club Officer Appointments are due to both Rotary District 5650 and Rotary International by December 31, 2015. 
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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.

The 2016 RYLA Youth Leadership Camp will be held at Camp Kitaki April 15-17.  This will be the 5th leadership camp to be held in our district and is poised to be the best one yet.  
The camp is an opportunity to grow young people (high school juniors) into capable leaders.  There are many interesting activities and speakers and students exclaim each year how valuable the experience is for them.  Clubs are urged to seek out and nominate students for participation.  Now is the time to communicate with your local schools about nominations.
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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