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District Governor Rod Bates has scheduled visits to all of the Clubs in Rotary District 5650.
The entire District Governor 2015-16 Club Visit Schedule is a download file available on the home page of this website.  Or click here.  The document is in three sections - first in chronological order, then alphabetical by club name, then in Area order. You can also see a chronological list below (click Read More).
For a document that you might use to introduce Rod, click here.  To read Rod's entire biography, click here.
disclaimer: this schedule is subject to change
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 are important changes coming for the 2015-16 Rotary Year.
Got to the Club Profile Page on the left and click here for the specific guidelines for 2015-16.
Every year the Rotary International President presents the Rotary Theme for the year, outlines the focus behind that theme, and creates a Presidential Citation Challenge to Clubs in support of that focus.
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.
The 2015 RYLA youth leadership event was held April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Kitaki again this year and went very well.  The camp is geared towards high school juniors and focuses on leadership development and ethical principled behavior in life.
This year we had 41 students and 4 student counselors (past participants that came back to help).
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 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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