Welcome from the District Governor


District Governor Michelle O'Brien

Dear Rotary Friends,

This is the season of sharing and giving.  Dave and I both hope you have had an enjoyable holiday so far with your family, friends, and community.  I personally hope this year that you have had the opportunity to share with someone new the wonderful fellowship and sense of giving that Rotary offers our communities all over Alaska and the Yukon.  
 
Think about it.  
 
The Rotary Foundation has just been named the Number One Foundation in the United States, and we are also generously endorsed by the Canadian government.  Furthermore, you can see Rotarians all over our District ringing bells for great causes this holiday season, delivering much needed food to needy families, and giving gifts to those that need holiday cheer.  It's people like you that are changing lives, from the $20,000 check to the My House organization in Palmer that helps homeless young adults to the Anchorage Food Bank that benefits from our volunteers. 
 
Perhaps the best gift you can give this holiday season is the life-changing experience of inviting someone you know to a  Rotary event.  I assure you, there are tons of inspiring events happening around our District at any given moment. When you invite someone to change your community, you invite them to change their life.  This is the exact reason why Rotary District 5010 has led the way in membership growth all across Zones 24 & 32 since July.  Your passion for giving is resonating with potential Rotarians and your gift of friendship will change their lives.  It sure did mine over 18 years ago!
 
So, as you wrap your gifts, decorate your trees, light your menorah, and sign your holiday cards, however you celebrate...don't forget that all important invitation to  someone in your life who might just benefit from your gift of our Rotary fellowship.  Additionally, think about donating at least $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation.  This is our Santa's sleigh...the proverbial reindeer who delivers the gifts.  Without your support, we cannot continue to do good things in our communities.
 
Dave and I wish you and yours the best this holiday season.  We continue to be thrilled with the wonderful hospitality that makes Rotary welcoming.  Recently, from the Valley, to Barrow, Fairbanks, and Anchorage....these wonderful visits with all of you have continued to compound the notion that Rotary is truly a home for us wherever we are.  
 
As always, please let us know what we can do to better serve you, your club, and your community.  We are, after all, a Rotary family.
 
Happy Holidays,
 
District Governor Michelle O'Brien
First Dude David Dixon
 

District 5010 News

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RI Convention 2017:

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation!  Join us in Altanta Georgia from June 10-14, 2017.

Book now and get the Early Bird registration fee of $340 (increasing over time to the full rate of $490).  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

While you are registering for the Convention, register for your hotel.  Here are some recommendations of hotels near the Convention Center.  These will book quickly so register now - cancellation policy gives you until May 2017 in case you change your mind.

Hotel Recommendations:

Only 5 hotels remaining at this point. (July 14)

The best option for location and price is the Mariott Marquis at $205 per night and about a 20 minute walk.  It has a rating of 4/5 and ranks 41 on TripAdvisor.   Amenities include the Sear restaurant, High Velocity Sports Bar, Pulse (50' sail), and Sear Bar

The two low cost options are about 3 miles away from the Convention Center:

  • W Atlanta Midtown $189
  • Renaissance Atlanta Midtown  $194

Two closer  (around 2.5 miles) but more expensive hotels:

  • Four Seasons $266
  • Loews Atlanta  $236.80

As the Convention is Saturday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 14, consider arriving early (ie Thursday June 8) to enjoy the city first and leaving on Thursday June 15 or later.

Typically there is a District Get Together after the closing ceremony, so make sure you stay in town and are available on Wednesday, June 14.

Hotel booking is through Experient on the RI Convention website - here's the link:  http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/accommodations

Many exciting changes for clubs were approved during the recent Council on Legislation (COL): flexibility in meeting schedules, membership types, attendance requirements, club administration and more. These changes go into effect on July 1, 2016, bringing new benefits to clubs.

Two webinars for D5010 Rotarians were held in June to discuss these changes, the decisions your club will need to make and steps to using this new flexibility to strengthen your club and most effectively meet the needs of your community, today and in the future. If you were not able to participate, view the webinar recording and the PPT, and find out what is ahead for your club and for Rotary.

Topics included:

  • Changes for Clubs from the COL
  • Using the New Flexibility Options to Benefit Your Club
  • Decisions and Actions for Your Club
  • Steps to Taking Action

This webinar was designed for club presidents, presidents elect and board members, district leaders and all D5010 Rotarians who would like to hear about the changes and how clubs can benefit.

If you have questions about implementing the COL changes for your club or need help with a club planning session or other aspects of the process, contact your AG, Gayle Knepper, D5010 COL Representative, rotary5010@ak.net, or Jane Little, COL Representative Alternate, rotaryjane@yahoo.com.

The Leadership Academy is an advanced educational program for those interested in learning more about Rotary, whether looking to participate in future leadership positions or to find more effective ways to conduct Rotary work --- within clubs or in District Rotary service.

It is time to apply for the 2016-17 Leadership Academy.  Learn more about Rotary beyond your club and ways to help your club become even better! All Rotarians are welcome and everyone learns something new whether a 1 year or a 30 year Rotarian.

There are some great changes and additions to this year’s schedule.

We use an E-learning platform so all learning is fully online.

See more detail and the online application under the Leadership Academy on D5010 website.

Timeline:

  • August 1, 2016 – final date to apply and pay $130.
  • September:   Rotary’s Sources and Leadership: How to find Information to best lead Clubs
  • October:       Membership – To grow a strong Rotary Club
  • November:  Public Image For Effective Rotary Clubs
  • December:   Catch up month
  • January:       Youth Services – Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange, RYLA and others
  • February:     Structure and Organization - Club, District and the world of Rotary International
  • March/April:The Rotary Foundation – Grant applications and MORE
  • May:              Receive your very own Leadership vest, pin and recognition at District Conference!

 An average of 10 hours of reading and discussion per month concluding with an online test.

Our new eLearning system also has separate leadership online courses available to everyone. 

We hope you’ll talk to past graduates and then join us to become a well informed and well-rounded Rotarian!

Download the application - Leadership Academy 2016-17 Application

District 5010 has undertaken a long-range planning process to better prepare for the future of Rotary in our Alaska-Yukon region. We invite you to view the plan and a short video presentation.

Review The Plan and Watch a Video

You can download the 2016-19 plan, priorities and action steps here:  http://goo.gl/xmQyrr or from the Documents link on the right side of this page.  We request that you take a few minutes to review it and also listen to a video presentation about the plan by the governor team (about 17 minutes): https://vimeo.com/168465360. For help with a club's presentation, there is also a PPT you can use:  https://goo.gl/KEL60j .  We are standing by for questions and to discuss our future direction in more detail, or provide resources to help your club with new areas of development.

Your Input = Plan Priorities

During the planning process, we listened carefully to the input you and your D5010 colleagues provided through the survey in December, your feedback to the goals and action steps in March. We also incorporated the many suggestions provided to the 15 Rotarians from throughout the district who have worked diligently since November on plan development.  Sincere appreciation to all D5010 Rotarians who contributed to this important process so that the plan best meets the needs of our clubs and members. 

Vote of Support

As the plan provides a shared direction for our district’s future, we are asking clubs for their support.  This is through a vote of your club prior to June 30.  You’ll be hearing more from your club’s leaders. The plan will go into effect on July 1 under Michelle O’Brien’s leadership as governor.

Your Club's Future

We also urge your club to consider creating a similar road map to strengthen your club today and lead it into the future.  Rotary clubs with long range plans report greater success attracting and engaging members, building greater impact from their projects and achieving a positive public image.

Thank you for your important role in charting the future of Rotary in District 5010.

Congratulations to PDG Peggy Pollen for the most highly honored award "Service Above Self" Congratulations, Peggy! We all know how hard you work selflessly to help everyone!

 
 

2017 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

Sitka, Alaska

  • Assembly - April 27, 2016
  • Conference - April 28-30, 2017

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