january 2017 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
be the inspiration
Herman Cain, candidate for President of the United States and an inspirational speaker, once said, "Motivation comes from within." You have to be inspired. That's what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.
Rotary needs leaders who inspire to “Make a Difference”, by Riding for the Brand. On March 9 & 10 your District 5400 will be presenting Rotary Leadership Summit & President Elect Training (PETs). Those who should attend are, incoming Presidents Elect, Committee Chairs and Board Members. Governor-Elect Jennifer Deroin has put together an aggressive agenda with outstanding trainers to deliver the tools necessary to hit the ground running.
Please take the time NOW, to develop your club goals i.e. – Membership, Foundation giving, Polio +, Club Projects, Grant Projects, etc.  Come July 1 these will need to be in place. Also, don’t forget about the club leaders who will need to be selected and charged to make these goals a reality.
The theme for your year is “Be an Inspiration” – let’s get’er done.
Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor

'18-19 District Grant Season is near

Instructions for making application for your club project to receive district grant funding from The Rotary Foundation will be available in February.  District 5400 will have $49,952 available for the 2018-19 Block Grant.  Here’s what you need to know now:
  • Final reports (or a progress report for current projects that are incomplete) for all open grants are due May 15, 2018
  • Signed applications for the 2018-19 year are to be filed at matchinggrants.org no later than June 1, 2018
  • Please wait for the instructions and criteria before you begin your application. In the meantime, study the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation Global and District Grants, available under grant resources here
Contact District Grant Subcommittee Chair Jedd Thomas or DRFC Marianne Barker, if you have questions now.
Marianne Barker, District Foundation Chair

RYLA 2018: July 26 - 29

The planning for RYLA 2018 is well underway. RYLA is growing, with room for 84 high school students this year - incoming juniors to outgoing seniors. Our goal is for every club to sponsor at least two students. Let us know how we can help with your recruiting efforts; we will gladly come and share the RYLA story with your club, and you can download the student brochure here.
The camp is planned and led by youth who have previously attended. RYLA is For Youth, By Youth. The camp is experiential; meaning activities are hands-on and interactive with no classroom style lectures. The leadership training shows that to lead, one must believe in their own abilities. Being a leader means working with others to see the world through their eyes while making many life-long friendships along the way. 
Start identifying which students your club would like to sponsor - applications go live April 2nd.
Todd Fischer, RYLA Chair

District 5400 Announces New Public Image Chair

Rotary International has made significant strides in the Public Image department by prioritizing updated tools and resources for clubs to tell their story. They recently launched the “People of Action” campaign that allows customization without the complication. A positive public image helps Rotarians take pride in their contributions and improves awareness for potential new members.
D5400 has several volunteer leaders, whose primary purpose is supporting and strengthening clubs. This past year, Michela Swarthout has been responsible for our bulletin and website redesign. Her proactive and positive attitude made her a clear choice for the District’s next Public Image Chair.
The Public Image Chair Role has expanded significantly to include:
  • Developing Resources for Club Public Image Support & Training
  • The District Website
  • The District Bulletin
  • The District’s Social Media Channels
  • The Creation of Collateral Material (brochures, fliers, etc.)
  • Press Releases for Significant Events and Accomplishments
  • Promotion of Major Events
How can one person do all of this work? They can’t! Michela and other Leaders will be working to identify people of action that want to support our clubs with a powerful and positive public image.  
If you’re interested in playing a role on this team, or any other District team, please reach out to Michela or myself.
Please, join me in congratulating Michela on her recent appointment!

Jennifer Deroin, District Governor Elect


canyon county sunrise changes venue

Canyon County Sunrise in Nampa has recently moved their meeting location!
They are very excited to let everyone know that meetings will now be held in the “Sunnyslope” room at the New St Luke’s Medical Center at 9850 W St. Luke’s Drive in Nampa every Thursday at 7:00am.
JR Richardson, President Canyon County Sunrise

foundation recognition points 

Foundation recognition points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Fund or PolioPlus, or who contribute to sponsorship of a Foundation grant. Donors receive one recognition point for every dollar contributed to these funds. Contributions to the Endowment Fund are not eligible. Donors can transfer points to others to help them qualify as a Paul Harris Fellow. The points belong to the original donor until the donor’s death, unless the points are transferred, or until the donor uses them (the surviving spouse of a Major Donor may also use the points).
A minimum of 100 Foundation recognition points must be transferred at a time, and you must complete and sign the Recognition and Transfer Request form. 
To learn how many points you have, log in to Rotary.org, click Your Profile, then Donor History Report.  Or ask your club's treasurer or secretary to look up your points in the Club Recognition Summary report.
Marianne Barker, District Foundation Chair

Elmore County starts another semester

Elmore County Rotary is currently working on their annual school supply project.
On January 30th, members assembled 100 care packages containing shampoo, hygiene supplies and towels for the schools to give to the children who have needs during the school day. Also included in the bags were leggings, underwear and socks. Many times we think about contributing to students by way of school supplies in September; this effort addresses an additional need to help our next generation succeed.
These items will allow the children to remain in school and complete their day uninterrupted. The club is also researching ways to implement a program delivering lice treaments to the schools, as many of the families cannot afford it. If you want to help out, please contact Nancy Thompson.
Nancy Thompson, Elmore County Rotary

Rotary Road Trip: Hank Ebert

In preparation for his stay in Uberlandia Brazil, Hank Ebert, Consulate General of Brazil, joined the Rotary Club of Uberlandia-Cibade because he felt it would help integrate him with the community. He wasn't wrong. Hank chose to join this particular club because they were the only ones who responded to his online inquiries, which they ensured by assigning club Secretaries social media duties.
Autonomy assures that no club in the world is the same, and Uberlandia-Cibade was not exempt. "When the meeting started, we moved around the u-shaped and everyone was asked to speak." Hank reports, "It was fine to pass, but this allowed everyone to a chance to be heard. And they provided a translator to help communicate my rusty Portuguese." Oddly by our standards, they didn't start with a national anthem, raise funds or end with the 4-way test. 
There are four clubs in the town of 700K and they all use the same meeting venue. They also share officers; the Vice President of Hank's club, husband of the President, also served double-duty as President to a different area club. And you D5400 Presidents think you get a lot of emails...
"Rotary is a huge benefit for those who travel and a great way to make long-term friends," Hank expresses. Not only did he return home with a new Rotary family, he also met the owner of an English Language School through the club, Maione Carrijo, who he now adoringly calls his girlfriend today. Though away from his club in Brazil, Hank remains active in Rotary by utilizing eClubs, which you should really check out!
Rotary is so much more than service; it's about relationships, inspiration and impact. Through these things we truly can make the world a better place. 
If you have a Rotary Road Trip story, email Michela!

We are halfway through our Rotary year and we have a great opportunity to focus on sharing the message of Rotary in our communities.  Our clubs create incredible impact in District 5400 and around the world.  
Take a moment to view the attached membership chart and see where your club is regarding membership.  Congratulations to the clubs in green who have shown growth through the year!  
Thank you to all of you who filled out the membership survey.  We received 41 responses. 
Together, we can make a difference!
Marie Baker, D5400 Membership Chair

looking for a speaker?

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to resolve conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. They inform Idaho through speaking engagements and would love to come to your club!

If you're interested, email Janice Fulkerson for more info.

tree project update


The following clubs have tree projects:

Blue Lakes Rotary, Boise, Boise-Centennial, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Twin Falls

If your club is not listed, please email Laurie Zuckerman.

Consider joining other clubs who are planting trees in the following parks/reserves for $5/club member. The district will provide a planting date and your members simply show up.

For more updates, click below to view D5400's project newsletter, The Gift That Grows. 

measuring success

One of the great lessons of group accomplishment is that when people know you are measuring their performance, their performance improves. And, when they know you are measuring performance and you give them feedback on that performance, the rate of improvement accelerates.
For example: any fund-raising effort you might be engaged in as a club will accelerate if you will make club members aware of how much is needed and how much has been collected. Always keep club members informed. The more they know about their progress, the more they will invest in the success of the effort. Similarly, acknowledging the participation of club members in service projects (having them stand up and be recognized during the meeting) is a way of enticing those who did not participate to want to do more. 
Keep goals and achievement in front of club members. AND, record your service hours in Rotary Club Central. Report the cumulative service hours to the club members regularly and their participation will increase.
Bob Lee, D5400 Trainer

was cornelia featured in the rotarian?

No - this isn't an ad from the Rotarian; it's a handy tool that RI has provided clubs to easily make their own People of Action images. Just go here, click Create, upload your pictures and download the result! These are great for social media and print assets.
If you have questions or need direction, email Michela.

One new wild polio case Reported This Week

What is that Polio Eradication Picture? It's a picture of a skeptical trio of at risk children of economic nomads who move seasonally to follow work as harvesters, laborers in brick kilns, or construction workers in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Over the critical "low transmission season" Pakistan's Polio team is working desperately to vaccinate every high-risk mobile child - including these children who have never attended school, have never seen a doctor, and have never received any immunizations - except the Oral Polio Vaccine.     
A Sad Day in Pakistan -  I'm sorry to report that two of our brave female Polio Vaccinators lost their lives in Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan province of Pakistan on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Sakina Bibi and her daughter, Rizwama, age 16, were giving Oral Polio Vaccine drops to children as part of a major vaccination campaign there when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire. The Balochistan Chief Minister, Mir Abdul Qudus Bizenjo, condemned the shooting as an act of "cowardice and terrorism" and added "an attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity." The slain vaccinators comprised one of the 110,000 Polio vaccination teams working in Pakistan last week. Experts have suggested that the attack may have been directed at the Pakistani government rather than directly at vaccinators.  Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ordered authorities in Balochistan to step up security around the Polio vaccination teams. The last Polio case in Pakistan was reported on 11/14/17.

SYRIA & DRC - No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week in Syria (the last case reported on 9/20/17) leaving the total number of cases for Syria at 78 . No new cases were reported in DRC, leaving their total at 15.
 Do You Know?  Fifty-three environmental testing sites are active in Pakistan; regularly testing wastewater for Polio Virus.  
"In the 113 years since that first meeting, Rotary has become far larger, and more diverse, than those founding members could have conceived.  We have gone from an organization that was all white and all male to one that welcomes women and men of every possible background.  We have become an organization whose stated purpose is service, reflected in our motto, Service Above Self.  And we have become not only an organization that is capable of changing the world, but one that has already done so, through our work to eradicate Polio." -RI President Ian Riseley

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan: No Polio cases reported in 2018. Eight cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Balochistan province with an onset of paralysis on 11/14/17. Two new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week. A Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign is underway this week, targeting 37 million children. Monday's Wall Street Journal, showed Polio vaccinations being administered in Peshwar.
Afghanistan: One new (2018) Polio case reported this week. One Polio case reported in 2018 - the most recent from the Nangarhar province with the onset of paralysis on 01/01/18. Fourteen cases reported in 2017 A Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign targeting 5 million children is concluding this week. One new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample (from Kandahar) was collected this week.
Nigeria: No new Polio cases reported this week and none in 2017 or 2018. The most recent Polio case was reported on 8/20/16. Nigeria has once again gone 1-1/2 years without a Wild Polio case.

Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
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