June 2016
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The month of June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary calendar.
When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors that join to:
  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.);
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession;
  • Make new friends around the world;
  • Explore new opportunities for service; and
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.
    Rotary Fellowships informally began in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship.
         Examples of Rotary Fellowships include Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), 
    International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians (ICUFR), International Fellowship of Rotary Convention Goers, International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, International Fellowship of Rotarians Musicians, Rotary Global History Fellowship, etc. Additional choices include marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, Esperanto, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga.
         Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. It must be international in nature with active members in at least three (3) countries. Each fellowship elects at least three (3) officers to oversee the group's administration. The Rotary Fellowships facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI. 
         What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. In addition, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serves as an effective tool in promoting membership development. 
    Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking https://www.rotary.org/en/form-rotary-fellowship.  If their recreational or vocational interest is not on the list of approved Rotary Fellowships, Rotarians have the ability to start a Rotary Fellowship. 
“Be a Gift to The World” – A great year
   Soon the year of “Be a Gift to The World” will be history and the year of “Rotary Serving Humanity” will begin.  In retrospect, the year of “Be a Gift to The World” has been an amazing year.  Many clubs funded and/or had truly inspirational service projects, both local and global.  Almost half of District 5470 clubs saw a net gain of members as of the beginning of May.  Some clubs created their first strategic plan to have a roadmap to achieve their goals.  The use of Rotary Club Central and the inputting of club goals saw an increase this year. As a result, clubs did a better job of achieving their goals.  This also provides continuity for future club leaders in preparing their club goals.
     “Be a Gift to The World” has been a productive year in many ways.  Some clubs sought out their “water buffalo” and provided a sustainable impact in their local or a global community.  Some Rotarians became Paul Harris Fellows for the first time and it was an honor to have been part of the presentation.  Some Rotarians became new Paul Harris Society members because they saw the value of consistent contributions to The Rotary Foundation. I had the good fortune to witness several new member induction ceremonies and was excited to help welcome new and enthusiastic Rotarians.
     It has been an honor and privilege to serve as District 5470 District Governor during the year of “Be a Gift to The World”.  It could not have been accomplished without the dedication of MANY Rotarians.  Club presidents and club officers are the driving force behind the accomplishments of any club.  District Assistant Governors work with their clubs to help them accomplish great things.  District Committee Chairs and sub-chairs are a powerful resource for the entire district and their tireless ability to assist is so valuable.  THANK YOU for making this a truly memorable year.  I look forward to working together at future PETS and other training opportunities.

K.R. Ravindran’s life has been molded by family, country, and Rotary. Serving as Rotary president is his way of giving back to each of them.
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The Rotary Leadership Institute
Summer and Fall Courses Offered by District 5470

District 5470 has become one of the newest partners with the Rotary Leadership Institute!  We have trained 25 facilitators from our District and are ready to offer the brand new 2015-18 version of the RLI curriculum to you.  This program teaches the essence of leadership skills along with an strong knowledge of Rotary.  It has a limited lecture component but includes an abundance of class discussion and sharing along with interactive experiences to help you develop your leadership skills.

We are offering the new District RLI training on the following schedule and providing a boxed lunch on Saturday:

Friday, June 17 (Day that Rotary Roundup (District Conference) begins –
    Grand Junction - Bray Real Estate Office
    Part I - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Friday, September 23 and 24 – Colorado Springs - Rockrimmon Library     
    Part I - Friday 1 to 5:30 pm & Saturday 10:30 to 11:30.      
    Part II – Saturday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, October 14 and 15 – Montrose - Delta/Montrose Electric Association
    Part I - Friday 1 to 6 pm & Saturday 9:30 am to 11 am
    Part II – Saturday 9:30 to 3:30 pm

Registration fee is $40 per session to cover notebooks, printing, and food.
If taking both Part I and II, fee is a total of $80.  Registration is at rotary5470.org.

What You Don't Know about the Campaign to End Polio
If we are so close to eradicating polio, why do we still need $1.5 billion to finish the job? Find out in an article from the latest issue of The Rotarian, and discover the steps needed to get from “this close” to done. Read more.


“Every convention breathes new life into your Rotary experience. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the House of Friendship, where you quickly realize how international Rotary really is.”

Carol Colon, Rotary Club of Gainesville, Georgia; House of Friendship Co-Chair, 2017 Atlanta Convention

The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and support basic education — as well as the historic initiative dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.

 D-5470 is now on Facebook!
An opportunity for Rotarians and clubs to share news of their activities with the rest of D-5470. 



As most of you have discovered by now, RI has a new website. It's a two-part site - one for non-Rotarians who want to find out about Rotary, and one for Rotarians. Especially the part for Rotarians is difficult to navigate. RI has finally produced a few video tutorial and here is the link to the one for Rotarians: http://vimeo.com/73963261