September 2017
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 George Small, DG 2017-18 highly recommends Rotarians attend this monthly seminar since it covers so many topics to strengthen clubs, not just membership.

 NOTE: You NO LONGER have to register for this call, simply sign in using the information below. For the BEST experience please sign in using a computer or tablet.

Every month on the fourth Tuesday, Zones 21b-27 (7 pm MST/or 8PM CT) holds a one hour Membership Jumpstart Seminar to discuss issues to enhance and growth membership. You may join this call by going to:
and then type in the following code: 544896340

Or Telephone:     Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)     Meeting ID: 544 896 340
Do you want to know how to help people in the Houston and surrounding areas through a reliable nonprofit?
Our District Governor George Small has recommended that we send donations directly to the McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 that has set up an Emergency Relief Fund in collaboration with Rotary District 5930. 
Please make checks to: 
Rotary District 5930 
c/o McAllen North Rotary Fund -  Fed Tax Id# 27-3855943
501 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX  78504 
As District 5390's District Governor wrote:  "THANK YOU and God Help Us All." 
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send a text to DG Betty Ramirez-Lara at 956-683-5930 or email-
On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and in response to the most destructive U.S. storm since, ShelterBox USA begins to position aid in Texas and launches a designated fund in support: the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 100% of all donations received will support all associated deployment costs with the ShelterBox response to Harvey.
Donors, whether they are individuals or clubs, may request to designate their funds specifically to our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donors can select "Harvey" designation from the drop down menu on the online donation page, or note this on the memo line, if they are submitting a check.
Pam Pine a Rotarian in Glenwood Springs, is our Rotary District 5470 Ambassador with Shelter Box.  She invites you to contact her with any questions you may have.   970 928-9546 or 970 948 0606
District 5470 Management Training
Back by popular request, we are offering Grant Management Training Seminar for the third time in Grand Junction in the Grand Vista Hotel.  Location of the hotel is 2790 Crossroads Blvd.  Grand Junction CO 81301,  phone 970-241-8411.
Date is Saturday September 23 from 1:00 PM to 3:30PM.  
Who should attend:
  • New club board members
  • New Rotarians interested in the operation of The Rotary Foundation
  • Foundation Committee Chairs
  • President Elects
  • Club foundation committee members
  • Club Service Chairs and committee members
  • Clubs that missed the first two training sessions and would like to apply for a Global Grant or District Grand.
Snacks and refreshments will be available.
If interested Email Clyde at,
Plan on attending the next Rotary Leadership Institute Training session at the
Grand Vista Hotel -- 2790 Crossroads Blvd. -- Grand Junction, CO 81506
Part I -- Friday, September 22 and Part II and III -- Saturday, September 23, 2017
Read what one of our students wrote about the recent RLI training in our District:
            I attended the RLI as a “RED BADGE” member of Rotary and I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality and professionalism of the Rotary Leadership Institute.  District leadership provides an amazing experience for all members to truly learn the heart, direction and focus of Rotary in our Clubs, District and the world.  Anyone who attends will learn practical lessons of how to engage as a Rotarian. You will come away with an understanding of the immense opportunity of service a member of Rotary possesses by engaging with other Rotarians and in the numerous ongoing programs the Clubs, the District and Rotary International provides.  Don’t miss this chance to grow your people in Rotary. You don’t have to be in leadership to go.  Send and bring as many members as you can and especially your newest members…..their eyes will be opened…..their hearts will soar…a new vision of Rotary will be inspired in them.  Rotary Leadership Institute is your gateway to understanding all that is Rotary!
Greg Palka,  North Colorado Springs Rotary Club
Weapons and Rotary Districts and Clubs Policy Clarification
In January 2017, Rotary International’s Board of Directors clarified its existing policy regarding guns in relation to the use of the Rotary logo and sponsorships.   The wording of this long-standing policy was unclear, and as a result, Rotary members told our board they were often unsure what the policy did and did not allow. A key consideration was Rotary’s risk if a weapon was purchased at a Rotary event and then caused serious injury or death. Another objective was to ensure consistency in how the Rotary logo is used in the 200 countries and regions where we have clubs.  Below are the policy clarifications that address the questions raised by our members and provide clarity on our sponsorship guidelines and use of the Rotary mark.
A District 5470 Guide to
Attending a Rotary International Convention
By: Paulette Church
Several members of District 5470 have asked for help in planning their RI Convention trip and their time will there.  In an effort to help with this and after attending four Conventions, I am putting together these suggestions, which will change as others contribute their ideas as well.
First, each Convention has different issues regarding travel, size, venue, and the quality of the host committee’s planning. I suggest your arrive one day before and stay at least one day after the Convention.  That said, there are some common steps to take:
The New and Improved Rotary International Website

Check out’s modern, new look, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first, and then My Rotary.

For many people, our website is their introduction to the great work that Rotary members do to improve lives around the world. It’s meant to create an emotional connection that inspires potential members, donors, and partners to get involved. The latest changes to the public site do that, and more.

Some of the updates will be obvious: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories, and better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing. Other changes, like the improved readability and speed of the site, will be a welcome surprise.

These upgrades are made possible partly by the dues increase the 2016 Council on Legislation passed to allow Rotary to provide additional support to clubs and districts. As part of our work to refresh My Rotary, we’ll also update Rotary Club Central and the Club and District Administration pages — more information about these improvements will arrive in the coming months.

Visit to see all the enhancements to our public site.

Club Runner has also added some new Theme Templates for Clubs and Districts in line with the new Rotary International's Theme to attract new members to Rotary.  We will explore the possibilities of adopting one of these themes for the District Website.