First, the surprise news: District Governor Bill Pritchard asked the president of each club in our district to select a “Yes Person” for recognition by Governor Pritchard, a person who always says “yes” when needed.
President Jorge selected Brian Basken, who assembles weekly the YouTube meetings we view as a cohesive whole. Each club’s recipient will receive a journal imprinted with Benjamin Franklin’s words “What good shall I do this day?” And one among the many named recipients will be given a free trip to the June 2021 Rotary International conference in Teipei, Taiwan. Congratulations and thanks, Brian!
Governor Pritchard is no stranger to our club. A “numbers guy”, he recited statistics of our attendance, membership decline, and diversity, as well as key metrics of exemplary participation in fellowship groups, charitable giving and community support, and generous contributions to District 6250 and Rotary International.
He addressed the current “new virtual normal” and the need to pivot in our long-term approach to club needs with a “hybrid future” that may provide useful flexibility in our operations.
Governor Pritchard also urged us to hold new members’ attention into the critical three-year member mark that cements interest, by ensuring that each new member’s expectations are deliberately discerned and addressed.
If you haven’t seen the Governor’s speech yet, it’s worth watching. Those with questions for Governor Pritchard may send them to Jorge or the Rotary office so that they may be shared with the Governor next Tuesday when he attends our club’s Board meeting.
Our thanks to District Governor Bill Pritchard for his presentation this week and to Ellsworth Brown for preparing this review article. If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Ffee29ggI6I.
submitted by Stan Inhorn; photo by Karl Wellensiek
Bill Hoel, Rotary District 6250 Governor, inspired Rotary Club of Madison members to show their Rotary pride. Hoel suggested that Rotary is recognized worldwide for the success of its many programs carried out by its more than 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. He further explained that the clubs are grouped into 529 districts and 34 zones. Rotary continues to grow in numbers, more in other continents than in North America. The Rotary International website showcases projects that have been completed around the world.
The biggest project ever undertaken by Rotary is the Polio Eradication program that has a goal of total eradication of the polio virus. No other major project will be undertaken until no more cases are reported and until no virus can be identified in samples of wastewater for at least three years. Although isolated cases are still being found in a few countries in Asia and Africa, occasional cases are reported in the U.S. One such case was recently reported in Minnesota from a boy who had visited a Canadian Amish settlement that had not received the polio vaccine.
Hoel also emphasized that cooperation between Rotary clubs and other organizations is important. Rotary has permanent representatives in the United Nations and indirectly with its subsidiaries such as the World Health Organization and the World Food Program. He described two efforts that involved Wisconsin clubs, one in 1986 and one in 1989. The first involved a period of starvation in Ethiopia, in which a concerted effort enabled tons of dried whole milk to be sent by planeload and cargo ship. The second, called Hands Across the Heartland, sent food to Moscow during a period of famine.
Hoel suggested that Rotary Pride for all its accomplishments should inspire others to think of becoming a Rotarian. Because of its manpower, Rotary Club of Madison has many accomplishments to be proud of, but it may be able to do even more by collaborating with other clubs in the district. He invited members to attend the 2019 District Conference, June 7-8, at the La Crosse Center.
If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch the video here.