What Does Rotary’s Monthly Themes Do for Your Club?
December’s Rotary theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. One of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. So how is that important to me and my Rotary Club, when I’m so busy doing all the things associated with the holiday season this time of year? As the District Club Service Chair it is my job to help build strong Rotary clubs in Rotary District 5240. But to do that we need to have well educated members who are proud to be in Rotary and willing to share their pride.
Wear your Rotary pins as we are meeting with family, friends and co-workers.  We are busy out shopping and attending holiday parties and exchanging ideas. Use the opportunity to promote Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. In spite of all the negative news we are bombarded with every day, Rotary is doing something right.  Use this month’s theme and start a positive conversation. Standup and be recognized as a Rotarian, talk about what your club is doing locally first.  But also talk about that project your Rotary club is doing, providing cataract surgery to a nearly sightless villager in Mexico, clean water to a town in South America or maybe a NID you were on.  If you need some ideas use this link.   
Rotary and The Rotary Foundation is doing good in the world and we have proof of it. Be a part of it! Remember that person you are talking to could be your club’s next new member or make a donation to the Foundation. People like to be on a winning team.
I can promote Rotary to the world but it is every Rotarian’s job to find and recruit new members.
Awards!  In addition to recently being awarded the highest four-star overall rating and a perfect 100 out of 100 score for accountability and transparency by the charity watch-dog Charity Navigator, last week, the 30,000 member strong Association of Fundraising Professionals named The Rotary Foundation as the 2016 Outstanding Foundation.
Promoting Rotary to the World Since 1980
Walt Stephens
2016 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Chair
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