August is Membership Month

Some people say that Rotary is a Membership organization that does service. I can agree with this statement. Membership is our greatest asset. Our members provide the funds that help the people of the world. Our members provide the volunteer hours that build the houses and dig the wells. Our members invite their friends and associates to become Rotarians. Our members create the friendships that keep us coming back week after week to our clubs.

I’ve had the pleasure to participate in and witness seventeen new members be inducted into this organization that we all love during my first six weeks as District Governor. I’ve met with two groups in the downtown Nashville area that will become new Rotary clubs in the next few months. Conversations have been started with another group about creating an evening club in the East Nashville area as well. We’d also like to speak with some people in the Waverly area about restarting the Rotary club that used to be there. If you have any contacts in that area I’d love to get their contact information.

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Every member is responsible for bringing new members to Rotary. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to come to a meeting. Another great way to introduce someone to Rotary is to invite them to join in on a service project. The key here is that you have to make the ask. Would you have joined Rotary if no one had asked?

Club Visits

As of today, August 14, I’ve met with 34 Rotary clubs, 1 provisional Rotary club, and the Rotaract Club of Music City. I’ve also attended the Zone Success Seminar, Rotary Leadership Institute and met with the MidSouth PETS group in Chattanooga. Not bad for the first forty-five days of the Rotary year.

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It was a fun first month of visits. I really enjoyed taking my family with me on the first rounds of club visits. The funniest memory was my seven year old, Chet, telling me that he didn’t like “Rotary chicken” anymore. I’m still finalizing my schedule for the rest of the clubs so stay tuned for updates.

Another memorable moment was attending the Jackson Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary celebration. Rotary International President John Germ and wife Judy were in attendance and John spoke to the group about the importance of membership. A highlight of the night was listening to 50 year plus Rotarian Joe Exum share his Rotary story and the importance of several people in his Rotary life.

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I’m posting photos on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thechuckbarnett . I accept all Rotary friend requests so feel free to send me one.

Action Items

I know we just started the 2016 – 2017 Rotary year, but District Governor Elect Jerome Bannister needs to have the name and contact information of your club’s President Elect as soon as possible. We will be having a President Elect Training Orientation (PrePETS) in November or December (we’re still trying to finalize the venue and date). Update your PE in DACdb, or email Jerome directly if you need help at jbrotary@comcast.net.

Remember my goal of 265 Paul Harris Society members by the end of this Rotary year. For only $2.74 per day you can join the Paul Harris Society. We know the good that The Rotary Foundation does, so if you can, you should. Join online at www.rotary.org/phs and help me reach 265 members. That would provide $132,500 that our district can use towards district and global grants if the donations are designated to benefit the annual fund.

Polio Eradication Update from Michael Babb, District Polio Chair

“Polio is on the verge of eradication – sure, you have heard that statement for many years and have wondered “will it really happen?” According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), polio will be eradicated and eradicated soon. BUT, the job is not done. Vigilance, hard work, financing and belief in a dream of a polio free world are all alive and well.

All though we may be sadden by the report of two children paralyzed by polio in Nigeria one month ago, we must be emboldened and continue the work for eradication. Visit www.endpolio.org today.”

Club Visioning

The Lexington Rotary Club participated in a club visioning program a few weeks ago. The visioning process is designed to help a Rotary club create its own vision and to discover for itself the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The result is unique to each club because this is not a vision decided by the Rotary District or by Rotary International. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the club’s own members.

A club visioning event brings together a good cross-section of its membership from the newest to the most experienced Rotarian. The process uses the talents and life experience within the club to develop a vision and goals reflecting that club’s membership. A club visioning event provides renewed focus on objectives and is completed in a dedicated, fun-filled four hour session.
Contact PDG Linda Rudolph (Lrudo172@gmail.com) to find out more information about setting up a Club Visioning program for your club.

Rotary Serving Humanity

Let’s keep up the great work, if there’s anything I can do to help you or your club please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll see you on the Rotary road soon.

Rotary Serving Humanity, it’s what we’ve done, what we’re doing and it’s what we will do for generations to come.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Chuck Barnett
District Governor

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