#8 Celebrate When You Get a New Member
This is number 8 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Celebrate when you get a new member.  This gets the club excited about getting more members.  Our club makes a poster of the individuals after they have been voted in and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting.  We do the same thing we when we induct a new member.
The San Diego South Bay Rotary Club held an installation dinner for their newly chartered Rotaract Club.  The dinner meeting was held at Jimmy's Family Restaurant on Plaza Blvd. in National City, which is where the club will meet going forward. 
The Rotaract Certificate of Organization was presented to President, Ryan Manalac.  The Club chartered with 21 members in June 2017, with Romero Villanueva serving as their club advisor.  Members were all related to Club members or were invited by Club members to join.  Most of the Rotaractors attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego.  One of their members - America Capelo is a very talented cellist and plays with the Youth Symphony.  Many of the members graduated in June and are going to different colleges.   The Rotaract Club is planning its first service project, serving meals at Father Joe's Village with their sponsoring club, San Diego South Bay Rotary Club.  At the installation dinner, Assistant Governor, Marta Knight welcomed members to Rotary and into the District 5340 family and shared with them the many things the District does.  Besides presenting the Certificate of Organization, Marta had the privilege of pinning each new member and provided each of them with their Charter Member Certificate. 
Officers for the club are:
President, Ryan Manalac, bananalac1999@gmail.com;
Vice President, Karlo Medrano, shmarlol@gmail.com;
Secretary, Alyssa Talentino, alyssamaritolentino@gmail.com;
Treasurer, Joyce Rocacorba, joycecamillerocacorba@gmail.com.
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Clubs are encouraged to spotlight The Rotary Foundation and the many ways clubs can support its efforts.  District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019) and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth is making herself available to attend your club meeting and share the good works of the Rotary Foundation and provide guidance on how clubs can increase their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  This presentation is especially important to clubs with new members who may not know of the Foundation's efforts or about the many programs such as Every Rotarian Every Year!  To schedule a presentation, you may contact Janice directly at Janice@janicekurth.com or by phone at 619 823-7861.
Earning the Rotary Citation is an incredible honor for clubs to achieve. Formerly called the Presidential Citation, the Rotary Citation recognizes Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in their communities by achieving goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Rotary has published a brochure that helps explain to clubs both required and optional steps to take to achieve the award. This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities, as well as clubs that are making a difference. Clubs will have the entire Rotary year — 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 — to achieve the citation’s goals. 
Achieving the Rotary citation is no easy task. To help, Rotary has just launched a new dashboard to help clubs track their progress in achieving the Rotary Citation. To visit the dashboard, please visit:
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For more information on the Rotary Citation, and to learn how Rotary, Interact, and Rotaract clubs can participate, please .
       #7  Talk About Rotary Wherever You Go
Talk about Rotary wherever you go.  At church, temple, work, neighborhood gatherings, family gatherings, parties, etc.  You'll be amazed how easy it is after you practice for a while.  Getting a lot of "no" answers built my confidence because it didn't hurt as bad as I thought and most people were actually happy they were asked, even if they responded negatively.  The same will be true for you.    It's always a good time to recruit. 
Have you ever been to a Project Fair?  Bill Stumbaugh from the Club Rotario de Bahia de Caraquz and Rotary Foundation Cadre for Basic Education and Literacy is inviting Rotarians to consider attending the 13th annual Rotary District 4400 Project Fair in Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 17-19, 2017.   The Fair, one of the longest running in the Rotary world, continues to unite Rotarians from all over to conduct Global Grant projects in the six area of project focus indicated by The Rotary Foundation. 
This year, 40 projects will be featured with presentations by the sponsor D4400 rotary clubs as well as time to meet with individual club leadership to ask questions and learn more about the sponsoring club, its project history and commitment.
Regarding the Rotary Club of Bahia de Caraquez for which Bill serves as past president and currently their Rotary Foundation Chair, they will present two proposals for community potable water projects that follow a model they developed and have now replicated five times with the support from Rotarians from other countries and The Rotary Foundation.
To get more information about the Fair and how to register, go to www.rotaryecuador.org and click on the description of the Fair.  You will also find information about the many travel and visitor opportunities awaiting you in beautiful Ecuador including Pacific coast beaches, Andean highlands, the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a bird watchers paradise as the home of various orchids and other tropical plants.  Ecuadorian gastronomy is rich and varied partaking of the sea as well as tropical and temperate cultivations of a very broad mix of fruits and vegetables. 
Of course, if you have questions about the Project Fair, travel in Ecuador and Rotary Foundation projects in Ecuador, Bill invited you to contact him at stumbaughw@gmail.com.
For this Rotary year our RI President, Ian Riseley has requested that every Rotarian throughout the world plant a tree. We want to do our best to plant as many trees as possible to help his mission of addressing environmental sustainability. In our District 5340 projects are underway, but it can be a challenge for clubs to find the right "tree planting" organization for which they can volunteer. To this end the Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club has compiled a list of those in San Diego County that could be approached. The list is attached. Let's have every club make a connection with one of these organizations. Happy planting.


Tree Planting Possibilities (compiled by Niels Lund, president of Solana Beach ECP Rotary Club (info@sbecorotary.org).  Click read more to see listing.




Advertised as the only IPA beer festival in San Diego County, the 6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival is co-sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and URGE Gastropub.  The Festival will feature over 50 IPA craft beers, other beers, and regional wine selections.  For entertainment, there will be live music, games, and other fun activities.  There will also be gourmet food available for purchase.  This is Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous local, domestic, and international charities.


To learn more go to ranchobeernardofestival.com

   #6 Be Persistent
There will be times that it takes literally a dozen requests to get someone to a meeting.   Keep asking.  They may come to a meeting, or tell you they can't join now because they are too busy or they aren't interested in joining at the moment.  These are all fine answers as long as you keep track of them and keep in touch.  Ask them to an event or to participate in a project.  This can be a low key approach to showing them what they are missing.
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is hosting its 6th Annual Chili & Quackers Challenge, a chili cook-off and ducky derby, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA  92014.
A great afternoon of fun for families - duck race, prizes, chili tasting, hot dogs, and beer/wine for mom and dad.  The Club's number 1 goal for this event is to raise community awareness about Rotary in the North County and beyond.  Funds raised will help local projects such as helping the Del Mar Lifeguards get better equipment allowing them to keep the beaches safe and to help with rescues.  Funds also support an international project where a team of Rotarians from the Del Mar Rotary Club and other clubs teach Ethiopian nurses and doctors resuscitation of newborns to reduce infant mortality - a truly novel program as it is designed to teach the teachers, making it sustainable.  So far more than 450 individuals have been trained an notable reduction in infant mortality has been demonstrated in just three years time. 
Coronado Rotary President, Kevin Rugee presents Barrio Logan College Institute Executive Director, Jose Cruz with a $4,000 donation to support  its after school education program.  Also pictured above is Rotary president elect, Ivan Dunn.
Coronado Rotarians proudly supported the Barrio Logan College Institute with a $4,000 donation to support its nonprofit after school program.  The mission of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) is to break the cycle of poverty by preparing underserved students to be the first in their families to go to college through after school programs that begin in third grade.  The program supports children who are traditionally at-risk in low-income San Diego communities.  Public schools are a primary referral source and both parents and students must apply for the program.
All BLCI students are the first generation in their families to attend college and most are, or will be, first to graduate from high school.  Staff, students and parents form a supportive community whose goal is student access.  The institute gives disadvantaged families the education, encouragement, and support they need to send their kids to college.  There is 100% college enrollment attained by BLCI students.  The Coronado Rotary Club supports BLCI through donations and student mentoring.  To learn more about the Coronado Rotary's support of nonprofit programs, please visit coronadorotary.org.
Club Coronado Rotario Binacional is requesting support to aid Mexico.  The Club Rotario Coronado Binacional has joined forces with the human rights Mexico-based organization called Pro Libertad y Derechos Humanos en America A.C.  Their president, Lic. Ignacio Benavente Torres, has secured access to two (2) military planes "Hercules" with the capacity of 50-100 tons, as well as two (2) "Black Hawk" helicopters that will be placed at the hangars of the Tijuana airport.  Club Coronado Rotario Binacional  will be collecting ongoing contributions from our fellow Rotarians for the whole month on Fridays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 9-8 pm at the warehouse in Otay Mesa (511 Alta Road, San Diego, CA  92154).  These donations will then be transported by the human rights organization via trailer to the Tijuana airport, and have already cleared customs due to Mexico's state of emergency.  The Tijuana Rotary Club and, possibly the other six (6) clubs in Tijuana, will be lending their support to this cause; making this a true bi-national initiative.  If you have any questions, please contact Bertha at bertuchi@gmail.com or by phone at 619 723-3249.

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club—through its Foundation—offers college scholarships to high school student at three local High Schools: Santana, West Hills and El Capitan. Each year three students are selected to receive these scholarships. They are given to students who would otherwise be in danger of not graduating. The Club offers Mentors to the selected sophomores and helps them achieve a minimum grade average for the remainder of their high school terms. The students must maintain a grade average, be drug and alcohol free and perform a minimum number of volunteer hours within the community.

In order to fund these scholarships, the Club/Foundation began holding an annual Concert as the fundraising vehicle. The very first of these ventures, Symphony at the Lakes, cost more money to stage than the proceeds of the ticket sales. In the next year, the event was scaled-back and rebranded as Concert at the Lakes. It was a jazz oriented performance and raised a small profit for the scholarship funds.

In the years to follow, the event was expanded and morphed into an evening of Rock and Roll with dinner being added to the event. The attendance steadily rose from year to year. The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation entered into a partnership with the Santee Lakes Foundation as a means of selling more tickets and having more volunteers for the event. We added a silent auction component to the event as well.

Then, in 2015, the Concert was rained-out. For the first time in over one-hundred years, it rained on that July date in Santee! The event had to be cancelled and refunds were offered to all tickets holders and sponsors. But then something wonderful happened!

Many of the ticket holders donated their ticket prices back to the Foundation and most of the sponsors did the same! In the end, the rain out actually made a small profit for the scholarship funds! Even the performers allowed us to not pay them, and they came back to perform in 2016 at the same agreed to amounts.

In the two years that followed, the event grew larger and larger. And on July 29, 2017, the Club/Foundation set a new record: it raised a gross income of $91,000. This was over thirty percent more than raised in 2016! To think: the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club of around 21 members raised nearly $100,000.  More importantly, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has branded itself in the community, resulting in an influx of new members, bringing the total membership close to 30.   

Monica Spollansky, a 20 year volunteer with TSF, spoke at the District Foundation Seminar held Saturday, September 23, 2017, providing a very emotional talk about her work with the Thousand Smiles organization. She has been in a position to help the RI Foundation take children with facial deformities and transforms them with years of free care into normal healthy individuals accepted by their society. She has committed her time to four clinics per year for many years, only taking time off when she needed treatment for cancer.  This Spanish speaker, originally from Argentina, often works 12 hour days while she is at the clinic. She lives in Auburn, Northern California and drives down to each clinic with her husband and two daughters who now volunteer as well. Monica has been honored for her devotion to the needy children TSF serves. For more info to get involved, please visit www.thousandsmiles.org


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