10 days left to Nominate the Deserving in 5110 for District Awards!
By Charles J. Polk
District 5110 has a long history of outstanding leadership and volunteer commitment at the international, zone, district, and club levels. Each year, we have an opportunity to recognize individuals and clubs that distinguish themselves through their exemplary acts of Service Above Self. We do that at our annual District Celebration, which will take place this year in Bend on August 27-28, 2021. . In order to ensure that every deserving Rotarian’s contributions are considered, DG Cindi O’Neil would like your help in identifying potential nominees for several awards. Nominations must be presented to Awards Committee Chair District Treasurer (DT) Jim Polk or District Secretary (DS) Beth Sheehan by April 30.
Thank you for helping DG Cindi recognize our valuable 5110 volunteers.
May 15 Virtual Club Training Assembly Sign-ups Underway
By Paul Nicholson
Here’s your annual opportunity to learn how to become a better Rotarian! Sign-ups start next Tuesday for the Club Training Assembly slated for Saturday, May 15.
Apply for grants? Discover new projects? Find out about best practice for club secretaries, treasurers, TRF Chairs, Membership Chairs? Learn to better use social media? Talk with your fellow Rotarians across our district? You can do all that, and more, at our 2021 Virtual Club Training Assembly coordinated by District 5110 Trainer Paul Nicholson and his talented team of presenters!
International Travel Hiatus Dictates a GCE Hold for 2021-2022
By DGE Gerry Kosanovic
In 2013 Rotary International withdrew their support of the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program, which was officially established in 1965. Despite the Policy change of Rotary International, District 5110 continued to fund and support organized exchanges with like-minded GCE international districts of Rotary.
GSE was later formally changed to GCE, Group Cultural Exchange. The planned GCE exchange for 2020-2021 with District 9400 in Africa was understandably postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was anticipated that the GCE would travel in the spring of 2022. However, the indefinite spread of the COVID-19 variants in the world makes international future travel unpredictable at best, and at worst, dangerous and unsafe. While some of us may be safe, we need to have all of us safe.
Due to the pandemic, Rotary International has paused the global Youth Exchange Program for 2021-2022. Regrettably, District 5110 will also pause the support of all international travel with the Group Student Exchange as well as the Group Friendship Exchange (GFE). I know that this announcement will disappoint Rotarians in our district. The experience that many share as either a team member, team leader, committee member, host family, or simply as a club member enjoying visiting citizens from other countries, has enriched us in many ways.
I thank past chair of the GCE, Rae LaMarche for her dedicated support of this program for many years. I also thank the current GCE chair, Dr. Mark Clark for his understanding. Appreciation is extended as well to Chair Camille Ronzio for her continued enthusiasm and commitment to the GFE program.
Doing Biz with 5110 Rotarians: Michelle Corradetti and Morgan Stanley
By Bill Grile
THINK ABOUT IT! Wouldn’t you rather do business with a Rotarian?
Michelle Corradetti is Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Medford. She is a stellar Rotarian, PHF+6, a leader in D5110’s new Voices of Rotary podcast team and is passionate about community service. Michelle has over 32 years of experience as a financial advisor, benefitting her clients as First V.P. Wealth Management with Morgan Stanley in Medford.
Michelle values trust and relationship-building and says her most important goal is “to help you achieve your objectives, providing guidance that helps your wealth do more for you.” She believes in the value of connecting Rotarians with Rotarians.
It’s been a true privilege to work on each of these. I’d be remiss without giving a big shout out to Paul Nicholson. His leadership and Rotary Passion has really carried the day with these, all year long. So thanks especially to you, Paul!
The Foundation Update from the Executive Committee
By LeAnn Mobley
Your Foundation Committee has been hard at work on District and Global grants.