Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill


Win a trip to World Polio Day in Seattle!

Give to PolioPlus between July 1st and September 30 and you’ll be entered into a drawing – you could be Sleepless in Seattle to commemorate World Polio Day!

Perhaps you watched Rotary’s World Polio Day Live Streaming Event on your computer during the last couple of years. It has been a terrific way to learn more about the status of our signature campaign to End Polio Now. Two years ago, it originated from New York City and last year from the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. This year, World Polio Day will be held in Seattle in recognition of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

A generous District 7780 Rotarian has donated airfare and a hotel room for one of us to travel to Seattle for World Polio Day on October 24. This is a chance to be in the audience and see “up close and personal” what major players in this field have to say. We don’t promise that you will be able to meet Bill Gates, but just maybe!

All you have to do to enter:

Are YOU Interested in a Leadership Position in our Rotary District?

Leadership in our District is an honor and a privilege. It’s a chance-of-a-lifetime for a volunteer to provide schooling and clean water to our less fortunate neighbors, to engage with our youth and senior citizens, and to generally make a difference by changing lives.  

The District Nominating Committee will meet this fall to select an outstanding Rotarian to be our District Governor in 2020-21 and also to select a Finance Committee member for a three-year position beginning next July 2018.  Might the right candidate be you?  

Check out what it takes to be considered for one of these positions by reading the Nominating Packet material on the left side of the home page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, contact Marty Helman, 2017-18 Nominating Committee Chair, martyrotary@gmail.com

We are now half way through the calendar year and the report on new polio cases, while not as good as we might hope, is encouraging. So far we have 5 cases in Afghanistan and 3 in Pakistan for a total of 8. Given the difficulties encountered by polio workers in Pakistan, this represents real progress. Last year at this time, there were 19 polio cases and 13 of them were in Pakistan.In the July Polio Update, we did not have final Polio Plus giving figures for the 2016-17 Rotary year. They are in and are terrific. Every club donated to Polio Plus with a total club giving figure of $70,462. Combined with our District Designated Fund (DDF) contribution of $17,613, we had a total of $88,078 in contributions.

For the upcoming Rotary year every club but three entered a Polio Plus giving goal and the total for these club giving goals is $49,472. I’m not one to often make predictions, but I am very confident that our clubs will exceed that goal. Also, our District Foundation Committee has voted to send $20,720 in DDF money to the Foundation and it is already showing on the Polio Plus Report. 

Finally, remember that one of the requirements for your club to qualify for a Rotary Citation from the RI President is to complete a Polio Plus fundraising or awareness event. Now is the time to start planning. And remember, World Polio Day is October 24. 

(from Phil Giordano - RYLA Chair and Camp Director)
RYLA is a MOVEMENT, not an event.   Camp RYLA in District 7780 is held the end of June every year. However, the values of RYLA, along with preparation are in constant motion making RYLA an actual movement that brings about lasting positive behavioral change in our youth.   Clubs in District 7780 collaborate in funding and supporting each other to fill the 144 student openings and the 48 on site staff positions that make RYLA Summer Camp a reality.
Collaboration is fundamental and happens at so many levels.  Over the past two years, 95% of clubs in the District have funded either students or staff or both.  Rotary Clubs join together to find and support students.  School Communities represented by various Rotary Clubs collaborate on helping students, and often clubs will help support students in communities that are beyond the boundaries of their club.   Rotary clubs also financially support our volunteer staff by providing scholarships for them to attend camp, along with trainings that continue the development as facilitators and leaders.  A year in review shows the commitment and positive impact of RYLA creating a ripple effect.
(Please take the time to read the rest of Phil's article about this terrific program in the READ MORE area)

Almost $40,000 Awarded for Club Projects!

The District Foundation Committee approved almost $40,000 in District Foundation grants to 12 clubs, the grants ranging in size from $1000 to $5000.   This money is available for our clubs because Rotarians in our District have given generously in the past to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  Because giving across our District is increasing, so is the amount of money available for these awards!

The clubs are doing projects both here at home and also across the developing world.  A list of the projects and financial awards is available here

Events & Registration
District Calendar
View the full District Calendar for committee meetings, club events and much more.
Future Events
Rotary Zones 24 & 32
Pre-Institute (training)
October 16-18, 2017
Rotary Zones 24 & 32 Institute
October 19-21, 2017
Hartford, CT
(District Conference)
May 4-6, 2018
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