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Welcome to the District 7780 Rotary Club of New Voices in New Hampshire
We were chartered on June 15, 2019 at Camp Hinds in Maine
We were co-sponsored by District 7780 & the Rotary Club of Scarborough, ME
 
We are not your typical Rotary Club. 
We were chartered  on June 15, 2019 with 33 members between the ages of 18 - 30
and we were all graduates of District 7780's RYLA Program!
 
Caitlin Morrison stated:  "All of our members are originally from the district, but we have members currently living in
North Caroline, Colorado, Washington, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Rhode Island and Vermont."
 
Below the list of our club presidents is a write up by PDG Marty Helman, District 7780 Growth Chairman
along with a couple of pictures from our charter day.
 
 
Club Presidents:* Deceased
 
20   - 20     Co-Presidents Sam Klemarczck & Paige Carter
20   - 20     Co-Presidents Jacey Chavez & Caitlin Morrison
 
A Shout-out to “New Voices” in District 7780
By Marty Peak Helman, District 7780 Growth Chair
 
On Saturday, June 15, the New Voices District 7780 Rotary Club was chartered with 33 new members.  The newly minted Rotarians – who range in age from 18 to 30 – are all graduates of the District’s phenomenal RYLA program.  They were introduced to RYLA and Rotary youth leadership at age 15 as rising high school juniors, and since then, they have stayed active through the District’s RYLA Reset program for RYLA grads, RYLA workdays, and RYLA leadership opportunities.  What these young people have in common is a love for what RYLA – and by extension Rotary – offers them in terms of positive youth development.  But, with high school graduation looming, many of them were expecting to leave the Rotary orbit.
“We have a strong track record of getting RYLArians into Interact, if they aren’t involved already,” explains Phil Giordano, executive director of RYLA in District 7780 and past president of the Scarborough (Maine) club in that District.  “Then they graduate from high school and go off to university, and we tell them to check out a local Rotaract club, or start one if there is none on campus.  We lose many of them then – and more when it’s time for them to graduate college and concentrate on their careers.”
It’s a common problem throughout Rotary in North America.  “We have the greatest pipeline in the world of young people coming up through RYLA, Youth Exchange, and Interact and Rotaract,” says RI Director Jeffry Cadorette, who participated in the Chartering.  “Other organizations would kill for a pipeline such as we have.  But we are only now beginning to learn to capitalize on it.  New Voices gives us a critical tool to do just that and turn our Rotary youth alumni into Rotarians.”
This spring, it suddenly became evident to RYLA director Phil and me, as the District 7780 Growth Chair, that the changes enacted by the 2016 Council on Legislation meant that the young people could form a club of their own – a club that would focus on youth leadership and which would meet (mostly) on line, with three or four “live” events each year – events which the young people are already involved in.
Phil Giordano reached out to his RYLA leadership team, determined solid interest in a new club, and helped them get organized. First, the young people created their own Mission Statement:  New Voices D7780 will be a new type of Rotary Club that is accessible to people of all geographies, abilities, and ages, and is for folks who share a passion for youth leadership development and service to others; our goal is to expand the traditional model of Rotary to as many people as possible.
And they thought about why they wanted to be Rotarians:
I want to give back to the community and this platform provides an easier ability for involvement as a busy college student. –Jacey Chavez, co-president elect.
Being a Rotarian gives me a venue to be involved in something bigger than just my life and my community. The New Voices Rotary Club gives a place for others to be involved in any way they can, and sets up the next generation of Rotary. – Caitlin Morrison, co-president elect.
Youth development, leadership, and education is at the heart of RYLA – I think that is something we can continue to do. Our age group is running the club - we are the owners. –Christian O’Connor, club treasurer.
How would the club function differently and measure success?
We will make the RYLA mindset and principles of Rotary more accessible through online meetings, etc. We will use the network of our club to inspire people to live the Service Above Self lifestyle. Incorporate the leadership principles of RYLA through discussion. Partner with other clubs to work on their service projects and form relationships with them. —Morgan McKeown, club secretary, membership chair.
We will keep traditions that we are fond of, and be willing to make new ones. Virtual meetings/attendance policies will be new. Our success will be measured by membership growth and positive impact. –Sam Klemarczyk, co-president.
We will support Interact clubs (we are better positioned to do that than traditional Rotary clubs). Meetings can exist among people from similar geographic regions if there are too many to participate in one meeting. –Tim Moyer, Foundation chair.
What do we want to accomplish?
We will increase members outside of the RYLA network to have a more diverse group of people contributing with other youth service backgrounds. Work with local Rotary Clubs. –Caitlin Morrison.
We will start a scholarship for Interact/Rotaract students who embody our mission of youth leadership. Service trip! Working alongside other clubs in addition to running 1-2 of our own service projects. Send members to other regional districts and Rotary conferences. –Paige Carter, co-president.
Paige’s interest in a service trip is matched by many, if not all, of the young people.  That has become the club’s first major annual goal.
What is clear is that New Voices is a whole new kind of Rotary club, focused on capturing an underserved population that happens to be already excited about Rotary, but who – because of time constraints, school commitments, and job expectations – could never commit to a weekly or biweekly mealtime meeting.  In Rotary parlance, the closest existing model is a Passport Club, and certainly, the New Voices Rotarians expect to “make up” with Rotary clubs in communities where they may be studying or working in order to engage with them in service or fundraisers. 
The Chartering itself was held at a workday to prepare the camp for this year’s RYLA program, and District leadership and RI Director Jeffry participated.  Sam Klemarczyk, the new club’s co-president, initiated an experiential-based activity which sent a profound message to everyone participating that the new club doesn’t need to wait for permission to act.  Then the Four-Way Test was recited, District Governor John LoBosco and the District leadership team welcomed the new Rotarians into the Rotary fold and -- along with their new member packets and membership pins -- the young people donned New Voices baseball caps – no nametags and definitely no bell!
Why a Rotary club instead of Rotaract?  Four reasons:
  • Why not?  The young people are so excited to finally be Rotarians, not just Rotary youth.  “We can do this?” they ask Phil.
  • Foundation grants. By chartering as a Rotary club instead of a Rotaract club, the young people can immediately access TRF grant money – as they learn about EREY and the need to contribute to The Foundation, of course.
  • Communications. District 7780 – like many Districts – is still learning how to connect with its Rotaract clubs.  Communicating with Rotary clubs – even an online one – is something the District is much more capable of doing.
  • Rotarians can be Rotaractors. If a member of New Voices finds a congenial “terra” Rotaract club at their university or community, they can of course join it as well. 
As for the concern that Rotary is too expensive for young people in the teens and 20s, the new Rotarians respectfully disagree.  International and District dues come to around $125 annually.  The new club set dues at $150 per year.  “That’s tight, when it comes to hosting a website and so on, but it’s certainly do-able,” Phil says. 
Zone leadership – most especially Director Jeffry Cadorette and Director-nominee Valarie Wafer – have been extremely supportive and are firmly committed to this new concept. RI Director Jeffry brought a video recording of President Barry Rassin, welcoming the club to the Rotary world.  And it was Jeffry who recognized that this model is infinitely scalable, and can be replicated in any District in the world.  All it really takes is an existing strong Rotary youth program – it could be Youth Exchange, Interact, or a campus-based Rotaract.  Access to a database of past members of that program going back at least several years is helpful. Additionally, a group of seasoned Rotary mentors are needed to help navigate the process, while empowering the new members to create Rotary from a blank canvas.
For more information about the New Voices Rotary Club and how you can start one in your District, reach out to District 7780 Growth Chair Marty Helman, martyrotary@gmail.com; or RYLA Executive Director Phil Giordano, philtastic7780@gmail.com. 
 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 New Voices Co-President Sam Klemarczyk receiving the club's charger from District 7780 Governor John LoBosco at Camp Hinds, Raymond, ME.  
                                                                                            
                                                                      
                                                                                                                                         Back row:
Alison Ingalls, Nicole Jones, Co-President Sam Klemarczk, Luke Libby, Megan Morrison, Foundation Chair Tim Moyer, Treasurer Christian O'Connor, Emily Rumble.
                                                                                                                                        Front Row: 
RI Director Jeffrey Cadorette, Co-President-elect Jacey Chavez, Katelyn Gendron, Co-President-elect Caitlin Morrison, Membership Chair Morgan McKeown, PR Chair Abby Rioux, Club Advisor Phil Giordano from the Rotary Club of Scarborough, ME.