by John White
NOTES FOR JANUARY 31, 2018
Weekly Meeting Statistics
A total of 91 Rotarians were entranced by Scott Ellsworth’s story of The Secret Game. We also had two visiting Rotarians (ADG Anne Nauts of Chelsea and B. Yawson of Ann Arbor North) and five guests. Before lunch, there were meetings of the Internal Financial Procedures Committee (seven Rotarians) and the Social Committee (four Rotarians). Note from John White: “Based on the number of empty seats in the room, it appeared to me that some Rotarians were not signed in. If you are member, please be sure your name makes it to one of the orange attendance sheets. If you are the person picking up the sheets, please match the number of names with the number of Rotarians sitting at the table. Thanks.”
Makeup Cards for Roving Rotarians
None this week.
DropBox Wizard Needed
John White would like some advice and help managing our DropBox filing system. If you have some experience, expertise and interest in this online software product, please contact him. Thanks.
Monthly Membership Report to the District
Without any changes in membership, we finished the month of January with 306 Active Rotarians. Average attendance during the month was 40% for the four meetings. Not reported to the district but calculated for club use were the averages of 107 Rotarians and 11 others (mostly guests) at our weekly meetings. Our Engagement Ratio for the month was 61%.
New Member Directory now Online
The draft final version of our upcoming directory is now online (click here). You will need to log in to open or download it. This will be your last chance to make any changes before the printed version is available for sale. If you have any updates or if your photo is in black and white, please contact John White.
More Contact Information
Two more documents have been posted to our Membership Directory page.
District 6380 Organization Directory (January 2018) — This list contains the names and contact information for officers and committee chairs at the district level. Club presidents are included, as well.
District 6380 Club Executives (January 2018) — This list contains the names and contact information for club presidents and others in the club connected with district activities.
Acclaim for The Rotary Foundation (an article from Rotary Weekly)
For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that “only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness. The organization is online at www.charitynavigator.org.
District 6380 Newsletter for February
This month’s edition includes a front page article by DG Barry Fraser noting the 113th birthday of Rotary on February 23 during Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. The calendar in the sidebar reminds us about the upcoming District Assembly (April 14), the District Conference (May 3-6) and the RI Convention in Toronto (June 23-28). On page 2, Rhonda Pancyzk, District Membership Chair, reports on the multi-district Membership Seminar on January 27. Susan Froelich and John White represented our club. Page 3, 4 and 5 is an advertisement for the Michigan International Festival at WCC on Saturday, March 10. It is hosted by Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West. The rest of the newsletter contains articles highlighting the activities and events of various clubs throughout the district although there is mention of this year’s RYLA (April 20-22) and the Bowling Fundraiser for Fisher House Michigan (February 18). Read it all for yourself by clicking here.