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RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Award on held at Drew University, June 17-19 had over 90 high school juniors who participated in a weekend of leadership development activities.  District 7470 partnered with District 7510.  Camper Bull, Madison Rotary Club, was the lead facilitator, Barry Kroll was the RYLA registrar.  Students participated in a variety of activities, has several guest lectures, sports, games, activities and more.  It was also a great opportunity for the students to experience life on a college campus.  This is the 27th year the program has been in existence.  Students who participated described RYLA as amazing.  One comment was "I can't believe the friends I made in one weekend how one weekend will have an impact on my life for years to come".
 

 
Rotary District 7470 has created this TV commercial to assist in building club membership.  The commercial runs through September, 2016 on the Optimum Cablevision network and related channels.
 
 
 
 

 
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history. Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.   Click “Read More” for additional details.
 
 
Do you need a speaker for a Club meeting?  This District has assembled over 50 speakers on a variety of Rotary and non-Rotary topics who are ready willing and able to present to your Club.  The link below provides a list of topics, presenters, and their contact information.  Remember one of the the best practices for Clubs is to have a speaker or program at every meeting.
 

 
If you shop online at Amazon, you can support The Rotary Foundation with a few extra clicks.
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The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary.  It is a non-profit that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world.   Its sole mission is to support the efforts of Rotarians through Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian and educational programs in your back yard and around the globe.
 

 
John F. Germ, Rotary International President-Elect, announces the 2016-2017 Rotary International Theme - Rotary Serving Humanity
 

 
 
The 2016 District Conference was held April 22, 23, 24, 2016 at Mountain Creek Resort.  Over 200 participants enjoyed a fabulous conference venue, great programs, excellent speakers, fun, fellowship, entertainment, recreation and more.  Our visiting Group Study Exchange participants from Brazil were a special highlight.  The foundation basket tricky tray raised over $4,000.  A special thank you the the planning committee, participants and all who helped make this District Conference one of the best ever.
 

 
The Rotary International Directory contains a wealth of information about Rotary.  Dowload the directory and check out the information.  It also includes a listing of all of the Rotary Clubs in the World, their meeting locations, day and time.
 
 

 
Congratulations to Ray Freaney who was unanimously selected by the District Governor Selection Committee to serve as the 2019 - 2020 District Governor.  Ray is a member of the Rotary Club of Madison and has been a Rotarian for 25 years.  His experiences in Rotary includes 3 times as Club President, Assistant Governor, President Ball Chair, Foundation Event Chair, District Conference Chair, Group Study Exchange Chair, District Treasurer, member of the District Leadership Team as well as serving on numerous committees.
 

 
The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.
 
 
 
 
 
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