October Update for Club Presidents
Here we are in October, already a quarter of the way into the Rotary year.
I know that there is a lot of great work going on in the Club in our District, but I also know that a few Clubs are struggling with the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. I urge everyone to keep up your efforts to engage your members and to keep serving your communities.
Our Early Childhood Education grants were well-received, We originally budgeted for 20 grants of $500 each. With additional funding approved by our District Board, we are now up to 29 grants that have been approved. These grants are doing great work, need no fundraising, and keep our members active in service.
I am happy to let you know that if your Club has not yet applied for a grant, there is still time to do so. We have extended the deadline to apply to Friday, October 9th. We have enough funding for 11 more grants, so please take advantage of this opportunity.
You have until the end of October to apply for a $250 membership grant. 21 Clubs are taking advantage of these funds already.
October is notable for World Polio Day, which is Saturday, October 24th. Several Clubs are planning events to promote awareness of Rotary's efforts to eradicate Polio, and to raise needed funds for the cause.
All month long, your Clubs and your members can take advantage of a rare matching opportunity for donations to PolioPlus. We have set up a fundraising site for Polio donations and everything given through that site will receive dollar-for-dollar matching, up to a total of $15,000. All of those dollars are then matched 2-1 by the Gates Foundation. So every dollar given results in $6 to fight Polio!
In addition to matching dollars, we are providing TRIPLE matching of every donation of $50 or more with Paul Harris recognition points. A Rotarian gift of $50 will be matched with 150 recognition points. A great way to get to the next level of Paul Harris Fellowship!
Almost all of our Clubs have set goals for giving to the PolioPlus campaign, and usually our Clubs meet those goals. I urge each of you to encourage your Clubs and members to give your budgeted amounts THIS MONTH to take advantage of these matches. They won't be there later in the year. You need not give any more than you would otherwise, but do it now. (Of course, increased giving is also welcome!)
Thanks to Rotary/One for their matching dollars and points, to the Rotary Club of Naperville for their matching points, and to an anonymous donor for matching dollars. Please make sure we use up all of those matching dollars and points!
Some Clubs are having trouble deciding whether to meet in person or not. Zoom meetings have there limitations, but have enabled many of us to keep the Rotary fires burning.
The District Board recently approved guidelines for you to consider in making decisions on in-person meetings.
Please encourage your members to remain patient, with the pandemic restrictions and with differing points of view on this subject. Please feel free to call me our your assigned Assistant Governor if you need any suggestions, support or just need to talk to someone about any challenges you are facing.
All of our Clubs are going through the same considerations on meetings, fundraising, membership retention and new member attraction.
Our next Club President's Roundtable will put those very topics on the table to discuss.
Share your challenges, success stories and questions with your fellow Presidents.
The President's Roundtable will be: Monday, October 12, at 7:00 pm. Please register for reminders.
Thanks as always to your service to your Club members and to Rotary!