For 2011-12, District 5260 will base its club recognition and awards on the RI Presidential Citation and the RI “Changemaker” Award. Clubs will also be urged to earn club recognition from the Rotary Foundation, and to name one club member to receive to the RI Avenues of Service Citation.
For many years, District 5260 has offered a complex awards program offering ribbons for projects in avenues of service, awarded by size of club. This year, in keeping with the emphasis of RI President Kalyan Banerjee, all clubs are urged to compete against themselves to become the best that they can be, and to earn the RI Presidential Citation and the RI “Changemaker” Award. Brochures on both of these programs are provided separately.
This year, each club is urged to nominate one member for receipt of the RI Avenue of Service Citation. Each club will be asked to nominate one member in good standing who has consistently demonstrated his or her support of the Object of Rotary through participation in service activities in each of the Avenues of Service—Club, Vocational, Community, International, and New Generations Service. Current club presidents are not eligible, but must nominate the recipient. Please forward your nominations to District Governor Tom Hardy no later than March 31, 2012, so that your recipient can be honored at the 2012 District Conference.
Clubs are also urged to earn recognition from the Rotary Foundation for club contributions. We all know that individuals can earn a Paul Harris Fellowship, but we also want your club to consider being recognized as a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club, or a 100% Sustaining Member Club, or at least an Every Rotarian Every Year Club. See the brochures describing these programs.
The Silver Bells
We will continue the tradition of awarding the Silver Bells to the outstanding large, medium, and small-sized clubs in the District. Your club’s category this year will be determined on 1 July 2011—so no matter how much your club grows during the year, you will be recognized based on your club size at the start of the year.
To be eligible to win a Silver Bell, your club MUST:
- Earn the RI Presidential Citation.
- Earn the RI Changemaker Award.
- Have 100% participation in the Rotary Foundation (i.e. every club member as of 31 March 2012 must have made some contribution to the Rotary Foundation).
- Have positive net membership growth from 1 July 2011 through 31 March 2012.
- Implement one Vocational Service project promoting Rotary’s commitment to high ethical standards and integrity in our daily lives.
The winners of the Silver Bells will be selected from the clubs meeting these minimum standards by comparing the clubs’ membership retention rate (percentage of club members retained as members from 1 July 2011 through 31 March 2012); net growth rate (number of new members gained during the same time period); per capita contributions to the Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation; number of members attending the 2011 District Conference; number of club officers attending the 2011 District Assembly; and the number of club members attending the 2011 Membership and Foundation seminars.
We want your club to grow, contribute to the Rotary Foundation, and prepare its members for service at the Club level and beyond—do those things better than all of the other clubs in your size category, and your club can take home the Silver Bell!