Posted by Megan Elliott on Oct 01, 2014

District Governor Michelle Schaefer's October newsletter is now available online HERE.

Posted by Megan Elliott on Oct 13, 2014

Are you looking for ways to show your Rotary pride!? Take a look at our District Resources page and download high res graphics to include in your emails or your social media pages such as Facebook or Twitter. Visit District Resources HERE.

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Posted by Megan Elliott on Oct 01, 2014

Fellow Rotarians,

In October 1914, Jonas Salk was born – a man who would change world history by inventing the first effective vaccine against polio. When the vaccine was introduced in the United States in the 1950s, polls indicated that polio was one of the nation's two greatest fears, second only to the fear of atomic war. And with good reason: In the 1952 U.S. polio epidemic, 58,000 cases were reported, with 3,145 deaths and 21,269 instances of permanent, disabling paralysis. Globally, polio paralyzed or killed up to half a million people every year.

Soon after the Salk vaccine was created, Albert Sabin developed an... 

Posted by Megan Elliott on Sep 25, 2014

Hopefully you have heard about the major new improvements to the Rotary membership dues payment process hat will take effect with your January 2015 invoice (details below). To ensure that our transition to the new system is smooth and efficient, we are encouraging all clubs to submit their semiannual payments for the current July 2014 period as soon as possible. 
Starting in January 2015, your club secretary will receive a one-page invoice that clearly states the amount due (if your club has chosen email as the preferred delivery method, all club officers that have reported email addresses will receive a copy of the invoice). This document will replace the eight-page report that you have received in the past. Your club’s semiannual dues payment will be calculated from the membership numbers that your club’s secretary has filed by 1 January or 1 July each year at, via email or regular mail. You will no longer need to recalculate your amount due or make any changes to your invoice. 
In addition to simplifying the dues payment procedure, the new system will enable us to provide new Rotarians with a Rotary welcome kit much sooner and help make your new club members appreciate the privileges of membership promptly. 

To learn more about how the new system will work and better understand the changes that are planned, we encourage you and your fellow members to take a moment and visit For example, under the new system, the time period for submitting dues payments will be reduced to 120 days, and the procedures for termination and reinstatement will be different. You can email any questions, comments, or concerns to You also will find useful information on the Club Administration page at My Rotary. 

Posted by Megan Elliott on Jul 18, 2014

The general liability (GL) and directors & officers / employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) insurance policies provided to all U.S. Rotary Clubs & Districts have been renewed for the next Rotary year: 1 July 2014-15. 

The 2014-15 certificate of insurance providing proof of GL insurance is now posted on the Insurance Information Portal. For events scheduled on or after 1 July 2014, U.S. Rotarians are encouraged to go to the Insurance Information Portal to obtain the certificate of insurance as needed. The instructions on how to complete the certificate of insurance have been updated for greater clarity. 

While our annual update won?t likely be sent until August/September, please note there is one important insurance coverage change relating to events with fireworks that we need help communicating to U.S. clubs within your district. Going forward, U.S. Clubs should not enter into any contract (or any other agreement) with any pyrotechnics company or any other company that detonates fireworks. To be clear, this does not impact any 2014 event with fireworks where the contract has already been signed. After the 4th of July weekend, RI Risk Management will be contacting clubs that we know have contracts with pyrotechnics companies. 

Because of the high risk exposure (possibility of numerous claimants with severe injuries), our insurance companies are no longer comfortable providing coverage to clubs that sign contracts with pyrotechnics companies. However, vicarious liability coverage will continue for clubs that sponsor or are otherwise involved with events that include fireworks, so long as a different party signs the contract with the pyrotechnics company. Please note that insurance didn?t and still won?t apply to clubs who directly transport, deliver, store, set up, detonate, or clean up fireworks; however, the legal sale of pre-wrapped fireworks supplied by a licensed third party for fund raising purposes has been and remains covered. 

If you need a certificate, please contact Michelle Schaefer at







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