27 February 2012 — Rotary International’s “Areas of Focus”

MESSAGE FROM THE (PROVISIONAL) PRESIDENT

This past weekend, hundreds of incoming Club Presidents gathered at the LAX Marriott for the annual Southern California-Nevada PETS, Presidents-Elect Training Seminar. There is an advantage to gathering six Rotary Districts near a major airport: among the guests and speakers were Past Rotary International Presidents Ray Klinginsmith, Rick King, and Cliff Dochterman, RI Director Ken Boyd and Past Director Paul Netzel, and the guest of honor, Rotary International President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka.

The PETS Committee sent a cold-contact letter to a nameless, faceless place called the Consulate of Japan in Los Angeles, hoping that somehow they could convince the Consul General to attend the luncheon when President-Elect Tanaka was to speak. They were very pleasantly surprised when they found out that the Consulate is not as nameless and faceless as they thought–there’s a Rotarian in the house, Jennifer Usyak. With the Consul General out of town, Deputy Consul General Yusuke Shindo attended the luncheon and offered remarks of welcome to President-Elect Tanaka and gratitude to all of Rotary for our support in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

After lunch, Jennifer met President-Elect Tanaka and spoke with him long enough to share the basic information of our “Letters to Tohoku” project–at least, I think that’s what they were talking about in Japanese–and he seemed very pleased with the idea.

You never know when you’re going to meet interesting people, but if you attend a Rotary event the chances are you will…and you are one yourself, anyway.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

During President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka’s talk to the attendees at PETS this past weekend, he emphasized that Clubs should provide great service, locally and internationally, their own way. Just the same, he reminded us that after much study the Rotary International leadership has suggested that we look for service projects in six important “Areas of Focus.”

After this introductory video, shown to us at PETS and produced by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI), a wonderful video for you to show your membership prospects while reminding them that they should contact us and not RIBI after watching it, and that we still do spell “realize” with a Z…following are even shorter videos produced by Rotary International and designed to generate thoughts on ideas about the Areas of Focus.

What can we do, locally and elsewhere? All ideas welcome. Let’s make it happen.

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4 responses to 27 February 2012 — Rotary International’s “Areas of Focus”

  1. This program was truly enlightening – the videos clearly illustrated Rotary’s 6 areas of focus and made them concrete for me. Mel – thanks for sharing your experience at the training. The Japan project actually fits into all 6 areas. It appears that the connection Jennifer made at the conference will be most helpful in implementing and promoting the e-club’s project.

  2. I enjoyed the many messages in all 8 videos. The one produced by RIBI packed quite an emotional punch.

  3. Patty, it definitely helps to get a sense of where Rotary International is focusing its resources, so as Clubs we can focus our own. And Sharon–yep, the RIBI one really got me when they showed it to us during PETS, and I wanted to share it very much. It’s really about the people…us.

  4. It is one thing to read about the Foundations 6 Areas of Focus and another to see and hear about what people are doing and have done. Very moving, thank you

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