District Governor Newsletter

Rotary International District 5130

President’s Newsletter # 5

December 17, 2018

Welcome to your December District 5130 President’s Newsletter!

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and happiness!

 November was another great opportunity to be inspired by the incredible work being done in our District.  Doing what matters is happening all over our six counties – good for you!  Special thanks for November visits with:

  • Petaluma – President Michael Nistler and AG Len Geraldi
  • Petaluma Sunrise – President Kurt Schau and AG Len Geraldi
  • Rohnert Park – Cotati – President Pat Miller and AG Len Geraldi
  • Napa – President Robert Green and AG Jill Barwick
  • Rancho Cotati – President Yatin Shah and AG Len Geraldi
  • Willits – President John Keleher and AG Elizabeth Penny

In addition to DG Club visits, there were a whole lot of other really great things happening in November, here are some of the highlights:

The South Ukiah Rotary Club hosted Guitars for Vets on Saturday, November 10.  The music was terrific, and the ribs were fantastic!  It was a very successful fundraiser for a worthwhile cause.  Congratulations to South Ukiah Club President Scott Hegan and the entire team!

District Governor Elect Training for Kathy Flamson and District Governor Nominee Training for Doug Johnson and the Rotary International Zone Institute for current and past District Governors were all held the week before Thanksgiving at the Peppermill Resort in Reno.

And then we had Thanksgiving!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday with family and friends.

In this newsletter, I’d also like to share more info on a number of items:

  1. District Awards and RI Presidential Citation
    • People are asking about District Awards this year and I want to share some details on that with you. Attached to this newsletter is a one-page summary of the awards program this year.  Simply put, our District Awards process is going to focus on our three areas:
      1. Support and Strengthen Clubs
      2. Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
  • Enhance Public Image and Awareness
  • We will follow the same criteria as the RI Presidential Citation for our District Awards – they are so very do-able! I believe that every club in our District can achieve the citation this year!  Take a look at the attached summary – there are lists of goals for each area – you’ve probably already accomplished some of them!
  • We will use the entire Rotary year – July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 to accomplish these goals (no more rushing to get things done and submitted by April!).
  • Most goals can be tracked automatically through Rotary Club Central (Wrinkle: Some of us have not entered our goals into Rotary Club Central yet.  If you haven’t, please reach out and we will work with you to register your goals.  I’ll be checking the database during the last week of December – and helping out to make sure that we all have goals registered).
  • This way, you and your club will be recognized for what you’ve accomplished. Recognitions will be given out in September and October of 2019.
  • This is a great time of year to review our goals and re-dedicate ourselves to achieving them. Starting on January 1, we have 6 months till June 30 to get where we want to be.  You can do it, I know you can!  😉


  1. Signature Projects at the Rotary 4-Way Fest District Conference in Reno
    • Every Club in our District has a signature project, or maybe a few projects that define them. We want to showcase the best of who we are and what we do at our District Conference.  So, start thinking about what you’d like to showcase and share with our neighboring Districts.
    • In January, you’ll be getting a request looking for more details about what you’d like to share and how you’d like to do it. Small table, larger table, internet connections, etc.  We’ll capture all of the input and the showcase team will develop the implementation plan.  One thing I can tell you is that the showcase space is excellent – it’s big, and very well located (right on the way into the main meeting room!).  Let’s fill it up with our best stuff!


  1. Public Image Committee for the District
    • Our fantastic Public Image Chairperson, Cindy Denbo, is looking for some additional members for the Public Image Committee. Take a look at the attached description from Cindy and share it with your clubs.  We have a great opportunity to spread the word on Rotary.


  1. Membership
    • Once again, this month, we’re up in our Membership numbers! See the attached spreadsheet for the latest info.  These numbers reflect the change in membership for each club since July 1, 2018.  Check out the clubs listed in red – pretty awesome work there!


  1. Foundation Giving
    • As of November 30, our District has contributed more than $290,000 to the Rotary Foundation! We currently rank # 44 in the world for contributions to the Foundation!  Spectacular way to show our commitment to service and to making the world a better place.  Thank you!


  1. Update on RYLA revamp
    • We have more than 35 people who have expressed an interest in working on the RYLA Revamp program. A survey was sent to all of these individuals as well as all of our club Interact advisors early in December.  The survey asks about areas of interest as well as preferences for timing, duration and location of the program.  Many of us were able to attend a breakout session in Reno about RYLA best practices and met with a number of key contacts from neighboring districts.  I am confident that we will be able to take all of this input and build a very good program for the youth of our District!  If you’d like to take the survey or want to have more of your club members involved, please let me know and I’ll forward the survey link to you.


And as our Holiday Season continues, I wish you and those you love a wonderful season!  Enjoy!

Thanks for all you do as a Rotarian to make our communities and our world a better place through the work of service.  You are my inspiration!

Our District leaders in Membership, Foundation and Public Image are Lori Breyer (rotary.loribreyer@gmail.com), Jim Flamson (shortform@aol.com) and Cindy Denbo (denbo@sbcglobal.net).

Do What Matters

Because what we do in Rotary, how we do it, and why we do it …MATTERS