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Welcome to the July Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Green Bay

I hope this newsletter finds you all well.  Rotary Light Up
I am, as you can see, changing up the delivery of our clubs information.  I am planning on issuing a correspondence to each club member in this format at the beginning of each month.  It is structured around Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service; Club Administration and Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International and Humanitarian Service and finally Youth Service.  These Avenues of Service you will see repeated throughout our club, everything from the format of the Board Agendas to the pull down on the new Website (when it is completed)! I will endeavor to keep the material in this newsletter current and relevant to each of you and make it easy for you to reach out to fellow Rotarians, find more information on a topic that you may find of interest. (I will still use the database email system to issue information to each of you between newsletters as necessary).

As I mentioned at the Changing of the Guard the theme this year is "Light Up Rotary"
Our RI President, Gary C.K. Huang, chose "Light Up Rotary" as his theme after he was inspired by the Chinese philosopher Confucius who said; "It's better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness" he went on to say that "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There is nothing I can do' so they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything says dark. The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to Light a Candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together we light up the world"
Use this link to watch the video of our RI President Gary C.K. Huang sharing his vision for us to Light Up Rotary
So I ask you to join me as the Rotary Club of Green Bay in "Lighting up Rotary" in 2014-2015."
Ian Griffiths
Club President 2014-15
Rotary Club of Green Bay

Club Administration and Service

Upcoming Club Meetings for the remainder of July

Date:          July 14, 2014  
Topic:         Power Flour Update
Speakers:  John Herlache                          
Date:          July 21, 2014  
Topic:        Classification talk/Club Assembly
Speakers: Osmara Vielma/Board of Directors
Date:          July 28, 2014  
Topic:         Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar / India Weaving Factory
Speakers:  Hannah Warren

• Interested in proposing a new member? Complete the new member application and give it to Gina Evans, membership chair.

• A well-deserved shout out to our clubs Fellowship Committee headed by Mary Denissen for the delightful Charging of the Guard Event.  If anyone took any photos that evening please forward them to me (Ian Griffiths) for inclusion on our soon to be updated Website.

Club History
• Are you interested in assisting our club in documenting our history?  Are you willing to take some of the documents we have and organize then chronologically?  If you are willing to assist in this aspect of our clubs please contact Steve Mastalir.

Vocational Service 

What was formerly GSE (Group Study Exchange) has in recent times migrated to a called VTT.  Vocational Training Teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.
Are you interested in learning more about Vocational Training Team (VTT (formerly the Group Study Exchange)?
If you are interested please contact Tom Guyette.


Community Service

This year, Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, is urging all Rotarians to Light Up Rotary by participating in Rotary Days. The Rotary Day concept is a simple one: We are to hold a fun, informal event in your community for the non-Rotary public and use it as an opportunity to introduce them to Rotary. It's that easy. Rotary Days can help our club drive up interest in membership, strengthen our club's relationships with local institutions and community members, and improve Rotary's image in our community. Imagine the collective impact we can have if all 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide make a concerted effort to introduce the public to the fun, rewarding experiences that we all enjoy as Rotary members.
I am looking for ideas from you as to how we can best implement "Rotary Days" within our club and community.  Do you have a good idea or opportunity in mind? If so then please contact me (Ian Griffiths) so we can establish a committee to put these ideas into action.    
For more information on Rotary Days please click on the following link;  Rotary Days
In addition to the Rotary Days we have some long standing community service projects and opportunities. For more information and service opportunities please consider a stint at The Men's Closet (to schedule a time to assist please email Jim DeCoster) or Ben's Wish or email Gina Evans.
Please support our "Rotary Literacy Month" and our partnership with the United Way of Brown County.  
The Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The vision of the libraries is to promote literacy and the love of reading through a free book exchange.
Please bring your used books to the greater table each week in boxes or paper bags and we will complete the labels for the inside cover and deliver them to the United Way for you.  Yes it’s that easy.




International and Humanitarian Services

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

It is time we gave additional consideration/planning for a new service project.  These "Areas of Focus" give us many opportunities for innovative projects both locally and internationally. Give this area of our club some thought, chat with Tom Guyette or send him an email.  Perhaps there is the opportunity for a link here to the Rotary Days event mentioned above.

Youth Services

As a reminder, RYLA will be held during the weekend of October 3-5 this year. We have been strong supporters of this annual event in the past and I am please to report that we will be again this year. The students that our club has sponsored in the past, typically come back and tell us that it was a "life-changing experience" with tears flowing down their faces. Seriously.  

Many clubs send their RYE students to RYLA which is really a win/win. The RYE students love to meet other kids their age, and the "local" students enjoy meeting someone from another part of the world. RYLA truly builds goodwill and better friendships.

John Kelly is coordinating the effort this year.  Please feel free to get in touch with him in VERY short order if you have or know of an eligible candidate that would benefit from the Leadership Weekend.  You can also check out the RYLA web page here for much more information, testimonials and application forms.


Meetings held every Monday at Noon at:

Hyatt Hotel, 333 Main Street,
Green Bay, WI.  54301

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