Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
April, 2017
Wow! Here we are in April. Time flies! Big congratulations to DGE Steve Certa for a great District Assembly held at White’s of Westport last weekend. The Keynote speaker, polio survivor Ann Lee Hussy, was snowed in at her home in New Hampshire. Steve set out to “Skype” the presentation. One projector with the PowerPoint and another with Ann Lee presenting through Skype. A little technology stress, but it worked out just fine. We finished ahead of schedule to boot!
Please keep up the good works with your personal and club donations to The Rotary Foundation. A top ten charity rating in the world! Tough to beat! Your hard earned dollars go where you want them to go: Programs! Not administration!
This is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, Let’s celebrate it!
On to the Multi District Conference! Hope to see you all there!
Multi District Conference
Please do not forget about the Multi District Conference. Please check out the Video below highlighting the Multi District Conference April 28th-30th, 2017. We have lots in store including Rotary International President Mr. John Germ as Keynote speaker on Friday evening. The committee has been working hard all year long organizing a fantastic conference you won’t want to miss.
Please pass this along to your club membership. See the attached Informational flyer. Be sure to register at follow the links to the Eventbrite site.
Thank you very much, I look forward to seeing you again on April 28th–30th, 2017 at the Multi District Conference! District Conference 2017  Video link
24th Annual International Night
Monday, May 15th, 2017       Whites of Westport        5:30PM     
This is the night we honor those young people in our district who are part of the Youth Exchange Program.
  • Meet students from every part of the Rotary world who are currently living and going to school in this district
  • meet our own students who will be traveling overseas and living in other districts next year
  • meet our short term exchange students who will spend part of their summer vacation abroad sharing cultures with a host family.
  • Find out how your club can share this experience!
This is always a heartwarming evening, rich in fellowship, and sharing the diversity and joy that is multi-cultural and cuts across every part of your Rotary experience. EVERY club should be represented at this evening. Some make it their weekly meeting and bring the whole club
Tickets: $47.50 each    Tables of 8: $360.
For further information: (401) 539-7762       e-mail:
Meet the new District Governor Nominee Designate Stephen Albright
Steve has been a member of the Yarmouth, MA Rotary Club since 2008. He has chaired or been a member of numerous committees in the Yarmouth Club. In addition, he has served as a director of the club and President for two years, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He also served three years as a Trustee, Vice President and President of the Yarmouth Rotary Foundation.
In 2010 he was named the Rotarian of the Year in the Yarmouth Rotary Club for the works that he performed for the club and his work for the Rotary Foundation. Steve is currently a Paul Harris Plus 2 member of The Rotary Foundation.
On the District level, he has served on the District Budget Committee for two years, been involved with the District Youth Exchange Committee currently serving as the District Inbound Chair and the District Committee Chair. He and his wife Jill have also served as a Youth Exchange host family for the past five years. In addition, he is also currently serving as Assistant Governor for the District in Area 1.
Steve and his wife Jill have been married for 22 years and together have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Bike to Providence
Friday, April 28, Paul Mikkelson from Avon-Canton Rotary will bike, from Avon CT to our District Conference in Providence = 110 miles!
Riding for Favarh, a local non-profit (assists challenged individuals and their families) –
You can help by donating just 25 cents a mile, $25.00. Maybe donate your Happy
Dollars from your meeting prior to, or after our Conference - checks
Payable to Avon-Canton Rotary, Favarh Bike in notes –
Mail to Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr. Simsbury, CT 06070. THANKS!
First Annual Founders Nite Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
What a nice evening on April 1st. The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters celebrated the 23 Charter members of the club, the 36 past Presidents and the Clubs 2017 Rotarian of the Year, Mr. Bruce Marquis. A very nice evening of refection for the current and past membership.
Bruce also has served in several district positions and is the current District Treasurer. Congratulations Bruce!
Opportunity to Volunteer at the Air Show; John Garcia, Smithfield Rotary Club
I wanted to share with you an opportunity for volunteering to share with the entire district. I’m the new Planned Giving Officer at Lifespan, which represents five RI hospitals, one being Hasbro Children’s Hospital. We are looking for volunteers to help with the RI Air Show at Quonset.
Saturday, May 20th And Sunday, May 21st from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (volunteers are needed for full day or half day shifts 7am-1 pm
WHERE: Quonset Air National Guard Base, 7 Flightline Drive, North Kingstown, RI
Contact: please mention you are a Rotary volunteer:
Jessica Czekala, Special Events Officer
Rhode Island Hospital | Hasbro Children's Hospital
139 Point Street. Providence, RI 02903
And finally, a message from the International President
Dear fellow Rotarians,
I’m proud to announce the newly updated End Polio Now website. It’s been revamped to include improved navigation, rich content, and thanks to your feedback, an enhanced Resource Center. You can get the latest polio news; download tools to help you advocate, fundraise, and educate about polio eradication; and make a contribution. Visit today.
Will you all be joining me in Atlanta for the Rotary International Convention? If you register by 31 March, you’ll receive the final preregistration rate of $415. I’m thrilled to share that Bill Gates will be joining us, as he shares how we can—and will—end polio together. It’s also worth arriving early to attend a special Presidential Peace Conference, scheduled for 9-10 June and featuring Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Our 2015-16 Annual Report is now widely available. Not only does the Annual Report serve as a year-in-review for Rotary, it also highlights the many ways our members are putting Service Above Self and making a difference in communities all over the world. View the report online.
I’d like to remind you all that the deadline for my Presidential Citation is 30 June 2017. Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs can earn a citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary.
Club leaders will be receiving an email in mid-March with resources to help them achieve the citation. Encourage them to use these great resources which include an achievement guide, and a video produced by Zone 25/26 on reporting goals. Recognition materials will be available in August 2017.
Thank you for all that you do so far this Rotary year, not only in your efforts to reach these goals, but as an important part of Rotary Serving Humanity.
John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17
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