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MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR DRAWS 135 ATTENDEES
DG Sally Montagne (right) with Rod Belton, Wyn Spiller and Brad Howard
More than 130 Rotarians from District 5500 and neighboring districts attended the membership seminar August 9 at The Highlands Clubhouse in Dove Mountain, Marana. Organized by Joe Hentges, District membership chair, the event featured trainers Wyn Spiller and Rod Belton from California. The keynote speaker was Rotary International Director-Elect Brad Howard. Each participating club received a thumb drive containing resources and information for membership development. Rotary International has 1.2 million members, the same number that it had 20 years ago. During that time, 1.2 million new members have joined, and the same number have left the organization. Rotary International has been actively working to understand why people join, why they leave, and how to keep Rotary relevant, especially to younger members. Surprisingly, the primary motivation for joining a Rotary Club is NOT service: it is friendship.
DG Sally Montagne Visits Clubs
District Governor Sally Montagne is in the process of visiting each club in District 5500. At each club she meets with the board of directors and then addresses the club members at a regular meeting. She reports getting a lot of ideas for projects and activities. "The clubs are doing amazing things," she said, "and it is really exciting to learn about their projects and programs.
Rotary DG Sally's had her Official Visit with the RC of Marana-Dove Mountain's Board of Directors on Wednesday evening. After the BOD Meeting, other club members and friends joined in for dinner and celebration of "National Root Beer Float Day." Past District Governor Ernie Montagne recorded the festivity with this photo.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 26-28
HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT
The District 5500 Conference will be held September 26-28 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. The conference will focus on service projects, and there will be informative workshops for attendees. John Osterland, general manager of The Rotary Foundation, will be a featured speaker. The El Conquistador Resort offers activities for families, including golf, tennis and swimming, so the conference is an opportunity for a getaway weekend. To see the conference flyer, click here. To register, click here: 2014 Conference. Make hotel reservations directly with the Hilton, Group Code RDD. For meal and hotel information, click here: hotel & meals.