Mr. Keith Hooper
President of Rotary E-Club of 5670 (2013)
I really don’t know where to start. I have been working diligently to get a new Rotary E-club started that will fit into our busy schedules. I know that even though I am an “old fart”, I refuse to slow down and my schedule does not allow me to attend a Rotary meeting every Tuesday at noon in Smith Center, Kansas! I also know that each of you have the same dilemma. Your schedules are such that noon meetings on Tuesdays or any other day of the week just doesn’t work for you. So I have given you an alternative – the Rotary E-Club! We have had several meetings as a provisional club but now, the “rubber hits the road” in that now we have been chartered as an official club of RI District 5670. We are officially called the Rotary E-Club of the Heart of America! Our charter has been approved!! In the past, when a new club is started in a District, there is typically a protocol where other clubs give the new club its banner, bell, etc. but I don’t think that this will be the case with our club since we are an E-Club. Our club room is the Internet!
I have done most of the work in getting the club started and now it is your turn. This is not my club, but rather your club! We have lots and lots of flexibility. My goal in the next few months is for you to really understand what Rotary does and what Rotary is about. Each of you should spend some time on the Rotary website, the District website and the Club website. You will be receiving a membership number and this number is key in logging in to the Rotary website to receive your personal information and donation history, The district website is finally up to date and it contains some excellent information. I have linked our club website rotary-district-5670-eclub.org. with both the district and the RI website. Please take a look at our website and and give me and our webmaster, Darlene Ganub, some constructive criticism. I would really like to have a “website” committee to optimize the effect of our website. Anyone interested? I am basically illiterate when it comes to computer functions but I can type 65 words a minute!
Let’s talk a bit about meetings. In order to be a good standing member in a Rotary Club, one basically has to keep their dues current. It used to be (not too many decades ago when Rotary was an exclusive rich man’s club) that if you missed 3 meetings in a row, you were placed on probation and any further misses would cause you to be ousted from the club in shame and disgrace! I guess those folks joined the Lions Club or the Moose Lodge! That is no longer the case in Rotary. Although you are highly encouraged to attend meetings, it is no longer mandatory but there is a direct correlation between attendance at meetings and the strength of a traditional club. Our club is no different – instead of physically attending a meeting at the Country Club or a ritzy restaurant every week, you have the option of attending the meeting by simply going to our website and viewing one or more of the programs and then reporting your attendance to our Secretary Melanie Williams. The other way to get credit for attendance is to come online every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m CST or in the summer 8:00 p.m. CDT. I will always be online at that time although it will be 9:a.m. the following day in the Philippines! Since we have members in Europe, North America, and Asia, online meetings may be a bit difficult for some. I smile when I think about our European members when asked what they were doing at 2:00 a.m and they say that they were attending a Rotary meeting. Now that is dedication!
Now a bit about dues. To be a member in good standing, one must be current on dues. Our dues initially will be “bare bones” – $150/year and there is no “wiggle room” with this amount because the majority of the dues will go to the District and to Rotary International. The small amount remaining will be used to pay for our Internet domain and the webmaster. Dues can be paid in two ways and in increments. Dues can be paid either quarterly, semi-annually or annually. You can send your check made out to “The Rotary E-club of the Heart of America” to our Treasurer – Paterna Hooper, 23031 60 Road, Lebanon, KS 66952 or you can go online to our website and pay your dues through PayPal. Eventually, I hope to have a “finance committee” who will further develop the dues structure. Most dues in traditional clubs exceed $300/year and that does not include the weekly meal at the Country Club so you are getting one heck of a deal! I toyed with the idea of adding $10/month which would be sent to the Rotary Foundation for worthy Projects but I will leave that decision up to the finance committee. It is important that we all donate to the Rotary Foundation because half of those funds come back to the District for local grants and the other half is used for Global Grants.
I think I have pontificated enough. My next email will cover the Rotary Foundation and the great work that Rotary is doing around the world.
A reminder that if you want to join in our weekly meeting (“chat”), download the GoToMeeting App and we will see you on each Tuesday – 8:00 p.m. CDT. The meeting ID# is 775-016-541. This is a recurring meeting so the ID number will be the same each week.
Yours in Rotary,
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