As Rotarians, we do so many wonderful things each and every day.  One of the most remarkable things we have ever done, and continue to do, is the fight against the Polio virus.  December is a time for us to reflect on that work – and renew our commitment to End Polio Now.  With every gift, we are that much closer to eradicating this dreadful disease.
However, Rotary’s commitment to disease prevention and treatment is not just about the individuals we help.  It is about the families, the communities, and the overall human condition.  Did you know that more than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs? We help prevent the spread of major diseases such as Polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.
While Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria.
They design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who cannot afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
There is a lot Happening in D5000!
Here are some very important items and some clarification that I would like to make sure everyone is thinking about:
  1. The Council on Legislation ruling about MEETING FREQUENCY did not intend for our clubs to drop to 2x monthly meetings.  The amendment was made to provide meeting flexibility if you have another full-club activity planned during the same regular week.  IE:  A fundraiser, a full-club community service event, a social/mixer, a vocational tour, or another board of directors sanctioned non-business meeting.  If you do elect to cancel a meeting, please make sure that your website, Facebook page, and the D5000 website are updated to reflect your schedule.  Questions?  Feel free to call me directly.
  2. Priority #1 Membership Workshops were hugely popular! Rotarians from all around the state filled both sessions.  There has been a lot of interest in the materials and we'll make those available online as well as through the assemblies in the spring!
  3. D5000 Conference - Kaanapali Maui:  Don’t forget to register for the District Conference on May 19-21 at the Kaanapali Maui Sheraton:
  4. Foundation Dinner Registration is OPEN!  You will not want to miss this fun-filled evening of fun and friends.  For more information and to register, click here.
Keep up the great work on the Polio Champion Challenge - and make Membership our Priority #1!!  Let me know if I can be of service to you in any way!