by DG Gerry Kosanovic

Congratulations to the first four clubs to receive a District 5110 Action Award.  A $500 check was issued to the Rotary Clubs of Corvallis After Five, Sisters, Lakeview and Springfield Twin Rivers.    Each club submitted an application, approved by their respective Assistant Governor, that addresses one or more of the four strategic priorities of Rotary.  Despite the challenges that confront all of us, a focus of adapting, expanding our reach, engaging participants, and increasing our impact defines a path forward that is full of potential and possibility.

The Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five will allocate their award money to hosting a community-wide spelling bee.  As stated by club President Trudy Overlin, “this activity is tied to our community in ways that reach all demographics and has given us as a club access to parents and others that later become potential new members.”

The Rotary Club of Sisters is using the award to purchase audio-visual equipment that will enhance presentations in a meaningful way.  Club President Bill Bartlet envisions a greater opportunity to reach out to members, stating the new equipment “will facilitate remote meetings and presentations currently not possible with our outdated equipment.”

The Rotary Club of Lakeview is partnering with Lake County School District staff, Lakeview High School Students, and local businesses to promote community service, express gratitude, and represent the community of Lakeview to all Fire or Fire related personnel in Lakeview for the Bootleg Fire.  Club President Treavor Standcliff  believes that investing in outreach, especially with youth, will “attract a vastly wider range of important speakers and increase member engagement. All four strategic priorities would be met with receipt of this Action Award.”

The Rotary Club of Springfield-Twin Rivers will adapt their meeting with the purchase of the Owl Meeting device, a 360˙ camera, microphone, and speaker to better deliver a hybrid meeting.  Club President Rich Spurlin confirmed that the  entire board was enthusiastically supportive of this purchase to “increase member engagement of scheduled hybrid meetings.”

District leadership is deeply appreciative of the focus by these four clubs on the Four Strategic Priorities. Embedded in the four priorities is a vision to grow Rotary and increase our ability to better serve humanity, both locally and on a global scale.   Action Awards of $500 are still available to all clubs.  For information or an application, contact your Assistant Governor.