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The Rotary District 5650 annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 14 at 7:00 PM.  It will be conducted as a virtual meeting using the Go-To-Meeting platform.  All participants will be able to speak, vote and view documents with this online utility.
Any proposed resolutions or amendments to the District By-Laws are to be submitted to the District Governor, Brian Moon (, no later than April 14, 2015. 
According to District By-Laws, each club gets one vote, regardless of membership, for the first 25 members (or fewer if not 25).  Then for each additional 25 members or fraction over 12, the club is authorized one more delegate.  The club’s delegate(s) should be comfortable with an online meeting/webinar format.  We will be sending out a tutorial on the meeting format sometime in April.  The Rotary Club’s Board appoints the delegates. 
Please fill out this form and return it to District Executive Administrator, Erin Oberhauser (, no later than April 14, 2015. 

District 5650 Training Assembly and Club Secretary Training with
Grants Management Seminar
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April 11, 2015
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE 68508
Registration and Continental Breakfast – 8:00 am
District Assembly and Secretaries-elect Training Seminar (SETS)– 8:30am – 4:00pm
Grants Management Seminar – 1:50pm – 4:00pm
It is time again for the District Training Assembly.  This Assembly is for ALL club officers and members who are eager to learn more about Rotary.  The purpose of this Assembly is to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and help them build their leadership team.  The meeting is also an opportunity for club leaders to meet with district leaders who will support club projects and activities.  This training seminar will help you learn how to have a strong, successful Rotary club!
Attendees will be able to choose which training sessions they would like to attend.  We will have sessions on Membership Recruitment, Membership Retention, The Rotary Foundation, Public Relations, Social Media, Community Service Projects, Vocational Service Projects, IT Support, Secretary Training and more!  There will also be a Grants Management Seminars available in the afternoon. (The GMS session attendance requires an additional $10.00 fee.)
Club Secretaries - there is NO FEE for you to attend this training!  Your fee was paid in your district dues.  We encourage every secretary to attend the AM SETS session and the afternoon session of your choice. 

Click here to register online, or click here for a printable registration form.

A large part of The Rotary Foundation’s program includes ways for clubs to secure grants for their Local Communities through District Grants.
All clubs are eligible to apply but all must meet the requirements and deadlines.
Be a part of making a difference in your community - consider a District Grant today!
The 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar will be held April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville NE.  High school juniors are eligible to apply. 
RYLA encourages clubs to nominate students.  Many clubs partner with local high schools to identify potential applicants.  The application forms are available on the District 5650 Website - RYLA page. 
Clubs are asked to nominate 2 students (ideally, one male and one female).  The cost to clubs is $200 per student.  This year the district is reimbursing clubs up to $100 for one student. This is a wonderful development.
Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division is expanding again!
To meet the needs of participants, the Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division (RLI) regularly reviews what we offer.  We are always considering what courses are offered, how many sessions we have each year, and where we hold those sessions.
A couple of years ago, participants asked to offer 3 sessions per year (rather than the 2 we had been holding in March and October).  We responded by adding a July meeting.
This year we were asked to help the District to our East – in the Southern part of Iowa – provide RLI to the members of their Rotary Clubs.  We had a number of participants from District 6000 at our March, 2015 RLI session.  To support the expansion, we are adding a session in Des Moines in October, 2015.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

Rotary Clubs and Members are doing amazing things!  We want to recognize those efforts through the Awards program.
Rotary District 5650 has an effective awards program in place providing both objective and subjective awards. There are opportunities for everyone.  
The District Awards Committee also wants to ensure that we nominate qualified Members and Clubs for International level awards available through Rotary International. This presents a challenge due to the varying submission information and deadlines. But, it is worth the time and effort when we are able to present these prestigious awards.
The awards page of the Rotary District 5650 website has been updated to reflect all of the awards. As well periodic emails will be sent to ensure clubs are aware of the nomination opportunities. Everyone likes a little recognition - thank you for your help in making this happen.

A new category this year for the Presidential Citation is Light Up the Family of Rotary! and there is no better way to light up Rotarians than through hosting or participating in a Rotary Days Event!  
If you had the opportunity to attend an event with RI President Gary C.K. Huang, you heard his passion about Rotary Days – having fun and creating new ways to positively present rotary in our communities.
Rotary International has provide a Rotary Days Brochure and the Rotary Days information is briefly mentioned in the 2014-15 Presidential Citation Brochure.
Rotary District 5650 has outlined some additional criteria and guidelines for events to qualify as Rotary Days events. 
There is an entire page on this website dedicated to Rotary Days, located just to your left under the "Site Pages" heading.  We hope that you will share your photos and event information so that we can fill this page with ideas and success stories!  

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