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Rotary District 5650 had the first ever Changing of the Guard event on June 27, 2015.
The District and Clubs thanked outgoing, and welcomed incoming, leadership.  That was combined with a Family Day of Service.  
The pirate theme provided a backdrop for fun and engaging activities for the entire family all day long.  (The program information is included below.)
For photos, see the links on the left of this webpage, or click here.  Return often to view more photos as they are added.
The 2015 RYLA youth leadership event was held April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Kitaki again this year and went very well.  The camp is geared towards high school juniors and focuses on leadership development and ethical principled behavior in life.
This year we had 41 students and 4 student counselors (past participants that came back to help).
Every year the Rotary International President presents the Rotary Theme for the year, outlines the focus behind that theme, and creates a Presidential Citation Challenge to Clubs in support of that focus.
Congratulations to the clubs that completed the required training* to apply for District Grants in 2015-16.  Clubs must also submit the 2015-16 Memorandum of Understanding and, finally, the 2015-16 District Grant Application which is due May 31, 2015.
Projects cannot start before July 1, 2015 (and cannot start until official notification of approval by Rotary International) and must be completed by March 31, 2016.
See the Grants page of this website for details and forms.
How to get more out of Rotary
How to engage members . . .
Making our projects more successful . . .
Understanding the value of The Rotary Foundation . . .
When asked what participants want to get out of Rotary training and meetings, we hear things like the statements above. 
Meeting all of those needs is a challenge - but there is an answer – the Rotary Leadership Institute.
Activities of Rotary District 5650 clubs can be submitted for posting to the Spotlight on Clubs page of this District 5650 website. Find the page on the left or click here to see the activities of the clubs in the District.


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.
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.
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