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Rotarians are mindful and grateful people, but we sometimes forget how lucky we are to have certain things in our lives. We can turn on a faucet anytime and get clean water, for example.  Millions of people do not enjoy this seemingly common experience.
March is Water and Sanitation month in the Rotary world.  Water has been one of top initiatives for some time and the cause is not likely to go away soon.  Our D6380 Water and Sanitation Chair, Gary Sobotta (Novi) is doing a great job educating people on the critical connection between clean water and sanitation.
Rotary World Peace Conference and our Million Dollar Dinner
District 6380 is lucky to have a Rotary World Peace Conference in our own backyard, March 31-April 1 in Ann Arbor.  These famous events are held all over the world, but rarely in our District. 
Updates on our District Conference, May 4-7 on Mackinac Island
Conference Chairs, Karen Gabrys (Ypsilanti) and Brenda Tipton (Livingston-Sunrise) are planning for a huge turnout at DisCon 2017. 
Bill Gates to keynote the Rotary International Convention, June 10-14
Rotary International is pulling out all the stops for this year’s convention in Atlanta. 
Bill Gates, has been announced as a keynote speaker.   Not only is he one of the most important people of our lifetime, but Mr. Gates has been an invaluable partner in the fight to eradicate polio.
This is your one and only chance to see him speak live.
First, click on the title of this story. Then, click on the link to the file of your choice shown in the top left.
You may also DOWNLOAD the newsletter from the Download section of the District 6380 website. 
Several events and activities of local clubs that may be of interest to other district members have descriptive flyers within the newsletter. Since not all flyers are made available to website administrators, please read the newsletter and copy the appropriate events from there for your interest.  Some flyers may be listed under "Local Club Events"on the District 6380 website www.rotary6380.org .
The RYLA Committee just wanted to let you know that the RYLA Registration page is now live at www.6380youth.org/register-here.html.  There are instructions there to inform you of how the process will work moving forward.
The WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 2017 will focus on how to empower community leaders, Rotarians, youth, and others to promote and actively practice peace and social justice in their own communities. Diverse perspectives from international speakers and Leading experts, authors, and scholars specializing in peace and conflict resolution will share ideas and discuss solutions. It is a unique opportunity to consider these complex issues with professionals from government, business, healthcare, media, and faith-based organizations.
This two-day event is hosted by the Michigan, northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Ontario based Rotary clubs representing over 15,000 Rotarians.
Please join us for this exciting opportunity on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, MI, March 31-April 1, 2017!
Be a Host Family
As a host family for a Rotary exchange student, you assume parental responsibility for this young ambassador from another country, to provide shelter and sustenance, guidance and counsel, and love and support to the child of strangers who may live thousands of miles from you. They have their own insurance and pocket money – you will provide room and board. Rotary does not pay any stipend to host families.
Rotary Clubs are always looking for potential host families. If you’d like to enrich your family’s experience by bringing in a Rotary exchange student, contact your local Rotary Club.
The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, so we’re having our biggest party ever – the District 6380 Million Dollar Dinner (MDD)!
The MDD has a lofty, but doable goal—to raise a minimum of one million dollars for The Rotary Foundation in this Rotary year. This is accomplished through outright gifts or bequest intentions.  Everyone is invited to attend this event.
First of all, a DGND is the District Governor Nominee Designate! This is the individual who will serve as District Governor in 2019-20.
Now the news!  The DGND for 2019-20 is Don “Sparky” Leonard, currently serving as AG for Sector 1.

Let us introduce Don, better known as Sparky to those living in our 6380 communities. Sparky is a 20-year Rotarian and a member of the Chatham Club in Ontario.  He served as Club President in 2014-15.  He has recently retired from a long stint as Operations Manager for an automobile dealership. 


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2017 District Conference
Conference registration is just $75.


The conference committee has been hard at work to bring you an exceptional conference experience that includes great speakers and programs. And since we will be at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, we are also planning in some free time for you to explore this great island resort.

After you register for the conference you will receive an email with a link to the Grand Hotel Reservation Form. You must use this form to make your hotel reservations at the Grand Hotel. No phone or online reservations will be accepted. We have secured a great rate for conference attendees! Don't miss this opportunity to stay at one of America's premier resort destinations.

For information about the conference and Grand Hotel Conference packages, go to: www.rotary6380conference.info/

Click on END POLIO NOW for more details about polio. This capability is brought to you courtesy of Philippe Lamoise of District 5340 of Southern California. Thank you, Philippe.
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