June 2022
Governor "WooWoo's" Message
"Together, we make amazing things happen!"

Rotary Fellowships - Rotary International's June Focus

Rotary Fellowships Month recognizes the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests.  There are over 100 themed groups available and if you can't find a group that focuses on your particular interest, you can start a special Fellowship on your own.
While District 6380 does not offer official "Fellowships,"  District Rotarians have had opportunities throughout the year to explore common interests, raise awareness and form connections at events such as the Environmental Work Day, the INSPIREX Speaker Series, the Interact Day of Peace along with the DEIJ and Peace committee meetings and most recently, our Annual District Conference Celebration “All About the Clubs.” 
At this year’s conference, we enhanced our fellowship opportunities by highlighting and celebrating YOU - the Members, Leaders and Clubs in District 6380.  WooWoo’s Club Hub was a hit allowing all attendees the opportunity to form new connections and friendships.  
The club presentations were informative and provided ideas and ways to collaborate for the future.
We heard from amazing speakers such as Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, an active member of Trenton Rotary; Jackie Huie who pioneered a student mentoring program with the St Joseph/Benton Harbor Rotary Clubs; and Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga who shared her recent experiences in Romania and the Ukraine.  Rotary CEO John Hewko sent a personalized message to Governor WooWoo and District 6380 which was indeed a highlight for me! 
There was a definite focus on youth through our outstanding entertainment including a high school choir, jazz band and Indian dancers  who shared their expertise and amazing talents.  Lastly the dedication of the District 6380 Peace Pole on the grounds of Paradise Park helped solidify our hope for Peace on Earth for current and future generations.  
As your 2021-2022 Governor or as I like to say, your CEEO “Chief Encouragement and Excitement Officer,”  I was honored to be a part of our year-end festivities and hope that those who attended found the conference both engaging and FUN.

In this last edition of the Team “WooWoo” Inside Scoop, I'd like to recap some of our District Goals, Accomplishments and Achievements.  The year was driven by goals set early on in order to assist District 6380 and its members not only in 2021-2022 but in upcoming years.  My focus was to Engage, Excite and Have Fun.  We’ve had to be innovative and  adaptive in order to maintain that focus and you were!  Our clubs have done a great job carrying out the mantra of Serving to Change Lives during the prolonged pandemic.  
Some Notable District 6380 2021-2022 Achievements
1.  Formed new Committees and Entities including:
  • District Charitable Organization (501c3) 
  • District Peace Committee
  • District DEIJ Committee
  • Environmental Committee 
2.  Set clear goals and initiatives for District leaders and committees for the 2021-2022 year
3.  The District absorbed first half of District member dues to assist clubs with investing in themselves

4.  Created an INSPIREX Worldwide Speaker Series to engage club members on targeted topics

5.  Expanded District Communication Channels though:
  • Return of the District Monthly Bulletin
  • Expanded District communication using emails, social media and website presence
6.  Increased awareness and donations for The Rotary Foundation 
  • Increased PolioPlus Awareness and donations (largest single year since 2012)
  • Expanded awareness and giving to Ukraine humanitarian efforts through use of District Designated Funds, individual and Club donations to RI Disaster Response Fund, Shelter Box and personal donations directly to Ukraine Rotary Clubs

7.  Expanded Youth programs by offering the Interact Day of Peace Assembly and forming new Interact Clubs

8.  Expanded District membership by over 160 new members
9.  Provided extensive training to District leaders, committee members and clubs throughout the year

Recognition and Awards 
  • Created a new District 6380 Governor's Award for Innovation and Mentorship Commitment
  • Expanded recognition of new members through Social Media, new member training  and event awareness
  • Implemented innovative District Leadership (Chairs and Key Committee member) recognition and appreciation over 65+ awards, recognitions given at the 2021-2022 District Conference
As we head into the last month of this Rotary year, our District, your community and the world continues to need your support more than ever.  It is my hope that together, we will continue to Engage, Excite and most importantly HAVE FUN.  I want to thank you for your dedication and service this year.  I am inspired by all the clubs and humbled by the impact that District 6380 has made around the globe.  I thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your District Governor this year.  I’m looking forward to "Imagining Rotary" in 2022-2023.
                                                     Thank you!
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