Uutiskirje RI Director Wygnańczuk (in English)

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Uutiskirje RI Director Wygnańczuk (in English)

NEWSLETTER no.10 RID Piotr Wygnanczuk

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RI ZONES 17&18          NEWSLETTER no. 10

from RI Director Piotr Wygnańczuk             Gdynia, 9 February 2020

Dear Rotary Leader,

In this letter I would like to share with you information about two Rotary International events which took place in January 2020. The first one, the 2020 International Assembly, was held in San Diego, USA and as usual it gathered together all of the district governors elect and their partners, trainers, past, current and future Rotary International Presidents, the Board of Directors and other senior leaders. It was the last International Assembly organized in San Diego. The next International Assemblies will be hosted by the city of Orlando, USA.

The main actor of this event was Rotary International President (still Elect) Holger Knaack from Germany. He is the first RI President from Germany. As you probably know, his theme for this year is “ROTARY OPEN OPPORTUNITIES”. The theme refers to the Rotary new strategic plan showing various possibilities of membership. A lot of speeches during the General Sessions were devoted to the year’s theme, most of them were very motivating and received from the audience standing ovations. A special ovation was given to the Rotaractors speakers.

Apart from the general sessions, all of the Board Directors participated in the round table discussions as facilitators. I believe that all of the governors-elect and their partners got a lot of motivation and inspiration for the coming year of the Rotary service.

The second event of January was the third Rotary International Board of Directors Meeting. It was held from 27th–29th January 2020 at the Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, IL USA. At this meeting, the Board reviewed nine committee reports and recorded 39 decisions.

Programs, Meetings, and Awards

The Board

● established an annual Rotaract per capita dues fee structure of US$5.00 for university-based clubs and $8.00 for community-based clubs, beginning 1 July 2022 and agreed that the $50 one-time chartering fee for new Rotaract clubs will be eliminated beginning 1 July 2022;

● clarified its decision from October 2019 regarding a Rotaract age limit, agreed that a Rotaract club may, but is not required to , establish upper age limits, provided that the club (in accordance with its bylaws) obtains the agreement of its members and the sponsor club(s) (if applicable);

● renamed Rotarian Action Groups to Rotary Action Groups and agreed to admit non-Rotarians as members of these groups;

● enhanced Rotary’s engagement with local communities, approved a non-Rotarian event concept for launch at the 2023 Melbourne convention;

● selected the 2019–20 recipients for the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award and the Rotary Alumni Association of the Year Award, to be awarded at the 2020 Honolulu convention;

● approved 147 recipients for the 2019–20 Service Above Self Award. Administration and Finances

● agreed to cease producing printed versions of the Official Directory;

● approved President-elect Knaack’s proposed 2020–21 Rotary committee appointments, including his selection of Johrita Solari (USA) as vice president, Bharat Pandya (India) as treasurer, and Stephanie Urchick (USA) as Executive Committee chair;

● approved the 2020–21 district governors funding budget of US$9.3 million.

Clubs and Districts

The Board

● continued its review of a global membership test project that is not club-based;

● reviewed six resolutions that were adopted by the 2019 Council on Resolutions.

The next Board of Directors meeting will take place at the Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston.

With my best regards,

Piotr Wygnańczuk RI Director 2018-2020