Dear fellow Rotarians,
I would like to tell you about my personal experience with the Rotary Global Rewards program
 (Ian and Juliet Riseley love to sit on their back deck, which offers views of their garden.)
 
 After the International Assembly last January, which is a very tiring event for the President-elect, Juliet and I needed a week’s break. So with our friends Don and Carolyn, we went to Florida to enjoy the winter sunshine and visit the theme parks in Orlando.

I had just received a briefing on the progress of Rotary Global Rewards, so it was fresh in my mind and I went on to the website to see what offers were available in Orlando. As an accountant with Scottish heritage, I enjoy a bargain!  It was with delight that I discovered a significant discount offered on entry to the theme parks, so Don make our booking through Rotary Global Rewards. Very simple to do, and a portion of our spending went back to Rotary.  The number and the variety of offers are growing all the time, so I recommend to Rotarians that they visit the Global Rewards page or download the Rotary Club Locator app to investigate this interesting program.
(Editor Note:  The District 9940 Chair for Global Rewards is Tony Stewart:  tony@paua.ac.nz)

Rotary’s fifth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, is an occasion for us to celebrate our progress against polio and look to the future.
You can participate by downloading promotional materials and resources to help you plan a successful World Polio Day event. Remember, hosting a World Polio Day event in your community fulfills one of the optional goals for my presidential citation. Be sure to share your plans by registering your event.

Our friends and partners in polio eradication, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will co-host our World Polio Day livestreamed event at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. The event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. PST, will include a global polio status update along with messages from experts and celebrity ambassadors. It will be streamed live and then available for viewing at endpolio.org.

I’m also excited to announce that the new Rotary public image campaign, People of Action, is now available in the Brand Center for use by districts and clubs. This campaign helps us with the important task of telling our stories to people outside of our clubs, in the communities we serve. New ads and resources will continue to be posted in the Brand Center over the next several months. 

I hope you will join me in embracing this campaign and encouraging other Rotarians to do the same. Together, we can show – and tell – the world we are People of Action, and send a powerful message that resonates across languages and cultures to raise worldwide understanding of Rotary.

Lastly, I know many of you have many great initiatives, projects, and information to share with the Rotary world. As such, I’d like to officially invite you to submit a breakout session proposal for the 2018 Toronto Convention.

Breakout sessions can inspire attendees, helping them polish their leadership skills and giving them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and more! Submit your proposal online by Sunday, 1 October 2017. Please contact our Learning & Development team with any questions.

I hope to see you all in Toronto as we come together as a part of Rotary: Making a Difference.

Sincerely,

Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18