PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Our recent board meeting on Wednesday, is the last board meeting as President. It’s amazing how fast the year went by. I’m excited for Capsun in his year. I’m very excited that I could induct two new members into our club.
The meeting kicked off with some of our members Courtlin and Garry, with Tippi, her other half, and a great guy Eddie, and AnneMarie getting to know each other. Please check out the two videos below to learn more about them.
We also recapped the fund-raiser in Kauai, and showed some videos of Ray playing the drums and dancing. Garry and I talked about the District conference 2016, and let our new members know what it’s about, and why they should definitely go. We talked about the website renewal, and the board approved it for two years at 33% off. Our club got awards because of all of your hard work, our fabulous members. It was great to have feedback from the board for the year. Feedback is so important for our club, so we can thrive and grow. if we don’t learn each of us, how can we improve, and meet the needs of our members? In addition, Mahalo to our E Club members coming to the President’s Change Of Command dinner with East Honolulu and our club that was last week Saturday. You guys rock!
I would like to wish you all a wonderful week and weekend. "All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to persue them" - Walt Disney
SPEAKER: Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility
By Arnold Grahl Rotary News/ 18-Apr-2016/see Rotary.org
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.
Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
The $4 per year dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. The next council will establish the rate after that.
“We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo,” said RI Vice President Greg E. Podd. “We must think about our future.”
Podd said the dues increase will allow RI to improve My Rotary, develop resources so clubs can offer a better membership experience, simplify club and district reporting, improve website access for Rotaractors, and update systems to keep Rotary in compliance with changing global regulations.
Also because of this Council’s decisions:
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