Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

Volume 1 | Issue 4

Welcome to another issue of my weekly message! 
I hope that you all had a great week. There are several things that I would like to update you on this week.
I have told everyone that we would be sending out a video about Membership. I am pleased to inform you that we will share that link with you this week. Special thanks to our District Public Image Director Glenn Page who created this video for the District.  Glenn will be holding a series of webinars to show you how you can create your own videos about your club projects. No one will tell your club’s project better than you.

To tell our stories, we are going to reintroduce the News and Views Monthly Newsletter.  Beulah Gordon Skinner will be our District Coordinator.  More to come soon.
Rotary Club Central
Rotary Club Central has been updated. Please take a few minutes to is familiarize yourself with the changes. The site is more user friendly and there is now an information icon to explain items on the page. You can view reports on your computer, or you can print them to share with other Rotarians. Most importantly, the site is much quicker than in the past. This project has been in the works for some time, and Rotary believes that the new site will make using Rotary Club Central a great experience.
Strike Out Hunger Game Night
The Strike Out Hunger Baseball game is scheduled for Friday, August 11th, so don’t delay, buy your tickets now.  RI President Ian Riseley will be attending the game this year. It is also the Hall of Fame Weekend! Pete Rose will be inducted into the Phillies Hall of Fame, and will throw out the first pitch. Also, all fans that attend that night will get a Pete Rose Bobble Head to commemorate the day. Remember, that $10.00 from every ticket sold goes directly to the Rotary Foundation on your behalf.
Over the last 32 years, this event has raised over $990,000 for the Rotary Foundation, and Rotarians have given over 16 tons of food to the needy. This year we will break $1,000,000 mark in giving to the Foundation, and will present a check for $1,000,000 at the Strike Out Hunger dinner on Saturday, August 12th at The Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel. Last year we had over 330 people attend the dinner so buy your tickets now!
Rotary Youth Exchange Committee
We need volunteers to help with the District Youth Exchange Committee. This very important committee works with both our outbound and inbound Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students.
We are looking for Rotarians for the following positions:
District Rotary Youth Exchange Chair – responsible for running meetings and overseeing the program for the District
District Inbound Coordinator – responsible for introducing our District and clubs, and orienting the inbound Youth Exchange students with the program for the District
District Inbound Events Coordinator – responsible for coordinating monthly District Events for the inbound Youth Exchange students.
If you have any interest in being a part of our District RYE committee, please contact Melanie Druziako, District Administrator, at (856)205-9600, or 
If you are interested in supporting Rotary please consider getting Rotary License Plates for your car. It is a great conversation starter with people. In the year that I have had my plates I have had at least a dozen people ask me what is Rotary.
All District Club Dues Invoices have been sent out.  We’ve received several calls and emails regarding the Mid-Atlantic President Elect Training (MA PETS) Annual fee of $275.00. 
To clarify, it is required by Rotary International that every President-Elect attend training.  MA PETS is required annually even if a president holds office multiple terms. Special sessions are offered for "encore" attendees. The requirement cannot be waived, and PE’s are required to attend again. The MA PETS fee is mandatory, and is forwarded directly to MA PETS. 
New Rotary Club Governor's Visit
I visited the Tri County Rotary Club is week. This is our newest club and they just keep growing. I was informed that they are now 40 members strong, Congratulations! I also got a great gift from the Tri County Rotary Club.  They bought a star in the Sagittarius constellation named after me.  It’s called “The Fletch”! 
More club visits this week, plus Michele and I will attend Philadelphia District 7450 Strike Out Hunger Game on Wednesday!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Governor 2017-2018
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