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The RYLA program is for high school students. The success of the program comes from the selected students. We are looking for students of all backgrounds that have demonstrated leadership potential and will benefit from attending RYLA.

WHAT: RYLA program - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive leadership training and conference for high school students. The program will include lectures and discussion periods with skilled, prominent leaders. Students will also participate in group activities, recreation, good food and fellowship. 

WHO: Sophomore and Junior High School students – Participants are selected and sponsored by their local Rotary club. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, promote high ethical standards and strive to build goodwill and peace in the world.

WHERE: Camp ASCCA, near Dadeville AL. Participants will stay in camp facilities. Activities will take place on the camp property. Participants are housed in bunkhouse-type buildings.

WHEN: FEBRUARY 20TH- 23RD, 2020 Participants arrive Thursday afternoon for registration. RYLA 2020 concludes on Sunday morning following breakfast, an ecumenical prayer service, and final session.

WHY: To teach and mentor students in District 6880 on what a leader should look like in the world today. RYLA is an activity sponsored by District 6880 of Rotary, representing some 49 Rotary Clubs in south-central Alabama. These clubs select and sponsor approximately 100 young people to meet in an unfamiliar setting to focus on leadership and decision-making skills.

HOW: WITH YOUR HELP AND ENTHUSIUM!!

We stress the Rotary Four Way Test of things we think, say or do:
1. Is It The Truth?
2. Is It Fair To All Concerned?
3. Will It Build Good Will And Better Friendships?
4. Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned?

Applications: Applications are available through your local Rotary clubs or through the District 6880 website. || DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE || Parental or Guardian permission forms will be required for all participants.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 1ST.

Applications can be submitted via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or given to the Rotary Club sponsoring the student. Once selected by the selection committee, students will be notified of their acceptance with additional information of RYLA 2020.

Expense: There is no cost to any youth. You may bring individual spending money for incidental expenses. The local, sponsoring Rotary Club pays registration fees which are outlined in the documents below. All students should coordinate their transportation arrangements through the Rotary sponsor.

Enhancing Rotary and Professional Leadership Skills


The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots, multi-district leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. District 6880 participates in the RI Zones 29-30 Regional Leadership Institute – Heart of America Division.

RLI was founded to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of future Club leaders. Excellent leadership is the key to successful service by our clubs to our communities and the world. Rotary is blessed with members of high quality, but all Rotary clubs depend on outstanding leadership to harness the talents and skills of our membership to high levels of accomplishment. The rapid turnover of leadership positions in Rotary caused by annual elections requires constant effort to prepare more and more Rotarians for the responsibilities of leadership.

RLI provides a recommended curriculum for a basic course in three full days. The three days are called Parts I, II and Ill and are generally not taken consecutively in order for the participants to gain perspective through their club activities in between the Parts.

RLI also recommends a program of graduate seminars for those who have completed the three basic Parts. Since the founding of RLI, the curriculum has been continually reviewed, updated and revised as the result of experience and the evaluations of the attendees.

Although any Rotarian may attend RLI courses, RLI recommends that Rotary Clubs encourage Rotarians who have the potential for future club leadership, not necessarily as club presidents, to attend. The ideal candidate is early in their Rotary career, has a strong interest, and is prepared to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary outside of the club.

Faculty members are carefully selected for their teaching abilities. Many are present and past Rotary International directors, district governors, presidents and those with experience in special areas. Each new faculty member must attend a full day training program and various periodic reorientation programs. The results of course evaluations help to improve the course content and instruction.

If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leadership possible. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership.
The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.

For more information on RLI see www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org

To register for an RLI course visit www.hoa-rli.com/

 


As Rotarians we engage in the work we do because of the good it brings to others.

Recognition of our efforts is usually the last thing on our minds. But there are some concepts in this world that we all hold dear. One of those is that there have been certain individuals who have served as leaders and examples to all of us, and we want to hold them up and expand their influence to others. The other is that even if reward was not the reason for the good work, those good works should not go unrewarded or unrecognized.
It is in the spirit of these concepts that the District 6880 leadership has organized some very special awards for individual Rotarians and clubs who demonstrate the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

Individual Awards


The Jerry Brunson Unsung Hero Award was established in 2004 by District Governor Robert C. Rudder (2003-04). He established the award to recognize the efforts of Rotarians in District 6880 who serve their community and/or Rotary Club for years "in the trenches" with little or no fanfare. Governor Bob understood the invaluable contributions provided by these "anonymous" workers toward success in attaining the goals and ideals of the district as expressed in Rotary International's Motto – Service Above Self.


The Douglas O. Barber Award was established in 1998 by District Governor William P. McLemore (1998-99). His purpose in establishing the award was to recognize Rotarians or Rotary Clubs in District 6880 who serve the district with the philosophy and spirit of unselfish volunteer service. Governor Bill named the award for Past District Governor Doug Barber (1996-97), a member of the Rotary Club of Foley, whose life characterized this generous spirit. The Douglas O. Barber Award is recognized as the second highest honor conveyed by District 6880.


The Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award was established in 1981 by District Governor Charles H. Chapman (1981-82), and 1977 Charter President of the Rotary Club of Dothan-Houston County. His purpose in establishing the award was to recognize Rotarians in District 688 (now 6880) who exemplify the motto of Rotary International in a distinguished and significant manner. Governor Charles chose to name the award for Past District Governor Harry P. Hall (1941-42), a member of the Rotary Club of Dothan. At the time DG Harry served as governor, the district number was 164, and it covered the entire state of Alabama.
The first motto of Rotary International, He Profits Most Who Serves Best, was approved at the second Rotary Convention in August 1911. DG Charles recognized PDG Harry's commitment to the ideals of Rotary as expressed in this motto. [It was not until 1989 that Service Above Self was established as the principal motto of Rotary.] The Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award is now recognized as the most coveted honor that District 6880 Rotarians bestow, since it exemplifies that same principle of unselfish volunteer service as expressed throughout Rotary's rich history.

The J. Barton Greer Citizenship - Four Way Test Award was established by Past District Governor Robert A. Greer in honor of his grandfather who was the epitome of an example of living the Four Way Test. J. Barton Greer was a Paul Harris Fellow and President of the Mobile Rotary club in 1933‐34. Robert's brother J. Barton Greer, III (Rotarian & Paul Harris Fellow) was inspired by his grandfather and wrote the book titled, "The Four Way Test" which illustrates its principals.
The winner of this Award each year should be a Rotarian in the District who lives by the Four Way Test, is a model citizen and conducts themselves in all aspects of their lives with only the absolute best practices and uncompromised ethics. Although every Rotarian is encouraged to live by the Four Way Test, there are those whose actions go above and beyond and exemplify the Four Way Test. This person may have also done something special using the Four Way Test as their guide.


The Steve James Youth Service Award was established in 2015 in honor of Steve James who had a unfailing commitment to Rotary and especially young people. Steve served as Secretary and President of the Jackson Club. He also sponsored his beloved interact club. On the District level he was cochair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) and facilitated the Leadership Academy in 2013. Steve received the Rotary International Vocational Award. Steve was honored as Jackson Citizen of the Year in 2015. Steve passed in 2016. The Steve James Award for Distinguished Youth Service recognizes the individual who has contributed to the overall betterment of youth in their community and around the District by exemplary service and a cheerful heart.


The N. Wayne Simms Rotarian of the Year Award is in recognition of PDG N. Wayne Simms and the numerous accomplishments and dedication to Rotary International and most importantly to District 6880. The District recognizes his dedication to the growth of Rotary in the district; his tireless efforts to share the purpose of Rotary throughout the district; his sponsorship of numerous members and chartering new clubs. The District also recognizes the man, Wayne Simms as a highly successful businessman, mentor, and counselor. Throughout his life, Wayne strove to exemplify the 4 way test in his life. In recognition of his life, District 6880 establishes the N. Wayne Simms District Rotarian of the Year Award. While the District recognizes the efforts put forth by Rotarian's in every club, there will only be one person recognized as the Rotarian of the Year.
The award will be presented at the district annual conference each year. The recipient and spouse/significant other will be the guest of the district

The Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One Award allows Rotary Club presidents to nominate and recognize individuals for sponsoring new members while focusing on retention. The categories for this award are:

  • GOLD – Rotarians who bring in 25 new members into any Rotary Club with 20 still active after six years.
  • SILVER – Rotarians who bring in 10 new members into any Rotary Club with 8 still active after four years.
  • BRONZE – Rotarians who bring in 5 new members into any Rotary Club with 4 still active after two years.

 

The Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians provides a way for presidents of Rotary clubs to personally recognize one club member for his or her outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service. A club member must have demonstrated support of the Object of Rotary through active participation in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth Service. Nominees must be an active Rotarian and can only receive the award once.


The Family & Community Service Award is a certificate that Rotary clubs may confer on individuals or organizations for outstanding service to families and communities, or in recognition of the positive contributions to individual Rotary clubs made by spouses or family members of Rotarians.

Rotary Club Awards


The Exemplary Club Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club in recognition of overall excellence. Selection is determined by evaluating overall membership growth, average meeting attendance, service projects, club bulletin, The Rotary Foundation Giving, and PolioPlus support.


The Club of Distinction Award is presented to all clubs which earn the Rotary International Presidential Citation. The award recognizes the efforts of those Rotary Clubs in District 6880 who meet the citation requirements set by the Rotary International President to attain the membership goal, and required club service, vocational service, community service, and international service activities.


The Club Website Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the best rated website. Selection is determined by evaluating the club website based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Information about the club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district, including items from the District Governor's Newsletter. 10%

5. Appearance - attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and understand. 10%

6. Other - community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, links, etc. 10%

Total 100%


The Club Bulletin Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the best rated club bulletin. Awards will be presented for both paper and electronic newsletters. Clubs may apply for an award in only one format. Selection is determined by evaluating three paper or electronic club bulletins, dated at least 5 weeks apart, based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA: (Sample bulletins must be dated no less than 5 weeks apart)

1. Information about the club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district, including items from the District Governor's Newsletter. 10%

5. Appearance - attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and easily understood. 10%

6. Other - community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, etc. 10%

Total 100%


The Social Media Award was established in 2013 by District Governor Jim Golson (2012-13) to recognize Clubs meeting the challenge of communicating in new ways. The Award is given to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the most active and diverse page using social media (Facebook, Linkedin and/or Twitter). Selection is determined by evaluating the social media based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. Information about the Club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district. 10%

5. Appearance – attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and easily understood. 10%

6. Other – community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, etc. 10%

Total 100%

 

Nominations are preferred online. To begin your nomination process, choose a form by clicking on its title in this article. Upon submission of each form, you will be directed to a page with a list of links to each nomination form.

Deadline - All submissions, electronic or paper must be made received by March 6, 2020

APPLICATION FORMS AVAIALABLE SOON

To begin your nomination process, choose a form by clicking on its title in this list. Upon submission of each form, you wll be directed to a page with a list of links to each nomination form like the one below:

 

        • Jerry Brunson Unsung Hero Award
        • Douglas O. Barber Award
        • Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award
        • N. Wayne Simms Rotarian of the Year Award
        • Exemplary Club Award Club of Distinction Award
        • Club Website Award
        • Club Bulletin Award
        • Social Media Award
        • Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One Award
        • Avenue of Service Citation
        • Family & Community Service Award
        • The Steve James Youth Service Award
        • The J. Barton Greer Citizenship - Four Way Test Award

 

Mid-South PETS

The Mid-South President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is designed to provide essential and current information to incoming club presidents in order to prepare them to have an effective and successful year. Presidents-elect will have the opportunity to hear addresses by top Rotary leaders and motivational speakers, attend small group discussion sessions on various topics lead by knowledgeable and experienced discussion leaders, and network and exchange ideas with presidents-elect from six Rotary districts representing three states.

What should you expect if you attend PETS? First, you should expect to learn -- a lot. The amount of information presented is considerable; some say daunting. And, expect to be busy with elective sessions, mealtimes with guest speakers from around the Rotary world - to share their Rotary to  experience and vision.

Lastly, expect to network in the House of Friendship. This hub serves as "the place to be" when not in a session. There, you’ll find licensed Rotary vendors with tables and tables of Rotary themed merchandise allowing you to bring back some Rotary bling to kick off your year in style. Networking continues after sessions in hospitality suites. These are areas set aside for President Elects, Assistant Governors and District and Zone leaders to relax, enjoy cocktails and conversation. Some say this is where you learn the most and make friendships to support you through your year as president.

Additionally, the Assistant Governor Institute is a two-day leadership training program for Assistant Governors from the six participating Rotary districts. The role of assistant governor is to help the governor with the administration of designated clubs. By performing this critical function, Assistant Governors support club effectiveness, which in turn increases district effectiveness. The purpose of the Assistant Governor Institute is to develop and enhance skills for new and continuing Assistant Governors so that they can fulfill this role.

 Find out more at MidSouthPETS.org

One way to increase the reach and impact of your local Rotary Club is to participate in a Rotary District or Global Grant.
District Grants are intended to support the projects and efforts of local Rotary clubs. These projects are usually smaller in scale, can be completed in a shorter timeframe (3-6 months), involve the active participation of the local Rotary Club and can be done in conjunction with another organization.

District Grant dollars represent a partial return of Contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) made three years prior. 50% of those dollars come back to District 6880 (District Designated Funds or DDF) and 50% of what comes back are eligible to fund District Grants. The remaining dollars are available to fund Global Grants and Polio Plus projects. In an Average Year District 6880 will have about $40,000 available for District Grant Projects.

Applications are required for District Grant projects and after review by the District Grants Committee, TRF has the final decision on all project approvals. Rotary Clubs that give to the Rotary Foundation have better chance to obtain grant funding.

Global Grants for accessed for large international projects which involve the cooperation of two or more qualified Clubs and Districts from around the world.

Global Grant projects must support Rotary’s Mission Statement, must align with at least one of TRF’s six “Areas of Focus”, must be a sustainable project, must be preceded by a verified “needs assessment”, at least 30% of project funding must come from outside the host clubs country.

The total Global Grant, with matches, must amount to a minimum of $30,000 and TRF match must be at least $15,000 and not more than $200,000.

By Comparison:

 

 District Grants

Global Grants

  • Application process with the District
  • Must be local projects
  • project Minimum project $1,000
  • No partner required
  • Can partner with other clubs
  • Limited District matching DDF
  • No TRF match
  • Club must be qualified
  • Smaller projects
  • Application process with The Rotary Foundation
  • International global
  • Total grant minimum $30,000
  • International primary club
  • Primary host club applies
  • Must request $15k World Fund
  • TRF match
  • Clubs must be qualified
  • Bigger projects

 

Grant Funding Flow ChartThe best projects build on existing relationships and past successful projects. To participate in TRF global and packaged grants, the club must agree to implement the financial and stewardship requirements in this memorandum of understanding (MOU) provided by TRF and to send at least one club member to the district’s grant management seminar each year.

To find new partners and global projects, see www.matchinggrants.org/global

Rotary International provides a global grant calculator in excel format here: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/global-grant-calculator

For information on a District 6880 Grant, please use the form below or mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District Grants

Email: dist6880grants@gmail.com

Phone: 251-253-8341

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