Message from District Governor Jerry Milner


In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

“Making a difference” best characterizes the spirit of Rotary. RI President Ian Riseley also stated in his International Assembly address:

“Our service will be guided, as it should be, by the three strategic priorities our Rotary International Board has set for all of Rotary in our current strategic plan:
* to support and strengthen our clubs
* to focus and increase our humanitarian service, and
* to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness”

Like with any business, organization or club, to achieve an objective, there must be a plan. It is also vitally important to the success of the plan to build a consensus among the members. That is why at our most recent District PETS conference, our District Leadership formulated a 3-year strategic plan focusing on the areas outlined above. Our plan has been distributed to all the club presidents with the recommendation to each club to also formulate its own 3-year strategic plan. The District Leadership will provide any support necessary to the clubs to reach our objective of “Making a Difference.”

RI President Ian Riseley also asked all the clubs to focus on a project involving “Saving the Planet.” In District 5630 we encourage each club to partner with local Interact, Rotaract or youth group to share in such a project. These projects will be presented at our District Conference in Grand Island on April 7th, 2018. This presentation will coincide with our noon speaker Clayton Anderson, a native Nebraskan and former Astronaut, who will emphasize the importance of protecting our planet.

We also encourage all of you to attend with your families for a fun-filled Friday afternoon of horse racing, crane watching and tours to such places as the Stuhr Museum, Crane Meadows Nature Center and the State Fair Grounds. The conference will be held at the Hotel Grande in Grand Island, which includes a pool and many other amenities for all the family. Come celebrate Rotary with us.

We are extremely excited to announce our Trilogy Squad of PDG Don Peterson as our Foundation Chair, PDG Dian Edwards as our Membership Chair, and Cheryl Bryan as our Public Image Chair. The Trilogy Squad will work as one unit to foster retention, build membership, grow foundation, and publicize our achievements to the District.

We are also extremely grateful to have such proven leadership serving as our 2017-2018 District Committee Chairs, Assistant Governors, and Club Presidents. We are so fortunate to have DGE Dale Schultz and DGN Scott McLaughlin as future District Governors. Both Dale and Scott have served in various capacities for the District and share a wealth of knowledge and experience as District leaders.

Specific areas of focus will be to increase our membership rolls listed on My Rotary, develop strategic plans at the club level, implement and strengthen member orientation plans, present leadership programs, update the Website and provide contact information and resources on the District drop box which will be accessible to all the clubs.

We are also excited to announce that for our largest District fundraiser “The Big Red Blowout” there will be an opportunity to win 2 Nebraska football tickets to the RUTGERS game in Lincoln this fall on September 23rd. Bus transportation with refreshments will be included. Since “The Big Red Blowout” will be offering fans the first opportunity to attend a conference game, tickets may be hard to come by.

Therefore, we will be encouraging our members to donate their Rutgers tickets for the raffle. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed to the District and the clubs who participate.

As Rotarians, our focus is to unite leaders, identify the needs and take action to lessen the suffering of those less fortunate. Let us all be a part of “Making a Difference.”

In Service,
Jerry Milner
District Governor 2017-2018

About Cheryl Bryan

Cheryl is the Public Image Committee Chair for 2017-19. She is a freelance business writer and copy editor, now working from Tennessee, so she's looking forward to serving with the Beyond Borders E-club. If you have suggestions for this website, please email her at [email protected] or phone 629.218.1242.

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