Welcome New Clinton Rotary President Richard Onofrio

Rich Onofrio (center)

Rich Onofrio (center)

President-elect Rich Onofrio stepped into the role of President of the Clinton Rotary Club last night when current Joan DeFilippo vacated the position for personal reasons. Debra Drouin will continue to serve as Vice President and plans to work closely with President Rich through the transition.

Joan is a great Rotarian and will surely be missed by her Club and the District team, she indicated that will probably join another Rotary Club closer to her home in Groton after she gets settled in.

Drop President Rich an email <click here> and wish him the best of luck!!

Seeking nominations for 2016-17 District Governor

DG PinThe District 7980 Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates who are interested in become District Governor July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

A Rotary District Governor is an officer of Rotary International (RI) and represents the RI board of directors in the field while leading his/her respective Rotary district. Each governor is nominated by the clubs of his/her district, and elected by all the clubs meeting in the annual RI Convention held in a different country each year.

How are District Governors Selected?

First off it is important to have the support and backing of your Rotary Club as they will have to help you plan and execute events when you are a District Governor Elect (DGE) and a District Governor (DG). It is equally important that your Rotary Club put together a financial war chest to cover unreimbursed out of pocket expenses.

With the support of your Rotary Club behind you then you would complete this application: DGN Data Form 8-12_EN  and submit it to: Colin Gershon cmg@gershonmail.net and Julianne Reppenhagen jrepp@snet.net on or before January 31, 2014.

All qualified candidates, along with their spouses/partners would be invited to meet with the Nominating Committee on in the evening February 20, 2014 at the Graduate Club in New Haven. The District Governor will notify the final candidate on February 21, 2014.

So what does a District Governor do?

  • Visits all clubs in the District in an official capacity at least once
  • Strengthens clubs, organizes new clubs, and grows membership
  • Encourages support for The Rotary Foundation
  • Promotes positive public image and serves as spokesperson for district
  • Develops a safe environment for youth participants
  • Conducts district conference and other meetings
  • Supervises district nominations and elections
  • Prepares budget, provides annual report and helps administer District Designated Funds
  • Completes online district qualification
  • Works with governor-elect and other district leaders

Qualifications of District Governor Nominee Designee (DGND)

At the time of selection, a District Governor Nominee Designee must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district (RIB 15.070.1.)
  2. Have full qualifications for membership in the strict application of the club membership provisions, and the integrity of the Rotarian’s classification must be without question (RIB 15.070.2.)
  3. Have served as president of a club for a full term or be a charter president of a club having served the full term from the date of the charter to 30 June, provided that this period is for at least six months (RIB 15.070.3.)
  4. Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability, physically and otherwise, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor as provided in RI Bylaws section 15.090. (RIB 15.070.4.)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of governor as prescribed in the RI Bylaws, and submit to RI, through its general secretary, a signed statement acknowledging a clear understanding of them. This statement shall also confirm that the Rotarian is qualified for the office of governor and willing and able to assume the duties and responsibilities of the office and to perform them faithfully. (RIB15.070.5.)

A governor, at the time of taking office, must have completed seven years of membership in one or more clubs and have attended the governors-elect training seminar (GETS) and International Assembly (IA).

What happens if I am selected as the final candidate?

The final candidate selected by the Nominating Committee begins their training progression towards becoming District Governor after they are confirmed starting with the title of District Governor Nominee Designee (DGND) – see below.

DG Training Progression

Interested in becoming District Governor but still have questions? Then send an email by clicking here

Assistant Governor – The 2nd best job in Rotary

D7980 AG's

D7980 AG’s

Did you know that we have 12 Assistant governors (AG’s) in our District of 61 Rotary Clubs and that each AG is responsible for an area with anywhere between 4 to 6 Rotary Clubs?

Each Assistant governor meets with their Clubs at least 4 times per year in an official capacity and they often attend Club Holiday Parties as well as Club Changing of the Guard events. AG’s are also responsible for introducing the District governor during their official visit.

Assistant governors are the vital link to information and resources between their Clubs, the District and Rotary International. They are an integral part of the district leadership team, which also includes the District governor and district committee members.  Assistant governors usually serve on numerous district committees and meet on a fairly regular basis.

Assistant governors help Rotary Clubs with leadership succession plans, foundation questions and numerous issues in the 5 avenues of service during their 3 year term. Their multi-Club view of Rotary enables them to cross polinate the best ideas between Clubs as well as helping Clubs to head off potential problems based on their ‘lessons learned’.

Last night the Assistant governors met at the Graduate Club in New Haven to discuss:

Ed Davies, Assistant Governor Coordinator, arranges for the monthly AG meetings and the facilities and somehow manages to keep our group somewhat on topic.

I always like to say that being an Assistant governor is the 2nd best job in Rotary, right behind being Club President.

Having served as a Rotary Club President is a prerequisite to becoming Assistant governor.

Interested in communicating with any of our Assistant governors? Then you can email them from this page

Interested in becoming an Assistant governor in the future? Then let us know.

District 7980 Events Today @ Oronoque Country Club

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A big double header of Club & District leadership events at the Oronoque Country Club in Stratford CT today as we hold two important events:

1) College of Governors Leadership Luncheon (12 – 1:30pm)

2) Council of Presidents Leadership Seminar (5:30 – 8:30pm)

We have arranged to have Brad Howard, RI’s expert on Membership, as a featured speaker for both of these events. We thought it best to bring in the big membership gun from Rotary International given our Districtwide focus on membership this year. Besides being the big brain in membership, Brad is an informative and engaging speaker. We are honored and excited to have him join us.

I hope to see all Governor’s at the lunch meeting and all Club Presidents at the Dinner. It will be well worth the time and the small fee.

Rick Bassett, DG

Rotary Zone Institue in Cherry Hill New Jersey 09-18-2013

Another fun filled day of Rotary knowledge in Cherry Hill NJ. The DGN’s (Gerry Tom and her classmates completed their training today), The DGE’s (Mukund Nori and his classmates wrap up tomorrow) and then the Zone Institute begins and runs through Sunday.

Some photos from today…