‘Boots’ Foundation Program is off to a running start!!!

Boots on Ground

The All Boots on the Ground Program has already gained significant traction as it has been presented to 12 Clubs as of this morning.

November is Rotary Foundation Month!! As a lead in to Foundation Month our District 7980 Foundation Team has put together a Rotary Foundation program (coded named “All Boots on the Ground“) that is being presented to all of our D7980 Rotary Clubs. The program takes 15 – 20 minutes and is designed to create awareness about The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in easy to understand terms.

Program Rationale: Each year many Rotary Club leaders typically scramble at the last minute for a Foundation speaker to come to their Clubs. Our Foundation Team wanted to proactively get ahead of this annual need by ensuring that our Rotary Clubs received a quality Foundation program delivered by well trained presenters.

‘Boots’ Chair Sheryl A. Shaughnessey (Fairfield Rotarian)

lPDG Rick Benson,   District Foundation Chair 2013-16

PDG Rick Benson,
District Foundation Chair 2013-16

The Backstory on the ‘Boots’ name: Delivering the same Foundation program to 61 Clubs in the weeks leading up to Foundation Month is a sizable undertaking that has taken months of planning and organizing by Chair Sheryl Shaughnessey and PDG Rick Benson plus 19 additional volunteers.  At the onset the project was named ‘All Boots on the Ground’ to reflect the aggressive coordinated effort required between content, clubs and committee members (3 C’s).

Boots Rollout:

The three links below demonstrate the execution of the program rollout in different views:

Desired Program Goals:

Special thanks to Rick Benson, John Bradshaw, Simion Cooper, Robert Friend, Donna Gada, Colin Gershon, Alan Hurst, Jim Lang, Gerri Lewis, George Markley, Chip Marsh, Mukund Nori, Julie Reppenhagen, Nancy Riella, Rupi Rupwani, Jim Satterwhite, Sheryl Shaughnessey, Gerry Tom and Dennis Wong for working so diligently on this program to support our Foundation.

Foundation Area Reps and Assistant Governors meet to plan Club Foundation Program

November is Rotary Foundation month and as a lead in to that the District has put together a Rotary Foundation program that we plan to deliver to all D7980 clubs as one of the weekly meetings during the last two weeks of October. The program will be delivered to all 61 clubs at one of the weekly meetings during the last two weeks of October. The program takes 15 – 20 minutes and is designed to create awareness about the The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in easy to understand terms.

The Foundation Area Reps (FARs) and the Assistant Governors (AGs) gathered on Sept 24th at the Graduate Club in New Haven to review a draft of the program that will be presented to the clubs.  PDG Rick Benson walked the attendees through the draft program during an interactive brainstorming session. The program is shaping up nicely and should be ready to go in time.  Sheryl Shaughnessey, Program Chair, will be contacting clubs for final arrangements soon.

There is no cost for the club program. Contact Foundation Chair Rick Benson for more information.

As of 9/30 the following clubs have signed up for the program:

Beacon Falls
Black Rock
Branford
Bridgeport
Cheshire
Chester
Clinton
Colchester
Danbury
Derby-Shelton
Devon
East Haddam
Fairfield
Guilford
Housatonic Valley-Greater Danbury
Ledyard
Madison
Meriden
Middletown
Milford
Monroe
Montville
Mystic
Naugatuck
New Canaan
New Haven
New London
Newtown
Niantic
North Branford
North Haven
Norwich
Norwich Sunrise
Old Saybrook
Orange
Ridgefield
Ridgefield Sunrise
Seymour-Oxford
Stamford
Stoningtons
Trumbull
Waterbury
West Haven
Westport
Westport Sunrise
Wilton
Woodbridge
Woodbury-Southbury-Middlebury