Rotary District 6290
Monthly e-Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 3

District Governor, Brian Robertson
Congratulation Club Presidents on completing the first three months of your tenure. I hope you have all settled in to the position and that your clubs are working with you to achieve your objectives. Leona and I had the opportunity to attend the Zone Conference in Erie PA at the end of September and while there were excellent workshops and information, it was very concerning to learn of the loss of membership across North America. We must all give membership our greatest attention. We must attract more Rotarian’s to our clubs, not just club members. I encourage you make membership not just a membership chair responsibility but one for all club members.
Today is World Polio Day.  You were recently sent a short video on Polio. Please show this to your members and encourage an all-out effort to finally eradicate Polio from the world.
October is a busy month for the youth in our District. On October 20th there is a Rotaract Conference in Cadillac, a Rotary Interact Conference in Muskegon on October 27th and on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th Youth Exchange at the Kettunen Center. Please be aware of the great programs that these young Rotarian’s are involved in.
As of October 24th, Leona and I have now visited fifty clubs and it has been tremendous experience learning about all of the “service above self “projects that are being conducted by dedicated Rotarians.
Just 204 days until the 2019 District Conference in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Please be the Inspiration.
Brian Robertson
DG 6290
Today is World Polio Day!  Click on picture to join in this Live Stream Event
"The El Tour de Tucson is coming up quickly. I hope you will want to support my ride and effort to help Eradicate Polio. My personal Fundraising page can be found below by clicking "Donate Now:!

Thanks for your support!

Al Bonney
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair
Past District Governor 6290 2014-2015  
12586 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686 USA
231-223-4064 (H)
231-392-6538 (C)




Dear Friends in Rotary
The subject of this letter is to bring awareness of the need to continue to raise funds for Polio eradication, too once and for all eradicate this dreadful decease of POLIO, from the face of the earth.
For that reason, I have decided to join a group of riders, like minded individuals, to draw awareness and to raise funds towards the Polio eradication, in the Ride “Le Tour De Tucson”, in Tucson Arizona on November 17, 2018.
As a youngster growing up in Germany I did month long bicycle rides to explore the countries around me. One of these rides took me from Rosenheim, Germany to Sicily, Italy and back. So, riding is in my blood to get on the bike and ride for fun and purpose.
A new bike, borrowed from my son, of course makes the ride more enjoyable and perhaps will help in the mountainous terrain of Arizona.
 For the past 10 years, a road ride, called the “Le Tour de Tucson” (Arizona) has attracted bikers to ride for a purpose.  Rotary has fielded a team of 15 – 20 riders each year to raise money to eradicate polio.  Over the years these Rotary riders have raised (with a match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) over $45 Million.  Last year they raised over $10 Million.  This kind of money provides enough health workers, training and vaccine to immunize around three-million children, building a robust fire-wall in over 25 at-risk countries. By denying the polio virus a human host, the virus will die, harmlessly, in the wild. 
In 1988 Rotary, the CDC, WHO and UNESCO formed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  That year there were 1,000 cases of polio every day.  In 2018, year to date, there have been only 18 worldwide.   16 million children are walking today because of the eradication initiative. But that is not good enough, is it?

Certification of eradication requires NO NEW CASES for three consecutive years.  This can be done. It will cost $1.5 billion.  Nations and organizations have pledged $900 million. Rotary, with the Gates Foundation, pledged an additional $450 Million.  Now we must make good on these pledges.
I have never been on a Polio eradication journey to India, or Pakistan or other parts in the world. But I have seen and met children in the under developed world that had been struck with the virus and are the outcast of society.
For the ride this year is to raise $10 Million, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2 to 1 match.
I am pledging a min. of $100.00 of my own money towards my pledge of $2,000. I am writing to ask you for a similar (any amount is accepted with gratitude) donation which, thanks to the Gates Foundation match, will actually be $300; enough to immunize 100 children.
Rotarians are always generous and helpful, so it is with this in mind that I am asking you to consider donating to the cause of eradicating Polio.
While you are welcome to send me a check payable to the Rotary Foundation, you may also donate direct to the Rotary Foundation, under Polio Plus, with the notation to support Me, Gernot Runschke, Polio ride in Tucson Arizona on November 17, 2018. 
The children and families that never will suffer from this dreadful decease will thank you for ever.
Gernot Runschke
Rotary Club of Grand Haven,
DG 2016/17, District 6290 xt here
Late August:

Rotary Interact students from Houghton Lake enjoyed efficiently cleaning the inventory of cars at Don Nester Auto Sales and received a check from Matt Nester for $500 to benefit them towards their service trip to El Salvador in the spring, where they will build homes for those in need. The project was chaired by sophomore Macy Bisballe, and the 150 car inventory was carefully washed over a six hour period by thirteen of the club’s members.

David Johnson (Senior) and Kaylen Allen (Junior)

Jacob Hamp (Sophomore), Emily Johnson (Senior), Alexus Wilson (Senior), and Sidney Shaloy (Junior).

A BIG thank you goes out to Petoskey Rotarians, Diane Litzenburger and Kristy Beyer for designing the Back to Basics flyer!  Your time and effort is truly appreciated!!!!!

November 2018

Rotary Foundation Month

5-11 November – World Interact Week

10 November -- Rotary Day at the United Nations

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.