Rotary District 6290
Monthly e-Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 5

District Governor, Brian Robertson
As we approach the festive season and the end of another calendar year, many of us ask where the year has gone and reflect on the things accomplished and also on what we promised to do and just never got around to doing. No matter how well we organize ourselves there is always something that takes us in a different direction. Service above self is a huge commitment and requires that we strive to balance an already busy life style. We must never lose sight of family and their inclusion in our Rotary lives. This is a very special time of year to thank our families for their continued support and appreciation of the decision that we have made to become a Rotarian and make a difference in the lives of others.
Speaking of family. Do you know the Rotary Interact, Rotaract and Youth exchange students in your area? If not, this is a great time to get to know them particularly the inbound students who are spending the holidays away from their friends and family.
The Rotary foundation is doing good in the world every minute of every day thanks to your support. The eradication of Polio is one of Rotary’s greatest commitments and more than ever requires a concentrated effort to take us across the finish line. The time and money spent is tremendous and it would be a great shame if we to allow this to be in vain.
As I have said on many occasions I have been afforded the opportunity to be the Inspiration to the clubs I have visited. The Rotarians that Leona and I have had the great opportunity of meeting, have been a tremendous inspiration to us. The projects and services conducted by Rotarian’s throughout the district are a tribute to Rotary and what it stands for. You are all to be congratulated for your dedication and hard work. Imagine your area if there was no Rotary Club. District 6290 is blessed with the difference it is making in people’s lives.
Leona and I have now completed our club visits with the exception of one which we are scheduled to visit in January. We thank each and every one of you for the hospitality shown us. It has been a great pleasure getting to know you. No matter how large or small your club is it is of great importance to Rotary International and its commitment to service above self. We had the great opportunity to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of my own club. We were reminded that we must continue the work of our founding members to assure that Rotary work continues. This a journey not a destination. We were very fortunate to have Jennifer Jones as our key note speaker. She was a true inspiration to our members and guests.
Wishing you and your families season’s greetings and a safe and happy holiday!
Brian Robertson
DG 6290 2018 - 19    
We really want you to join us in Sault Ste. Marie for this year’s District Conference, May 2 – 4, 2019. The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has named the event “6 2 9 0h Canada!” and is working hard on planning something extra special and extra Canadian for all their guests. Register before March 1, 2019 and save!  We are putting the finishing touches on registration so be sure to open your email from the district office with details on when registration is live!!!!!
Where are the District Designated Funds invested?
Minutes of the meeting November 13, 2018
The meeting commenced at 10:00 a.m., November 13, 2018, in the Board Room of Chemical Bank, Cadillac, Michigan.  All of the committee members were present, in addition to Jon Catlin, Gernot Runschke, and Tom Manderschied.
Calls were made to representatives of the grant applicants every fifteen minutes, from 10:15 until 4:15.  Amazingly, the committee was able to keep ahead of or on schedule, even finishing a little early. The following District grants were approved:
New ER Community Ice Rink Gets a Boost from Rotary Match
Village of Elk Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission members along with Elk Rapids Rotary members and friends join together to celebrate the Commission's successful Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen fundraiser that resulted in almost $3000 raised for the rink located at Veteran's Memorial Park. Rotarians offered matching funds up to $1000 for the November 16 event at Pearl's, which generated $1950 in tickets, donations and a portion of beverage sales.  Funds will be used to complete the purchase of the rink equipment as well as additional items including a warming station, ice skates and maintenance items.  Pictured are back row from left; ER Village DPW employee Nick Bagdon, Parks and Rec Commission representatives Beth Guntzviller and Charlie Pryde, Rotary Club president Tom Stephenson, Rotarians Lisa Worsley-Matthews, Gary Chenoweth and Craig Cameron.  In front from left; Elk Rapids Village Trustee/Parks and Rec Commission Council Rep Melissa West, Commission member Gordon Stewart, Assistant Village Manager/Clerk Caroline Kennedy, along with Cherryland Middle School eighth-grade students Campbell Holland and Mason Barnard, who helped as part of their school project.  Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Elk Rapids
Love of Laundry Rotary Event
Petoskey Rotary Club of The Little Traverse Bay  Sunset teamed up with the local Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council on Oct. 17th to host “The Love of Laundry,” a free night of laundry for local low income families. Not only did we provide free laundry for two and a half hours, we raffled off three laundry baskets of supplies, three gas cards, every child received a toy, and every family went home with either a cases of water or juice bottles!
Here are the statistics: 
20 Families
17 Kids 
46 Loads of Laundry
$440 in quarters 
80 slices of pizza
To make it all happen we appreciated the extra help from  Petoskey Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Nabisco, Emmet Co. Ambulance, Bravehearts Estates and the Kroger-Mainland Family Foundation.
Let me know if you have anymore questions about the event. 
Jania Taylor
President Little Traverse Bay Sunset 
Council on Legislation - Program Opportunity for Your Club
Council on Legislation – Program Opportunity for Your Club
Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. They consider enactments, which change Rotary’s governing documents, and position statements by the Rotary International Board of Directors.  Each Rotary district selects a past district governor as a representative for a three-year term.  I am honored to serve District 6290 at the 2019 Council on Legislation.
The 2019 COL will meet in April to vote on the proposed enactments.  These include proposals that effect our avenues of services, meetings and attendance, club administration, membership and committees.
In an effort to fully represent the Rotarians in District 6290 regarding the proposed legislation, I am available to attend club meetings and present a program on the Council on Legislation including discussion on the proposed enactments.  If you would like me to visit your club, please contact me at 231-838-2031 or
Happy Holidays!
  • The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness… May these be yours this Holiday Season.
~Your District 6290 Leadership Team~