Tuesday, December 22, 2009

R.I. President Klingensmith Appoints New "Rotary Coordinators"

Current RRIMCs Bevin Wall and Jim Henry have been appointed by incoming Rotary International President Ray Klingensmith to the newly created position of “Rotary Coordinator” beginning on July 1, 2010. The position covers Zone 33 (Wall) and Zone 34 (Henry) that includes over 70,000 Rotarians in from the the Mid-Atlantic States USA to the Caribbean and Northern rim of South America. There are 41 Rotary Coordinators appointed worldwide, mimicking the RRFC or Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator areas.

The new Rotary Coordinator Program was approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors during their November 2009 Meeting in Evanston, Illinois. It will replace the current Membership Development program.

The Rotary Coordinator’s purpose is to provide enhanced information and assistance from Rotary International to the Rotary clubs and districts. They are to serve as trainers, motivators, coaches, counselors and resource persons for the club and district leaders in their assigned regions. They are also to be available for assistance at Rotary Institutes, Governor-Elect Training Seminars, and other zone level meetings.

It is envisioned that the Rotary Coordinator will have a broad role in efforts to increase club membership. They will be trained in all aspects of Rotary International Programs and will promote best practices for the strengthening of clubs and districts. The new RCs will attend a Rotary Coordinator Institute in Chicago, Illinois during March 2009 to complete the training for this position.

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