District Governor
Bill Walker
Rotary Club of Columbus
Rotarians of District 6820,
     It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve this great District as your 2017-2018 District Governor. Following the great energetic work of PDG Amanda Fontaine and building on the work and dedication of countless other District Governors and District leaders, this year will go down in Rotary history as the year of Rotary: Making A Difference.
     Rotary: Making A Difference is more than just our theme this year, it is embedded in Rotary as an organization. Every second of every day, the work of our Rotarians is changing and saving lives around the world. We should all be proud to be part of such a well-respected organization with such compassion. The difference we make is made possible by each of us, through our monetary donations to the Rotary Foundation and contribution in time to these projects.
     To make history this year, join me and my District Leadership Team as we aim to increase membership and involvement within your club. Increasing membership begins by the simple act of asking a colleague/peer to join your club. With numerous events, projects, and committees (both at club and District level), there are many ways to become more engaged within Rotary:
  • Join by participating in club and District sponsored events and activities
  • Supporting and increasing gifts to the Rotary Foundation
  • Rotarians and their families attending the FUN Multi District Conference in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort
  • Joining our first ever Rotary D6820 “Service Trip” to Mexico, in the Spring of 2018. Partnering with the organization Heart 2 Heart, we will be doing various hands on projects to help change lives. There will be more information and details coming out in the following months.
     These exciting plans for our clubs and District in 2017-2018 are made possible with the participation, help and support of each club and its Rotarians. So, as a fellow Rotarian, I am asking for your participation and support to help make history and for District 6820 to be known as Rotarians: Making A  Difference!
 Bill Walker
District 6820
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)  April 19-21, 2018
RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs and Districts around the globe.  Each year thousands of young people between the ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to participate in RYLA programs around the world.  
Interact Clubs
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.   Young people are able to take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.
Youth Exchange
Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.  Contact District 6820 Youth Exchange Chair Grant Arinder, grant@cbcstarkville.com Rotary Club of Starkville for more information.  
Can I Host An Exchange Student?
Hosting an Exchange Student can be incredibly rewarding for your Family, bringing an international experience directly into your home.  Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.  All host families are screened and trained.  Host families can open their homes to students for short term or long term exchanges.  Contact District 6820 Youth Services Protection Officer Brent Fountain, bfountain@fsnhp.msstate.edu  Rotary Club of Starkville for more Information.
Rotaract Clubs

Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities.

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RLI - Rotary Leadership Institute
Part I, Part II, Part III
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Rotary Club Visioning 
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Contact:  Brent Fountain