Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 6820,
     Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney's theme, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen Rotary by building on the connections that allow our 1.2 million talented, thoughtful, and generous Rotarians to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. " (Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences," Maloney said.  "It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known.  It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help."
     Maloney believes that the "connection" is at the heart of the Rotary experience, and that in the coming year, "The first emphasis is to grow Rotary - to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects," and importantly, to "grow our membership so that we can achieve more..."  If you think about it, you will think of dozens of ways that we connect as Rotarians.  Among those, and to strengthen our District 6820 clubs in the coming year, let's connect in order to:
     Grow our clubs - With people that we know who would benefit from being a Rotarian
*   Improve our clubs' membership retention - by purposefully engaging with our new members to welcome them and get them involved in Rotary service
*   Broaden our service impact - by partnering with other Rotary clubs, our Rotaract & Interact club and other service organizations,
*   Serve internationally - By supporting and/or participating in our District's mission work in Mexico
*   Fund our local and international projects - Through support of The Rotary Foundation
*   And, (as always) have great fun, fellowship, and service with our clubs' members
     Yours in Rotary Service
     Mark Fields
     District Governor 2019-2020
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2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) set for February 27-29
RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs and Districts around the globe.  Each year thousands of young people are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs to participate in RYLA programs around the world.  District 6820 RYLA will be held at Twin Lake Conference Center in Florence, MS  February 27-29, 2020.
District 6820 Service Trip to Guadalajara, Mexico
February 8-15, 2020
Project Opportunities
There are many opportunities for a club, individuals or organizations to participate with Rotary District 6820 in service to the impoverished people around Guadalajara, Mexico or those who travel to the city for medical assistance.  For more detailed information on any of the projects below please contact Bill Walker, or 662 549 4676.  Individuals may make checks out to The District 6820 Rotary Foundation for tax purposes.  Mail all checks with project selected to Bill Walker, 70 Brickerton Street, Columbus, MS  39701.
  1. Service – join the team of Rotarians and non-Rotarians who will travel to Mexico to provide service along with Rotarians from Club Rotario Tlaquepaque Industrial District 4140 to people in need - $2,000 estimated cost
  2. Sponsor a team member to go on the trip or partial sponsorship - +/- $2000 estimated cost
  3. Schools – there are many schools in this area that need repairs.  Because there are more students then schools, each school building is for two different schools, one is in the morning and different school in the afternoon.
    1. Replace desktops in schools - $1,200 estimated cost
    2. Provide and install water filter for school which also allows children to bring containers and take clean water home each day - $100 per filter
    3. Building Repairs - +/- $2,000 estimated cost depending on number of needed repairs which usually are bathroom repairs including plumbing and painting
  4. Villages – there are approximately 80 villages of very underprivilege families that do not have access to medicine, have a lack of food, education and jobs outside the city
    1. Lunch and toys for children - $350
    2. Medical Supplies for the village clinic which is served by the team - $500
    3. Dental Supplies for the village clinic which is served by the team - $500
  5. Hogares de la Caridad – Home for disabled and abandoned people which now houses 35+ people from age 2 to 35.
    1. Medical Supplies including medicine, catheters, diapers, bed covering, etc.  -  +/- $500 per month
    2. Equipment for school, therapy, building - +/- $5,000 estimated cost
  6. Guadalajara Fire Department – one department services a very large area without the proper equipment
    1. Jaws of Life –
    2. Pump Fire Truck -
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Dear Rotarians,
     It is my honor to serve this year as the Rotary District 6820 Nominating Chair.  District Governor Mark Fields is doing a great job this year.  Following Mark, we have a great line up of very capable leaders with District Governor Elect Ed Thurmond and District Governor Nominee Mark Anderson.  It is now time to determine who will be next in our lineup of great District leaders.  We are selecting our District Governor Nominee for 2020-21, once selected this person will be District Governor in 2022-2023.
The qualifications for District Governor Nominee are listed below.  If you are interested in this very important position or know of someone that you would like to nominate, please contact me Pam Smith at, the application is attached.  Nominations are due on or before January 1, 2020.
We truly appreciate all our dedicated Rotarians that are willing to give their time and service to Rotary District 6820!  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
Pam Smith
District Nominating Chair 2019-2020
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