Our Rotary new year has just begun and we’re in the thick of changeover season. That’s when the Family of Rotary celebrates the past year, welcomes new leadership to office and recognizes the fine efforts of those who’ve gone the extra yard in the past Rotary year.
Our recognition of Rotary achievers is made on the basis of some extraordinary performance by the recipients. Many of the presentations have been shared on social media, newsletters, websites and elsewhere. Whilst the images of these presentations tell part of the story, what is often lacking is an explanation of what the recognition is for. The inclusion of a meaningful citation is essential to convey the true meaning of an award. Often that can be achieved within a couple of sentences, but for a major award, more detail is appropriate if others are to understand the relevance of the contribution.
We should also consider the broader opportunities associated with the recognition of fine performance by our members. Rotary is an organisation of professionals and community leaders, many of whom are in the process of developing or redeveloping careers. A lot of those members share their abilities and aspirations via social media, with LinkedIn being a very popular option.
LinkedIn provides the opportunity to recommend the skills and abilities of others. One can quickly endorse a listed skill, or provide a brief recommendation. It’s this opportunity to provide a recommendation that we should use to share the achievements of our members more widely.
By providing a recommendation to a professional member, we achieve two things:
By recommending our Rotary achievers publicly, we define the recipient as a skilled and motivated person who gives back to our community.
We also help define our Rotary as an organisation that provides opportunities for community service and to develop relevant skills and connections. A real win-win!
By providing these recommendations, we strengthen the connections within our own great Rotary network. That’s really important in a time-poor society where people often have to prioritize the causes they want to commit to. Think member retention!
Membership Director Rotary District 9465
& Past Chair 2013-14
Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship
I am delighted to tender my final report on the 2013-14 ROSNF year.
During 2013-14, our Fellowship achieved a lot, thanks to the efforts of your Board, special advisers, group leaders and many members. Above all, we had fun doing what we did, which is what Rotary Fellowships are all about.
I am delighted to announce that your ROSNF Board has unanimously supported the selection of PDG Guz Goh as your ROSNF Chair-Elect 2014-15, to take office as ROSNF Chair 2015-16. Guz was the sole nominee when nominations for the position closed earlier this month.
As a consequence of Guz’ selection, I have appointed him as a ROSNF Director with immediate effect for the remainder of the current Rotary year.
Congratulations PDG Guz! #ROSNF will be in excellent hands in 2015-16.
In his capacity as ROSNF Elections Chair for this cycle, the selection of Chair-Elect for 2014-2015 to serve as ROSNF Chair in the 2015-2016 Rotary Year, Mel Powell reports that the seven-day nominations period has concluded.
One candidate has accepted a nomination to serve. Under Section 2a of our Bylaws pertaining to elections, when there is one candidate, the Board then announces to the Membership the name of that candidate, and that pursuant to the Bylaws we now re-open the nominations for an additional 72 hours. The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/ .
The following email was sent to ROSNF members at 7.30am Aust WST on 8 May 2014:
Dear ROSNF Members,
Our Fellowship’s Bylaws call for the election of a Chair-Elect in May, to serve as Chair beginning the following 1 July 14 months later. Nominations for Chair-Elect will open in 24 hours, and any ROSNF Member may nominate an eligible candidate.
To be eligible for nomination as ROSNF Chair-Elect for 2014-2015, to serve as Chair for 2015-2016, a Rotarian Member of ROSNF must have served one full year on the Board of ROSNF as of 30 June 2014 (it is presumed for purposes of nomination that a current Board Member will complete this Rotary Year as a Board Member), and must have served on the Board no further in the past than three Rotary Years (during 2011-2012 or later). The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/
(Mel Powell is eligible but, serving as Elections Chair, may not be nominated.)
If you wish to nominate one of the above eligible candidates, please send an e-mail nominating one person to the nominations email address (it’s in the email sent to members & can also be accessed in our Members-only group).
Nominations will open in 24 hours and remain open for 7 days, after which time no further candidates may be nominated.
The election will be held during the week following the close of nominations. You may read the Bylaws for information on the elections process by visiting the “About” page on the website. Thank you for your participation in this election process, and for your continuing participation in our Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship.
Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship offered a place in the draw for a #ROSNF pin as an incentive for members to share our Facebook page cover announcing the opening of the ROSNF online store. I am pleased to announce that the winner of the pin is member Jim Goit.