AUGUST 10, 2011 - District Governor Alan Havir

 
 
District Governor – Alan Havir
 
Alan’s presentation was a combination of entertainment and a serious discussion of the challenges that face Rotary in the years ahead.
 
The Entertainer/Governor achieved his goal of making us a “singing club”… at least for this meeting. 
  • Hey - You’ve Got To Join My Rotary
  • The Four Way Test Song
  • The Transformer Song
End Polio Now – What’s next?
As the only service organization with a seat at the United Nations, Rotary chairs the World Health Organization. Consequently, Rotary has been in the forefront of conquering Polio and we are almost there. In India last year there were 580 cases of Polio … and today … only one new case. Our success begs the question “What Next?
 
Clean Water
At this year’s International Assembly of 534 District Governors, foreign delegates identified the next challenge to improve the health of the world’s population. That challenge is Clean Water – a scarce commodity in much of the world. Without clean water, water-borne diseases threaten the health of children. Alan has established a district project – raising dollars for clean water. Starting out with $100 per club, his goal is to raise $25,000 toward this cause using Rotary’s matching grant program.
 
Kitchen Cabinet
According to Alan, the string of District Governors is an organization hierarchy where the future District Governors are his bosses.
 
  • Jay Jones – District Governor Nominee (2013-2014)
  • Abe Feder – District Governor Elect (2012-2013)
  • Alan Havir – District Governor (2011-2012)
The Kitchen Cabinet meets, discusses and agrees on district projects and plans. Future District Governors have a major influence on any project the present DG wants to implement. Without their support today’s effort will likely turn into a waste of time
 
Rotary’s Future Members
Seventy percent of Rotary’s members are from the Baby Boomer Generation. That generation has a total population of about 52 Million in the US. It follows that future Rotarians will come from succeeding generations; Generation X having a total population of only 26 million; and Generation Y with 42 million.
 
Simple arithmetic tells us that Generation X will not fill the ranks of the Baby Boomer Rotarians. That’s a real problem that will manifest itself in Rotary’s membership. During the next 5 to 10 years Rotary may shrink to half its size and there is nothing we can do about that.
 
Focus on Youth
What we can do is orient ourselves to the 42 million Generation Y population born after the mid 1980’s; young people up to 25 years of age. We need to get them to come into Rotary sooner than later. We can’t wait until they are in their forties. 
 
The challenge is to create the environment and the space for young people to join Rotary. We need to go to the schools and seek out young leaders. We need to bring them into Interact – Rotary’s service clubs for young people ages 12 to 18. We need to bring them into Rotaract – Rotary’s sponsored service clubs for young men and women ages 18 to 30.
 
Rotary will surely change. If we are “Transformers” … just like the song we sang … we can succeed and maintain Rotary’s standing as the largest peace organization on the planet – ever.
 
 
 District 5510 Leadership
 
left to right 
 Jay Jones – District Governor Nominee (2013-2014)
Abe Feder – District Governor Elect (2012-2013)
Alan Havir – District Governor (2011-2012)
Jill Benza – District 5510 Assistant Governor
Aaron McDermid – President, Superstition Mountain Rotary