This webinar covers the nomination process for the Alumni Association of the Year Award and the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. We discuss best practices for selecting a candidate for each award.
LindsayMy name is Lindsay Giovannitti, and I am the Alumni Relations Coordinator here at Rotary. I will be moderating the presentation today.
LindsayJoining us today to share information about these awards is Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Ron Ferrill from Virginia, USA. For those who may not be familiar, Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators are zone leaders who promote Foundation activities and serve as key resources for Rotary’s district leaders. They are also known as RRFCs. Thank you for joining us RRFCFerrill.[RRFC Ferrill to comment]
LindsayAlso joining us today to present part of this session is Alumni Relations Specialist, Kendall Abbey. Thank you for joining us, Kendall.[Kendall to comment]
LindsayToday’s webinar will focus on the following learning goals:First, we will learn about the nomination process for the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and the Alumni Association of the Year Awards.Next, we will clarify due dates associated with these awards.Finally, we will have a discussion and questions period to allow an exchange of ideas and best practices.
LindsayKendall will now present information on the first award, the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. KendallThank you, Lindsay.
KendallThe Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award started out as an award for the achievements of Ambassadorial Scholars, but was expanded in 2001 to include all Rotary Foundation alumni. This includes Rotary Peace Fellows, GSE and VTT participants, Global, District and Package grant recipients, and several others. If you have any questions about a potential candidates eligibility, please contact us at email@example.com.The award is a great way for Rotarians to recognize outstanding alumni, both in their region or zone and globally. The award is also an opportunity for Rotary to reconnect with distinguished alumni.One good example is Michael Deal. Contacts he made through the nomination process led to him joining Rotary. Michael Deal is an international development consultant working as president and CEO of Crown Agents, USA in the Washington, DC area. He had a long career with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in both the USA and in Latin America. Although he has not been a global winner, he was a zone award winner. Lindsay would you like to launch our first poll?
RRFC FerrillThank you Lindsay.In 2009-10 Maya Ajmera was the Zone 33 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and my district decided to re-nominate her for the 2013-14 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.There are many reasons why Maya was a strong candidate for the award. -She was heavily impacted by impoverished communities and it’s impact on children and youth during her scholarship. This led her to start the Global Fund for Children.-She is a global advocate for children and youth, a children’s book author, and a social entrepreneur.-Currently she holds two academic appointments – she is a visiting scholar and professional lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and the inaugural social entrepreneur in residence and visiting professor of the practice of public policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.She was an Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by District 5240, California, USA to study at St. Xavier’s College in District 3140, India. Maya will attend the RI Convention in Sydney this year and accept her award. She will be speaking at the plenary session on Tuesday, 3 June. Now Kendall will talk about the nomination process.
KendallThank you, RRFC Ferrill. Here is the overview of the nomination process for the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. The Rotary Foundation Trustees ask that RRFCs promote the award and encourage their districts to nominate an outstanding alumnus in their areas. Any Rotarian can suggest a nominee to their district, but the nominee needs to be endorsed by the District Governor. District Governors are eligible to nominate one candidate annually. These nomination documents are then submitted to their RRFC, who is responsible for the nomination process for his or her zone/region and should notify district governors of the zone level deadline and procedures. Each RRFC is eligible to nominate one candidate representing his or her area annually. If your nominee was not selected as the global winner, they can be nominated again. As mentioned before, Maya Ajmera was a zone winner in the past before becoming the global winner.Foundation staff are available to support and provide information to help the nomination process. I am your main contact for assistance, so please send your questions to me. RRFC Ferrill, would you mind sharing some information about the RRFC nomination process?
RRFCFerrillThanks, Kendall. Here is asuggested nomination process for RRFCs. They are encouraged to form a selection committee. The committee can include prominent Rotarians or alumni from the zone or region.Districts have been informed of the award by the Foundation, but it helps them to receive encouragement and reminders from the RRFC to identify outstanding alumni who have made a sustainable global impact in their career. The nominee’s documents need to reach Rotary Headquarters by 30 June 2014. RRFCs need to set their own submission deadline earlier and inform the districts of the date. We also encourage third year RRFCs to work with the incoming 2014-15 RRFCs as they will be part of the global alumni awards process.The 2014-15 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award winner will be announced sometime in October. The 2015-16 award schedule will be the same as this year. This means that nominations for 2015-16 alumni awards will be due 30 June 2015. The change in deadlines was made by the trustees in April 2013.
RRFCFerrillClub level Rotarians, district leaders and residing alumni may have a good idea of a potential candidate. However, if districts have a difficult time picking candidates, they may be interested in exploring Rotary’s list of distinguished alumni. Many of them have not yet won a Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. Here are some examples of alumni who have made significant contributions to humanity: Kathleen Koch – She was an Ambassadorial scholar to Dijon, France. Besides being an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, she was a CNN general assignment correspondent for 18 years. In 2011 she began a campaign to collect letters of support for those impacted by the tsunami in Japan.Mark Turrentine – He has been part of a matching grant, global grant, and VTT. He is a surgeon specializing in congenital heart disease at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, USA.P. Mona Khanna – or Dr. Mona – was a GSE member to Switzerland. She is a medical doctor and an Emmy award-winning medical journalist dedicated to raising health literacy and promoting healthy behaviors. Francis Moloi – He was an Ambassadorial scholar to the US and the former High Commissioner of South Africa to IndiaNow Kendall will share some final points on the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
KendallThanks, RRFC Ferrill. It is very important to remember the following items:-Once again, all zone nominations are due to arrive at RIno later than 30 June 2014.-All living Foundation alumni are eligible.Rotaryhighly encourages electronic submission of nomination documents and all applications must be typed. The candidate should be informed of the nomination in advance as they are required to receive the award in person at the RI convention -The candidate must acknowledge their nomination and include their signature on the application. Individuals may not be nominated for, or receive an award, posthumously.-Remember, each RRFC can nominate one candidate every year. The candidate and his/her spouse will receive gratis airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the RI Convention.
KendallA RRFC’s nominee is their zone’s winner. The trustees recommend honoring this individual at prominent Rotary events such as district conferences and Rotary institutes.Upon request, Rotary will provide an award plaque for the zone winner. Pictured here is past TRF Trustee Chair Bob Scott presenting the award to 2007-08 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award winner Dr. Young Woo Kang. Lindsay, would you like to launch another poll question?
LindsayNow we are going to discuss the Alumni Association of the Year Award. This award recognizes achievements made by an outstanding alumni association. Kendall will you introduce this award?
KendallYes, thanks Lindsay. The Alumni Association of the Year Award recognizes alumni associations that have made significant achievements in the following key areas:-Increasing awareness of the significant role Foundation alumni play in Rotary by participating in projects or programs.-Demonstrating the lasting impact of Rotary Foundation programs through cooperation with Rotarians in clubs and districts.This photo is of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Deutschland receiving their banner and certificate. They first alumni association to win the Alumni Association of the Year Award.
KendallThe winner of the third Alumni Association of the Year Award is the District 3020 Rotary Foundation Alumni Association in India. RRFC Yogananda from Zone 5 nominated this association. This association, led by their president, Past District Governor Soma SunderaSai, regularly collaborates with Rotarians and alumni, and keep the Rotary community updated with their newsletter, REACH, and social media. They also participate in National Immunizations Days and other polio eradication efforts.The president of the association will accept the award at the Rotary Alumni Celebration in Sydney, just before the 2014 RI Convention.
KendallThe winner receives a plaque,banner, and recognition in Rotary media. In order to increase awareness of this award, we held a Facebook chat on 25 March 2014. Past District Governor Soma SunderaSai answered questions about the award, his association, and best practices. You can find the conversation on our Reconnect Facebook page. Pictured here you can see Past District Governor Philippe Lamoise presenting the second Alumni Association of the Year Award to Susan Meskis, president of the District 6560 TRF Alumni Association from Indiana, USA, at the Rotary Convention in Lisbon.
KendallIn order to win the Alumni Association of the Year Award, the nominated association must meet the following eligibility criteria:-They must have been formally chartered by the Foundation and up-to-date in responding to all Foundation requests for information.-They must have an online presence through a social media outlet such as Facebook or LinkedIn.-They must promote the value of alumni within Rotary, such as helping the district with orientation seminars. -They must have also completed a project as a group in the last year that had a humanitarian component or a positive impact on a community and involved a majority of the members. -And of course, the association must support Rotary’s mission, and there must be collaboration between Rotarians and the members.
KendallThe suggested nomination process for the Alumni Association of the Year Award is very similar to that of the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. At the zone level the RRFC can form a selection committee that will communicate with districts to find submissions.
KendallRotarians, alumni, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinators should keep in mind these key points regarding the nomination of alumni associations for the award. These are also similar to the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, and this can help the RRFCs manage both nomination processes simultaneously. As you can see the deadlines for the Alumni Association of the Year Award and the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award are the same. Lindsay, would you launch our final poll?
LindsayAnd now for the answer. Currently, there are 122 alumni associations world-wide, representing over 30 countries.Each blue dot indicates an officially chartered alumni association.Alumni associations are important elements of the Family of Rotary in establishing and maintaining a bond among Rotary alumni. They also provide a connection between alumni and Rotarians to network with one another.Connections built through alumni associations can lead to educational and humanitarian service projects for clubs and districts, and ultimately can facilitate increased fundraising and membership opportunities in Rotary clubs.
LindsayOf course, if there is no alumni association in your area, then this is a great time to start one. If there are groups of alumni that are active, they should be encouraged to charter an association. You can get more information on the chartering process from Rotary staff by e-mailing your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
LindsayPlease feel free to share any comments and questions with us at this time.
LindsayThank you all for joining us today for this webinar. A recording of this webinar will be available at a later time and can be used for your reference. If you have any additional questions, or would like to request any materials, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. Again, thank you, and have a good day or good evening.
Alumni Awards Webinar 2014
Alumni Awards Webinar
Subject: Alumni Awards
Presenters: RRFC Ron Ferrill and Kendall Abbey
Date: 29 April 2014
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• Learn about the nomination process for the
Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and
the Alumni Association of the Year Awards.
• Clarify due dates associated with these awards.
• Exchange ideas and best practices about alumni
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Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award
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GLOBAL ALUMNI SERVIECE TO HUMANITY AWARD
• Recognizes outstanding international service to
humanity and professional achievements
• Winner is honored at an RI Convention plenary
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Maya Ajmera 1998-90 Ambassadorial Scholar
2013-14 Global Alumni Service to
Humanity Award Winner
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Anyone in the Rotary community can
suggest a potential nominee
District RRFC Rotary
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• Form a selection committee.
• Alert / inform districts in your zone or region.
• Encourage identifying outstanding alumni.
• Set submission deadline for the zone or region.
• Select a winner and send to Rotary International.
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Examples of Distinguished Alumni
P. Mona Khanna
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• Nominations due to RI by 30 June 2014
• All living Foundation alumni are eligible
• Electronic submission is highly encouraged
• Contact candidate to inform them of his/her
nomination and availability to speak at the RI
• Each RRFC can nominate one candidate every
• The candidate and his/her spouse will receive
gratis airfare and hotel accommodations to attend
the RI Convention
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• RRFC’s nominee = their
• Honor the individual at a
• Award plaque provided by
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Alumni Association of the Year Award
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Alumni Association of the Year Award
Recognizes an alumni association that has:
Increased awareness of the role Foundation
alumni play in Rotary
Demonstrated the lasting impact of Rotary
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2013-14 Alumni Association of the Year Award
District 3020 Rotary Foundation
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Receive a plaque and banner
Recognition in Rotary media
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• Formally chartered by Rotary.
• Have an online presence through social media (e.g.,
• Promote the value of TRF alumni within Rotary.
• Completed a project as a group in the past year that
impacted a community.
• Support Rotary’s mission and collaboration between
Rotarians and members.
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• Form a selection committee.
• Set submission deadline for the zone or region.
• Encourage districts to identify associations.
• Encourage nominations from districts.
• Select a winner and send to RI Headquarters.
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• Any Rotarians / alumni can submit nomination to their
• All RRFCs may submit one nomination to Rotary to be
• Nominations need to be endorsed by RRFC.
• Nominations due to RI by 30 June 2014.
• Electronic submission is highly encouraged.
• Handwritten versions will not be accepted.
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Alumni Association Facts
• 122 Alumni
• Average size:
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No alumni associations in your area?
• Identify active Rotary alumni in your area and
ask if they are interested in chartering an
• Get more information from Rotary staff on
chartering process – firstname.lastname@example.org.