Rotary Warsaw Wilanów Club - Presentation 2012

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Rotary Warsaw Wilanów Club - Presentation 2012

  1. 1. Warsaw’s Only English-Speaking Club Service Above Self
  2. 2. What is Rotary International? Rotary International is the oldest organization of social service clubs in the world; created in Chicago in 1905, today it includes nearly 30,000 clubs in more than 180 countries. Rotary is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois in the United States. Rotary is a non-governmental, non-political, non-religious organization whose members are dedicated to understanding the needs of people and, more importantly, mobilizing resources to help those in need. Rotary Clubs unite business people and professionals to promote friendship and help communities at the local and international levels. Members are called Rotarians. The Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self,” reflects the spirit of its 1.2 million members around the world, who also strive to meet the highest ethical standards in all professions. Membership is open to men and women.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  3. 3. Rotary International in Poland In 1930, the first Rotary Club was established in Warsaw. During World War II, Rotary International withdrew the membership charters of Polish clubs. After an absence of 50 years, Rotary returned to Poland in 1989. The Warsaw-Wilanow Rotary Club (RCWW) was established in April, 1995. We are part of District 2230, which consists of all Rotary Clubs in Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. Our membership currently consists of approximately 26 prominent bankers, businessmen, foreign diplomats, and other professionals, representing almost a dozen nationalities, especially Poland.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  4. 4. Rotary in Poland We meet every Monday at the Polonia Palace Hotel, Aleje Jerozolimskie 45, in Warsaw, according to the following schedule: -- Dinner meetings at 1830 on the first and third calendar Monday of the month; and -- Lunch meetings at 1300 every calendar Monday except when we have dinner meetings. Dinner in honor of visiting Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee, March 2012Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  5. 5. How Do We Put “Service Above Self?” Our club supports a variety of charitable programs and activities. Many times we work jointly with other Rotary Clubs in Poland or in other countries so that we can pool our resources more effectively. In addition, our club donates regularly to the US-based Rotary Foundation, which has been in the forefront of global efforts to eradicate polio since 1986 – the PolioPlus Campaign. Since our club’s establishment in 1995, we have contributed over one million Polish zlotys to various initiatives that assist the disadvantaged in three broad categories: -- Underprivileged children; -- Health care; and -- Community development.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  6. 6. Current Club Organization Principal officers include the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect, all of whom are elected and serve during the Rotary Year that begins 1 July and ends 30 June the following year. All elected officials have specific functions that support the President; however, the President is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the Club. In addition, four appointed members serve as the directors of International Service, Domestic Service, Club Operations, and Membership committees. The President-Elect nominally supervises the four directors. Individual Club Members serve on one or more of these committees.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  7. 7. Functions of Directorships International Service: -- Coordination of foreign projects. -- Liaison with Rotary Foundation. -- Monitoring of youth exchange program. -- Coordination with visiting Rotarians. Domestic Service: -- Coordination of projects in Poland. -- Coordination with Rotaract Club, which is designed for young members under the age of 30. -- Supervision of guest speaker program.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  8. 8. Directorship Functions Club Operations: -- Planning for annual Charter Night Ball. -- Coordination with District 2230. -- Monitoring of Club website, drafting Club flyer, and maintaining Club briefing materials. Membership: -- Vetting of prospective candidates for membership. -- Promotion of positive public relations. -- Engagement in active recruitment of candidates.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  9. 9. Ongoing Program Activities Annual Charter Night Ball, usually held in March, is the Club’s most important social and fundraising event. Generally, funds raised during this event are earmarked for a specific charity or needy organization. But fundraising, along with support for a variety of worthy causes, occurs throughout the year, as evidenced by the specific projects that the Club supports (outlined in subsequent slides). Whenever possible, RCWW tries to pool its financial resources with other Rotary Clubs, as well as work with our locally-affiliated Rotaract Club.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  10. 10. Christmas in Sweden (Mikołajki) Description: Organized trips each year to Sweden for approximately 50 underprivileged children. Clubs Involved: RCWW. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  11. 11. Poza Horyzonty (Jaś Mela Foundation) Description: Provided financial support to enable youth who have lost limbs to participate in esteem-enhancing, team-building programs, as well as to help purchase prosthetic devices. Clubs Involved: RCWW. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  12. 12. Dembinki Children’s Home Description: Provided financial support for renovation of a children’s home. Clubs Involved: RCWW. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  13. 13. Youth Exchange Programs Description: Supported high school exchange students living and studying in the Warsaw area. Clubs Involved: RCWW, in coordination with Rotary Clubs in the students’ home locations. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  14. 14. Joni and Friends Foundation (Joni Polska) Description: Provided financial support to buy spare parts to overhaul approximately 1250 wheelchairs for handicapped persons. Clubs Involved: RCWW. Project Inception: December 2006. Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception: PLN 34,500.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  15. 15. Oncology Institute Description: Purchased medical and non-medical equipment for use in the lymphoma clinic at the Oncology Hospital in Warsaw. Clubs Involved: RCWW, RC Munich (Rotary Foundation matching grant). Project Inception: March 2010. Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  16. 16. Radzyń Podlaski Community Center Description: Provided financial support for the renovation and extension of a community center. Clubs Involved: RCWW, RC Melton-Mowbray. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  17. 17. Burkino Faso Water Supply Project Description: Provided financial support for construction of water wells in Burkino Faso. Clubs Involved: RCWW, RC Milan, RC Munich. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  18. 18. Ethiopia Water Supply Project Description: Provided financial support for construction of water wells in Ethiopia. Clubs Involved: RCWW, RC Szczecin. Project Inception: Current Budget: Money Invested Since Inception:Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  19. 19. Current Program Goals Explore possibility of financing a project that provides shoes to underprivileged people, in coordination with RC Milan. Increase RCWW membership by at least 10% in the current Rotary year. Publicize RCWW social service activities more widely, possibly via enhanced media coverage and formal presentations to business associations and, as appropriate, non-governmental think tanks and organizations. Re-organize RCWW communications and procedures to ensure smooth, transparent functioning of all Club activities. Re-invigorate guest speaker program.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  20. 20. Membership Benefits Opportunity to contribute to community development, locally and around the world. Camaraderie and social interaction with fellow members. Professional networking possibilities. Personal growth and development. Most importantly, tremendous satisfaction gleaned from helping others in need and making a difference in today’s complicated world.Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012
  21. 21. RCWW Contact Information Website: www.rotary.pl E-Mail Address: rcww@wp.pl Postal Address: Polonia Palace Hotel Aleje Jerozolimskie 45 00-692 Warsaw, Poland Current Bank Accounts (DZ Bank): -- PL38174000060000300000461353 (for PLN) -- PL86174000060000300000461362 (for EUR) Current President: Zbigniew Modecki RCWW is officially recognized as a charitable organization by the Polish Government (KRS 0000320551)Rotary Year 2012-13 10/15/2012

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