The purpose of weekly Rotary Educator Moments is to give members and guest a deeper insight into the different activities and projects that Rotary is involved.
Here you will find past Rotary Educator Moments prepared and presented by past President and past District 7600 Interact and Rotaract Chair, Charlie Firestone. Enjoy!
As a Rotarian I will:
First: Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life

Second: Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect

Third: Use my professional skills through Rotary to : mentor young people ,help those with special needs, and improve peoples quality of life in my community and in the world.

Fourth: Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on rotary and other Rotarians.

Fifth: Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment
- Charlie Firestone
Jan 15, 2021
Last week we reviewed global grants. This week is District Grants. District Grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses activities it will fund with these grants. They support: Humanitarian projects, scholarships, youth programs, and vocational training teams. Recipients may customize projects. Funding-Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant. They get funding in one lump sum. Qualifications- Districts need to become qualified to apply for grants. Fund distribution: Clubs apply directly to the District. Individual Districts administer their own Grants.
- Charlie Firestone
Jan 08, 2021

Rotary Global Grants- This program replaced Ambassadorial Scholarships in 2013. This program expands on the Ambassadorial mission. by ensuring that every Rotarian Scholar advance Rotary's International goodwill, and peace.

The scholarship funds graduate level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Any approved University located in a country where the host Rotary Club or District, outside of the applicant’s home country. Graduate -level course or research in one of Rotary's six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention, Water Treatment, and Sanitation, Maternal and childcare health, Basic education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development. Target groups are non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary Districts or clubs. The minimum budget for a global scholarship is $30,000, which will fund various things. Our club has sponsored some very talented and exciting non-Rotarians in past years.

- Charlie Firestone

Dec 18, 2020
I will continue with youth services: RYLA- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive training program for youths ages 14-30. Talented young people attend a seminar, camp, or workshop, generally three to ten days in length organized by Rotarians at the local club or district level. Participants expenses are often paid by sponsoring Rotary clubs. RYLA events are for young adults with proven leadership experience and potential leadership from diverse backgrounds . Whether they are a secondary school student, university student or young professional, RYLA provides a unique opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, and make new friends. The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life. Our club sponsors students from our Interact Club each year.
- Charlie Firestone

This week I will continue to review Youth Services. Rotaract is an International program for adults age 18-30 who want to make a difference. It was founded in 1968 by Rotary International, an association of clubs made up of service minded business and professional leaders (sound familiar?). There are over 9,000 clubs with over 200,000 members in over 150 countries. Clubs are either community or university based. Rotaract enables members to grow professionally, address community needs, and promote International understanding through friendship and service. Rotaract builds leaders, and leaders build strong clubs with effective programs. Whatever they do, Rotaractors know how to have fun, make friends, and make the world a little better in the process. Rotaractors also often spearhead the formation of Interact Clubs, and participate in Rotary Youth leadership awards. Rotaractors can go on to become Ambassadorial Scholars or participate in the Group Study Exchange Program. District 7600 has a very strong program headed by a very talented- Alex Ritchie.

- Charlie Firestone

Dec 04, 2020
This week I thought I would review all the various opportunities there are to serve. I will review them one by one in the coming weeks. I will begin with Youth Services. Interact is an RI service club for young people ages 12-18.
Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs that provide support and guidance. However, they are selfgoverning and self-supporting. Club members vary greatly. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity. They practice demonstrating helpfulness, respect for others, and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work. They work to advance international understanding and goodwill. 
There are almost 20 thousand clubs in over 109 countries. Over 400,000 young people are involved in Interact. Our club sponsors the youth at Kempsville High School. 
- Charlie Firestone
Nov 19, 2020
I have been asked to share Rotary moments with you for the rest of this Rotary year. I thought the first one is something I received from RI this week. It is so timely I wanted to share it with you. If you got it and didn't read it, here is your chance.
ROTARY is trying very hard to connect during the pandemic. They are asking fellow Rotarian to help in our respective communities to reach out those who feel isolated and alone. We all know someone, especially if its a fellow Rotarian. Next, take part in the RI magazines "What would you do? "Its all in your February issue. Finally check out the new virtual tour of One Rotary Center. There is something for every body in Rotary!
- Charlie Firestone
Jun 26, 2020
Just a few more days of Rotary Connects the World -- not to say stop current projects and ongoing efforts. Can also get mentally prepared for Rotary Opens Opportunities.

Excellent start today with Change of Leadership Zoom Meeting.
Percy Hodgson, at the 1951 Rotary Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., was the 1949-50 Rotary International president credited with starting the tradition of crafting a theme. In the decades that followed, RI presidents introduced theme logos, lapel pins, ties, and scarves. Theme ties were introduced in the 1990s and are now crafted annually. Scarves first appeared in 1998-99. Many designs incorporate the theme logo for the year. Others, such as those selected by William Boyd from New Zealand and Sakuji Tanaka from Japan, use colors or imagery that reflects their home country.
Jun 19, 2020
This is another Educator Moment that requires some added time in order to fully benefit from the content. Yes, a Link is provided. 

Action Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does Rotary have a new Action Plan?
A: The world today is not the same as it was when Rotary began in 1905. Demographics have shifted, the pace of change has accelerated, and technology has created new opportunities for connection and service. What hasn’t changed is a need for the values that define Rotary: fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. With our new plan, we will honor our past and embrace our future. We can evolve and keep Rotary not only relevant but thriving.
Consider giving to the Disaster Response Fund to help Rotary clubs lead disaster recovery efforts, including projects related to COVID-19.
Jun 12, 2020
Today's MOMENT is relatively brief. However, suggest review the information included in the link within the MOMENT and provided here: Not proposing do it right away but do so piecemeal at your leisure. Once on the site click on each topic to Learn More.

Mary Greer Landon taught me something valuable this week. I mentioned that I was having problems opening the Link. Her advice was, "It worked right away. Just have to hold the control (Ctrl) button while you click it". Mary charged for her advice but I am doing it gratis.
Jun 05, 2020
Very useful information, about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in relation to END POLIO NOW is contained in this Educator Moment. Takes less than a minute to view the Bill Gates video on the top/left.

Also this week's, The Rotary Club of Hampton Roads Informer (See the 2020-June-5 Weekly Bulletin HERE) contains on page 2, equally informative and personal action that should be considered regarding POLIO PLUS ----  required to be completed by June 1 - 20.
May 29, 2020

Today’s Educator Moment is quite lengthy and a little out of the norm.

The whole point is to draw attention to the historical caliber of Presidents of Rotary International. Just so happened PP Frank was President while I was Governor of District 7600 in 2000-2001.

PP Frank died May 27, 2020 at age 81 of pancreatic cancer that was discovered a few weeks ago but that he never wanted divulged. The surviving family included Spouse Gloria Rita and children Melanie, Stephanie and Jennifer Devlyn.

In the world of Rotary, Frank Devlyn was recognized as being one of the most sought – out speakers, constantly in demand for Rotary conferences and events.

His background gives good reason why he is considered by so many to be such a unique, successful leader.

May 22, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS | Rotary Club of Superstition MountainToday's Moment is brief but hopefully informing and acted upon as a chance(s) permit. Very simple --- whens one visits another club bring a Rotary Club Hampton Roads Banner to swap with the visited club. 

There is no cost for the Rotary Club Hampton Roads Banner. Please do not take a banner for your personal use.  
May 15, 2020
Worth taking a look at the Link in the Moment. Not saying to act on applying for a Rotary International sponsored credit card. I personally do not have one nor ever had one. Why? Use old geezer (AARP) one. Use retired military offer. Prefer to have the minimum number of cards.

In other words, take a look but make a judgement on your own circumstances.
Explore Rotary Global Rewards to find personal discounts and special offers.
May 08, 2020
Today’s Educator Moment reflects briefly upon current The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Leadership. TRF Trustees normally are ex-Directors of Rotary International and/or Past Presidents. I am aware of only one Rotarian that became a Trustee before becoming a Director.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The RI president-elect nominates the 12 trustees, who are elected by the RI Board to four-year terms. The current Chair and Chair-elect are depicted below.
May 01, 2020
Rotary is made up of three parts: Our Clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary International Board of Directors establishes policy for Rotary International and provides guidance that helps our clubs thrive. Clubs elect the members of the Board (two of 19 depicted here) every year at the Rotary International Convention, and each director serves for two years.
Apr 24, 2020
May be a first multiple organization statement. KIWANIS-LIONS-OPTIMIST-ROTARY. The cause warrants it.
Joint Statement from Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International
Apr 17, 2020
President Bob Herd of the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads in 1990-91 led the club in undertaking a district project called Project Lifeline to raise funds to purchase a bloodmobile for the American Red Cross in Norfolk. A total of $67K was raised. A mystery donor contributed a significant amount.  The total check was presented to Paul Regal, Executive Director Blood Services, Norfolk.
All club members participated by personal donations and visiting District 7600 clubs to solicit assistance. Bob and Chester Long were very instrumental in the club visit process.
Apr 10, 2020
Rotary members across Southern California assembled 30,000 face shields over a weekend to provide protection against COVID-19 for local health care facilities and first responders.
Watch their story on CBS Los Angeles:
First VIDEO at the top. Be patient. Must turn on audio too.  
Service Above Self BRAVO to Rotarians from Rotary District 5320!
Our mission. We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Apr 03, 2020
April is Rotary Magazine Month
Does anyone ever see the Rotarian Magazine in their  Dentist's office?  Medical doctor's office? Your own office,  if have one. Not a bad idea to enable spreading the word ... ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD. 
The first issue of The National Rotarian was published in January l911. This 12-page tabloid was considered the best way to distribute an essay written by Rotary founder Paul Harris.
Mar 27, 2020

Please be aware that this Moment due to its brevity can only be taken with the realization that all the particulars cannot be covered here.

Background: The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 virus to be a pandemic. Rotary provides several options through which Rotarians can demonstrate their care and concern for their own communities and those around the world. Below is a range of grant options available to Rotarians to address this pandemic.

Mar 20, 2020
Today, it’s easy for Americans to take for granted being able to dive into a public swimming pool or sit in a crowded movie theater without worrying about contracting polio.
But that’s what life was like 80 years ago, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt — who had himself contracted polio in 1921 at age 39 — started the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.  
Mar 13, 2020
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.
Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
Mar 06, 2020
The Moment contains two questions. Click and select the colored areas to reveal the answer. 
Where is the closest Rotaract Club to the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads?
Old Dominion University
Who is the sponsor of that Rotaract Club?
Rotary Club of Norfolk
The 2019 Council on Legislation amended the constitutional documents of Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs as a membership type. 
Feb 28, 2020
What happened in 1980? Who is being referred to in the 1942 entry? At least one person should know.
  • 1905 - First Rotary club organized in Chicago, Illinois, USA 
  • 1908 - Second club formed in San Francisco, California, USA
  • 1910 - First Rotary convention held in Chicago
  • 1912 - First club outside US chartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1917 - Endowment fund, forerunner of The Rotary Foundation, established
Feb 14, 2020
Rotary Club of Hampton Roads dues per Member: $140 semi-annually.
District 7600 dues paid by club semi-annually:
  • $16 per member age 36 and above.
  • $8 per member age 35 and under
Rotary International dues paid by club semi-annually:
  • $34 per member.
  • $6 for The Rotarian magazine per member
Jan 17, 2020
The below excerpts come from Rotary’s Annual Report. Takes a few bucks to run an organization consisting of 1.2 million members in 35 thousand clubs. Somewhat above my paygrade. If you have any questions, let me know and I can forward the you the Report. R/Joe
Jan 10, 2020
There is no point in having a weekly Educator Moment unless each Member participates to some extent. Today’s test is not meant to be some sort of “gotcha”. Rather, it is meant to encourage all Members, long time and relatively new, to expend 5 minutes or so to keep abreast of old and new Rotary happenings.
Jan 03, 2020
Rotary uses its members’ skills and passion to build awareness, fundraise, and encourage governments to donate to and support polio eradication efforts. Over one million Rotary members have volunteered their time and resources to help end polio.
Dec 27, 2019
Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of the peace centers.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows.
Dec 13, 2019
Related imageThe current Manual of Procedure which includes the updated Standard Rotary Club Constitution covers the Meeting Requirement. You can visit then hover over “Learning & Reference” then select “Governance Documents” from the drop down menu (third column from the left).
Dec 06, 2019
Virginia offers more than 250 Unique Plates for our citizens. These plates represent colleges and universities, branches of the military, localities and special interest organizations such as conservationists, professional organizations and hobbyists. And … Rotary International.
Unique Costs = $10 initially & annually $10.
Nov 22, 2019
This volume constitutes the first known codification of the general and permanent policies of Rotary International.  The decisions of the RI Board, the RI Conventions, and the RI Councils on Legislation in establishing such policies have been collected and compiled since 1910, but without any systematic arrangement.  Thousands of decisions were reviewed in preparing this Code, and many were found to be duplicative or outdated.  However, several hundred were found to still be in effect, and they are set forth in the Code.
Nov 15, 2019
Image result for rotary fellowshipsRotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
Nov 08, 2019
For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
Nov 01, 2019
RI PRES. M. MALONEY Excerpts from NOV THE ROTARIAN Rotary Day at the United Nations, which is celebrated each November, is an important reminder of the historic relationship between our organizations. But this year’s event is even more important than usual, because we are building up to the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in June 2020.
Oct 25, 2019
Classifications:  Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects.
Oct 18, 2019
Harry Ruggles was the fifth man to join Paul Harris in conversation that led to the formation of the first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905. Harry was a fellow who enjoyed singing. At an early meeting of the fledgling group, Harry jumped on a chair and urged everyone to join him in song.
Oct 11, 2019
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Oct 04, 2019
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Sep 13, 2019
Image result for rotary annual givingThe Annual Programs Fund is the primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Aug 23, 2019

Rotary is different from most community-based organizations partly because the other civic organizations often have professional executives who work for or with the board members. That gives the organization continuity, which is often lacking in a Rotary club.

Rotary is different because it is not only community-based but also worldwide and has developed service projects of great scope.