ROTARY acronym buster

Acronym description:

3H
Health, Hunger and Humanity

3-H GRANTS
Health, hunger and humanity - Grants of US$100k to $500K for multi- year international projects and social development

 

ACRE
Australian Campaign for Rabbit Eradication

 

ADG
Assistant District Governor (incorrect – see AG)

AG
Assistant Governor - One of a number of senior Rotarians appointed by District Governor (DG) to assist with administration of a group of clubs in that year

 

AIDAb
Australian International Development Assistance Bureau – Now called AusAid.

Alumni
District and Club Groups - Association of former members of Group Study Exchange teams (GSE), Scholars and other Foundation programmes
Ambassadorial Scholars

An international programme of Rotary Foundation - Enables men and women to spend an academic year abroad in university level or vocational studies

 

ANZO
The abbreviation of our Rotary Region - Australia, New Zealand, Oceania.

 

ANZSE
Australia New Zealand Study Exchange

ARH
Australian Rotary Health - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia. Previously ARHRF.

ARHRF
Australian Rotary Health Research Fund - A multi-District project approved by RI to seek public donations in support of health research within Australia.

 

AVAC
Australian Vocational Advisory Committee

Board of a Rotary Club
The governing body of a Rotary club expected to meet monthly - Consists of President, Vice President(s), President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors and others as the By-Laws shall provide
CAP

Community Assistance Program

Carl P Miller Discovery Grant
RI Foundation grant up to US$3000 for travel, research of an international service project - To be used by a Rotarian or group thereof who have a written invitation from club in host country who will offer home-hosting
Catalogue

List of all major publications, supplies etc available from RI - Supplementary updates issued annually in July Contains order forms to send to NSW Branch Office of RI (Gratis)

Centurion
A Rotarian who commits to a $AU100 donation pa to TRF.

 

Charter Member
The original members of a newly chartered club - Identified with a special lapel badge

 

Classificatio

A principal concept to assure each Rotary club represents cross section of business/professions - Describes the distinct and recognised business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society (Not position held)
 

Club and District Changeovers
A mainly formal event held annually just prior to a new Rotary year and includes partners - Formal changeover to new President and team of incoming Officers/Directors and provides a review of past year achievements and activities

Club Banner
A small flag expressive of the community, country or region of a club - Commonly used to present to visitors or exchange with clubs visited throughout the world


Club Charter
A document issued when a new club is admitted to Membership in RI - Signed by RI Pres, General Secretary and DG Date thereon represents date of official membership Framed and preserved


Club Committees
The "action" groups within a club - Comprise standing committees under the 5 Avenues of Service plus others approved by the Board Each headed by a Director, with Deputy and committee members


Club Forum
Formal meeting of an entire club - Called to inform members about service activities and progress of projects Also an opportunity for members to air views

 

Club Secretary’s Manual
Issued by RI to each incoming Club Secretary - Contains procedures and guides to dates and secretarial functions etc


Club Task Allocation
List of essential tasks allocated to members - Enables spread of administrative and essential tasks to ensure effective outcomes List available from Secretary

 

CLP
Club Leadership Plan


CMS
Citation for Meritorious Service


COG
Council of Governors - A District committee of Past DG’s who convene to give advice to the current DG on programmes, policies and procedures


COM
Council of Management


COL
Council On Legislation - The legislative body of Rotary International - Composed of one delegate from each Rotary District that meet each 3 years to consider proposed changes to the Rotary Constitution and Bylaws


DAA
Disaster Aid Australia


DDF
District Designated Funds


DG
District Governor - Directly responsible to the Board of Rotary International (RI) for the supervision of clubs within a designated district


DGD
District Governor-Designate (DG next+2 Rotary Year)


DGE
District Governor-Elect (DG next Rotary Year)


DGN
District Governor-Nominee (DG next+1 Rotary Year)


DGND
District Governor Nominee Designate – What is this???


DIK
Donations-in-kind - Supplies of donated educational and medical equipment available to serve a need in the developing world


DIN
Donations-in-Kind Information Network (Not DIKIN)


District Conference
Annual event for members and partners - Held annually in each District to further the programmes of Rotary through fellowship, inspiring speakers and recognition of club activities etc

 

DLT
District Leadership Team - Approved by RI to begin 1/1/1997 An enhanced organisational structure in a District to enable cost-effective growth and faster, more responsive support to clubs by appointment of Assistant Governors

DLP
District Leadership Plan

 

DRFC
District Rotary Foundation Committee

 

DRR
District Rotaract Representative


DSA
Distinguished Service Award


DSG
District Simplified Grants


DT
District Trainer


FARG
Foundation Alumni Resource Group.


Fellowship
A major club function - Promotes acquaintance among members through participation in clubs recreational and social activities


Five Avenues of Service
Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service; International Service and New Generations (Youth!).

 

Founder of Rotary
Refers to Paul P Harris - Organised the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905 Born 19 April 1868 died 27 January 1947

 

Four Avenues of Service(Now FIVE)
Now Five Avenues of Service with the addition of New Generations. The major elements of the "Object of Rotary" - Term used to refer to Club Service; Vocational Service; Community Service and International Service. New Generations was and is unofficially known as "Youth Service".


Friendship Club
A less formal agreement that may lead to Sister Club status after a trial period - As above but less demanding of mutual co-operation until proper communication lines and philosophy is established


Functional Literacy Programme
An RI programme since 1992 - To meet the needs of adults deemed to be functionally illiterate and to promote support for reading, writing skills through community Literacy centres

 

GETS
Governor-Elect Training Seminar


GNG
Global Networking Groups


GSE
Group Study Exchange

 

GSE Team
Group Study Exchange Team Programme of Rotary Foundation of RI - A cultural and Educational exchange of young non-Rotarian professionals which promotes international understanding through travel and personal contact Usually once annually for duration of 4 to 5 weeks under Rotary leadership


Helping Grants
Up to US$15K based on 2:1 match of club or district contributions - For projects in a country other than that of the sponsor where Rotary participation is not possible


Honorary Member
Recognition of a past member or non-Rotarian - Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. Not a member for RI purposes.


ICUFR
International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians, a Rotary International Fellowship. http://www.icufr.org/


IFYR
International Fellowship of Yachting Rotarians


Inner Wheel
An international organisation of women - A Rotary sponsored service group open to wives, widows of present and past Rotarians.

Interact
Interaction between youth and service - World-wide Rotary sponsored group of young people dedicated to service and International understanding and is open to students in their last 4 years of secondary education


International Assembly
An annual assembly of District Governor Nominees held in Anaheim, US in Feb/Mar - To educate, instruct and inspire DGNs and adoption of RI theme and new programmes of RI


International Convention
World-wide gathering of all Rotarians and partners - Held usually in May in a different country chaired by RI President


INTERPLAST
International Plastic Surgery Programme - Established by District 9800 in 1980 and sends teams of volunteer surgeons and nurses to developing countries to operate on deformities, burns etc.


IPAC
International Projects Advisory Committee - A national committee to update registry of international projects identified as suitable for support by clubs

 

IPDG
Immediate Past District Governor

 

IPEC
International Polio Eradication Committee


IPP
Immediate Past President

 

IPPC

International PolioPlus Committee
 

LOA
Leave of Absence. Upon written request to the Club Board - May be granted to excuse member from meetings for a specified length of time but does not operate to give credit for attendance (See Make-Ups)


LYTE
Long Term Youth Exchange

 

Make-Ups
Making up of attendance at meetings or another Rotary Club or District meeting - A card is obtained from the visited club in order that credit for attendance is gained Make-ups can be within 14 days prior to or following the normal meeting


Matching Grants
Up to US$50K that match club contributions - For projects involving Clubs in 2 or more countries for humanitarian service


Membership Identification Card
Used by member to verify current membership (CD3-420-EN) - Issued by Club Secretary upon payment of annual dues Shows expiry date of year end


MOP
Manual of Procedure - A reference manual for Rotary Leaders updated each 3 years Contains policies & procedures for club and RI administration


MUNA
Model United Nations Assembly - An international youth project that simulates the workings of the United Nations Usually held annually for 2 days in March


NCC
National Coordinating Committees (of RAWCS)


NESS
National Engineering Summer School


NID
National Immunization Days


NPF
National Project Funding


NYSF
National Youth Science Forum - A programme sponsored by Rio Tinto to enable select secondary science students to attend a science forum annually

Object of Rotary
A statement from the Rotary Constitution - The object is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise


OD
Official Directory: A RI publication - Issued by RI annually containing list of all clubs, names and addresses of all Presidents, Secretaries, time and place of meetings etc Available from Club Sec


OL
Operation Livewire: A vocational programme in Australia - Sponsored by Shell Australia to encourage young people aged 18-25 to establish their own business Rotarians act as mentors


ORK
Orphan Rescue Kit


PACE
Pacific-Australia Cultural Exchange


PAG
Past Assistant Governor


PAL
Promote Adult Literacy


PDG
Past District Governor

 

PE
President-Elect


PEDS
Presidents Elect Designates Seminar


Peer Support Foundation
Non-profit group founded 1971 with Rotary support - Operates in most state primary and secondary schools to offer leadership training for senior students who in turn assist integration of new students


PEPS
Presidents Elect Preparatory Seminar


Per Capita Dues
Dues each club pays to RI for each active, senior active and past service member - Payable semi-annually on 1 July and 1 January at current rate of exchange notified by RI


PETS
Presidents Elect Training Seminar - Held annually for incoming Presidents and partners to be trained in the administration of their club and to develop challenging projects and programmes


PHF
Paul Harris Fellow - A form of recognition for financial or meritorious service to the Foundation or to the community generally


PHF with Sapphire
Supplementary recognition to above PHF - A special recognition gold pin with blue stone to represent additional financial contribution or meritorious service

 

PHS
Paul Harris Society


PHSM
Paul Harris Sustaining Member - Recognises financial contributions to the Foundation in increments - Recognises individuals who have made contributions in instalments up to US$1000


Polio Plus
An international programme of Rotary Foundation - To protect all of the world’s children from poliomyelitis through national immunisation days, laboratory networks and reporting of suspected cases


Project Volunteers
Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. This is one of the programs that comes under the RAWCS umbrella.


PP    Past President

PPE   Preserve Planet Earth
PPRI   Past President Rotary International
PRI    President Rotary International
PRID   Past Rotary International Director
PRIE   President Rotary International Elect 

PRIP   Past Rotary International President
PROBUS   Professional and Business - A Rotary sponsored group for retirees and semi-retired professional and business people Meet monthly

PROVISIONAL CLUB
A group organising the formation of a new club - Meets weekly until admitted to membership of Rotary International with a minimum of 25 charter members

 

RAG's   Rotary Action Groups
RAM   Rotarians Against Malaria - Project to support anti-malaria projects in selected countries in Asia Pacific region
RAOAF  Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund
RAWCS   Rotary Australia World Community Services Ltd - A public company formed 1987 to co-ordinate and authorise the various international activities within Districts. Programs that come under RAWCS include Project Volunteers, RAM, SWSL and DIK.
RC   Rotary Club

RCC  Rotary Community Corps
RCD  Rotary Club Director
RCP  Rotary Code of Policies
RDU  Rotary Down Under
RFE  Rotary Friendship Exchange
RFFA  Rotarians For Fighting AIDS
RI   Rotary International
RID  Rotary International Director
RIDE   Rotary International Director Elect
RIF  Institution Fund - A District disaster relief fund to which clubs can contribute to alleviate distress from natural disasters occurring within Australia
RIF  Rotary International Foundation
RIMC  Rotary International Membership Coordinator
Rotarian in name only (also known as Knife and Forker)

RIP  Rotary International President
RIPA  Rotary International President's Ambassador
RIPE   International President Elect
RIPR   International President Representative
RITS   Rotary International Travel Service
RLI   Rotary Leadership Institute - The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.

RNN
Rotary News Network


ROAR
Rotary Organization of Amateur Radio


ROBIN
Rotary Native Bird Nest-box Project

 

ROMAC
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - Established by District 9800 in 1984 and is expanding Statewide and interstate Finances medical aid and operations in Australian hospitals for children up to age 15 brought from South East Asia and Pacific Region


ROMEO
Rotary Old Men, Eating Only


ROTA
Rotary Overseas Travel Award


ROTI
Rotarians On The Internet - A Rotary International Fellowship - http://www.roti.org/


ROTARACT
A Rotary sponsored service group - For young people aged 18 to 30 who meet each two weeks to foster service to the local and international community

 

ROTARTANK
Rotary Water Tanks - Established by District 9800 to supply and install portable fresh water tanks by Rotary Project Volunteers in neighbouring countries.
Rotary
Founded 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago US - An organisation of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world


Rotary Club Flag
The official flag of Rotary with emblem and club name - For display at club and district assemblies


Rotary Down Under (RDU)
The official Rotary magazine for the South West Pacific region - Distributed monthly to clubs or by post to Rotarians address Subscription is compulsory


Rotary Emblem
An emblem representing "civilisation and movement" - A gear wheel with 6 spokes, 24 cogs, in colours of royal blue and gold A key was added in 1923 to signify the wheel was a "worker" not an "idler"


Rotary Foundation
A philanthropic Trust - A not-for-profit corporation whose activities extend world-wide to achieve world understanding and peace. Also known as TRF.


Rotary Themes or Mottos
Official slogans adopted annually by RI President - A theme which changes yearly to reflect the philosophy and programmes for the year. The Principal motto that remains constant is "Service Above Self" since 1989


Rotary Village Corps
Not common in Australia but wide spread in US - Self-help groups of non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary Clubs to improve community living conditions


Rotary Volunteers
A local and overseas volunteer programme - Teams of from 2 to 6 volunteers visit for 2 to 4 weeks to developing countries to provide skills training and assistance. Also known as Project Volunteers.


Rotary Volunteers Programme
Voluntary overseas service - Facilitates placement of volunteers and may cover some expenses of those serving abroad for 28 days or more


ROTEX
Organisation of Ex-Rotary Exchange Students

ROTOPLAST
Rotoplast International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 1992 as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, that provides free plastic surgery for children in the third world.
ROVE
Rotary Overseas Vocational Exchange - A programme to encourage vocational exchanges of up to 12 weeks


RRFC
Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator


RRVF
Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships


Rtn.
Rotarian


RYDA
Roadsafe Youth Driver Awareness


RYLA
Rotary Youth Leadership Award - An interactive, experientially-based leadership conference offered in the last week of November each year.


RYEP
Rotary Youth Exchange Program


RYPEN
Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment - A programme of weekend seminars for young people aged 14 to 17 years Two seminars are held in October and March.


RYWELL
Rotary Youth Wellbeing


SHARE
Share (RF distribution of funds)

 

SRT
ShelterBox Response Team


Sister Club
Relationship agreement between clubs in other Countries/districts - To foster better understanding and fellowship exchange and mutual support and co-operation on humanitarian projects


SSE
Summer Science Experience
Southwest Pacific Service Centre
Office of RI based in Parramatta, NSW - Serves Rotary clubs and Districts in Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands
SRCC
Standard Rotary Club Constitution

Originally adopted in 1922 - Provides the framework for all clubs in the world and is a condition to receiving a charter


STYE
Short Term Youth Exchange


SWSL
Safe Water Save Lives - Project teams of up to 3 weeks to funding and assisting install fresh clean water tanks and dams in overseas communities


TARFT
The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust - A trust funds that offers Rotarians and corporations etc a tax free deduction on donations to the Rotary Foundation

 

The 4-Way Test
A measure for Rotarians of conduct and thinking – 1 Is it the truth?
2 Is it fair to all concerned?
3 Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4 Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


The Rotarian
"The Rotarian". A monthly magazine put out by Rotary International with articles, news and views in a number of languages.


The Rotary World
An RI publication - Three copies sent bi-monthly to all club presidents direct from RI (I don't recall ever having seen one)

Theme Months
Focus in various months on major activities - Gives specific attention to Membership (August) Youth (Sept) Vocational (Oct) Foundation (Nov) Awareness (Jan) World Understanding (Feb) Magazine (April) Rotaract Week (Mar)

 

TLA
Three Letter Acronym

TR
The Rotarian (RI magazine, which you can receive instead of RDU if you so choose)

 

TRF
The Rotary Foundation

 

WCS
World Community Service

WFA
World Fellowship Activities

World Fellowship Committee
An international programme - For the many groups of Rotarians sharing common sporting & vocational interest and encourages reciprocal visits to other countries where home-

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