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Thursday, May 22nd, The Rotary Club of Smithtown-Sunrise was honored to have Dr. Cornell Frank, as their guest speaker.


Dr. Cornell Frank is President of the Rotary E-Club of District 7255  and meets electronically hosted on a unique website. The official meeting time is considered to be when the Club President posts material for weekly discussion, but members may access the site at their convenience at any point during the week. E-Club members discuss club business online. To respect the privacy of E-Club members, some meeting content or member data is protected from public view.

  As all Rotary clubs do, Rotary E-Clubs perform service projects  in local and international communities, support The Rotary Foundation, and enjoy fellowship among members. The keys to their effectiveness are also the same: service-minded members, opportunities for fellowship and strong leadership. 

  Participants of Rotary E-Clubs are business, professional  and community leaders who are unable to attend a weekly Rotary club meeting in person, the E-Club option offers the opportunity to meet, conduct service projects, and participate in Rotary fellowship. From time to time, Rotarians who miss their regular Rotary club meeting may make up a meeting by attending an E-Club meeting on line, a valuable service for all members.  

 As of August 2010, 360 Rotarians located in 30 countries are E-Club members. Of these, 146 had previously been members of Rotary clubs, including four past District Governors. Membership in an E-Club requires a basic internet skills set, including the ability to navigate websites with ease.

  Members should also have a working knowledge of the principles of protecting privacy online, so that no club member compromises another's sensitive personal information. 

  Cornell stated that Rotary E-Clubs are considered by the Rotary International Board to be worldwide. While each E-Club is assigned to a district, Rotary members can come from any country or geographical area where Rotary maintains a presence. 

  The technical requirements of E-Clubs are:

   ... A dedicated website  ... Online meeting software to host a meeting (Rotary International established a partnership with Citrix Online)
 ...Private sections of the website that protect members online ...personal data that only members can access  
...Online financial transaction systems for dues payments from members, contributions, and remittances 
 ...E-Clubs are responsible for all costs associated with maintaining a website address and hosting their website on the internet.

  During the presentation it was mentioned that during the 2004-10 pilot, E-Clubs performed 355 community service projects, 106 international service projects, 55 vocational service projects, and 70 youth service projects. E-Clubs gave more than US$150,000 to The Rotary Foundation, including more than $21,500 to Rotary's $200 Million Challenge. 

  Rotary E-Club goals are:  
 ...Increase Membership 
 ...Continue to support disaster victims
 ...Support the reconstruction of the Day Care Center in Queens destroyed by Hurricane Sandy 
 ...Encourage members to make appropriate Foundation contributions  
...Attend District training for officers as applicable such as Pre-President-Elect Seminars and President-Elect Training Seminars (known as PETS)
 ...Attend the District Assembly  ...Attend the District Conference  
...Encourage members to attend traditional clubs to exchange ideas and share, what they have learned, with our Rotary E-Club of District 7255 
 ...Gain media coverage of a Rotary E-Club of District 7255 event or project 
 ...Set up a club forum, comment box or blog with the Rotary E-Club website
 ...Continue to update the Rotary E-Club of District 7255 website weekly 
 ...If financially possible, implement an automated payment system known as e-commerce on the website using the service of Sage

  For further information check out the Rotary E-Club site at: www.rotaryeclublongislandone.org   

  Dr. Cornell Frank has more than three decades of active Rotary involvement with a commitment to help the poor, the needy, the underprivileged and especially children around the world who need our help. He has served as Rotary Assistant District Governor, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sergeant-At-Arms, is active in District 7255's Leadership Team as Director/Chair of Club Service, Membership Retention Committee, Newsletter Publisher, District Historian, Website Administrator, Technology Advisor, and President of the Rotary E-Club Long Island One.org. He has many more titles that are too numerous to mention...as he excels as a Rotarian of many years. 

  Cornell received his undergraduate degree from City University, his MBA from St. John's University with a specialization in executive management and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New York University with a specialization in leadership. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business and has taught computer science and business courses on the University level. 

  Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,00 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self."   

The Rotary Club of Smithtown-Sunrise meets every Thursday morning at 7:45 am at the Smithtown Millennium Diner located on the corner of Main Street and Route 111. Guests are welcome to attend the meetings with the exception of the last Thursday of each month when the club holds its business assembly. www.smithtownsunriserotary.com          

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