ROTARY E-CLUB OFFERS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE
May 22nd, The Rotary Club of Smithtown-Sunrise was honored to have Dr. Cornell
Frank, as their guest speaker.
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
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.
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
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
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)
sections of the website that protect members online ...personal data that only
members can access
financial transaction systems for dues payments from members, contributions, and
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:
to support disaster victims
the reconstruction of the Day Care Center in Queens destroyed by Hurricane
members to make appropriate Foundation contributions
District training for officers as applicable such as Pre-President-Elect
Seminars and President-Elect Training Seminars (known as PETS)
the District Assembly ...Attend the District Conference
members to attend traditional clubs to exchange ideas and share, what they have
learned, with our Rotary E-Club of District 7255
media coverage of a Rotary E-Club of District 7255 event or project
up a club forum, comment box or blog with the Rotary E-Club website
to update the Rotary E-Club of District 7255 website weekly
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:
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
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."
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.