Dear Fellow Rotarians:
I am excited about our new Rotary year and humbled that you trust me to lead you. I thank you for electing a very talented group of Club Officers and Directors who form our Club 29 leadership team. While this team is certainly capable of making all decisions that affect the Club independently, I would like to engage each of you in certain decisions. So sit back – we will be asking YOUR opinions throughout the year. Please do me the honor of responding to membership surveys when asked. Also, do not hesitate to reach out to me with any constructive suggestions you have for making our Club stronger.
Rotary International’s theme this year is “ Rotary – Making a Difference”. Each of you do that daily, and collectively, we are a force. This year, I challenge you to direct that force toward whatever Club 29 committee or project inspires you. We are a large and diverse organization, with nearly 50 committees, so there is literally something for everyone. Many of our committees center around fun and fellowship, while others are focused on improving the lives of people locally and around the world. Our Service Committee provides wonderful ways to volunteer with your fellow Rotarians and include your families. Many of you have children and grandchildren who can earn service hours by working by your side on our local projects, and what fun it would be to volunteer together!
Speaking of engagement and involvement, I know that Club 29 members sometimes feel disengaged from Rotary International, but we are very much a part of that worldwide organization. Each of you who agreed to support Rotary’s international efforts by joining the Paul Harris Society (PHS) realize that. If asked by someone who wasn’t familiar with Rotary to describe our purpose and accomplishments, every member of our Club would likely mention RI’s Polio Plus campaign, and cite our eradication of polio as evidence of our effectiveness. In reality, we are very close to reaching that goal, but cannot claim success yet. Don’t forget that your financial support of RI’s Polio Plus campaign is still needed. Donations by Rotarians to the RI’s PolioPlus initiative are still being matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That opportunity to maximize our contributions is the reason I chose Polio Plus as the beneficiary of our weekly change collection through September 30, 2017. I’ll be asking for your input as far as the beneficiary of change collections during the rest of this Rotary year.
Here’s another way you can make a difference within our own Club 29: If it is important to you that Club 29 remain the largest Rotary club in the world, do your part by sponsoring high quality new members and, more importantly, getting new members involved and engaged in our Club’s activities.