Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Our Rotary theme for 2013-2014 is honest and simple: Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
It is my absolute pleasure, and great honor, to assume the position of District Governor for one of the finest Districts in the world. By any measure our district stands out;
RI President Ron Burton has talked about being an incoming DG at the International Assembly 26 years ago at the beginning of Rotary's Polio Eradication efforts. They were able to see a direct link between engaging Rotary and the lives of millions of children who would be saved from a debilitating diease. His wish is for every Rotarian to have that moment of clarity, of realizing the power of what Rotary is, what doors it opens and especially what a privilege it is to be a Rotarian. He believes we can finish the job of Polio Eradication this year while he is RI President.
So, this is an exciting time in Rotary. The new grant model of The Rotary Foundation should enable us to increase the impact we have on our local communities. Globally, we hope it will also encourage more humanitarian projects that are larger and with a more sustainable impact.
2013-2014 will be a year of change for Rotary in many ways. I encourage all Rotarians in District 7500 to embrace the changes this year. Change can be a good thing. Be flexible in your clubs. Think about your own Rotary moments where you were able to go from just being a rotary member to being a Rotarian. I urge all of our members to get involved in projects and service within our clubs that ignite your own individual humanitarian passions. I invite all of you to see firsthand that when we Engage Rotary we will Change Lives. Don't be surprised that often one of the lives we change the most will be our own!
My wish this year is that as we do Engage Rotary in District 7500, we try not to forget my 3 F words. Let us make sure we have many Fun Fellowship and Family moments along the way.
I am looking forward to a life-changing 2013-2014, let us all enjoy this year of Rotary together!
Engage Rotary, and Change Lives!
Yours in Rotary Service, Fellowship, and Fun.
District Governor 2013-14
Rotary International District 7500