July 1 marks the beginning of the new Rotary year. Welcome to Sue Wright as she will begin her year as District Governor.
And it follows that June 30 marks the end of the 2017-18 Rotary year. It has been my profound privilege and pleasure to be your district governor, a profound joy. One of my pleasures has been to work with our club presidents. When I first met them, I felt this was going to be a good year. We have had a strong, conscientious group of club presidents leading us as we Made A Difference in our local communities. We will have at least 10-15 of our clubs earning a Presidential Citation this year. We have added five new Interact clubs. I haven’t heard from every club yet, but so far clubs have reported planting 1272 trees. They have used district grants to provide unique service to their communities. Thank you, 2017-18 Club Presidents for stepping up and leading your clubs this year. You and your clubs have Made A Difference.
Our district leadership has been phenomenal – dedicated, personable, energetic Rotarians that were willing to give extra for Rotary. They have used their skills when asked to lead. They said “Yes” when asked to lead. I would love to mention each of them but that would be too long; please know that I am genuinely grateful for each one. Over sixty percent of our clubs have engaged in visioning, thanks to those who were willing to travel to clubs to facilitate visioning. Thanks to PDG Jim Bright and his committee we have initiated the Global Grant Scholarship program; clubs, be thinking of those who might be good candidates for a Global Grant Scholarship. As of late April (can’t get a recent report), we have added seven Paul Harris Society members and we have added 123 new Paul Harris Fellows or those who reached a new level of Paul Harris Fellow. We had extraordinary leadership to plan and execute the All IN Conference – one we will remember for a long time, thanks especially to chairs PDG Bettye Dunham and PDG Peggy Peter. It was a wonderful way to celebrate with all Hoosier Rotarians. Our district leadership has been a blessing to the district. They help all of us Make A Difference.
Considering district leadership, I am especially grateful to my husband, John. You all met him because he accompanied me on all our initial club visits. He did an exceptional job taking care of the district website and the district Facebook page as well as being my counselor and companion.
As a club member we all have opportunities to join with others, get involved, and Make A Difference by engaging in Service Above Self. It has been my pleasure to meet you, celebrate your successes and listen and support your plans. I’m genuinely grateful for all that our members have done this year, the fellowship they have enjoyed and service they have performed. Thank you.