To the Rotary Family,
2020-2021 has been a challenging year for all of us - COVID, isolation, the passing of several of our cherished members and the inability to meet together - but we have weathered and survived!
I want to thank President Doug Arnold for leading during such challenging times. During the next year I am asking you to reexamine our purpose, renew your commitment to the club, and join your board members as we continue with our good works in the community and beyond.
As your incoming president, I want to focus 2021-2022 on rebuilding our club as THE Rotary Club of Visalia. As we move toward in-person meetings, we will celebrate the founding of this great club 100 years ago. With your participation, we will build a membership that fosters strong friendships and positively impacts our community. If you are excited about Rotary, you are more likely to invite colleagues and friends and our club will naturally grow.
As we move forward beyond COVID, this year will look a bit different. We will focus our efforts on restoring the historic Rotary Theater as our Centennial Project and celebrate with a Centennial Celebration on Saturday, January 29, 2022 with all Visalia Rotary Clubs. We will be reaching out to each of you to assist in this endeavor along with our friends at County Center, Breakfast, Sunset, and Latino Rotary.
In addition, we are heading up the Harry Tow Memorial Scholarship Fund for Urban Planning and Civil Engineering majors. Harry was our club president in 1968 and a great leader in our community. The State Assembly will be honoring Harry’s work with a resolution naming the Plaza Park Exchange as the Harry Tow Memorial Overpass. Another fine example of Rotary’s impact at the local level.
I am honored to have been elected as your President for 2021-2022.
I look forward to 2021 and thank you for your support!