Connect. Serve. Celebrate.
Dear Visalia Rotary Club “Rotarians”:
I struggled to identify a theme for our Rotary Club for 2019-20, because we want to accomplish so much. Our board of directors had identified the goals:
● Grow our membership.
● Engage current members.
● Create more opportunities for members to serve our community.
● Hold events that are fun for our members and their families – socials, off-site meetings, and projects.
● Have fun. We're all volunteers. We have to like what we're doing.
Those goals all have one thing in common: our club's members.
Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney has identified the RI theme for this year: "Rotary Connects the World." Connection seemed like a good place to start.
Connect. Let's make it our mission to connect: with our club and each other, with our community, and with the world. My goal is to connect with new friends and grow our membership. At the same time, let's all try to connect with our current members and invite them to contribute, especially those we haven't seen in a while.
Serve. "Service above self" is Rotary's motto. Service opportunities are everywhere in our community and world. I hope we will identify new projects and activities and celebrate the Rotary ideal of service.
Celebrate. Recognition is important to our club, and so is fun. Immediate Past President Karen Lovik-Barron adopted the motto, "Fun with a Serious Mission," and I want to continue in that spirit. Let's make sure we recognize the fun, and the satisfaction, in all we do.
Some of our most significant projects are about recognition: Scholarships, students of the month, President's Club and Paul Harris awards, and club grants that serve our community. Our fundraising events are all about celebration: our Showcase, Wine Auction and Roast.
In two years, we will have a unique opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Visalia. A great team from all Visalia Rotary clubs is already working on it.
Let's make 2019-20 a year of new and renewed connections, especially among our own members.
Let's dedicate our club to the mission of Rotary – service.
Let's always remember to have fun and to celebrate.
I'm looking forward to serve as your 2019-20 president as we approach our second century.