Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Season's Greetings, Feliz Navidad.
 
Whatever your religion or traditions or language, Kathleen and I hope you and your family have a very Happy Holiday.
 
As the year 2017 comes to a close, and our own Rotary year is half over, I invite you to turn inward for a few minutes to think about how you have been touched through Rotary... through your family and friends... your job or profession... your daily routines.
 
rejoice. We live in a land of opportunity, and Rotary gives us incomparable opportunities to share our resources and talents with others throughout the world. Let's never lose sight of this gift for service  that  we have been given.
reflect,  What has made 2017 a richly rewarding experience for you and your family? Awards. Milestones with your kids. Vacations. Achievements. Anniversaries and special occasions. Relive treasured times. Then make new memories.
 
refocus. Did you perhaps fall short in some endeavors? Back up, review your actions, and refocus. Each day is a new beginning for each of us. And the Happy New Year greetings you receive can be more than simply an echo.
 
regroup. District 5870 has endured some major natural disasters this year - yet we have survived and I believe prospered because of our collective responses to these challenges, turning them into new opportunities for service. The hurricanes - which we then centered on as an auction purpose at the Multi-District reunion and raised over $12,500 for recovery in four Texas districts, our sister district in Mexico and in hard-hit Puerto Rico. Then our venue for the May District Conference burned to the ground, and we again landed on our feet and booked a luxury hotel in San Antonio at steeply discounted rates.
 
relax. Savor each moment with family and friends. 
 
We Rotarians are people of action. Making a difference. One action at a time. #1DistrictStrong. Together.
 
Here's to a Grand New Year for you all!