Happy New Rotary Year
Wow!  A new Rotary year is underway. It started off on a good note with a very successful RYLA camp. One hundred teenagers came from all corners of our district. New friendships were made. Campers learned about service and inclusiveness. There was some work and lots of fun.
Rotary is the only organization that changes leadership annually at all levels; from the Rotary International President to the Club President. For me, the journey to serve as your governor started two years ago. There has been a lot of preparation. I’ve met many of you during club visits along with Rotarians around the world.
My commitment to the district governor interview committee was to leave the district better off than when I start my year of service. I hope you share my excitement and will join with me to make a difference in the year ahead and have fun on the journey. Each of our clubs has a different personality, but all share a common goal to make a difference locally and globally. I look forward to learning more about your projects and how your club reaches out in your communities and the world.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin selected “Being the Inspiration” as his theme for this year. Let us inspire ourselves to new heights and transcend the barriers we encounter. The possibilities are only limited by our vison and efforts.
Myself, along with all the district volunteers are a resource to assist you. August will find training options that will take a deeper dive into the workings of the Rotary Foundation, club membership growth and retention ideas, along with public image training. Please see the district calendar on our website, https://rotarydistrict5870.org for training dates and to register.
Have a great year; be proud to be a Rotarian.
Jerry Chapman
District Governor, 2018-19
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hil