Greetings my fellow Rotarians
This is my last opportunity to make editorial comment in our excellent e-news.
It has truly been a very rewarding year for Anne and me. We have been very privileged to serve this wonderful Rotary district and to have learned so much about the stimulating projects that you Rotarians are doing in your clubs, and the work that you have all been doing in strengthening your clubs. Indeed the club visits have been a real highlight of the year for us and we cannot express enough our appreciation for the very warm welcome we received at all clubs.
At the district level as well as at club level, we have been facing the challenges of change, and we can expect constant change in the way things happen. I know that in the coming Rotary year DGE John will introduce new ways of conducting Rotary’s business which will be very positive. Some radical change initiatives have not been accepted by the RI board, but that only increases the determination of those who see the need for change to work even harder and smarter. But many clubs have adopted change and I congratulate those that have taken steps to modernise and become more relevant to younger people and newer Rotarians.
Introducing the Rotary Leadership Institute to our district to fill a gap in our training and Rotary knowledge has been a big achievement, thanks to PDG Barry Philps and his team of 10 faculty members – all who have given up large portions of their time to help us Rotarians. Please put this training on your list as you take on new roles in Rotary – at district or club level. You will get a huge amount out of it, as well as meeting some nice fellow-Rotarians from other clubs.
Last Thursday we presented the district awards to a very good spread of clubs. Congratulations to those clubs who received an award or certificate. But all clubs do wonderful project work and most support our Foundation very strongly, so please all of you take a bow for the great work you do as we work together to make the world a better place.
Two weeks ago we had our last 2011-12 District Team meeting and I would like to put on record once again how indebted we all are to those Rotarians who go that extra mile and volunteer for work on the district team. In most cases these are the people who are active in our clubs as well – their commitment to helping others is very humbling.
In particular I would like to give credit to PDG Pam for her wonderful leadership of our training program which began over 18 months ago, to Barry who assisted her and led our RLI courses. And to Theo and the avenue of service chairs (Peter, Cliff, Rod and Bob) who have ensured that our project activity across the district has been well supported; to Lindsay for another excellent year in frustrating circumstances for keeping our commitment to and use of the Foundation at a very high level; to Ross for his unceasing work in supporting clubs in their quest and duty to find new members; and Graeme for his leadership in the area of Club Service – there is so much we can do in this avenue of service as we seek to strengthen clubs for the future. I must also thank Dani Fogarty for her leadership of the Rotaract district activities – we have been so pleased to charter three new clubs this year. I have been made most welcome when visiting Rotaract clubs. Rotaractors are Rotarians of the future and it has been a great kick to enjoy the company of young people and see the great work they are doing in Rotary service.
Behind the scenes to a large extent there is this very strong support team to whom we are very grateful – Mentor PDG Harold, Gina (not only District Secretary but also the directory publisher, and that is no mean feat!), Michael, Trish and Jim (who has watched over our purse strings like an eagle!)
Also we have had one of the best websites and e-newsletters any district could hope for and we must thank Les and his team for his unceasing, and highly efficient, efforts in keeping us all well informed through the district as to what is going on and coming up. David Ellyard led our conference committee to a very successful conference, which, in spite of lower than normal numbers produced a modest surplus financially, while delivering a wonderful array of speakers and entertainment.
To our 12 Assistant Governors who helped me so much with the club liaisons, a very big thank-you. Rod, Barry, Brian, Gavin, Bobby, Joy, Jade, Mark, Mike, Lyn, Liz and Bryan, you have all done your zones and the district proud.
And to the Presidents and our wonderful Rotarians, who make up our clubs, where all the real action happens, Thank You for working so hard this year as we all followed President Kalyan’s lead to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.
And to John and Janelle, as we move into a new Rotary year, we wish you a wonderful year and an exciting experience in leading this great district under President Sakuji’s theme of Peace through Service.
Once again, Thank You All for a wonderful experience. I look forward to seeing you all at the District Changeover on 29 June.