That’s how I feel about my time this year as your Governor, and certainly how I
felt seeing all of us together in Sandestin last weekend at our District
Conference. From the Pony Prix that started us off through the GRSP thank you’s
in all their native languages at conference close, our Jolly Holiday was
inspiring and fun.
On Friday night, several individuals
and clubs were recognized for particularly great contributions. I applaud you
all – and would like to make special mention of two – PDG Bob Hagan and Becky
Stone, both from Roswell.
We all know that PDG Bob has been
passionate in his support for End Polio Now. We were proud to nominate Bob for
The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, and prouder yet to
present the award at District Conference. It reflects his long-time efforts on
behalf of Rotary’s #1 goal and his compassion for the children of the world.
Becky was recognized as our Rotarian
of the Year, for all she did to support Interact’s growth and get Youth &
Peace in Action off to a great start in a roller coaster school year. As you
will see in Becky’s article in this newsletter, we involved 600 high school
students in YPA this year, and added three Interact clubs to bring our total to
83 clubs sponsored by the district.
Becky is imagining even more for our
next Rotary year and I’m excited that DGE George and DGN Andre are onboard with
that. To keep our energy high, I’d like to invite you to join us online on
Saturday, May 14 for a
YOUnited CelebrationSM with
students, parents, friends, families, educators,
Rotarians, and other nonprofit and civic leaders across the US and Caribbean.
You can help celebrate our new peacemakers and learn more about YPA. You can
read more in this newsletter and there’s a link to registration.
We have achieved some
great things so far this Rotary year, but as I said this weekend, our work is
not complete. We have two more months to continue to grow our membership, grow
our impact and add to our Foundation giving. I thank you for all you have done
so far and look forward to seeing all you do as we finish out this year and
carry forward to DGE George’s year.