It is truly an honor and privilege to serve Rotary District 6820 as the 2016-17 District Governor! We are so blessed to have many wonderful individuals to work together on our district team. I am so excited about the opportunities that await us as we go into this year! We are so fortunate to have had such wonderful leadership in the past. I would like to extend my thanks to Barbara Travis for her dynamic leadership during this past year! I am very excited to be a part of your Rotary International President John Germ’s All Star Team. That is what he calls his group of District Governors that will be serving under him. John is from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has a servant’s heart and is truly an amazing leader for our organization. He chose three simple, no-nonsense words to be the theme for his year: Rotary Serving Humanity. He is not concerned with how many meetings you attended as a Rotarian, but did you make a difference in your community. I love that concept; and I think that is a great philosophy!
I want to look at the word GREAT. I use that word frequently. Let’s break it down and think about it according to each letter.
G (GOALS) – I have asked our club presidents to establish some very important goals for their clubs. Our district also has some lofty goals for next year. I am certain that together, as a team, we can accomplish all of those goals. One of my personal goals is to get our members more involved. I truly believe that you get out of something what you put into it. Colossians 3:23 says: Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart.
R (REPETITION) – If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you have always gotten. I am quite certain that you have heard that saying before. So repetition is not always a good thing. I want to challenge our clubs to think outside the box and try some things this year that you have never done before.
E (ENTHUSIASM) – Ralph Waldo Emerson said that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. So I encourage you to be passionate and eager as we begin this new year.
A (ACHIEVEMENT) – Tom Landry, a famous football player, said – Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. So I ask that you set your goals for this upcoming year and come up with a great plan to achieve those goals.
T (THANKFULNESS) - I am so thankful for all of you, our District 6820 Rotarians, and for all that you do to give back in your communities. I am thankful that you are giving me the opportunity to be your District Governor. Please know that I am here for you for anything that you may need. I am only a phone call or an email away. And I know that we are going to have a great year in Rotary District 6820!
Yours in Rotary,