PDG Dawn Straka and President Brian Parks share goals for the Rotary year.  In the words of Confucius, it is better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness.  As we begin the 2014 - 2015 Rotary year, BEL Rotarians are setting goals and taking action to make the world a better "brighter" place.


PDG Dawn Straka visited the Rotary Club of BEL to welcome the 2014 - 2015 Rotary year and bring the message of Gary Traill, who due to serious health issues has had to resign as District Governor. PDG Dawn shared the goals that Gary Traill set for the Rotary year.

  • To have as many club members as possible attend the District Conference in Val ‘Dor.
  • To promote Rotary through multi media
  • To attain membership retention of 95%
  • To increase support to the Rotary Foundation and polio plus campaign (the district goal is $195. Per members)
  • To be active in global and/or district grants

PDG Dawn concluded by reminding us that Rotary makes the world a better, safer place.  It is an organization that helps us to put our differences aside and work together for the betterment of others.  RI President Gary Huang has taken the theme for the year “Light Up Rotary”.  Confucius said “it is better to light a single candle that to sit and curse the dark”.  The Rotary way is the Confucius way – as each of us through our service, lights a candle that makes the world a better place.