My fellow Rotarians, Friends and Family of Rotary, as I come into the last remaining weeks of my term in office I want to thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity to serve as your Governor.  It has been a year filled with fun, excitement, tears and tragedies, in other words life on life’s terms.  With all its ups and down it has been a fantastic ride.

There are so many people to thank, since a Governor is only as good as his support team and staff.  You have all touched my life and have given me many wonderful memories for me to cherish for as long as I live.  These are a result of the magical gifts of friendship, fellowship and service we all share.  For this I thank all of you!  Through this experience I can truly say we have and will always continue to live this year’s Theme of “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE!”

As I reflect over the past year, I can say I am more impressed than I have ever been at the Rotarians and clubs of this District.  The dedication, compassion and courage to serve selflessly by the Rotarians of this District that is exhibited on a daily basis is, to say the least, awe inspiring.  Thank you all for your service and I wish you nothing but the best life has to offer.

I would be remiss if I did not thank all the members of the Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch for their support and encouragement.  My family stood by my side and provided me with their love, support and understanding as I fulfilled my duties as Governor.  My wife Ute, never having been exposed to Rotary, jumped in at my side and supported me with her unconditional love and encouragement.  I am so grateful to have all of them in my life.

I want to wish DG 2013-14 Bob and Dianne Gebhard a successful year ahead and wish them the best times of their life as they embark upon this Rotary journey.  I also feel confident that D5890 is in great hands to come with DG 2014-15 Lisa Faith Massey and husband Corby Leschber and DG 2015-16 Nick Giannone and wife Fabiola.  They will no doubt continue to build upon the great history of our District.

Thank you and God Bless each of you.  

Chris Schneider

District Governor 2012-13