DG Margaret Walton & Ron
 
It is my pleasure to serve as District Governor in 2016-17. This is an historic year in which we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation, launch changes to strengthen and grow our organization, and perhaps finally conquer polio in the world. I am honoured to be the Governor at this exciting time.
 
Rotary International President for the year 2016-17 John Germ has chosen as the theme for the year “Rotary Serving Humanity.” I think this simple statement perfectly sums up what Rotarians do: we serve our communities, our nations and our world so it is a better place to live. In this time when the world seems increasingly fractious and self interested, it is a theme to be proud of.
 
The importance of Rotary was underscored for me at the recent International Convention in Seoul. In advance of the convention Ron and I went on a Rotary tour with 21 Rotarians from 10 different countries, none of whom we had ever met. But because we share the common values of Rotary, we are now firm friends. I know as we travel around the District this year we will have the same experience and end up with many more lifelong friends.
 
At the Convention there were 45,000 delegates from all over the world. The Secretary General of the United Nations spoke to us, thanked Rotarians for our service, and commented on the unique ability of Rotary to get things done by building partnerships and working with local communities. We are an organization that is unique in this goal, removed as it is from religion and politics.
 
I have experienced the broader family of Rotary at the Area Level as an Assistant Governor, at the District level doing strategic planning, at the Zone level as a future leader, and now at the global level as an incoming DG, and I realize how much more we can achieve by working together. In recognition of this I want to build on RI president John’s theme so I have added a twist. My theme for District 7010 this year is “Rotarians Serving Humanity by Putting it Together.”
 
Our clubs are the foundation of Rotary but they should not be islands unto themselves. The challenges clubs face are faced by others. The success clubs enjoy should be shared with others.  By getting to know each other we can experience fellowship and build friendships.
 
It is my goal this year to bring 7010 together so we can get to know each other, grow together and celebrate together.
 
I have a plan developed with input from across the District that the District team will work with.
 
Our District Conference October 28 to 30 will “Serve Humanity” and “Put it Together in Unexpected Ways.” It will be challenging, entertaining and fun for all, and yes there is room for you to come. Please join us.
 
We will be participating in a Friendship Exchange with District 9920 in New Zealand in February 2017.
 
We will gather for fellowship and learning at Rotary Weekend April 7, 8 and 9, 2017.
 
We will celebrate the anniversary of our Foundation throughout the District and at the 2017 International Convention from June 10 to 14, 2017 in Atlanta – the birth place of the Foundation.
 
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve. Ron and I look forward to building friendships with you all.