District 7210 News & Updates
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Greetings Rotarians! 
 
Starting every July 1, Rotary International begins a new year, so Happy Rotary New Year to you all!
It's a cause for excitement and a renewal to continue the great service projects that have existed or perhaps start new ones. It's a time when we can wipe the slate clean and begin attracting new members and also think about how to engage our existing members more fully. 
 
As the new District Governor, I am truly looking forward to serving all 55 Rotary Clubs, and our 1535 members, and the 42 Interact clubs in high schools all over the District with over 1000 students in them. I am thankful for the year that has just passed, and for the great training, encouragment and advice I have received from the District Executive Board, most notably from Past District Governor Cindie Kish, who did an incredible job leading us in the 2019/2020!
 
I have been in Rotary since 1985 with the Highland Rotary Club, so I have seen many Rotary New Years, and transitions from one District Governor to the next. Some have been smooth and continuous, but some have been truncated with little regard for what preceded that particular Governor.
 
I can tell you the culture in the District leadership has changed into a more team centered, continuous leadership style, where projects and programs will be maintained on a year to year basis and a leadership succession plan will be implemented for Assistant Governors, and Committee Chairs. This years transition from PDG Cindie to me has been one of the smoothest ever!
 
This year, the Rotary international theme is "Rotary Opens Opportunities" and we have plenty of them in our pandemic world. Clubs may wind up with a hybrid model of meeting online AND in person. This should attract more people to Rotary. Opportunities are every where!
 
The main focus of the year will be to GROW ROTARY throughout the District by attracting new members through service projects and fund raisers, listening to and engaging your existing members, and coming up with innovative ways to retain members through different meeting times (a satellite club?) or a less expensive meeting alternative (cost of food to the member?).
 
In any event, we will DO GOOD and HAVE FUN in our communities and abroad as we serve those in need. By adding a 7th Area of Focus, the Environment, RI has given us another opportunity to open even more service projects. Please take advantage of this opportunity in your community and around the world.
 
We will be revising our District Website to better PROMOTE what we are doing and to make it more of a resource to members and Clubs. We have already begun by combining our social media outlets on our website.
 
I truly look forward to leading and serving our Clubs and members. After all, the District leadership only exists to serve you all! Have a great year and please reach out to me or anyone on the Distrcit Leadership team with any questions or comments!
 
DG Tony
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