August Message from DG Shawn Weis
Welcome to August
My first month in “office” has been very interesting and exciting.  As we say goodbye to July, a brief recap.  I attended the installation of Officers in Commack-Kings Park on the 3rd and enjoyed their fellowship and hospitality (picnic included) in a beautiful park overlooking the Long Island Sound. 
The 11th was very busy indeed, attending the installation of Farmingdale Breakfast in the morning and Hicksville south in the evening, with work sandwiched in the middle.  Both clubs are very dynamic, and the fellowship was very diverse. An American breakfast in the morning, and traditional Indian delicacies (quite delicious) in the evening.  If you haven’t realized by now, I’m all about the food!
The 15th was marked with a clambake graciously held at the home of PDG Fred & Fran Notter to welcome Rotarians from all over the district to this year’s theme “Be the Inspiration”.  The Fellowship and food which was catered by the Cull House was most enjoyable.  And I loved the group photo (attached).
As you may have noticed I’m all about the food! 😊 which is a scary proposition considering the number of clubs that I am going to visit.  Yes, I haven’t forgotten to send out a schedule, I’m in the process of coordinating with my work schedule, so please be patient. I promise to meet each club beginning in late August early September.
But as for now, if it is August it is Membership Month at Rotary.  A time to take stock of your club’s membership.  Does it reflect the diversity of your community?  Are you engaging your members? Are you being receptive to innovative ideas and allowing them the latitude to think outside of the box to maintain a thriving club. 
Rotary’s vision statement is “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
“Where People unite and take action….”  Are you keeping your membership interested in coming to meetings by uniting and acting?  Are you reaching out in your community and completing a community assessment to see what actions can be taken?
President Barry Rassin urges us to “Be the Inspiration” by hosting Rotary Days.  Informative and inspiration functions that showcase what your club, Interact and possibly Rotaract are doing to impact your communities.  You can find out more information at
Other resources such as the August issue of the Rotarian magazine provide tips to bring in new members and keep them engaged. A final resource provided by the District is our Membership Engagement Chair, PDG Wendy Walsh-DeMaria. I’m sure she’d welcome the opportunity to help strengthen our clubs. 
I would love to attend any projects you have going on in your Communities, I’ve already been booked for several projects in November and December, and I look forward to attending many more. 
“Be the Inspiration”
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