Rotary District 7190
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Happy Birthday, Rotary!
There's that old saying: you're only as young as you feel.  Or maybe that's what "the old" say.  Having just celebrated a personal centennial with my father's sister, my great Aunt Ellie, and having just enjoyed the centennial of the Rotary Foundation and it's incredible new round of pledges in the fight to eradicate Polio, it is worth noting that Rotary celebrates its 113th year this February 23rd.
So, Rotary, how're ya feeling?
Maybe a little creaky?  Stiff?  How's your vision?  Getting a little hard to remember all the details?  Wondering what the future holds?  How about stamina?  In it for the long haul?
I was at a recent PETS training for District 7190, when all the incoming Presidents get together to start their training and bond as a team.  Towards the end I looked around the room and realized, quite suddenly actually, that about 70% of the people at the tables were really quite young!  When I had a chance to speak at the end I asked them all to tell me why I was so excited, and asked them to look around the room.  It didn't take but a few seconds before they had the answer - we're all young!  And then my friend, President Elect Donna (with a silvery head of hair) said: "Or young thinking, Fred!" 
And that's the key.  Young thinking, from younger Rotarians or seasoned Rotarians, is the key to Rotary's stamina, Rotary's vision, and the long haul.  And in District 7190, I am very excited to say, there's a lot of young thinking going on.
At this same PETS training DGE Tammy offered a few comments about the most recent Council on Legislation.  This is when representatives to Rotary from all over the world come to make suggestions about improving Rotary and solving the challenges we face.  Tammy said it was revolutionary, and it was, because the leaders of Rotary loosened the organization up.  In fact, the adjustments they made to membership policies, ideas they formalized regarding collaboration, and improvements they adopted regarding public image were like a super-cocktail of steroids, vitamins and energy boosters infused into the organization.  The infusion didn't just loosen up the joints of Rotary, it loosened Rotary upon the world!  (…continued…)
Countdown to the RI Convention in Toronto, June 23-27, 2018
We are about ten months away from a very exciting opportunity for Rotarians and friends from District
7190 to attend an RI Convention close to home. The convention will be held in Toronto, Canada, less
than a day’s drive from anywhere in District 7190. No need for plane tickets, or long international flights.
No language issues. This chance will likely not come again in many years! I have asked DG Fred to allow
me to help promote this great event.
The District is encouraging all Rotarians to make the effort to attend this RI International Convention.
Many Rotarians believe that you cannot truly understand the impact of Rotary without attending one of
these meetings. Don’t miss this opportunity!
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