November District Governor Newsletter
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
We are fast approaching the holidays now that Halloween is over. Thanksgiving is such a special time for spending time with family and friends and reflecting on all that we are grateful for in our lives. How appropriate that November is also Rotary Foundation month. It is a perfect time to look at those around the world who are in need of help, whether it is in the form of clean water, better hygiene, better education opportunities, improved health for mothers and children, community development, or peace and conflict resolution. This is a time when we can consider how and what we contribute to The Rotary Foundation to further these efforts. Our giving is so important to these projects. Tuesday, November 27, is Giving Tuesday and we encourage you to use that day to contribute to the Foundation. Let’s make this the year when each Rotarian in our district contributes.
 
We have revamped our Public Image Committee which is now being chaired by PDG Steve Kuhn. The committee will be exploring ways to work on improving the public image efforts of our district. They will also be looking at ways to support clubs in public image efforts. Look for more to follow. We have a new editor to the newsletter, Kathy Schmidt of the Morrison club. Please forward any articles for the newsletter to her at keschmidt77@gmail.com. Also, please be aware the deadline for articles to be submitted will be the 5th of the month with the newsletter coming out on the 10th. 
 
There were 28 clubs represented at the membership seminars run by Membership Chair David McCully and his committee. I heard a lot of great feedback from those meetings. The key is in following up on those ideas and
keeping the momentum going. We are definitely on a good upward trend in membership in the district. Congratulations to those clubs who have brought in new members this year. Keep up the good work!
 
I have completed my official visits to our 48 clubs and am now in the process of visiting satellite clubs and also looking at scheduling with Rotoract and Interact Clubs. Please let me know if you have an active Interact Club and who is the Rotary liaison for that club. Just a reminder that I am more than glad to attend anything you would want me to attend if my schedule allows. Thank you again to the wonderful hospitality I have received from each of you.
 
Our District Conference is approaching faster than we think. It will be held May 17 and 18 in Galena at the De Soto House. The committee is working hard to plan a fun and fulfilling event. Rooms are now open at the De Soto House. Be sure to tell them you are part of the Rotary conference.
 
I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
 
In Rotary service,
DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess