Posted by DG Steve Kuhn

DISTRICT GOVERNOR SEPTEMBER COMMENTS

 

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary.  Some how, I think that is something that is every month of the year for many of us whether we are parents or grandparents.  To read to our children is one of the greatest privileges we have.  Books are the doors to many adventures and the start of the road to success.  I asked my oldest son which book he liked the most when a young child and he said “Charlotte’s Web”.  My daughter loved “The Giant Jam Sandwich” so much I think she wore off the print and color on the pages from handling it so much. 

By the end of August I will have visited 30 clubs since July.  This has to be the best part of being a District Governor.  Every club is different in their own ways, and I can say that they all are familiar with the 5th part of the Four Way Test.  They are having fun and I have had fun in sharing some time with them.  Two clubs have come up with a different approach to fulfilling President Riseley’s request for a tree for every Rotarian.  One club is looking to sponsor breadfruit trees in Haiti and another is going to plant multiple acorns that will produce trees to be harvested 2-3 years and transplanted. 

I attended the Inbound Orientation of Youth Exchange students on Aug 26th in Loves Park.  We have a wonderful group of ten foreign students that have come from across the world, Thailand to Finland.  Kudos to the clubs that are hosting these students.  Contact Tom Brooks if your club wants more information about the program for either sponsoring an outbound student or an inbound student.

Lastly membership, membership, membership.  We are losing members at the same rate we are inducting new members.  Please help me overcome this problem.  My goal would for us to have about 1750 members by the end of my term of office. 

Let us all remember the heartbreak and tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  So much damage and destruction that we all will have an opportunity to assist in the recovery.  Whether we are individuals, clubs, or district, we all can donate money and energy in helping in Texas and Florida.  Say a silent prayer for all those affected.