Posted by Jason Wright on Nov 05, 2018
Today was a special day for our Club – the annual District 5020 Governor’s Visit.  Since our District Governor Craig Gillis is from Campbell River, BC, our Club Service Chair Peggy Templeton had beautiful centerpieces on each table that sported both the American and Canadian flags.  We sang both the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems.
District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor Meredith Green introduced District 5020 Governor Craig Gillis.  Watch the video  below for his entire inspirational speech, encapsulating the Essence of Rotary.
He discussed this year’s Rotary International President's vision and goals: Be the Inspiration.  DG Craig spoke about the Heart (why do we do what we do in Rotary?) and the Science (the “how”) of being an effective Rotarian. The best way to share Rotary is a personal story or Rotary moment, i.e., sharing about ourselves. DG Craig spoke about a Rotary Club Student of the Month award that he was presenting to Mary.  Mary was motivated to finally get her high school diploma, and she completed it at age 73!  We all have personal Rotary stories to share.  The “how” of Rotary – we learn from our successes and near successes, and we are continually learning.
He also spoke about The Rotary Foundation.  DG Craig gives through the Rotary because it is stewarded and has the highest rating in Charity Navigator.  Contributions made to the Annual Fund are invested for 3 years then are returned to the Districts for use in Global and District grants for Rotary projects.
DG Craig suggested that we imagine a world without Rotary – imagine the void without all the work that has been accomplished worldwide over the last 113 years.  He acknowledged the Silverdale Rotary Club’s work with youth: Rotary Youth Exchange, feeding at risk children, Students of the Month.
Public Image is how we are going to grow our membership.  We find people with compassion for charity and service above self.
Another priority for DG Craig with his teaching background is Youth Services. The Rotary Youth Exchange program allows us to show the world that we are truly generous. The youth that visit and return are our advocates.
Heart, Science, and Inspiration are what it means to be a Rotarian. DG Craig shared his shoebox of life and explains how it will give you a reminder of the why you do what you do. DG Craig challenged us to give a note to someone that has made an impact on our lives. He thanked us for choosing Rotary - some child somewhere will have clean drinking water and go to school to get an education because of Rotary. It’s not about an individual but a group of individuals with a common goal.