Good Morning Rotary South!

I enjoyed ringing the bell officially last Friday and saying those words. What an honor to be able to stand up each week and see a room full of Rotarians in front of me that epitomize the words “Service above Self”

Thank you to all who came to welcome our District Governor, Paul Reinert.  Governor Reinert had some great things to say and my hope is everyone walked away with one or two pieces of helpful information.

Thank you to Harry Beckett and Jack Holloway for the beautiful music Friday to help introduce our District Governor.

Thank you to Bill Boston and Jack Holloway for coordinating the bell-ringing that took place last weekend.

Thanks to all who volunteered for bell ringing last weekend. I thought we were going to be outside, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out otherwise!

And my final (and belated) Thank you – Thank you to Jan Grossmann for her leadership last year and to all the 2018-2019 board officers and members. There is a lot of time and effort spent to make sure we continue to have the #1 Rotary club, thanks to all that made that happen.

This week in Rotary South –

Ron Schmidt, City of Columbia CARE program will be speaking. Teri Walden and Brad Miller will introduce Ron and explain our club’s connection with CARE via our Action Plan. Thanks to Teri and Brad for their work on this.

I want to take a minute and talk about the Rotary theme for this year – Rotary Connects the World. Mark Maloney, RI President, believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience. President Maloney says; “(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”   I couldn’t agree more.  That is why I want to focus on club engagement this year.  We have a lot of outstanding members in our club and I want to make sure our membership connects, with each other and with Rotary.

To keep with the “thank you” theme of this letter, another big thanks to those who have agreed to help with avenues of service for this year. There are still many committees you can be involved with, contact me if you’re interested. I hope to share more with you in the coming weeks about my plans for connection this year.

DON’T FORGET – WE WILL NOT BE IN OUR REGULAR MEETING ROOM THIS FRIDAY. WE WILL BE IN THE EVENT CENTER BALLROOM. (THIS WILL BE A PERMANENT MOVE)

I’ll see you Friday – Amy