My term as President is coming to a close. During my year of service I have learned a great deal. I learned that the quiet, unrecognized generosity of this club goes much further than I ever realized. There is so much done by so many that it has not only humbled me, but made me reconsider how I lead the giving I do in my life.I learned that the commitment of time and resources given by our members can’t be recorded in the number of shelter boxes purchased or in Paul Harris fellows granted.
I learned that after 73 years this club has a greater thirst for knowledge and understanding than it ever has before. You all want to make the biggest impact possible and simply throwing money or time into a cause isn’t good enough. You all want to understand how to maximize the your efforts and you are willing every week to learn more, share your thoughts, and debate the merits of decisions with respect and character.
But the thing I learned the most was that after a year of planning, and preparing, writing the agendas, planning the board meetings… you can’t really be prepared for the year you are going to have has president. It will come at you like a storm whose path you can’t escape. It will scare you, it will frustrate you, and there will be moments where you can’t wait for it to end.
But most of all it will amaze you and humble you. It will give back to you tenfold in a feeling of warmth and generosity. I learned the real value of the Rotary family and all of the good that comes from that not only in our neighborhoods, but around the world. I have met people who’s lives have been forever changed by Rotarians and seen the gratitude on their faces. I learned there as long as there are Rotarians I can still have hope in a better world.
Thank you all for being a light in the world. My ask that you all continue to share that light every day and remember what the last 12 months have done change the lives of so many.