It’s May! It’s May, the lovely month of May – and if you're like me, you're wondering what happened to April. It's also Youth Service Month - my favorite topic! With so many options to support our youth and get them involved, every club should be participating at some level. We had a fabulous time at RYLA, and S4TL is just around the corner.
There are only 12 days left before we “GET OUR HOBBIT ON” at District Conference and celebrate a year filled with pride and joy. For those of you who have never attended a District Conference, please know that it is a time filled with fellowship and fun, while learning more about the good work of Rotary! Yes, there are meetings – but only in the morning through lunch so you and your family may take advantage of the amenities the Resort has to offer in the afternoon. We have invited international speakers to provide our members with updated information on current Rotary projects. For instance, you'll find out where we stand on the eradication of polio, how Rotary provides fresh water and sanitation to third world countries, how our district “Walked for Water” and what we as a district are doing to support survivors of the earthquake in Ecuador and Japan. Wait. What?
On April 19, 2016 a series of three earthquakes hit– two in Japan and one in Ecuador – resulting in hundreds of deaths, thousands injured and damage in the billions of dollars. Landslides and floods have devastated these two countries. Meanwhile, in Florida, we are enjoying our “Chamber of Commerce” weather as our northern friends head home. In typical Rotary fashion, however, Rotary Clubs have created disaster relief funds and Shelter Box has jumped into action. District 6960 immediately engaged to help! Clubs asked what they could do to help, so we made phone calls and sent emails to get answers! I want to personally thank the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and my home club, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, as both Clubs were the first to respond by purchasing a Shelter Box for $1,000 for Ecuador.
Rotarians give, and give, and give some more! These efforts are on-going and I have been communicating with my District Governor Classmate in District 4400, as well as with my District Governor Classmate in Japan, District 2720. We make a difference every day in someone’s life and our District ALWAYS steps up. For more information on how to donate to these earthquake victims click here. Thank you for your support of those most in need.
So back to District Conference. FUN FACT: We have amazing speakers flying in from all over the world! Rotarians from Australia, Croatia, Kenya, Scotland, Sweden - from Atlantic to Pacific - right here in the good ole’ USA! MORE FUN FACTS: We will have a Quest to award a Paul Harris Fellow. You will have a chance to have your photo taken with Rotary International Director Robert Hall, Rotary International President’s Representative Deepa Willingham and also with Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves! MORE FUN FACTS: The Wheel Chair Foundation will be in attendance to distribute wheelchairs to those in need. We will honor Youth Service representatives. We will learn more about our Foundation, CART, Polio, Human Trafficking, PACE in India. And finally, YES,I will present well deserved awards to our members throughout the District. I promise you the food will be great, entertainment better, and the fellowship over the weekend - priceless! If you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late.
I will end with - two months are left, my friends! Pete and I had the most amazing experience serving our District and as we come towards the end I cannot communicate how much love I have received as your Governor. The support, respect, and engaging spirit of our District is more than I ever imagined. I am blessed by so many of you. You are each a true Gift to My World. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, District 6960 is AMAZING and DGE Ladd and Sally are going to have “love” every moment of it too!