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Greetings from District Governor Lance Eberle!
Hello to all Rotarians!
It is hard to believe that it is already December, and we are heading into the Holiday Season. I hope that you will all make spending time with your family a priority this season, as we all need to balance our professional and personal lives. Certainly 2022 has been a very exciting and blessed year. Although we still must exercise some caution and look after our neighbors, our lives are starting to get back to normal. All our clubs have been meeting in person and we have been able to get together in person on a district, zone, and international level. We have also been able to take some lessons learned through the pandemic and put them to positive use as we move Rotary forward. We have clubs that offer a virtual meeting option, meeting at different times, offering different membership types and completing more service projects as ways to engage our membership base and attract new members. We have even had a new satellite club form and are looking at the possibilities of some other club formations as we head into the new year. Certainly, all these efforts have had a positive impact on our membership, and we continue to show a growing membership trend heading into 2023.
We have also been blessed by the generosity of our fellow Rotarians and the growth of our contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Past District Governor Kirk Bouchie had a record year in terms of gifts to the Foundation and that generosity has continued as we head toward the end of the year. I would ask that you all continue to keep the Rotary Foundation in mind as you plan out your year-end giving.
In speaking of the Foundation, it is important to note that December is Disease Prevention and Treatment month in Rotary. I encourage all Rotarians to spend a few moments to learn more about all the work that Rotary is doing in this field. From helping immunize nearly 3 billion children against polio and causing the number of cases of polio to plummet 99.9% since 1988, to our project to create a Malaria-Fee Zambia by providing training to 2,500 volunteer health workers to bring medical care closer to those who need it, to our recent collaboration with UNICEF to create Lifeline Sri Lanka to provide medicine, water purification supplies, education materials to families in the island country; Rotarians are going above and beyond in our disease prevention and treatment efforts in so many ways.
Please also review all the important information that is contained in this newsletter. As we head into the new year, there will be numerous training opportunities that you can take part in to further your knowledge and appreciation of Rotary. (See the calendar at the end of the newsletter.) I would encourage you to take part in those sessions that you can and encourage others to participate. Also, please do not hesitate to provide others with the gift of Rotary, by inviting those people who have a servant’s heart to a meeting or service project.
In closing, Stephanie and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe and joyous holiday season. I look forward to 2023 as we continue to Imagine Rotary!
In Rotary Service,
District 6580 Governor 2022-2023