Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary Bradham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
District Governor, 2017-18