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Happy Groundhog Day!  From what I hear, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  So, it looks like we will have a short mild winter.  Or, so it goes!

In the Rotary world February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. How great is it to be part of an organization that is recognized around the world as one that treasures and promotes peace among all nations and peoples of the earth!  And, our District takes this seriously.  We make a significant contribution from our District Designated Funds to the Rotary Peace Centers each and every year. And, we often send Global Scholars to study for advanced degrees in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.  In addition, many of our clubs are involved in humanitarian efforts that have delivered, as a collateral impact, goodwill and understanding that leads to more peaceful communities.  Never forget the importance of what we do and that it can have a lasting impact on peace.  Who do you know that can help us increase this impact?  It might be your neighbor.  Invite them to join us on this journey!

February is also the month when we celebrate the birthday of Rotary.  This year, on February 23rd, we will celebrate 115 years of Rotary fellowship.  It is absolutely amazing what the idea of one man has become.  But, then that’s Rotary!  Look at what the ideas of other lone individuals have become.  Roger Ackerman and the CART Fund.  Herbert J Taylor and the Four Way Test.  Arch Klumph and The Rotary Foundation.  What a great month to remember Paul Harris’ contribution to the world by supporting The Rotary Foundation. Through our gifts to the Foundation and the work we do, we can indeed be a force for good in the world.  As Paul Harris once said, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”

Finally, we are now just less than 2 months away from All Club Conference 2020.  We truly hope you can “see yourself” joining us for, as Past District Governor Lambo Schwartz used to say, “a little bit of Rotary and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!”  We have a great conference planned, but there is one thing that may be missing – YOU!  If you have not registered yet, please don’t wait to do so.  With 3 different service opportunities for the weekend, great entertainment both Friday and Saturday nights, awesome speakers and as much fellowship as you and Rotarians from around the District can bring, we think this will “clearly be seen” as an event you’ll be glad you attended.  The hotel room block at the Hilton Columbia Center will sell out quickly, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

Have a great February!  And remember, “Rotary Connects the World!”

Johnny Moore
District 7770 
District Governor 2019-2020

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