I am honored to be your District Governor for 2022-23. It has always been a dream of mine to become a 3rd generation Rotarian. The District Installation event was a rousing success, with close to 100 Rotarians and family enjoying a wonderful evening of fellowship in The Barn at Gibbet Hill. The energy in the room was electric and was a fitting launch of our Rotary year.  

Let me tell you about issues that we are addressing in our district. When I say we, we have a great DG chain, with DGE Elliott Wittenberg and DGN Joyce Graff following me.  We’re in constant communication addressing district issues on a weekly basis. We’re putting together a 3-year strategic plan with the help of Joyce Fukami. But I also want to remind you that we are not dictating to the clubs what to do, but we view the District as providing help to the clubs, making available tools, templates, information, and opportunities that clubs can use to help them fulfill their goals. We are having monthly Zoom meetings on specific topics and I have open office hours (two Fridays a month) where you can just drop in and tell us your ideas, problems or whatever is on your mind. We are listening.

My objectives for my Rotary year follow Jennifer Jones’ theme Imagine and action plan.  She would like us to imagine how to:  1) increase our impact through service projects and Rotary storytelling2) expand our reach by partnering up with organizations and other clubs; 3) enhance member engagement through better engagement of all of our members leaving no one behind; and 4) increase our ability to adapt to new opportunities and new member ideas. Over the course of the year, we’ll work with the clubs to find ways we can help our clubs make progress in one or more of these areas.

I know that the pandemic has curtailed many in-person events that we loved to attend in pre-pandemic times. We long for the fellowship and interactions that Zoom cannot fully replicate. So check our district calendar for these events, such as New Member social, Foundation dinner, Holiday Party, District Conference and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  And speaking of the Foundation, I am laying down a challenge to District 7910 to raise $5,000 for Polio Plus, and if we meet that challenge I will do the Polar Plunge in the icy cold Atlantic Ocean.

Thus far, I have visited about 12 clubs. By the end of August, I will have visited half of the clubs (25) in our District. I’m pleased to report that our clubs have exhibited passion and have plans for an exciting year. In future newsletters, I will add additional detail and news from the District so that all Rotarians can see what our District is accomplishing.