Dear Fellow Rotarians,

A new Rotary year, a new Rotary International President, a new District Governor and new club officers all working to provide service to others and improve lives. Along with these changes, we have a new grant model for the Rotary Foundation to aid us as we move forward in the grant process. The streamlined new grant model, an easy to use online system, and a new district committee structure will make it easier for Rotarians to plan and carry out larger, more focused projects with lasting effects. It emphasizes the need to work with the local people in planning the project and to put a mechanism in place for ensuring the continued life of the project. We have 37 clubs that have met the requirements to become qualified in order to receive grant funding. The qualification process makes certain each district and club understands their financial responsibilities, including stewardship, and is prepared to take on these new responsibilities. We must now “Think big and Plan ahead”. We will have our first Vocational Training Team to Peru in the area of Maternal and Child Health. This effort is being chaired by Catalina Rotarian, Sharyn Chesser. There will be opportunities for qualified Rotarians to be part of the team.
Nancy M. Cassel

District Governor 2013-14
Rotary International President, Ron Burton has asked us to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” He feels “It’s not done until that new member is engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary and uses that power of Rotary service to change lives.” He is a firm believer in the value of welcoming families into Rotary. When children grow up seeing their parents involved in community service, they’ll grow up involved in service themselves. Clubs should support members who are experiencing problems, respond to families in bereavement, follow up on members who stop attending meetings, and make new members feel part of the family. The family of Rotary provides a way to extend Rotary’s reach beyond Rotarians to include the many others in our lives and our communities who join us in fulfilling our mission of humanitarian service and international understanding. President Burton is asking us to Promote Membership Growth, Enhance Humanitarian Service through Our Foundation and Strengthen Our Network through the Family of Rotary. These will all be included in the Presidential Citation that will be due by March 31st Our Regional Membership plan, “Ignite” will continue and hopefully all clubs will gain new members while retaining existing members with the help of the District Regional Membership Coordinators. We want to grow Rotary in our District, have meaningful projects and have fun while doing good works.