District Governor’s Message for May 2013

For the past two years, I’ve traveled extensively on various Rotary missions – in preparation for taking over as District Governor for our great district. During my travels, I’ve visited not only the 10 wonderful countries that make up District 7020, but also many other countries on Rotary business. This has given me a vast appreciation of Rotary at work throughout the world. But, it has also reinforced the pride I feel in our great District - District7020. Through my travels, I’ve not only experienced a passion for Rotary but also Experienced the Passion of Rotary.

When I chose – Experience the Passion of Rotary - as our theme for our Rotary District for the year 2012-2013, I felt that it was something that really described our District. District 7020 is a vibrant and passionate district. Every year, we continue to grow in size. We have an increasing number of New Generations Clubs. We have an amazing relationship with our growing number of Rotaractors and we also keep expanding our Interact and our EarlyAct clubs. Last month we chartered a new Rotary Club in Haiti – the Rotary Club of Milot and we currently are grooming two Provisional Rotary E-Clubs. Our projects are dynamic and diversified; and when we fellowship - which we do VERY often – we really know how to fellowship. All these aspects are factors that help to make our district more vibrant and passionate. Don’t you agree?

Now, it might seem like we’re “blowing our own horn” here, but can you deny that you’ve not Experienced the Passion of Rotary in our service projects - our lively weekly meetings and/or during at least one of our fellowships? Also, as our year is quickly coming to an end, now is the time for us to “toot our own horn”. We’ve all worked really hard to contribute to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) - to End Polio Now - to help advance Literacy in our communities - to improve and promote healthy lifestyles with health fairs, etc. It’s been a fun time, but it’s been hard work. And we need to celebrate all our accomplishments. And that’s what District Conference is here to help us do.

The first part of the conference is focused on the Presidents-Elect and Secretary-Elect training so that they can plan and be organized for another exciting and successful Rotary year. The remainder of the conference though, is to celebrate - to continue to Experience the Passion of Rotary by recognizing all our good works, to honor those clubs that have truly excelled – and those individuals who have given of their time, talents and treasures and also to provide excellent opportunities to fellowship and share our experiences of the past year.

David Archer and the BVI District Conference team along with the District 7020 Training team have put together a fabulous week of learning and fellowship. The British Virgin Islands is prepared and anxiously awaiting your arrival with arms wide open to welcome you and showcase Nature’s Little Secrets. If you still have not registered for this year’s District Conference – Register Now! Let’s take this month of May to really show how great Rotary is and to be truly passionate about what we do!  

Let’s together Experience the Passion of Rotary!