This week was my best week of the year so far as your District Governor with five club visits and the Vibrant Club seminar on Saturday. Two very remarkable things came out of this for me in the leadership track. First Past District Governor Bill Griffin asserted that District Governors have neither power nor authority. Rather, what a District Governor has is influence. I set Saturday’s program and invited the speakers, but it was the speakers themselves that created an amazing morning for all of the attendees. Second, Rotaractor Megan Madrid Kinhofer spoke about the Empowering Girls initiative and the reason that she stepped up was because, as a young girl, someone thought enough of her to help her. For her, life is about paying this back and providing opportunities for her three-year-old daughter.
We are still looking for a chair of RYLA and a second Rotarian to join Megan as our Empowering Girls Advocate.
During a club visit/board meeting, we discussed how the club could focus more on the needs of their community and how this could lead to membership growth.
During another club visit, they passed the hat and raised over $3,000 for an underfunded local middle school. When our community calls, Rotary is there to answer.
The Vibrant Club seminar ended with moving presentations by Julia Kalinski from the RC of South Jacksonville and James Joeriman from the RC of Lviv International. Both presenters made the War in Ukraine much closer to us and helped us to understand the human toll. James and District Governor-Elect John Tabor had the chance to thank the district for both their financial support and, through the leadership of Ukrainian Disaster Chair Pat Mulvihill better understand both what we have done for local refugees and opportunities for the future. The Firetruck is now in service and each of you should be D6970 proud!
Pictures of the Week
Membership is more than just collecting new applications with Chair Katherine Batenhorst and Innovative Club Advocate Mary Stutts.
Getting to the heart of Public Image with Chair Amy Workowski
Learning about leadership opportunities in your club and beyond.
An Update on District Grants 2022/23 by PDG Art MacQueen.
A visit to the RC of St. Augustine Sunset.
A visit to the RC of Riverside.
Hanging out with RC of Bartram Trail-Julington Creek President Jose Gavarette.