PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  17 January 2019
I spent time this week on Rotary International’s (‘RI’) website.  It is truly amazing how many opportunities exist for us as members outside of our local club activities.  While our entire club has the “Four Way Test” memorized, I can’t say the same for our ability to recite “The Object of Rotary.”  I am including it here so that you can re-familiarize yourself with exact words.  This is a wonderful reminder of why we joined Rotary.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
I would encourage you to spend some time this week on the RI website  and see what areas might be of interest for you.   My search led me to do more research on Polio.  I am attaching an excellent source from the World Health Organization (‘WHO’).  RI has a significant relationship with this group in our efforts to eradicate polio.  WHO’s website link on Polio is as follows: LINK 
Additionally, I do have one goal that I want to bring back to the forefront of everyone’s mind.  Eva Marie and I are attempting to share a meal with every Rotarian in our club and their spouse/significant other/partner, etc.  While we are admittedly behind, we haven’t given up.  If you know you have time over the next couple of weeks, please reach out to either Eva Marie or myself so that we can get this on the calendar.
As a final word, our club does a lot to make this community a better place to live.  With so many great things to share about our club and Rotary International, consider inviting a guest to one of our meetings this month.  Remember, we have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.