This Rotary Year started on July 01, 2020 and the pandemic was in full swing.  When I attended the Rotary International Assembly in January 2020, our then RI President Elect Holger Knaack spoke to us about the changes we need to make within Rotary and the world.  He also talked about how Rotary opens doors to the opportunity to make change.  But little did we know how much change we were about to experience.  COVID-19 changed how we, as a society, conduct our daily lives.  As Rotary Clubs, we discovered that “online meetings” really do work and they will continue to be a part of our daily lives into the future.
June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program.
As we approach the end of this Rotary year, Sue and I are thankful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve each of you. I believe we have ignited a lot of momentum and now it is time to un-leash that momentum into positive action as we enter the new Rotary year.  I have made many new friends this year and look forward to continuing working with each of you.  So, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your District Governor.  My work with Rotary is not over.  Rather, it continues.  And remember to go out into your communities and the world and continue to LEND A HELPING HAND!