As I write this message for May, I am right in the middle of finalizing plans for our 1st Hybrid District Conference.  The planning has been challenging.  But I believe everyone is ready to get back to socializing in person.  Speaking of challenging, the 2020-2021 Rotary year has not been a traditional year. We had to make many changes on how we meet and conduct normal business.  ZOOM meetings have now become the “new norm”.  But, as Rotarians, we must set the example, and not let our guard down too soon.  As we venture out into our communities, remember to continue to wear your mask when necessary and practice social distancing as much as possible.
May is YOUTH SERVICE Month on the Rotary calendar.  Rotary has a long history of working with Youth, from providing scholarships, encouraging youth leadership and student exchange programs, to sponsoring youth-based service clubs. Youth Service is one of Rotary's five official Avenues of Service.  Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.
As we enter the last 2 months of this Rotary year, lets prepare our Rotary leaders for 2021-2022 by attending the District Assembly scheduled for this month.  It will be held virtually but promises to be packed with valuable information.  Your club may have talented leaders, but they cannot lead a Rotary Club effectively if they are not informed about the basics of Rotary.  I am available to assist in any way I can.
Yours in Rotary,
Eddie Bartnesky