Greetings District 5160 Rotarian,

It is the first hours of the first day of the one-year regime of the rotund nerdish Governor who comes to you from the Berkeley Rotary club. Happy Rotary New Year!

I’m honored to get a chance to serve you and am excited about the year ahead.   I hope to meet each of you: maybe it will be at your club’s official Governor’s visit, or maybe at the August 27 Six Flags Foundation Family Fun Day, where we’ll induct your club’s president and celebrate our Foundation with your families and Rotary youth. You might attend the Fall and Spring assemblies, or the District Centennial Conference in Berkeley next spring. I might see you at the Rotary International convention in Atlanta.  There’s so much in our future!

I’m looking forward to a year of fun and bragging as we celebrate our District Centennial this year. We’ll also be celebrating our Rotary Foundation’s Centennial. The Rotary International theme for the year, set by our new President John Germ, is “Serving Humanity Above Self”.  Our District’s plan is to serve alongside our extended Rotary family, and our youth – which translates to having fun, and giving us a lot to brag about.

During this year, as we do every year, we’ll be carrying out projects in our clubs, creating a significant impact in our communities, locally and abroad. We expect again to have one of the largest Rotary youth programs of any District in the U.S. or abroad.  We will seek to continue our annual tradition of setting a new District record in fundraising for the Foundation and for Polio Plus. We will again work to increase our members’ involvement in our clubs, we’ll attract new members, we’ll raise our retention rates – it’s going to be a wonderful year!

But first, breathe deeply, appreciate this gift of Rotary, and join me in looking forward to yet another big year.

Have fun, change the world, and spread the word about Rotary,