Happy New Year!
Now that we are past Holiday Overload, it’s time to focus again on all things Rotary, to regain our momentum to complete our goals.
However, there was one sad event to relate: On December 26th, our beloved Past District Governor Lou Venuti (DG 2010-2011) passed away after a brief illness; his memorial service was on Friday, January 3rd. Lou is survived by his wife, Loretta, 4 children, and oodles of grandchildren and great grandchildren. There were so many Rotarians from around the state who attended the service; it was a true testament to his congeniality. As one person said, “Lou loved everybody!” How true! He will be missed.
The focus this month is Vocational Service. Each one of can enhance our interaction with coworkers and business associates by adhering to the 4-Way Test in our daily transactions. One of the very best attributes of a Rotarian is integrity in our dealings. The very concept that we deal as Rotarians in business is why I, personally, became a Rotarian! A fair price for a quality product! What a concept!
On another note, The Rotary Foundation listened to us and agreed that our environment needs our assistance, just as clean water, literacy, disease prevention, etc. are vital to the betterment of our communities. They announced that there will be a 7th Area of Focus: the environment (pollution, litter, climate change). With that new area of focus, funds have been cleared to be eligible for global grants! Clubs’ projects regarding litter, plastics, ocean and beach pollution, to name a few, have now been elevated from the district or local level; the clean up of our waterways can now garner global funds!
A main focus now is the District Conference in May. It will be May 1-3, 2020 in Cocoa Beach at the Hilton at Cocoa Beach. It is 4-star hotel right on the Atlantic Ocean. We are planning for many family and kid-friendly events. As soon as some final puzzle pieces are in place, the registration will be open on DACdb. Our speakers and sessions have new twists! Stay tuned for updates! (One hint: Downtown Boca has the hospitality suite again. Can you say Par-tay?)
The visits continue so I hope to see some of you soon!
Donna Gaiser, District Governor