District Governor’s Letter – December 2023

Growing Together

My Dear Rotary family

I know this month’s newsletter is arriving a little later than usual. It’s usually sent out on the 5th, and for that, I take full responsibility. While we have the best newsletter editor in Zone 33/34 – a big thank you to Joann Meacker for her dedication! – this month, we had some incredibly important news to share, which required me to delay publication slightly.

District Governor Douglas Heizer & Dini Heizer

Our District is growing, but we need to keep our foot on the gas to maintain momentum. November saw our lowest growth of the year, adding 15 members and losing 9, resulting in a net gain of 6. While any positive growth is welcome, this number falls short of our potential.

Year-to-date, we’ve added 114 new members against 72 losses, giving us a net gain of 42. This is a commendable achievement, but it’s not enough to lift us from our position as the smallest district in Zone 34. We need to push harder and work smarter.

While I appreciate the efforts of all our clubs, it’s concerning that some haven’t added a single member this year. Rotary is inherently designed for growth. We thrive on welcoming new members and expanding our impact. Let’s work together to understand the challenges these clubs face and find ways to support their growth initiatives.

Fortunately, we have several shining examples of clubs achieving remarkable growth, some exceeding 30%. Their success demonstrates what’s possible with focused effort and commitment. Let’s learn from their best practices and translate their strategies into our own club activities.

Looking ahead, we have exciting developments on the horizon. Four new clubs are in the pipeline, with Boynton Beach leading the charge. Our Interact program continues to flourish, welcoming new clubs and revitalizing existing ones. Additionally, RYLA registrations are now open, offering a valuable leadership development opportunity for the next generation of Rotarians.

Another highlight is the arrival of the Peace Poles, which will be dedicated by the Roraty International Pesident Gordon McInally. Don’t forget to secure your tickets for President Gordon’s visit! The best deal is to purchase a table for $120 per person, creating a memorable experience and fostering a sense of community.

Finally, let’s rally behind the PolioPlus Society. Our ambitious goal is to recruit 500 new members by May 2024. All new members will be recognized at the Foundation Dinner by President Gordon himself. This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of something bigger and contribute to the global eradication of polio.

Together, we can achieve remarkable things. Let’s work hand-in-hand, share best practices, and support each other in our quest for growth. Remember, “the world needs Rotary more than ever before,” and it’s our responsibility to make it stronger, bigger, and more impactful than ever before.

As we approach the end of the year, Dini and I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for all your accomplishments. You have made this year truly remarkable. Happy holidays to all, and for those celebrating, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Let’s Create Hope in The World!

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