Welcome to the New Year (or Part Two of Rotary Year 2017-18)
The first half of Rotary Year 2017-18 here in District 5870 was unique, to say the least, and challenging. Three major hurricanes struck Texas and Puerto Rico (I include them because they came to our rescue after Harvey hit, before a subsequent storm devastated their own island). Major earthquakes rocked our sister District 4130 in Mexico. And then a major fire leveled the resort where we had planned to host our May District Conference in Boerne. Talk about a 1 - 2 - 3 whammy!!!!
But District 5870 again shined through these tragedies like a champ. As we enter the second half of our Rotary year, let's regroup for a super strong home stretch! Let's resolve to keep moving forward together:
RESOLUTION #1: As Governor, I challenge each Rotary Club - and individual Rotarian - to get back on track with giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund - the keystone of much of our Service Above Self. Our generosity abounds - witness our $275,000 plus giving to timely hurricane relief efforts, but our TRF commitments have lagged as a result. Our District traditionally leads the Zone in per capita and/or total giving, so let's all pledge to get back up on that stallion and strengthen our giving trend, please!
RESOLUTION #2: "I will invite friends and associates to experience the joy and benefits of Rotary this year." New members. We're headed in the right direction with a net gain of 78 as I write this, but a third of our clubs have lost members. Remember one of my DG One Initiatives... if each of us invites just ONE new prospect to share our enthusiasm, that is a potential gain of over 2600 Rotarians.
RESOLUTION #3: Your District leadership team pledges to renew its expansion efforts to establish new Interact, Rotaract, and Early Act First Knight affiliates, and of course to strengthen our Rotary Club footprint itself here in Central Texas. The more members, the more good we can accomplish in our communities and the world.
RESOLUTION #4: Have fun!  It's great to be a Rotarian.
Happy New Year! Thank you for all each of you does to make District 5870 #1District Strong.