WEEK 29 - JANUARY 15
This week is the International Assembly in San Diego where over 500 District Governor Elects from around the World will have their final segment of training before their year as District Governor. During the Assembly RIPE Barry Rasin will reveal his theme for the 2018-19 Rotary Year. DGE Jeanette and husband Tracy are going to enjoy the most spectacular week in of their Rotary journey yet!
Sunbelt Rentals opened a new location in Palatka several months ago. Last week I stopped in to reserve some rental equipment to work on the high school softball field. During the conversation with the manager I learned the she wasn’t familiar with Palatka nor did she know anyone from the community. I asked her if she had ever heard about Rotary International and she said “no”.
It still astounds me when people say they have never heard of Rotary. How can that be, everybody know about Rotary, right? Unfortunately the answer is no, as Rotarians we still don’t spread the word about how Rotary is making a difference in our communities.
The Sunbelt manager is going to join me for breakfast in the next couple of weeks to learn more about Rotary. I didn’t invite her to a meeting I invited her to have breakfast with some of my closest friends.
You have all heard me mention “extinction is forever” when talking about membership and the future of Rotary. If we don’t actively seek out and recruit members where are we going to be in just a few years?
When was the last time you invited somebody to attend your Club’s meeting, social event or project?
Or better yet when was the last time you sponsored someone to become a Rotarian?
When Joe Hull sponsored me as a member in May of 1998 he had no idea I would become your District Governor, nor did I. Rotary has had a profound effect on my life.
I challenge every Rotarian in the District, over 3,300, to invite a friend, a co-worker, an acquaintance or a new person in your community to join you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, at a social event or a project with some of your best friends. Who knows what might happen.
“Team-One”, one Rotarian affecting one person’s life every day, you never know what effect you will have on the person’s life you invite.
Please stay warm and a have a GREAT Rotary week!
Brent & Kendra Coates
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise
Rotary International District 6970 – Florida’s Friendliest District