I am writing this email from Lingfield, UK, just south of London and I am not yet aware of how the Jaguars did when I wrote this, so we will leave that to next week’s Minutarian. However, this past Tuesday, while at Edinburgh Castle, I ran into two big Jaguars fans who were visiting from London. Our brand is clearly international! Good luck Jags and thanks to all of you who participated in the Jaguars/End Polio Partnership.
Josh Harrison from the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville was the lucky raffle winner of the Jaguars Box! Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported both the Jaguars and Polio! We sold $6,900 worth of tickets. Sydney Lynch, formerly selected as an exchange student right before the pandemic, and daughter of Elle Lynch, Rotary Club of Bartam Trail, drew the lucky winning ticket this year. Those in the Box or others attending the game, please send photos.
As membership continues to present challenges for most clubs in the district (nine clubs in the district have not recruited a single new member yet this year), the Rotary Clubs of Interlachen, Green Cove Springs, Greater Nassau, Edgewater , Ocala, Northwest Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Greater Gainesville, Lake Butler and Bartram Trail are all on track to have a net member gain this year. Where is your club? With the first ever Membership Summit at Daytona State College in Palm Coast in less than three weeks, has your club signed up? Unless you are comfortable with putting membership on autopilot, someone from your club needs to attend this event.
RYLA 2023 has a new format. We are hoping that every club will sponsor 2 students. Has your club completed the pledge form? These were due by the end of year, but we still have capacity. If you have questions, contact, RYLA Chair Michael Bruce today!
Thank you to everyone who has made contributions to helping the people of Ukraine—either through The Rotary or York Foundations! I’m pleased to let you know that all grant monies have been spent and all purchased items are in Ukraine. With the most recent multi-district Rotary International grant of $500,000, we have been able to purchase and deliver a wide variety of goods including winter gear, generators, water filtration systems and, as before, tactical medical aid and emergency room equipment. With the recent cold snap in our district, we can all appreciate how grateful the Ukrainians pictured below are for the generators that you made possible. Let’s hope 2023 is better for the Ukrainian people.