DG speaks ahead of guest appearance

District 7190 Governor Richard Griecshe will join us as our special guest at 6 p.m. this Thursday via the ZOOM teleconferencing app.

So, what does he think about our COVID-19 pandemic world? Here’s his latest essay online:

This may not seem like a time for great optimism, but it must be. Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt.

“Rotary clubs are adapting to the current situation and overcoming the obstacles that once appeared to be in the way. August is ‘Membership and New Club Month’ on our Rotary calendar, and brings great opportunity.

“Membership is an opportunity. Retention is an opportunity. Service and Fellowship are opportunities –- all to grow Rotary and support its core values. Ask current members, community leaders, extended family, and business associates to find prospective members.

“Our current members are passionate about the work we are doing. What are your dreams for your community? It may be the right time for a club’s virtual meeting rather than in-person. You won’t know unless you ask. 

“Our clubs have been challenged to grow in new directions. Are you ready to help a club grow for the future? New resources on satellite clubs, passport clubs, and corporate membership can help you create an experience that works for every member (Learn more at Rotary.org/Flexibility). 

“As a final note this month, I would like to share the following statement from Rotary International to help promote peace and justice worldwide, something all Rotarians strive for: 

“At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism.  Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us.  Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together.  We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.” 

I leave you with this thought: Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choices you make, make YOU. Choose wisely.”

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