By RICH GRIESCHE, 7190 Governor
“Are you open for business?” This is a question many of us are asking our local businesses these days.
As we are in the sixth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are focusing attention this month on “Rotary on Economic and Community Development.” So many of our local businesses have been forced to close, or cut hours along with employees. But, Rotary does not shut down, or stop, or reduce workloads or production. We welcome new members, especially now as we globally take on the challenges that have been placed before us.
We need to support our local businesses and our community leaders. Be proactive in helping to keep these business’s open. Many Chambers of Commerce can advise you of businesses that may need help and support. At the same time, this is an ideal opportunity to join Rotarians and become more involved in your community. Rotarians know an engaged community member is a simply Rotarian in disguise.
Saturday, October 24, marks a very significant day on our Rotary calendar: World Polio Day. As Rotary prepares to mark this day, members know that even in the face of a pandemic the important work of fighting polio must continue. Now more than ever, the support of all Rotary members is needed to help win the fight for a polio-free world.
So, as we enter the second quarter of the 2020-21 Rotary Year, I leave you with these thoughts:
• When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
• When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
• When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
• When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
• When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
• When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
• When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
• When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
• When love hurts you, dare to love again.
• When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
• When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
• When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
• When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
• When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
• When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can. At all times — Dare to be!