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Since joining Rotary, I have had the opportunity to become involved in various projects. I served as the Run with Carl Rotary Club Representative for 4 years, as well as assisting in the development of our Rotary in Motion Challenge, held every summer. In addition to serving on the Board, I have co-chaired the Marketing and Events Committee and most recently Lobsterfest.
I am very excited out this year’s Rotary theme, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Incoming Rotary International President, Ron Burton, said it best, "Every one of us in Rotary is here because we were invited, and because e made a choice to accept that invitation. Every day since then, we have been faced with another choice: whether to be just a member of a Rotary Club or to truly be a Rotarian. Being a Rotarian is a commitment that goes far beyond just showing up at meetings once a week. IT means seeing the world, and our Role in it, in a unique way. It means accepting our communities as our responsibility, and acting accordingly: taking the initiative, making the effort, and doing what’s right, not what is easy.” Wow…What a powerful thought!
I recently read a book by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, entitled "212: The Extra Degree.” The idea behind the book is that at 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. With boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. By turning up the heat one extra degree, it can truly make a world of difference. As I was reflecting on this analogy, our Bettendorf Rotary Club and this year Rotary International Theme immediately came to my mind. Our club embodies the Rotary mantra of "Service Above Self.” I am so proud of how our Club continually "turns up the heat” which separates us from being a good club to a great one. Let us all remember that being a Rotarian is so much more than wearing a Rotary Pin-what we do with that pin is truly up to us!
This year, I hope that we can continue to watch the thermostat rise as we make contributions locally, nationally and internationally. The goals that I want to work toward are as follows:
I am truly honored to be your Club President for the next 12 months and I am excited to see what amazing things our Club will accomplish this year.
Be proud to be a Rotarian, especially a Bettendorf Rotarian!!!