Rotary Serving Humanity: Best Year Ever!

on Friday, 30 June 2017. Posted in Recent Programs

A Letter from District 7670 Governor (2016-17) Gary D. Dills

You have had a great Rotary year. We are fortunate to serve during the 100th year of the founding of the Rotary Foundation and to have a celebration of that centennial in Atlanta, virtually our back yard. And you turned out in record numbers – 355 registered – 16.2%, the highest percentage registration by a district anywhere in Rotary. We have included some of the photos and commentary elsewhere in this newsletter.

We were also fortunate to have one of the largest (and the very best in my opinion) District Conferences and it was held in one of the District’s hotbeds of service – Hickory. We had 557 young people and Rotarians attend the event over the two and half days. Last month’s newsletter highlighted the activities so I will not dwell on them except to thank you for making that conference special. Most of all, you have been serving your community and the world at large at a world class pace. You have received $67K in district grants and are participating in numerous Global grants not to mention the hundreds of local projects funded by your clubs. You are making a difference in the lives of young people through your sponsorship of Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA (62 people this year), and global scholarships. You have invigorated and chartered

Interact, Rotaract, RotaKids and Early Act (a first for the District). Thank you... This is what we are about – Serving Humanity. We were also fortunate to have one of the largest (and the very best in my opinion) District Conferences and it was held in one of the District’s hotbeds of service – Hickory. We had 557 young people and Rotarians attend the event over the two and half days. Last month’s newsletter highlighted the activities so I will not dwell on them except to thank you for making that conference special. Most of all, you have been serving your community and the world at large at a world class pace. You have received $67K in district grants and are participating in numerous Global grants not to mention the hundreds of local projects funded by your clubs. You are making a difference in the lives of young people through your sponsorship of Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA (62 people this year), and global scholarships. You have invigorated and chartered

Your unselfishness is evident – You have donated almost $460K in total giving to the annual fund, PolioPlus, and the endowment fund. You gave the largest amount ever to the annual fund, to CART and to Polio. Clearly you support our charities and the Rotary Foundation and all the good we are doing in the world. Thank you once again. You continue to share Rotary with others. With a week to go, the District has a positive increase in membership for the first time in at least 5 years!!

As a final note, I am including an excerpt from an invocation written by AG Bob Reinhart and delivered at this past District Conference. His words define the essence of service.

Teach us that even if we can’t do great things, we can at least do small things in a great way. May we always be sincere in our efforts to help others in need.

Thank you and I continue to be YIRS,

GARY D. DILLS
District 7670
Governor 2016-17

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