From The District Governor
Welcome To 2017/2018

2017/2018 Theme — Rotary: Making A Difference

2017/2018 Theme — Rotary: Making A Difference

July always brings a new Rotary year and a new Rotary leadership team from top to bottom. As your new District Governor I promise to do my best to help you make 2017/2018 as impactful (and painless!) a Rotary year as possible. I’m looking forward to visiting each club, meeting more great Rotarians, and learning more about the many communities in our district.

Polio. We are so very close in our 30-plus year effort to eradicate polio. We owe it to the children of the future—and those Rotarians who have been carrying this load for the past 32 years—to finish the job, and that takes money. I’ve asked each club to consider donating 5% of the money they raise towards Polio Plus and the final eradication of this disease. Five percent is not much of a burden on any club, but multiply that amount times 35,000 clubs and we can change the world forever—finally.

Membership. Yes, retention is important and if your club is getting clobbered with high attrition rates, than your club needs to take a hard look at the experience you are providing your Rotarians. But the reality is that only by attracting new members can Rotary grow. That doesn’t mean signing up anyone who has a pulse. But there are ten million people in Georgia and only about 10,000 Rotarians. Even if we assume that only 1% of our ten million citizens would be good Rotarians, that’s 100,000 Rotarians, ten times our current size. Every club has a massive opportunity to grow.

Innovation. There is a natural tendency to repeat success. But somewhere along the way a great project or tradition becomes stale and loses vitality. A mentor of mine taught me that the essence of strategy is denial. It is deciding what to stop doing, because when you stop doing something that frees up resources to do something new. I strongly encourage every club to drop something they have been doing in favor of something new. As PRID Robert Hall points out, to take no risks is to guarantee failure.

Posted by Alec Smythe
July 5, 2017


Posted by Stacey Inglis
July 6, 2017 2:18pm

I'm looking forward to serving this year under your leadership, Alec!

Posted by Mary Ligon
July 6, 2017 11:37am

Delighted to see this new format! Will articles be added all along during the month or will they all get added at one time and our prompt that there are new items will be the newsletter email?

Posted by Rusty Warner
July 6, 2017 7:46am

Enjoyed the new format. Great thoughts & ideas from DG Alec

Posted by Ryan Clements
July 6, 2017 4:58am

I like the newsletter format!

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