President's Message APRIL 2014
Welcome to this glorious time of year with the changing of
seasons. Enjoy it wherever you are in
our Rotary eClub world. And if you
ever wonder where we are in the world do check out the wonderful map that shows
where we live. This map is maintained
by our member, Alejandro Castillejo.
Our eClub helps us to pioneer the intersection of technology
and connection. There is no question
that with Emmanuel’s help we now have a website that creates a space for us to
connect. We can begin to identify ways
to form relationships with each other as well as carry out the functions of a
One of the ways we can connect occurs when we each take the
time to respond to the forums. Over the
last several months, you have been willing to provide us with great insights
and feedback about our eClub and its future.
We asked you to participate in a Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and
Opportunities activity as well as to let us know how we can all better connect. Those
forum posts received close to 140 responses.
The information you provided allows us and most especially, President
Elect Tracy to take your ideas and help sustain our club. There were some remarkable consistencies in
all of the data. Our strengths are the
fact that we are truly international, access to our club is 24/7 and we are
committed Rotarians. Some concerns about
our club include the need to figure out news ways for members to connect and
the undercover nature of technology.
Our opportunities were seen as infinite.
That we can continue to grow and expand Rotary was seen as a huge
advantage. Our threats were questions
about how to stay relevant. You also gave us great ideas for connecting
more. These included more information
about us on our profiles, changing up the forums and identifying ways to see
each other face-to-face. Many of you
commented that some of your life (not just Rotary) highlights have been the
Almost 30 eClub One members and spouses will be in Sydney
for our convention. Our Monday, June 2nd
dinner will be a chance to show off our club and catch up on what each other is
doing. My bags would be packed but that
we have a good turnout for our District Conference the first weekend in May. Heather McCallin reached out to all of us who
live in Colorado to meet at the District Conference. President Elect Tracy will fly in to meet us
there. We welcome Tracy as an honorary
Coloradoan for the weekend.
As you know by now, our club numbers are likely to grow by
23 on July 1st. It is a great
honor to welcome great Rotarians from Sydney to our club who are filled with a
passion for “service above self” and see our club as a way to continue their
Rotary service. We look forward to
meeting them at our Annual Dinner in June.
Special thanks go to Chris Joscelyne who was our bridge with this merger
and a special early thank you to Joan Richards who will be our liaison as she
introduces Sydney CBD members to our eClub.
As you know we will extend greetings to these new members in July when
they join. In the meantime, please be thinking and giving input on how we might
extend a warm welcome. I think our
ability to integrate these members in our club will be part of Tracy’s vision
for creating stronger connections.
We so appreciate all your participation. As you know we have elected a President
Elect. Our incredible secretary,
Emmanuel will take on that role. He got
there, in part, because so many of you were willing to take the time to
So however you choose to engage, we welcome you. You make us a better and more closely
In Rotary Electronic Hugs
President, Rotary eClub One, 2013-2014