President's Message MAY 2014
Well this is it! This
is my last formal letter as the President of Rotary eClub One. While I will compose one more letter for
June, it will be from Sydney Australia as the President’s Gavel is passed from
me to our President elect, Tracy Adams.
A month ago my workplace introduced a wellness benefit to
all of us. It was 30 days of guided
meditation to help reduce stress and teach us to be more mindful. One of the daily mindfulness practices is to
construct a list of 5-10 items for which we are grateful. As this year ends, let me describe my
gratitude to you and this club for a terrific year.
#10. I am grateful
for each of you our eClub members. This
year you have participated in a variety of ways that illuminates the four way
test and shows true Rotary Sprit. You
have worked hard on the development of international grants, you have applied
for community service grants, you have given great ideas about improving the
club, you have made thoughtful contributions to our forums (thank you Henry
Harrison for hosting us each week) and when asked you have contributed to our
disaster relief efforts. Thanks is a
very small word for how grateful I am that you spent this year with our club!
#9 I am grateful for our financial stability. Our Treasurer, Joe Spears dedicated time and
his good financial mind to make sure that our financial records are in great
shape. He analyzed trends and helped to
make sure that our charitable dollars are separate from our club
operations. We close the year in very
good financial shape.
# 8. I am grateful for our new website. According to our website liaison Emmanuel
Serriere, wearing one of his many Rotary hats, we have over 5000 visitors each
and every months who come to our site to do their Rotary makeups. Our new site
makes this process easier and has allowed us to stay financially strong as many
of those Rotarians send us donations for that makeup.
#7. I am grateful
that our President Elect Tracy Adams will focus on creating stronger eClub
connections. Many of you weighed in on
how to create these bonds and Tracy will work to implement many of those
ideas. We will welcome a large group of
members from Sydney to our club and Tracy’s vision will help our large club
still feel connected.
#6. I am grateful
that we were able to support disaster relief efforts in two areas of the world-
Colorado USA and the Philippines. This
quick response to disaster is a very unique aspect of our club.
#5. I am grateful
that we funded some impressive international grants. The world will be better for this. Whether the grant is to help improve water in
Kenya or improve literacy in Guatemala, this club is active in helping Rotary
help others. Many of the grants we
funded were done in collaboration with other clubs and that just increases what
we can do. Jeremy Penner did an
outstanding job as service committee chair and thanks to Jason Griffith who
will carry on this next year.
#4. I am grateful for
all our new members. You are the way
this club renews itself. Thanks to Megan
MacLean and her committee who onboarded new members and welcomed them.
#3. I am grateful for
the dozen or so of our members who took advantage of our community service
grants and applied to help an organization in our community.
#2. I am so grateful
to the Board who always had the focus of what was best for the club and
Rotary. You are great leaders and I have
learned much from Tracy Adams, Emmanuel Serriere, Joe Spears, Tom Green, Jeremy
Penner, Buchi Akpeh Megan MacLean, Charlie Tegarden and John Cutler who served
us all so well. Tracy starts her year
with such leadership strength including the addition of Jason Griffith and Jane
#1. I am so grateful
that Tom Green asked me to serve and that gave me this incredible opportunity
to work with this club’s membership. We
are a unique and rare community.
I look forward to our time in Australia. We have a devoted set of members such as
Chris Joscelyne, Cheonhee Sohn, and John Cutler making sure that our time
together is special.
In Rotary gratitude,
President, Rotary eClub One 2013-2014