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Gary Fletcher, Founding Father and
Life Friend of Rotary eClub One.
submitted, Deborah Dale Brackney, Fan and friend of Gary Fletcher.
to the year 2000. Long before texting,
YouTube and even so much email, the power of the Internet was just starting to
be realized. In the early 2000s our
eClub was lucky enough to have two visionary’s willing to put time, energy and
perseverance into creating the world’s first online Rotary club.
men were John Minter and Gary Fletcher.
Those early years of launching the eClub were not easy. There were many questions and doubts about
how a Rotary club could function without weekly meetings and other social
interaction. However both John and Gary
held fast to their vision and came up with an online Rotary club meeting design
that emphasized service and the opportunity for Rotarians to connect worldwide,
creating a truly international Rotary club.
All this was done in technology, the Internet which was in its
7, 2015, our club learned of the passing of our Rotary eClub life friend, Gary
Fletcher. He died of cancer at the age
of 71. Gary was a visionary. The fact that there are now over 300 online
Rotary clubs is a testament to that. But
Gary was more than a visionary. He was
action oriented as well.
Gary ran his
own business, he was a passionate and dedicated Boy Scout leader and the amount
of his Rotary work would leave one breathless.
Here are just a few of his Rotary accomplishments; Club President of the
Smoky Hill Rotary Club in Aurora, Colorado, founder of the district conference
resource team that created a structure and process so that district events are
well produced and our District’s webmaster for many years. Gary
was also an early contributor to the Districts Leadership Institute was an
engaging and thoughtful presenter. He
was also our club’s infrastructure for many years. He kept us going technically and functionally
by serving as our Webmaster and as our bookkeeper.
But Gary was
so much more than what of what he did.
The who of Gary was a big-hearted, twinkle in his eye, and modest
man. He never seemed very comfortable
with praise or acknowledgement. Whenever
recognized for his generosity, Gary would get this baffled look and offer “well,
Rotary is my passion.”
To me, Gary
was a trusted Rotary friend and the man to whom I owe my introduction to our
eClub: a club that is built on the principles of the Four Way tests and true
Gary Fletcher, pictured at left with our Charter President John Minter, PDG Matt
Matson and PP Chris Joscelyne.
As we learned
of Gary’s death, many tributes from our Rotary world arrived. Here are a few of the tributes:
that Gary was, indeed, a Life Friend of Rotary eClub One, see https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/about/lifefriendofrotary/
, and served as our Webmaster and bookkeeper.
He was a
member of the Smoky Hill (Aurora CO) Rotary Club.
Carol Lightfoot Steen, Rotary eClub
One, Past President
As we mourn
the passing of Rotarian Gary Fletcher we remember Gary's magnificent
contribution as a founder and the inaugural webmaster of the world's first
web-based Rotary club ... Rotary eClub One. Gary was an Internet pioneer and
innovator who shared his I.T. skills generously and graciously.
Gary was a
Past President and PHF of the Rotary Club of Smoky Hill, Aurora, Colorado.
to serving as the inaugural webmaster of Rotary eClub One, Gary Fletcher was
the founder of the District Event Resource Team that was so helpful to producing
District 5450 events, especially the District Conferences.
Gary and his
team provided a step-by-step production outline that listed how the District
Conference and District Assembly needed to be arranged, managed and produced. Each year, District Governors relied on Gary's
splendid event production template.
many years, Gary was the District 5450 Webmaster.
I think many
Rotarians would be unaware of Gary's many years of dedication and commitment to
certainly exemplified three cornerstones of Scouting, as stated by the founder
The most worthwhile
thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. The Scoutmaster
teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself. A Scout is never taken
by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.
Chris Joscelyne Rotary eClub One,
Gary was the
founder of the District Event Resource Team that was so helpful to putting on
District events, especially the District Conferences. He and his team were
responsible with an entire blow-by-blow outline off how it needed to be done.
It was so helpful to many a DG. He will be missed!!!!
PDG 2013-2014, Peter Ewing