We all have many things to be thankful for, and families are a large part of all our lives. As Rotarians, we are fortunate to have an extended Family of Rotary. We appreciate and are very familiar with our fellow Rotarians that we see weekly, but we also have Rotary family members in other clubs, other districts, in other states and other countries!
This is a wonderful time of year, and an excellent time to reflect and give thanks for all our blessings. Your efforts to further our club’s charitable causes are most appreciated, and they have an impact, direct and non-direct, on many individuals. Our continual devotion of time, talents and financial resources is a strong, positive reflection of our club members. I am grateful for everyone who continues to place Service Above Self!
Thanks for all you do on behalf of Metro! Have a wonderful holiday season, and best wishes for a safe and healthy 2014!
November is a time when we pause and reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. There are a lot of positive people, organizations, etc. who help to make our world a much better place.
As a Rotarian, we all know there are many good things that occur because of The Rotary Foundation. Because of our financial support, The Rotary Foundation helps fight hunger needs, works to reduce child mortality, promotes peace and conflict resolution, provides basic education and literacy support and helps eradicate polio!
By giving only $100 each year through the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative, you become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Contributions to EREY are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs. You can direct your contributions to the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, the Permanent Fund, Rotary Peace Centers or specific Foundation Grants. To make your donation, simply complete this form.
It is because of these valuable causes, plus many others, we must continue our support of The Rotary Foundation. I encourage each of you to learn more about the Rotary Foundation and make a contribution to continue saving and changing lives. These programs work, and they are a great investment for a better and safer world.
It’s hard to believe that a quarter of our year has already passed. As we enter a new month, please remember that October is Rotary Vocational Service Month.
This month focuses on:
Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
During this month, I encourage all Metro Rotarians to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Think about how what you do, and what we do as a group, helps others within our community. We have a number of tremendously talented individuals within our membership, and we need to constantly be thinking about how we can best use our time and talents.
Have a great month!
Did you know that September is New Generations Month for Rotarians? It’s called that because we know that investing in our young people is the same as investing in our future. Worldwide, Rotarians take pride in the fact that they have youth programs available for many to explore and enjoy.
Locally, we invest in several ways: 1) The newest addition to our Rotary family is the Interact Club which was established last year for high school students. 2) Metro has been very supportive of the RYLA event each year, and we are proud to sponsor local students at this week-long camp. 3) The Rotaract club is relatively new, and it has provided an excellent opportunity for young men and women to learn and grow in service. 4) The Youth Exchange Program has been a very popular part of our annual club planning, and it exposes international students (and our members) to new languages, new traditions and new thoughts.
I challenge you to learn more about any one (or more) of these opportunities. The time you devote to today’s youth will pay multiple dividends in the long run for everyone.
Thanks again to each of you for your dedication to Metro Rotary!
This year, Metro Rotary begins its 21st year of service. Since the beginning of our club, we have been fortunate to have numerous professionals from the Columbia community as members of our club. However, membership development is a constant and ongoing process.
This year, I encourage you to follow closely the work of our Membership Committee. Committee Co-chairs Jean Leonatti and Jaime Freidrichs welcome your assistance in recruiting and receiving new members into our club. As the opportunity presents itself, please feel free to bring your colleagues or other business professionals to one of our luncheons. We are always interested in sharing the Metro success story, and we are happy to share all the good work that Rotary clubs do.
To increase our membership, I think it is important to share specific events in our history that has special meaning for you. We need to share the benefits of our club, and Rotary overall, in order to create a complete understanding of the value we provide. There are a lot of quality individuals in our community who I believe would be interested in putting Service Above Self!
I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make our club stronger and more vibrant throughout the year.
Welcome to our website! I am excited to be leading Metro Rotary, and I look forward to a successful and rewarding year for us all.
Fellow members, I hope you are prepared for a year of fun and fellowship! We will continue our charitable support (both local and international), our volunteerism efforts and our social gatherings. In addition, I am excited about new opportunities we will have to work on both a local project and an international project with all of the Columbia Rotary Clubs!
Rotary International’s theme for 2013-2014 is: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Our club has always had a strong record of serving others, and I know this year will be no exception. My hope is to engage membership and promote a sense of ownership of the club by members. I will challenge you as members to let the Board know what you would like to see Columbia Metro Rotary accomplish in the upcoming year.
If you are not a member of our club, I invite you to attend as often as your schedule allows. I am confident you will find our members engaging, the networking rewarding and the programs informative.
Metro Rotary regularly schedules fellowship events, and I hope you have enjoyed our events this year as much as me! As this year comes to a close, I want to thank each and every Metro Rotarian who has assisted me this year, and helped to make Metro Rotary a truly special group of people. You are the best!
While this year is ending, I know Vice President Shawn Barnes has been busy planning to ensure next year begins without hesitation. You have heard recent announcements encouraging you to sign up for various committees and other responsibilities. If you have not yet signed up to assist, please do so in the very near future. Each committee has its strong points, and combined, they all total up to a successful year.
I know you will join me in supporting Shawn during his presidency as well as the other officers and board members. Thanks again to each of you! This has been a wonderful year, and I am honored to have served as your President!
Rotary International was founded in 1905. What began as four men meeting in local Chicago businesses has now grown to 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to over 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Metro Rotary will celebrate its 20th birthday next month! Since our club’s founding in 1993, we have seen many professionals come and go, but our core mission has remained true. As a result, we have been able to assist many people, both locally and on an international level. Five of our charter members remain active today! A special thank you to Win Burggraaff, John John, Ginny Northcutt, Audrey Spieler and Jim Stock. Your devotion of time and talents has played a key role in our club’s growth, and we appreciate each of you.
As a reminder, we only have two months left in this Rotary year. I encourage you to remain involved in our club’s activities, and plan ahead to be even more active in the year to come. Help make Metro Rotary History!
Last month, we celebrated literacy. This month, we put our reading skills to the test. Everything in our lives depends on consistent, accurate and constant communication. We receive Rotary communications regularly; through our weekly meetings, club emails, club website, district website and Rotary International.
As part of your membership in our club, you receive the monthly magazine, The Rotarian. This publication offers many insightful stories about Rotary projects and clubs throughout the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians are reading the same magazine in 23 languages.
Please take the time each month to read through your issue. I’m confident you will be impressed with the many activities our fellow Rotarians are involved in, as well as how we are able to assist people who do not have the same resources we have available. If we want to promote Rotary to others, we need to be well informed!
Thanks again for all you do to make Metro Rotary such a success!
Metro Rotarians have played a large role in assisting charities both locally and on a much broader level. While it is easy to look at the big picture, it is always helpful to stop and look at the most basic human needs and explore how we can assist our fellow men and women.
In April, 2003, Metro Rotary stepped up its commitment to literacy by becoming Partners in Education with the Columbia Public Schools’ Title I Program. On a regular basis, we have members who volunteer their time to go into local schools and read to children or have the children read to them. This goes a long way in assisting the children and teachers with improving the students’ abilities to read and comprehend. While this may seem a basic process, we must remember that “Being literate does not just mean the ability to read a book or a newspaper. Being literate means being able to comprehend the instructions on a medicine bottle, a set of directions or a job posting.” (Excerpt from G.E. Estess, Sr., Foundation Trustee Chair, March, 2010 message on literacy)
I urge everyone to strongly consider volunteering to read a book to a child this month even if you cannot work this into your regular routine. I guarantee you will find the experience very rewarding. Please contact Les Gelband or Shane Winter for more information.
Thanks again for all you do to make Metro Rotary such a success!