Dear Rotarians,
Sadly, this is my last newsletter as district governor. One year goes by all too quickly. But one year is also long enough to gather a wealth of information and meet so many Rotarians throughout District 7390 in many events and activities. Thanks to so many clubs for inviting me back after my official visits and including me and my wife in club anniversaries, over 50 Paul Harris Fellow inductions or plus awards, eight additions to our current 57 Paul Harris Society enrollees, new member attraction dinners, satellite club meetings, and Youth Exchange gatherings.
When I look back on this year, and I hope you do too, you can sense that the spirit of Rotary is alive and growing in southcentral Pennsylvania. Membership is rising, the average age of members is lower, The district’s Rotary Foundation giving is near an all-time high, and we are “This Close” to ending polio. Involvement in global grants in the RI six areas of focus has increased and club foundation grants were completed by 28 clubs.
We had fun and celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation with three other nearby districts at our multi-district conference in Gettysburg and gathered “lessons learned” from the battlefield tour. The conference introduced the other three districts to our 4-Way Speech and Essay contests, we had both our Inbound and Outbound GVSE Taiwan teams present together – a rare event, and Dr. Peter Salk gave an update on our fight against polio.
Open this month’s Rotarian to page 44 and see our own Doug Nicotera from the RC of Hershey and his third place winner photo contest entry.
Nearly 70 of us will gather in Atlanta one week from now and celebrate “Rotary Serving Humanity” with 200 countries and 40,000 Rotarians.
A district governor can plan a great year, but it took 2300+ Rotarians to make it great. For this, I will be ever grateful. Review the rest of the June newsletter for many of these and other highlights. Build on this year’s significant achievements and make DGE Una Martone’s year to come even greater. Welcome her and all of our incoming club presidents at their installation on June 29. It was my privilege to serve you.
In Rotary,
Kevin Cogan
2016-17 District 7390 Governor