President’s Letter – July 17, 2019

President’s Letter – July 17, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World.” It is not an aspirational theme, but a descriptive theme. Any Rotarian who has travelled to another city in Santa Barbara County or anywhere in the world has probably seen signs of Rotary action, if not actually participated in a local club meeting or interacted with local Rotarians. It is one of the things that so many of us, myself included, love about being a Rotarian.

Rotary connects local communities, too. Attending a meeting of another club in our area, participating in multi-club service projects or social activities, and organizing multi-club meetings as Matt Nehmer is doing for some of our upcoming programs, all bring the people in our community closer together. When individuals in the community feel connected, the community becomes stronger and a better place to live, work, and raise our families.

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara will be a stronger, more vibrant club the more our members feel connected to each other. That is why fellowship time at weekly meetings is so important — that and because it just makes the meeting more fun! Last week, Jennifer LeMert mentioned some of the community service projects that are being planned. I hope you will get involved in some of them not just because they are good things to do, but because you will have a chance to spend some time with Rotary friends outside of regular meetings. If you think of fun social or service ideas that you would like to do with other members of our club, you can make them happen. Just stand up during announcement time and let us know what you are thinking of. Ask for help. Ask specific people who you would like to get to know better or spend time with to get involved with you. Ask board members for help.

Rotary is uniquely positioned in Santa Barbara to connect people from different walks of life, different demographics, and different professions. The more we do that, the more we build a strong club and contribute to a strong community. We will also attract diverse new prospective members. And that will make our club more vibrant too.

At this Friday’s meeting, Jim Armstrong will brief us on the club foundation. The foundation is a central part of how the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara supports the community — with YOUR money. I am looking forward to learning more about that from Jim, and I know he is eager to answer your questions about the foundation and its work.

Warmest regards,


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