We’re down to the final two weeks of the Rotary year!  During the last few days, I’ve looked back at the work our club has done during 2017-2018.  And, the impact all of you have had on our local community and around the world through your service activities and financial generosity is profound.  At the Club Recognition Dinner on Wednesday evening, I will take a few minutes to recap our events and activities, and recognize many of you for your “Service Above Self” during this past Rotary year.  I look forward to seeing you at the dinner!  Just a reminder: There is no breakfast meeting on Thursday June 21.  The Club Recognition Dinner will substitute as this week’s regular meeting.

On another note, Donna and I leave for Toronto on Saturday morning to attend the Rotary International Convention.  Over 24,000 Rotarians from around the world are registered for the event!  There will be daily plenary sessions featuring speakers such as former First Lady Laura Bush; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Caryl Stern, President & CEO of UNICEF; and Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, in addition to many of the senior leaders of Rotary International.  There will be many, many breakout sessions covering a wide array of Rotary topics.  And, finally - my favorite feature – the Rotary House of Friendship with an amazing collection of Rotary exhibitors, Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Fellowship Groups, project partners and vendors.  This is where many find inspiration and learn about the power and reach of Rotary's work.  It's also where Rotarians make connections with new friends from every corner of the globe.  I’ll share more about our experience at this year's Convention when we return.

Donna and I fly home from Toronto next Wednesday afternoon to be on hand for the club and district changeover events on Thursday June 28.  You won't want to miss the induction of Rick Zayaitz as the next ERC President at our regular breakfast meeting.  A highlight of that event will be the “passing of the gavel” from all past presidents to Rick.  And, our own Cindy Hornaman will be inducted as 2018-2019 Governor for District 7430 at a dinner that evening at Brookside Country Club.  If you haven’t done so already, please register for the dinner by clicking here.  As Cindy's home club, I am counting on a strong representation from Emmaus Rotary at the dinner.

Yours in Rotary,