Dear Rotarians,

I love this time of year…football season, cooling weather and lots of family activities. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” What a way to rejuvenate your club with more members by involving family in your Rotary life. Why not invite them to your next club social event or service project? Or, better yet, an upcoming meeting? Let’s make Rotary welcoming to family members…find ways to make your events family-friendly.
 
Mark Maloney, Rotary International President emphasized the need to attract diversity in our membership. For example, young professionals are one area to ensure a vibrant organization going forward. In many cases, these young professionals have greater family responsibilities; so Rotary must be realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level. We shouldn’t expect Rotarians to choose between the two.
 
Rotary should complement the family, not compete.
 
With school getting back in full swing, it ties right in with this month’s Rotary focus: Education and Literacy. Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write at least a simple message in any language; illiteracy, on the other hand, refers to the lack or absence of this ability. Literacy plays a very crucial role in the social and economic development; and illiteracy is an obstacle to peaceful and friendly international relations.
 
Sadly, over 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate, 17% of the population. We can help! We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.
 
  • Mentoring students – Rotarians pairing with students for improved learning
  • Teacher training – We share our knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals
  • Adult literacy – Rotarians work with local advocates to offer community literacy programs
  • Rotary scholarships – We invest in the future by giving scholarships to students
 
These are just a few examples of Rotary’s efforts in our focus to improve education and literacy. “When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.” – Mark Wilson, Rotarian
 
I would love to hear what your club is doing to fight illiteracy and promote education. Share your ideas with me.
 
Finally, regardless of your football allegiance, I wish all of you a winning season! I will be visiting several of you over the next 3 months and I promise not to wear my team’s colors, except for the Rotary blue! Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!
 

Yours in Rotary,

Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020

 

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