Wishing each of you, Peace, Health, Safety & Joy in 2023! As I reflect on the first half of the Rotary year, I share your hope and optimism for our new calendar year….

I am very grateful for the commitment of our members to engage in even more service, showcasing the 'Impact of Rotary' in their community, supporting The Rotary Foundation, and having lots of tremendous Rotary fellowship. Membership Recruitment, and Public Image supports to clubs leads has been very successful with social media coverage & new member recruitment.
Some recent highlights include:
▪️The Foundation Celebration November 19/22 was a tremendous success in so many ways! Special thank-you to Sandi Chard, Chair, and all of those who worked many hours to create and deliver this event. The committee pivoted quickly to offer the event virtually, when an early season snow storm rolled in. It was a real life snow globe!
▪️The Ukraine Disaster Response Grant of $25,000 resulted in $125,000 in acquired goods/services, was completed. The packed kits were shipped, and successfully received. Thank-you so much, to all involved!
▪️Youth Service Committee chaired by IPDG Anne Bermingham - its programs are vibrant with inbound long term students and planning for outbound, New Generation Study Exchange, RYLA and Slapshot. So proud of that Rotaractors are full members in Rotary, and membership rosters added to the RI database. Special thanks to District Rotaract Representative (DRR) Victoria Parlatore, who worked so closely with Pene Hutton and Anne Bermingham to confirm, and upload lists.
▪️Many clubs held in person Paul Harris Recognition events and New Member events in November. I joined in many of these events, as well as fundraisers, and club meetings in person, with many more booked. So many clubs, and areas are celebrating together in person!
▪️Our IMAGINE ROTARY District Conference team is hard at work planning for our April 15-22, District Conference Week, with many fun, engaging and Imagine Rotary experiences for you and your family. Thank-you, Conference Chair PDG Melisa Schrock, and committee.
▪️The 2023-26 Strategic Planning process has been initiated, chaired by Robert Morrow, with IPDG Anne Bermingham.
▪️Welcome DGND Michele Starwalt-Woods (RC of Dunkirk-Fredonia), who has been selected to serve as our Governor 2025-26. She is the 7th woman to serve as Governor in D7090. Thank-you to all the candidates who stepped up to the nomination process, and to Chair Reg Madison and the Nominating Committee for their service.
▪️Our DG Chain meets every two weeks and is extremely supportive of one another, and dedicated to the goals of RI and our D7090 strategic plan.
▪️We all wish DGE Scott Marcin safe travels, and to enjoy the training and fellowship at the International Assembly in Orlando, FL January 9-13/23.
I have had many interesting and heart warming experiences this first half of the year. I had never been a clown…here is my RC of Brantford “Clowns for Kids” photo.  Standing next to me (the tall one) is PDG Rick Sterne.  Thank-you Rotarian Alan Giles for doing my make-up, and to Chair Lance Calbeck for welcoming me to experience this FUNdraiser that is a key part of the Brantford Santa Claus Parade.
Never under estimate the positive impact your gift of Joy, no matter how small, has for those who need uplifting. I was exhausted and exhilarated after the night parade that had about 40 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, raising money and bringing smiles.
In 2023, I encourage you to take time to try a new Rotary opportunity. I encourage you to IMAGINE trying something new, as you live your life in Rotary. Share your experiences with others, as we all seek inspiration.
Best regards,