Posted by District Governor Craig Gillis on Dec 04, 2018
As we enter into a season that often reunites us and brings us close to friends, families, and memories of holiday seasons past I want to wish you a memorable festive season.   This is also a time of year when we see and feel Rotary everywhere--- ‘Giving Tree’ projects, coats for kids, turkey dinners in schools, food hamper collections, concerts, Salvation Army kettle assistance, shoebox care packages ……the list is impressive and seemingly endless.  We are indeed ‘Rotarians of Action’!  

This is a time of year when we also give pause and recognize how much we have to be grateful for----a reminder of our privilege and opportunity as Rotarians.  


Recently, many Rotarians demonstrated that The Rotary Foundation is their charity of choice on ‘Giving Tuesday’.   In reality, Rotarians give every day and in so many ways.  As we focus on Rotary Disease and Prevention and Treatment Month we become conscious of how Rotarians put their Foundation dollars to work often reaching out into a less privileged world to bring hope.  Although many of us may never be active participants in an inoculation or medical aid program we play a significant role by contributing generously to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus.  We are fortunate that our district is rich in stories shared by those who have had that opportunity to serve ----their anecdotes, photos, and images help us connect to the good work done through the ‘family of Rotary’ enabling us to feel some of the impact of our contributions.    Please keep doing what you are doing as together we are making connections and changing lives!


In District 5020 we are so proud of the leadership and support for our international projects each year.   I hope you can forward me a photo and brief description of projects you have been involved in this year.   Why?    I am becoming conscious of how much great aid work has been sponsored by clubs throughout our district ----- yet in reality we have limited awareness of what occurs club to club.   I applaud district collaborations such as MIG (Mid-Island Rotary Community Service Group --- a consortium of most Vancouver Island Rotary Clubs who plan and support world community service) and would like to post as many of the projects initiated by clubs.   Our District website can pay tribute to the efforts of our Rotary clubs and our Rotarians who helped to transform lives.   


Finally, I know that many Rotary clubs hold a special gathering during this time of year----a dinner or social event that gives us an opportunity to share fellowship and to have some fun with others connected to our Rotary world.   When you are at one of these gatherings…… take a moment to look around.   You will see many who have become close friends and who work with  a sense of purpose with you to inspire, to motivate, and to give back.   This is how the heart of a community is developed.  May this holiday season bring many special moments shared with those who bring joy and meaning to your life as a friend, family member and Rotarian.



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