Governor’s Column (September 2019)
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
Where did the summer go? It is officially Fall and before we can blink an eye snow will be falling. D6650 has had a few significant events in September. First under the guidance of President Wendy Mann, the amazing Rotarians of Dennison celebrated their grand opening and purchase of their new Club House. It is located at 431 Center Street Dennison Ohio just across from the train Depot Museum. When you look at the photo of the Rotarians going into the Rotary building, you cannot help but think People in Action! If you are looking for a heart- warming club visit, you will find it at 6:00PM on Tuesday evenings at the Rotary Club of Dennison.

On September 26th, President Paul Beinlich of the North Canton Rotary lead a celebration for the Club’s 90th Anniversary of Membership in Rotary International. This vibrant club has had a huge impact upon the World, the Community, and its Fellow Rotarians. This club has given us 4 District Governors. PDG Dennis Huffman still is very instrumental in the club and District. DGN Steve Wilder will become the Club’s 5th District Governor. North Canton Rotary was instrumental in sponsoring Lake Township and Jackson Township Clubs. A high five goes out to the members of this fine Club.

October is Economic & Community Development month. “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” Words spoken by Dr Seuss. Two important dates in October are the 17th and the 24th. The 17th is Eradication of Poverty Day. Check out My Rotary for ideas on this topic. We could work on Micro Economic Credit Systems or have an awareness seminar on self-employment. The 24th is Polio day. The crisis of Polio is not in our past. In 2017 we had 22 cases of wild virus polio. In 2018 we had 33 cases of wild virus Polio and thus far in 2019 we have 78 cases. 62 cases were from Pakistan and 16 from Afghanistan. In addition to the 78 cases thus far in 2019, we also have had 72 cases of circulating vaccine derived polio cases. That is a total of 150 cases. This is still a powerful disease that would grow out of control without our efforts.

A big win is Nigeria. The last known case was 8/21/2016. Africa will be declared free of polio sometime next year. Expect on World Polio Day an announcement that the World is free from type 3 Polio with only type 1 remaining.

In conclusion, each of you are a golden nugget of Rotary. I am reminded of John Maxwell’s thoughts. He says that everyone wants to make their life matter. The key is living a life that is intentional. First is possessing the desire to make a difference. Second is placing a high value on people. Third, we must be willing to team up with others. Significance is within our reach. This also is one of Rotary’s keys to success. When we unite as Rotarians, under the banner of service above self we definitely have the power to impact the World.

Thank you for your dedication, enthusiasm and hard work. You have and will continue to make a difference.
 

Dan Morgan DG 6650

Rotary Connects the World