DG November Message

Posted on Nov 19, 2018



A  few words from Kim:
As Dan has told many of you, when I told him I wanted to be a Rotarian...part of the reason was because I had never met nicer people anywhere. In winding down to the last of our visits I am more convinced of this than ever. We have met so many wonderful people and heard their hearts of passion as they told us about their projects and plans. I wish all of you could have the opportunity that Dan and I have had in getting to know the Rotarians of District 5730. Even though we have just a few remaining club visits I look forward to the months ahead with PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) being our next big event for District 5730. If you are a leader in your club and have never attended PETS....you don't know what you are missing. District Governor Elect Steve Long will have information, classes, and teaching you need to be most effective leader you can be. But it is not all just classroom time. You will experience great fellowship. Dan and I will host the hospitality room so hang on and get ready for some fun!  People have asked me if I'm tired of all the travel. No...not one bit! You all have inspired and blessed me and I'm having a great time learning more about this great district and organization. But....it is always good to get home. We returned home from the Amarillo area a few hours ago....so guess what....I have laundry to do! By the way....Dorsey Jones, the survivor of human trafficking that spoke at the International Convention in Atlanta in 2017, will be speaking at the District Conference in May. I do hope you will join us...her story is worth hearing!
A few words from Dan:
As Kim and I near the last segment of Club visits I am a bit sad.  Getting to meet every club member and learn more about the Club's towns and the community's history has been the icing on the cake so to speak.  We will catch a couple more clubs before Thanksgiving and then resume in December with our last club visit scheduled for December 11.
Our October 27 Foundation Celebration and training in Lubbock was a big success.  All that attended took an online survey and they rated the event an average of 4.5+ on a scale of 0 to 5.  All felt their time was well spent in learning more about how to access the resources of the Foundation and learn how to grow the membership of their respective Clubs.  We will have two more membership training opportunities before the end of the Rotary year.  One in the panhandle area and a second in the south. 
At the Foundation event in Lubbock, a Rotarian handed me a Wheelchair Presentation Folder where their Club had purchased a wheelchair in memoriam of my Dad's recent passing.  The lump in my throat felt like a Volkswagen.  Thank you.
Speaking of membership, The top three slots for clubs in membership growth since July 1, 2018 are:  Post is up 24%, Big Spring is up 13% and Pecos and Canyon are tied at 11%.  During our club visit in Tulia, The Rotary Club of Tulia had me sign the application for them to start a new Interact Club at Tulia High School!
Camp RYLA information is now up on www.rotary5730.org
PETS is around the corner and details for future membership training and our combined District Assembly/District Conference in Ruidoso are being finalized.
There are now 17 Rotarians from our District signed up to attend the International Convention in Hamburg.  I hope to see you there!!
Be the Inspiration!
Dan and Kim