Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 am
My second official visit is to the Rotary Club of Madison. The club President, Marc Jacobson and the Assistant Governor, Gene Pfeiffer greeted me. This club meets at the Madison Hogan YMCA and begins their meeting at 7:00 am – another early morning meeting for me. I enjoy visiting this club and was there last week to install their new officers. The members treat me like family and there are several members who are supporting me during my district governor year. Dennis Sanders is the district communications chair. Carla Daily is the district web site manager, Gene Pfieffer is a assistant governor and Pat Cross is the district finance committee chair. A really active club locally and in the district. Thanks to all for your willingness to help make a difference in the world.
Marc Jacobson asked me to introduce myself, then make my comments, then begin our conversation. I started my introduction by telling them that I was raised in a 2-room house with a path. I’m not sure they understood the “path” concept. They enjoyed the humor, but this is really how I started life – a very humble beginning not experienced by many in today’s time. Now, the Madison rotarians know my background, education, and family,
I gave my 5-minute introduction of my district governor year and we began our conservation. I started by reading the comments made by the Madison club members that answers the question “Who are we?”
- An organization of friends who provide service to others and around the world.
- Family, community, friendship and service.
- Leaders providing service to local, regional, and global communities in a vast, unforeseen way.
- Service with friends; One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
- A civic and social organization that focuses on doing good in the community and the world.
- We are family.
My favorite is the last one – we are family, the family of Rotary – what a beautiful thought.
Madison has a great fund raising project – Parrotts – a great evening of fun, food, music and raffles and auction items. Tim Stone is the chair. Debbie Overcash is chair of the street festival, another fund raising project.
Lots of service projects: Change for Change Campaign to raise money for Polio Eradication; Echo Stoves and includes dental and vision work in Honduras; Done in a Day projects; RYLA; Veterans Prayer Breakfast; to name a few of their service projects. This is a busy, busy club doing good in the world, serving humanity, to make a difference in the world. How’s this to tie the last two years to this year, Pat Cross?