September 14, 2017. Our program featured a visit from District 7430 Governor Rick Gromis from the Spring Township Centennial Club. He remembered parents telling their young children to eat their vegetables because there were children starving in Africa and other places. Well, eating vegetables didn’t do anything for starving children but Rotary certainly does. Rotarians are doing serious work in the world and there are many people alive today thanks to Rotary. As Rotary International President Ian Riseley puts it, Rotarians Make A Difference. This is evident at the local level but our international impact has never been greater.
The biggest problem faced by Rotary in North America is declining membership. To continue to maintain, and increase, our effectiveness we need to find ways to reverse this trend. Innovative changes are needed in the ways we conduct our meetings, market our product, and communicate with our members and the community. DG Rick pointed out how different our country is from 1905 when Rotary began. The world has changed but Rotary meetings are often conducted in much the same way as 112 years ago. Our founder Paul Harris said that Rotary needs to be evolutionary at all times and sometimes revolutionary. New Rotary rules give Clubs ever-increasing autonomy to evolve. Times are changing rapidly and Clubs must find ways to keep including finding ways to exploit social media. The District is establishing PR Task Force to help Clubs in this area. DG Rick advocates for all Clubs to create a strategic plan and to continue to support the youth in our community. He invited us to attend the District 7430 Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing scheduled for April 27- 29, 2018. This year’s conference is entirely ala carte so attendees can customize their experience.