“Light Up Rotary”
Thank you for the honor you have given me to serve you this year. I am humbled by the privilege of being your President, and I am really looking forward to our 2014-2015 club year.
As we anticipate our new club year, I can think of no better Rotary motto than the 2014-2015 International Rotary Theme “Light Up Rotary”. We need to let our Rotary “Lights” shine as we make a difference in our Club, our Community, our Country and our World.
Let me encourage you to “Light Up Rotary” in our club. Whether it is serving on a committee, participating in a project, faithfully attending our meetings, bringing in a new member or being involved in our community, we can all “Light Up Rotary” and continue to make the Battle Creek Rotary Club, not only the best in the District 6360, but the best in the world. There are many club opportunities for service and we must understand that “Together, We Can Do More”.
Let me challenge you to “Light Up Rotary” by being involved and invested in our International Foundation. If you are not a Paul Harris fellow, I challenge you to consider a donation to the foundation. You can talk to Leeann Spiegelberg, our Foundation Chair, about how to make that happen. If you are a Paul Harris Fellow, just $100 per year will make you a Sustaining Member and a $1000 provision in your will would allow you to be a Benefactor to the Foundation. These are relatively easy ways to make an impact on an International scale and “Lend a Hand” to those who have special needs.
There is no doubt that the strength of our Rotary Club is in its membership. We have the most talented and dedicated members of any club in our district, and even in the world. Because our strength is in our membership, we must rely on our members to make our club the best that it can be. To be a success, we must involve our members in all of our activities as we promote “Service above Self,” in our Club, our Community, and in our Contribution to our World. We all must all being willing to “Light Up Rotary”. We cannot expect others to give unless we are willing to give. We cannot depend upon others to serve unless we serve. And we cannot look to others to “Light Up Rotary” unless we will us our own “Lights” to “Light Up Rotary”. We also need to invite others in the Battle Creek Community to become part of the Rotary Family. That is what will give us greater strength and influence as we seek to “Light Up Rotary” this coming year. Let me challenge you to bring in at least one new member as we move forward with “Service Above Self”.
I am confident that our 2014-2015 Club year will be a continuation of “Service Above Self” from the best Rotary Club in the World, but it will take all of us to “Light Up Rotary” to make that a reality. We cannot just look back on our accomplishments, but we must look forward to our responsibilities and do all we can do to make a difference through our Battle Creek Rotary Club.
Serving – Light Up Rotary
Tom Townsend – 2014-2015 President