Dear Rotarians:
The joy of Spring is in the air and with it comes the thought of renewal. As we dust off our golf clubs and make plans for our gardens we should also think of ways in which we can renew our Rotary Clubs and our commitment of service to our respective communities.
In my speech to your Club this past Fall I emphasized that we benefit from Rotary only to the extent that we personally invest our energies in our local Clubs. I was reminded of this, in a very positive way, by my home Club this past week when I was made aware that we have inducted six new members within the last year. This reflects a commitment by a group of our local Rotarians, and in particular the women of our Club, to actively pursue our service projects, promote social activities, and improve Club administration including the development of a new and exciting Club website (check it out). These Charles City Rotarians, through the investment of their time and energy, have proven that a rural small town Iowa club can maintain a vibrant service organization that benefits its members and the community. I believe that you will experience this energy when you attend our District Conference on June 1st and 2nd.
So as you look ahead to the new Rotary Year under the leadership of District Governor-Elect Neil Fell think of how you can contribute to your local Club in a manner that allows you, your fellow Rotarians, and your community to benefit from the Rotary experience.
                                                                                                                Yours in Rotary,
                                                                                                                Ralph Smith, your District Governor