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On October 6th District Governor Diane Chantler was our keynote speaker as she made her official visit to our club with Bill, her spouse and “Governor’s Official Driver” (aka g.o.d.).
She gave us an inspirational message to “do good in the community” and continue our support of Rotary’s goal of global eradication of Polio.
Growing our membership was also a key theme of her presentation extolling us to let the community know what good works Rotary is doing both locally and internationally as this will attract interest and potential community partnerships. DG Diane felt that changing our meetings from weekly to twice a month was an innovative way to make our club more attractive to active and busy people.
Once a year, the District Governor makes an official visit to each club in the district, between July 1st and December 1st. DG Diane will be visiting our club next Thursday morning (October 6, 2016).
The purpose of the official visits is:
- To allow the District Governor to communicate directly with all Rotarians in our District.
- To listen to the Club Leadership and gain better understanding of their club. To provide helpful and friendly advice to club officers as requested and to answer questions about Rotary International and the District.
- To serve as a catalyst to help strengthen the programs of Rotary.
- To meet the requirements that Rotary International sets for serving in the office of District Governor.
If any of you are concerned regarding the proper protocols governing the District Governor's official visit, Rotarians don't despair: There is a handy Rotary blog called "Do's and Don'ts of the DG Official Visit" and can be found at: http://kensolowrotary.com/2014/07/02/dos-and-donts-of-the-dg-club-visit/
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