Expectation versus reality.
I am sure I speak for most people when I say, 2020 is not the year we expected. I for one did not expect a Virtual Presidency! I am sure in January of 2020 a very small percentage of us had used virtual meeting platforms, but look at us now. With challenges comes opportunity. Opportunities to try new things as well as revisit some of the “old” things that perhaps we have lost sight of. I am excited and grateful to serve as your President in this new virtual reality.
The Board of Directors that serve and support our club is strong and engaged. We are working collaboratively to ensure sustainability in our work and our impact. As a club we have three main areas of strategic focus; member retention and development, centralization of historical documents and last but not least, build and sustain funding and engagement in community project.
The focus on member retention and engagement is simply create opportunities for connection with our members. We are building on our member outreach calls from earlier this year, encouraging participation in our Rotary Wine Down and inviting members to connect outside of Rotary safely.
As we approach our Centennial anniversary, we are working to build and preserve the history of our club. In creating a centralized location for everything from articles of incorporation to Board and leadership list to event details we are solidifying a strong foundation for our club for the next 100 years (and more).
I continue to be in awe of the great work and incredible contribution this club has made in our community. In just the first six months of this club year, we have supported and affected numerous organizations. Our membership answered the call to donate clothing to the residents of Sun Street Center. The club collaborated with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital to provide needed clothing and essentials to families impacted by covid. The annual Immunization Clinic in collaboration with Dorothy’s Place provided needed immunizations and PPE supplies to over 50 people in need. Members rang the bell in support of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. In a one hour virtual meeting the club was able to create an opportunity for members to further support families impacted by covid with a donation of over $20,000 to the SVMH Foundation. Last but not least, the club has generously donated $10,000 in support of the Closing the Digital Divide Campaign.
While it could be easy to focus on the things we cannot do this year (meet in person, go to a restaurant, be with family) I am choosing to focus on the things we CAN do this year. Our club CAN and does make a difference in our community. YOU make a difference.
I am honored to serve on your behalf,