Rotarians of 6630, 
It is with immense appreciation and gratitude that I write to you for the final time as your District Governor.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience serving this past year. Working alongside the best in the Rotary " business " so to speak, I watched, learned from, and celebrated your clubs and their successes in achieving goals, serving communities, and most of all having fun! 
I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the collective achievements we have accomplished together and I can't wait to see what you do next.
Our theme this year, "Create Hope in the World," has been more than just a slogan; it has been a guiding principle, a call to action, and a beacon of light after some very challenging times over the last few years. 
This past week we held our Banner Exchange when we transfer the DG banner from Akron to Mentor, when the leadership of the District ceremoniously passes to the new DG.
It was a wonderful evening of recognizing our committed volunteers and their clubs for their dedication to outstanding leadership and service. I will be contacting those who could not attend to bring out their awards at one of their meetings soon if there wasn't someone in attendance from their club who accepted on their behalf. 
I want to share some of my speech with you from the evening's festivities:
"...Hope is not merely a passive wish; it is an active endeavor. Throughout this year, our district has embodied this truth by undertaking numerous projects that have brought tangible changes to our communities and around the world.
I challenged clubs to look at programs and projects that would focus on three areas: women and girls empowerment, environment, and mental health. 6630 did not disappoint. From meeting presentations to cluster projects, clubs answered the call. Through these projects and others, we have strengthened our partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and other Rotary clubs. Together, we have amplified our impact, proving that when we collaborate, our ability to create hope multiplies.
As we look forward to the coming year, let us carry forward the spirit of hope that has defined our journey. Let us continue to inspire, to serve, and to bring light to the darkest corners of the world. Each one of us has the power to create hope, not just within our communities, but globally.
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude. To our dedicated Rotarians, our partners, and our communities, thank you for your unwavering support and commitment. Your passion and dedication have been the driving force behind our success.
In closing, let us remember that hope is a gift we give not just to others, but to ourselves. By creating hope in the world, we enrich our own lives with purpose, meaning, and joy. As we embark on a new Rotary year, let us continue to be the hope we wish to see in the world.
Thank you and let us go forth and continue to "Create Hope in the World", just this coming year we’re also going to add a little magic…"
Best wishes to incoming District Governor Dale Smith, from the Rotary Club of Mentor. The theme for the next year is the Magic of Rotary. Rotary International President Elect Stephanie Urchick asks clubs to become simply irresistible this year. You can do this by participating in meaningful work, offering a positive work environment, leading with supportive management, building a leadership of trust, and providing growth opportunities. To read more, visit.
All the best to each of you in the year ahead. Let's stay connected.
In Rotary Service,
Julie Brandle,  District Governor 6630