Photo: Tracey Lohman with her father DG Larry Lohman

I never realized how true the saying “How Time Flies” is.  This past year has embodied this saying for me.  I look back and I think that it feels like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were all together, in-person, for the first time as a District at our District Awards and Banner Exchange where I was sworn in as District Governor.  I can say that this year has flown by, not because I was busy dealing with issues or addressing questions or concerns, but instead because I was out with our Clubs supporting them in their service; motivating them to share their stories and engage their communities; encouraging them to empower and support our youth; and celebrating club’s anniversaries, their members, communities, and their partners.    
 
The year is not done yet!
 
We just wrapped up the Rotary International Convention in Houston, June 4-8.  We had twenty Rotarians from our District that signed up to attend the convention and hosted a dinner for all of those in attendance.   Be sure to sign up to go to Melbourne, Australia next year May 27-31, 2023.  Don't miss your opportunity to save and receive the biggest discount of the year when you register and pay in full by the end of the day, 12 June. Then Imagine What’s Next for Rotary and you.
 
How many of you know what is coming up June 12-16?  This will be Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)!  After two years of not being able to hold our Camp RYLA program, we are back!  Now the question is, how many of our clubs have students signed up for this great LEADERSHIP program?  If you do not, why not?  I whole-heartedly believe that one of the greatest services that we can provide as Rotarians is that of Education, Motivation and Inspiration for our young leaders of tomorrow.  This is what Camp RYLA is all about and it is not too late to register your students.  If you have any questions, please email or call District RYLA Chair Marc West or myself TODAY!
 
If you have not added your new members, or removed members no longer with your club, please complete this process as soon as possible.  I highly recommend not waiting until June 30 to do this in case RI’s systems go down, or you get busy and simply forget.  It is very important to have an accurate count of our membership, and it is important as well for your clubs when it comes to accurate billings from both Rotary International and from our District.
 
There is still time for your Club and and your members to contribute to the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Campaign of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  There are many impacts that you can make through these contributions, but one that directly affects our District are the contributions that are made to the Annual Fund.  The way this impacts our District is through the matching grant process.  The District will receive back in three years, 50% of what is contributed this year.  This money is to be used for the matching of local and global grant projects.  Let us strive for our clubs to have 100% of our members giving at least $25.00, and let us strive for our Club’s to average $100 per capita per member.  To make sure that these contributions are credited in this Rotary year, please submit them no later than the week of June 13-17 to ensure there is adequate time for TRF to process them.
 
Annual AZ Baker Award - has your club filled this out yet?   If not, please complete it and return to Kathy Berkshire ASAP.  It would be a great honor for me to be able to award each and every Club in our District this coveted recognition on Wednesday, July 6 at this year’s 2021-2022 District Awards and 2022-2023 District Banner Exchange and Governor Induction Ceremonies.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars to attend.
 
Please “stand by” as I said the year is not over yet.  Let us continue to Share our stories, Motivate our members, Encourage our youth, and Strive to make a difference in our communities and world!  More simply put, and in the words of RI President Shekhar Mehta, Let us “Serve to Change Lives”.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Larry Lohman

2021-2022 Rotary International District 6630 Governor
Home Club:  Rotary Club of Kent, OH USA

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