First, the surprise news: District Governor Bill Pritchard asked the president of each club in our district to select a “Yes Person” for recognition by Governor Pritchard, a person who always says “yes” when needed.
President Jorge selected Brian Basken, who assembles weekly the YouTube meetings we view as a cohesive whole. Each club’s recipient will receive a journal imprinted with Benjamin Franklin’s words “What good shall I do this day?” And one among the many named recipients will be given a free trip to the June 2021 Rotary International conference in Teipei, Taiwan. Congratulations and thanks, Brian!
Governor Pritchard is no stranger to our club. A “numbers guy”, he recited statistics of our attendance, membership decline, and diversity, as well as key metrics of exemplary participation in fellowship groups, charitable giving and community support, and generous contributions to District 6250 and Rotary International.
He addressed the current “new virtual normal” and the need to pivot in our long-term approach to club needs with a “hybrid future” that may provide useful flexibility in our operations.
Governor Pritchard also urged us to hold new members’ attention into the critical three-year member mark that cements interest, by ensuring that each new member’s expectations are deliberately discerned and addressed.
If you haven’t seen the Governor’s speech yet, it’s worth watching. Those with questions for Governor Pritchard may send them to Jorge or the Rotary office so that they may be shared with the Governor next Tuesday when he attends our club’s Board meeting.
Our thanks to District Governor Bill Pritchard for his presentation this week and to Ellsworth Brown for preparing this review article. If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Ffee29ggI6I.