Rotary District 7330
Southwest Pennsylvania, USA
September 9, 2018  #6
 

Thoughts Going Forward

 Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Muhammad Ali
Growing up, I saw pictures of my dad as a referee for military boxing matches and I remember thinking, why boxing?  As a Navy wife, I remember hearing that the only required sport at the Naval Academy was boxing.  Again, having never boxed or followed the sport, I didn’t get it.  
One night at a traditional Hail and Farewell, I asked an Academy grad, why boxing?  He explained that boxing teaches participants to be strong physically and mentally.  Sometimes leaders need to know how to take a punch and not turn and run.  Boxing prepares leaders for real life by teaching that you take the punch and you don’t run. 
Although I have never been in an actual boxing ring, I think I finally get why my dad liked the sport.  He was a leader—military service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  He also dedicated his life to serving other veterans—people who took the punch, whether in war or family separations or long hours in arduous conditions.  
We Rotarians are a lot like boxers, too.  As Muhammed Ali said, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men….”  
  • Polio eradication—impossible! 
  • Clean water—impossible!  
  • Hospital nighttime lighting in eastern Africa—impossible!  
  • Grow membership—impossible!  
Impossible to those who take a punch and run, but to those who are resilient and give their all in every challenge, nothing is impossible. 
 
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change—across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. 
 
Yes, my fellow Rotarians, we stand strong in our efforts to make our world a better place.  Starting in our local communities and extending our reach across the world, we make a difference.  
Sometimes, we get knocked down, but like boxers we get back on our feet and use all of our resources to succeed.  Those who have never taken a punch won’t understand.  They are the naysayers who are always ready to tell us why things are impossible.  For those of you who understand, keep facing your challenges head on with no excuses—you have the power to change the world!

Membership Update

On September 1, 2018, official membership of District 7330 was 1,045 members.  While membership grew since July 1, our district was still 55 members short of the required 1,100 members to be an independent district.  
A group of past district governors from District 7300, which we were told would merge with our district to form a new District 7305, has sent a letter to Rotary International President Barry Rassin and the Rotary Board of Governors requesting that no forced merger take place.  
I have requested additional time to focus on growing and retaining members. A Membership Committee meeting is scheduled for later this month that will consider any requests regarding the merger.  
The boxer in me (Yes, I have taken a punch.  Earlier this spring, I shoved a large playground toy and it shoved me back right in the nose.) sees what’s possible not what’s impossible.  
Dream Team, whatever the outcome, we will know we have given it our best.  If you’ve been waiting on the sidelines, there’s no better time to get in the ring.

Need to know info:

  • Our sympathies to PDG Steve Arnowitz on the passing of his mother.
  • One Rotary Summit:  October 20 at California University of PA.  All Rotarians are invited to attend this training focusing on membership, foundation, and public image.
  • Foundation Celebration:  November 10 at Nemacolin Country Club, Beallsville, PA.
Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go
Oh I want to take you down to
Kokomo, we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow…
Chair and DGN Al DeLucia and his committee are planning a super Foundation celebration. Mark your calendars for a great evening!  
Clubs, please consider donating a basket for the basket auction and sponsoring a program booklet ad.  Updated information will be posted on the website...click here.
  • #monkey7330: Send your photos!  
  • New website: Kudos to Webmaster Tom Drewitz on a fantastic job getting us up and running with ClubRunner!
  • District Assistant:  A warm welcome to Rotarian Jeff Helsel, who will be serving as District Assistant. Jeff brings a wealth of experience that will help the district in our communications.
  • #RotaryYouthExchangeLove:  Last month, I attended the wedding of Fajir and Evan Nowak.  Evan was a Youth Exchange student to Turkey and Fajir is from Istanbul.  District 7330 Rotarians, we can all take a little credit for bringing the happy couple together!  Nothing is impossible for us!
 
 
 

Cherie' Sears

District Governor

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt
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