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Thoughts from the District Governor

Many of you are familiar with the opening quotation of my club address from J.K. Rowling- “It is our choices that we make that define what we are, far more than our abilities.”

I use this to illustrate that as Rotarians we make choices that define the Rotary Service which each club creates.

Recently, the tables were turned on me when I attended the October Peace Seminar at Bradford University. Here a passionate Peace Fellow begged us individually “to be the Rotarian that we claim to be”.


Peace Scholar, Flor Maria Yanex,from Mexico 4110

circumstance would have it, this coincided with Kalyan Banerjee’s note in the November issue of the Rotarian “when we calculate our own worth, do we think about it in

terms of what we have, or how we use it? When we say that all human beings are of equal worth, do our actions follow our words?” All of us in Rotary are looking to change the world. Being a Rotarian gives us the opportunities to touch the lives of people we may never know; build better communities where we live or reach out to those around the world whom we will never meet or ever see. We have almost reached the halfway point of this current Rotary Year. Now is the time to reflect when we can make changes rather than wait until the end of the year. At the District MYR, I asked the District team about using our resources to best effect and what more is available to support the clubs. What is the purpose of this? It is so that District and clubs are stronger at the end of the year than they were at the beginning.

I know from club visits that many are already going through the same process and seeking ways to improve the use of their resources. Our District Conference offered new opportunities to serve. Rotarians changing children’s lives through Project Ubunto, Rotarians easing dementia, Rotarians assisting Peace and conflict resolution in schools, and Rotarians having fun raising funds through the

District Governor’s three peaks challenge and celebration. Have you reconsidered your choices and updated your available resources, namely yourselves? From the evidence that has been presented to me at club visits you can all attain this year’s Presidential Citation and / or Changemaker Award or both!

So what does this all mean? In short, Kalyan Banerjee believes that being a Rotarian means looking at our resources differently. What is the most good that we could choose to do with what we have? What are the choices that will ultimately leave our Rotary service the richer? We can change lives, we can restore hope, we can build futures - if we choose to. So make your choice and tell your stories. I look forward to supporting all Rotarians throughout the coming months as we work together to “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”

Keith G Best DG;D1020;RI

Rotary Club of Newton Stewart

Rotarian David Duncan of Kirkcudbright with wife Barbara, receives his signed Simon Weston Book

Simon Weston, veteran of the Falklands Conflict, was delighted to endorse the Calls for Heroes project run jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Carluke and Galashiels and District. He told Rotary for Tomorrow: “It’s a simple and effective scheme designed to support so many of our frontline troops. “Having served on the frontline, I can tell you that I worried as much about those at home as they did about me. Contact is essential for everyone’s morale. The calls scheme is so simple and effective. “As an honorary Rotarian, I’m very privileged to be a part of your organisation. You do so much good work in small communities to large countries — there’s no discrimination — Rotary has truly made the difference.

“I’m very happy to endorse the project and wish the Calls for Heroes all the very best in their fund-raising and that’s the easy bit — delivering is the toughest task.”

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District 1020 Southern Scotland

District Governor Keith Best Rotary Club of Newton Stewart

District Secretary Olive Geddes Rotary Club of

Edinburgh Waverley

District Treasurer Ken Ramsay Rotary Club of Kilsyth Editor

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