Posted by Joe Caruso on Jul 09, 2019
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 Rotary International year, in which our guiding motto is “Rotary Connects the World.” 
I think this motto is the perfect complement to last year’s RI motto, “Be the Inspiration.”  As your representative in the recent Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, it was apparent to me that Rotarians – and Rotaract-ers – around the globe are connected to each other by their service to their own communities – and in turn, they provide an inspiration to us all. But more about that later.
As if that weren’t enough, I’ve decided to launch our own club theme for the year, and that is:  Share Rotary. The idea is pretty simple: We’ve got something good here, so why not share? You can do this by inviting a friend to Rotary, or talking casually (and enthusiastically) about a service we’ve recently provided, or a program we’ve held at one of our weekly meetings – you get the drill.
It is my wish that as many of you as possible will attend the first meeting of the new Rotary year this Thursday (July 11), in our usual place (The Yahnundasis) and at the usual time (noon), and share in the vision for the new year.  And if you can bring a friend, all the better. I am; I hope you will, too.
A few more things:
  • We’ll be welcoming a few new Rotarians to the fold on Thursday; come see who they are!
  • The Utica Zoo is in need of a few (actually, quite a few) volunteers to help this Tuesday night (July 9, 4:30-7:30), in preparation for an upcoming visit from their accrediting body.  You don’t have to be there for the whole session, but every bit helps.  Come dressed for outdoor work.
  • Last and most importantly: our dear Larry Calabrese is in sick bay – Masonic Rehab, to be precise.  He’ll be there about another week, and I’m sure he’d love to hear from you, so consider dropping a card in the mail: Larry Calabrese, Masonic Care Community-Troy Rehab #84B, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501.
That’s all for now; looking forward to seeing you Thursday at Rotary!
In Rotary Service,
Joe Caruso