RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
 
Greetings from the 2016 Rotary International Assembly.
 
At the Assembly today, the theme for the 2016-17 Rotary year was revealed . . .

Rotary Serving Humanity

"Whether we are reading to schoolchildren or building a blood bank or holding a dental clinic, even as we change and adapt and move forward, the essence of who we are and what makes a Rotarian does not change.  We are still based on a classification principle, because our diversity is our strength. We still hang The Four-Way Test on the wall, because high ethical standards don’t ever go out of style. And we still believe, as Paul Harris believed, that serving humanity is the most worthwhile thing any one of us can do with our lives.  And that is why our theme in 2016-17 will be simply Rotary Serving Humanity."
 
The presentations and speakers at the assembly are exceptional and I am learning much to help me in my year as your District Governor.  As each minute passes I am becoming more exciting about our year ahead and  working with you.  There is still much to do in this year as Rotarians as we continue to work at Being A Gift to The World but rest assured I am working hard to ensure that the strong leadership and successes in our District continue into next year and beyond.
 
If you have not already done so, be sure to reserve the dates of October 14, 15 & 16, 2016 for our District Conference in Niagara Falls and please plan to attend.  At the conference we will explore many of the Wondrous ways in whichRotary does indeed Serve Humanity.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Bill Proctor, DGE