Friends in Rotary,
As we begin this new Rotary year, we are experiencing life in a way that feels unprecedented and challenging.  Our country is grappling to find solutions to end racial injustice and the inequities that exist.  We are more physically distanced than ever, and we are in the midst of a surge in this pandemic.  Despite all of this, I have hope.  I have hope because of Rotary.  
Rotarians may come from all different backgrounds, we represent all different ages, but we share our core values.  These values are: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.  We develop our friendships as an opportunity for service.  We maintain the highest ethical standards in everything we do.  We know that every Rotarian’s skillset offers a unique opportunity to serve society.  We apply the ideal of service in every aspect of our lives.  And, we advance goodwill, peace and understanding through this ideal of service, to paraphrase the mission of Rotary.  Rotary offers hope because we are People of Action.  We do not just make statements; we find solutions to the challenges we, and our neighbors face.  We look for opportunities and solutions! Opportunities to serve, lead differently, connect in creative ways, and reflect on how we can move forward with more significant impact and passion.
Although COVID-19 has massively impacted Arizona, as Rotarians we have not slowed down.  Our clubs, all of you, have responded mightily. Our clubs have been donating to food banks, offering support to small business owners, encouraging our first responders, and providing face-shields and masks to those who need them.  It is awe-inspiring, and I am so proud to be part of Rotary in Arizona.
Some of the opportunities we are currently working on include a new project for the Navajo Nation.  Can you believe in 2020 there are still homes without access to clean water?  If your club is interested, please contact IPDG, David Simmer and The Rotary Club of Sedona who are leading the newest Global Grant.
Another opportunity: Unemployment is at all-time highs in Arizona.  The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona would love to help individuals reach their full vocational potential by learning a new skill set. However, they have exhausted their funds.  Could your club possibly add this to your list of causes and donate now?  Please visit their website to learn more: You can change someone’s life in a moment!
Economic inequity in Arizona:  Did you know we are creating a partnership with Thunderbird Global School of Management and DreamBuilders?  The goal is to provide free entrepreneurial training specifically focused for women of color that are unable to access this type of education.  Rotarians will be offering mentorship and vocational support as part of this program.  If you are interested, contact me directly:
The Environment:  Did you know that the Rotary International Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Trustees have both unanimously approved a new seventh area of focus?  Starting July 1st, 2021, Rotarians can submit global grant projects in the area of: Supporting the Environment.  That seems like a long time away, but grants can take quite a bit of preparation – start now!
Though COVID-19 has stopped our ability to connect in person, it does not stop our work.  If anything, we are needed now more than ever. How can you help make a difference? If you are looking for projects, reach out to me, and I will be happy to send you a list of opportunities to serve in our state and globally.
I am so proud to be a Rotarian, and I am proud to be connected to each of you!  I am honored to be serving as your District Governor this year.  I know we will make an incredible impact on everything we touch.  Yes, Rotary looks different, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be great.  Let’s keep our eye on our vision of serving others and connecting with each other!  The doors to opportunity are wide open and unlimited!  Let’s Get Our Game On Rotarians!