August 26, 2021. Our program featured the official visit from District Governor Bob Hobaugh who welcomed us aboard and urged us to chart our course and set our sails for a successful year. Our recently crafted Rotary mission statement reminds us that together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. It is easy to see there are a great deal of people in the world that need help. An individual working alone would have a hard time making a significant impact. Rotary gives us the opportunity to unite with over a million like-minded people. Together we have become a major international force for doing good in the world. It is easy to see the impact we have on other people.
The impact on ourselves is more subtle. RI President Shekhar Mehta asks us to Serve to Change Lives. Part of his message is about changing our own lives. Through service we grow and transform. We learn to empathize with those in need. Bob shared stories of some of his own transformational experiences and the impact they had on himself and his wife, Florita. He urged the Club to create an action plan to help us work together to reach our goals. Our service projects, coupled with support for the Foundation and polio eradication, will help us increase our impact. Our Club is adapting to a new flexible format involving evening socials, electronic be more attractive to potential members. Bob suggested we participate in a Rotary Day of Service and share our success with the Rotary world.
Governor Bob also joined in honoring President BJ Metz for his outstanding service to the Club. Easton Rotarians donated $1,000 to the Rotary Polio Plus Fund in BJ’s name, adding one more level of Paul Harris Fellow to his credit. Past Club President Paul Braden presented a certificate that read:
“In recognition of his outstanding work as President and long-time Editor of the Felloe
the Rotary Club of Easton has donated $1,000 to the PolioPlus Fund and proudly presents B.J. Metz, Jr. with a Paul Harris Fellow.”
Past District Governor Cindy Hornaman then presented BJ with an additional award signifying his attaining the status of Paul Harris Major Donor ($10,000 in total contributions to Rotary International).