Greetings Rotarians,
 
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the beginning of a new Rotary year. My heartiest congratulations to all officers who have stepped into new roles as District Governors, Coordinators, Club Presidents, etc. Every one of you is an important cog in the Rotary wheel and we are so fortunate to have your incredible leadership.
 
At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to share a special thank you to now Past Rotary International Director (PRID) Mary Beth. On behalf of the entire team in Zones 28 and 29 – thank you for your leadership, dedication, hard work and advocacy for Rotary and our membership. I know you gave your heart and soul.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Past Rotary International Vice President, Tom Thorfinnson on becoming a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation. We applaud your leadership and know you are a perfect steward for our valuable contributions.
 
President Ravi has provided us with an exciting new path and it is one that I look forward to sharing with you over the several months. He has asked us to “Be a Gift to the World”. He says this is our time and it will never come again. To me this is another way of saying Carpe Diem or Seize the Day. Each of you bring special talents to our dear organization and you are truly capable of changing the world.
 
 
 
This year we will celebrate together at the Motor City Zone in Detroit and the International Convention in Seoul, Korea. We will share in fellowship and service and play an active role in our organizations number one operational priority – membership. As we share our stories and showcase our value as leaders, we will continue to grow.
 
An important part of attracting and engaging Rotarians is to help them understand the value of membership. I am excited to share with you that we have just launched a new “benefit of membership” called the Rotary Global Rewards program. The program offers Rotary club members discounts on products and services for travel, entertainment, and merchandise. Every active Rotarian is automatically eligible to participate and the program can be accessed at www.rotary.org/myrotary. Please encourage your fellow Rotarians to register immediately to take advantage of this most innovative program.
 
In conclusion, I want to tell you what a privilege it is for me to serve at your 2015-2017 Rotary International Director. I am your voice and your advocate at the board table and we will stand shoulder to shoulder during this time to make Rotary the very best it can be. I look forward to visiting all of your Districts and sharing in your special events.
 
Thank you for being a Rotarian. Much love, Jennifer