Posted by Tony Andresen
Club 13 New Year’s Resolutions
Not only does January 1st mark the start of 2022, but it also marks the start of the second half of our Rotary year calendar. Not a bad time to think about what we’ve accomplished so far, and also think about what’s left to do.
Rotary 2021 is off to a good start despite working through a persistent Covid pandemic! We have increased membership with a great group of new members; our lunch attendance is strong both in-person and on Zoom; the Program Committee continues to provide excellent speakers; we have supported numerous service projects including providing holiday gifts and clothing for the Westside Community Action Network, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, and next month a Build Event day with Geeks For Kids; our District 6040 (and Club 13) traveled to and hosted here a Group Study Exchange with wonderful District 9210 Rotarians from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe; we partnered with the Rotary Club in Michoacán Mexico to provide a grant for a potable water treatment plant that also provided for habitat improvement for migrating Monarch Butterflies; we’ve held social events like the recent Holiday Party at Drexel Hall and the Parking Lot Party at Bibb Engineering last Spring, and finally, the new Youth Camp administration building is under construction and becoming a reality!
So where do we go from here? At the risk of repeating myself, here are my two core goals for the second half of this Rotary year:
First and foremost, membership recruitment remains a primary focus, but beyond just recruitment it is especially important to continue to focus on increasing our Diversity so membership represents all Kansas City. That means embracing differences in culture, thought and perspective. In doing so we become more relevant and able to address community needs more effectively. Our club will be more attractive to new younger members. But as I’ve said before, becoming more diverse won’t just happen; I need everyone’s help!
What businesses or organizations should be members? Businesses are looking for opportunities to get their employees involved in the community. Many have Diversity Officers who will help us. Who do you know who can help?
Think of young people you work with or your kids or grandkids or their friends. Research shows millennials are looking to get involved. We just need to ask them, then ask them again!
New people in town? New neighbors, work associates? Cycling pals? What a great way to become involved and learn about our city. Think of the friendships and fellowship we offer! Rotary connects people to community! Please help keep up this year’s momentum!
Second, whether you’re a new member or a seasoned veteran, being involved and participating strengthens our club. Enhancing member engagement, inclusion and equity through service opportunities, being with others at lunch meetings, the Satellite Club, Committee involvement, the Youth Camp or Rotary After Hours events with other members is what fosters fellowship. I urge everyone to reach out, learn more about our Club, and become engaged!
Let’s ensure that Rotary is recognized for both the service it does here and around the world, and also for connecting and bringing people from everywhere together!
Thank you everyone in Club 13 for all you do for our Club and our Community!
Happy New Year Fellow Rotarians!
Yours In Rotary Service,
President Tony