District Newsletter September 2017

This morning I walked outside to get the newspaper and was immediately engulfed by smoke from the wildfire east of Porterville. As I opened the newspaper and read the headlines I read about additional wildfires in the Fresno area, in Oregon, and throughout the West.  

Many of us have family and friends who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Others have loved ones in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Has there ever been a better time to be a Rotarian? We pride ourselves in service to others in our communities and the World. The recent storm disasters and wildfires present an opportunity for us to make our clubs even more relevant to our communities and the World.  

Let’s start in our homes by making sure everyone is safe and knows that they are loved. I hope you will reach out to neighbors and those who need help during disaster evacuations and during recovery efforts after the fires and natural storms have ended. Our district web page and many Facebook postings have information on Rotary clubs in our district and throughout the disaster areas who have started fundraising projects to help those in need.   

Barb and I are keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers as we travel throughout the district and hear the stories of how recent events are impacting our Rotary family and communities. 

District Governor
Art Gaffrey