Governor lauds club for making a difference District Governor Deborah Alexander-Davis lauded the Rotary Club of Cleveland for implementing a slew of projects, contributing to the Foundation and promoting fellowship.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as when the boss comes to the office and commends you for the outstanding work you have accomplished.

That is what happened at the recent luncheon of the Rotary Club of Cleveland (Ohio, US — D 6780).

The club welcomed Deborah Alexander-Davis, Rotary District 6780 Governor, as their speaker, and she lauded the club for its years of service to mankind.

“The Cleveland club feels like home to me,” she said. “I know many of you.”

“You are one of the very best Rotary Clubs we have in District 6780,” she said.

“I don’t know if you know it or not, but many people think District 6780 might be the very best district in the United States.”

Deborah Alexander-Davis, Rotary District 6780 Governor, second from left, was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Cleveland luncheon. From left are Programme Chairman Matt Ryerson; Davis; PDG Jim Buckner; and Rotary President Bill Brown. Photo: Brian Graves
Deborah Alexander-Davis, RI District 6780 Governor, second from left, was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Cleveland luncheon. From left are Programme Chairman Matt Ryerson; Davis; PDG Jim Buckner; and Rotary President Bill Brown. Photo: Brian Graves

She said the Rotary theme this year is, “Making a Difference.”

“I want to talk about how your club has made a difference and continues to make a difference,” she said.

The Rotary leader said making a difference means giving to the Rotary Foundation, service to the local community and the world, and how the club helps support other clubs within the district.

“This club gave to the annual fund last year $337.61 per capita,” Alexander-Davis said.

“Our goal for the district was $100 per capita. You are definitely leading the way there.”

The district goal for polio was $40 per capita, and the Cleveland club gave $58.62 per capita.

“The Cleveland club has seven benefactors who give $1,000. Bequest society members give $10,000 or more, and you have four of those,” she said.

“We talk about giving because of all the good it does,” she said.

“Your club has 13 Paul Harris Society members who pledge to give at least $1,000 a year,” Alexander-Davis noted. “For a club this size, that is huge.”

She said the club through its history has given more than $650,000. She then talked about the club’s local service.

“I know you sponsor more than one Interact club, and I heard something about maybe establishing one at Lee University,” she said.

“You have also given more the $6,000 in scholarships to Interact members.”

She also mentioned the providing of dictionaries to students and helping teachers with classroom needs.

“The ‘Little Libraries’ concept is something we are going to talk about during our district meeting,” she said. “That’s an idea we got from you.”

She also spoke of the club’s annual hosting of an exchange student.

“You focus on your community,” Alexander-Davis said.

“These are things like helping in the Sevier County area as they battle the (fire recovery) issues, all the things going on in Texas and Florida, and the United Way Day of Action.”

“This was also the 78th year of the Junior Dairy Show,” she said.

“We are hoping that soon all of the world that reads the Rotarian magazine knows about that project.”

She added the club helps with ‘One Heart, One Africa’ and other ways to help around the world.

She said the Cleveland Club also boasts the membership of two past district governors, as well as many others who have held organisational positions.

“Are you making a difference? I think so!” she said.

Source: Cleveland Daily Banner 

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