Message from the President, Kevin Hill
Danville Rotary Clock (Town Square)
Thank you Eric. It’s been a pleasure to serve as President Elect under your leadership, and I applaud you taking a long term view and including me and my vision to incorporate during your year as President. You had great success in helping our club contribute significantly to the Rotary International Annual Fund, and have set the stage for continued giving to benefit not just our community but the world.
I’ve been a Rotarian for five years now. This club has become for me a place in which I get to
Connect with good friends as we share our life
Contribute to my community at a level much greater than I could do alone
Personally grow through opportunities in service and in leadership
My experience as a Rotarian is shaped by each and every fellow member here tonight, but let me specifically recognize those who have served before me as President during my five
years. Bockstahler, Luken, Green, Shearer, and Oliver. Their leadership helped to shape the club that has helped to make me a better person.
As I prepared for this year, I thought through my conversations with Eric about long term giving goals. I thought about Jenny Pearcy who will succeed me, and considered carefully how my
plans set the stage for her to have a great year. And I thought about each of you and your Rotary experience for the coming year.
At President Elect Training, Greg Yank suggested that as President, we treat the members of our Rotary Club like our customers. My first boss was famous for saying if the
customer wants vanilla give them vanilla. What I take from those two statements is that any goal I set for this Rotary year isn’t as important at the goals you have as members of this club.
I have attempted to put myself in the shoes of each of you as members, to find out what the ultimate Rotary experience would look like for each of you. I met with Jenny and worked
through some goals for her and used that information to help me set goals for this year. Those goals are:
1. Build and enhance the committee structure within our club to ensure that every member is fulfilled and engaged with meaningful activity.
2. Build on Eric’s efforts to contribute to the RI Annual Fund to ensure we contribute sufficiently both to RI and to our local foundation to begin to prepare to fund
international efforts that Jenny will undertake.
3. Build on the theme of Rotary, People of Action by implementing more club meetings that look like our Apple for Teacher Day where we are engaged in a service project instead of a program
I hope my goals truly reflect the clubs goals, and together we can achieve them to better our community and the world. We are lucky to have a large club, and we get to spread both the work and the financial contributions required to accomplish these goals. No one person has to do everything.
In real estate they use the term “highest and best use” to signify the way in which a property is best utilized to bring maximum value to the owner. While that property could be used as many things, only one brings the highest return.
Rotary doesn’t own real estate. But each of you is an asset to our organization. I want to encourage each of you to do your own “highest and best use” analysis. Think about your
individual skill set, passions, and expertise. Where are those characteristics best used in a Rotary activity, project or committee? I invite each of you to determine that for yourself, and ask you to consider being intentional in sharing your gifts in that area to bring the maximum value to our club and our community?
I look forward to the next year, and specifically one year from today when I am sitting over there where Eric is now. Just kidding, this should be a fun year and look forward to what we can do together.
Rotary Club of Danville Indiana