Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
                In November I met with the following clubs: Gananda, Caledonia-Mumford, Gorham, and Webster.  We held our monthly Governor’s Tract meeting in Canandaigua, and I attended the Rotary Leadership Institute at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, the District Conference Committee meeting at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, the Youth Exchange Outbound Candidate Interviews at Sunshine Campus in Rush, the ROC City Rotary Art Auction at the Historic German House, the District Nominating Committee meeting in Victor, and the Rochester Rotary Eastern Cities Dinner Planning Committee meeting at Locust Hill Country Club.
                At the Geneva Rotary weekly meeting on November 20, I was among Rotarians from 4 clubs who heard a presentation by Mark Rokow.  Mark is a former Geneva High Interactor who went on to American University, where he led the effort to charter a Rotaract Club with 100 of his classmates.  His efforts were recognized by Rotary International and he was one of only five Rotaractors invited to speak at the Governor-Elect Training Seminar in San Diego last January.             
   It was a privilege for me to announce at the Bloomfield Rotary Club meeting on November 18 that their Past President and current Assistant Governor, Ralph Brandt, has been selected by the District Nominating Committee for the position of District Governor Nominee Designate.  He will serve as our District Governor in 2022-2023!  I am also pleased that Irondequoit Rotarian Kenn VanDieren and East Rochester Rotarian JoAnn Terry have accepted appointments as Assistant Governors for Areas 13 and 10, respectively.
                Now the holiday season is upon us!  Are you still debating about the perfect gift for a special someone?  Give the gift of Rotary!  Here are some thoughts:
  1. GIVE ROTARY MEMBERSHIP: Donate a one-year Rotary Club membership, either Active or Honorary, to a deserving person in your community.  If you cannot identify that person, donate to your club and let the membership committee or the board make the decision.
  2. GIVE ROTARY RECOGNITION: Transfer some of your Rotary Foundation “points” to another member’s account so they can receive a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  Your club’s Foundation Chair can help you do this!  It costs you nothing, it can be done anonymously or not, and the “good will” is contagious.
  3. GIVE ROTARY GLOBALLY:  Make an individual pledge in support of one of the Global Grants being developed by some of the clubs in our district, in partnership with districts overseas.  You help get the project going, but you don’t send money until the grant is approved.  Your club’s Foundation Chair can help with this, too.
  4. GIVE ROTARY AWARENESS:  Share with your children, grandchildren, and friends the good work that your club is doing in your community and in the world.  Talk about the eradication of polio.
  5. GIVE ROTARY ETHOS:  Live by The Four-Way Test, to the best of your ability every day, to inspire others to do likewise.     
May you and your families experience a peaceful and loving holiday season!
DG Dave Hannan