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Nov 27 - District Governor Bernie Bott

DG Bernie pictured with outgoing Rotary Exchange Student, Lily Mullins.

President Ian wants to show a powerful dollar figure to the world about Rotary’s giving to the community. In this district we do not count our individual hours of service to the community but he hopes to get a picture of the overall hours Rotary members spend in service. 

DG Bernie’s partner’s program was explained as twofold, based on family and personal experiences – 50% is to go dementia/ Alzheimers programs and the other 50% for prostate cancer treatment. Bernie thanked Margaret for her great support  for him as DG. 

Bernie’s past life as a farmer meant a purely functional relationship with retail. After he married Margaret he found a whole new way of approaching retail, which can be related to
Rotary. Window displays draw in customers – Rotary’s window displays are the members out in the community, and the club provides the content to sell to the community, the products and services Rotary gives to others. Rotary members are given opportunities to share fellowship, fun, ideas and the opportunity to help others and serve the community. 

Bernie also found that although it is good to do good deeds on your own, they are much better done and more successful if done with a group of helpers, and more fun. Happy clubs will attract people to become Rotarians.  His aim at the end of his year as DG is to have 64 happy clubs and one happy district. 

Jenni joined with members to thank Bernie for his inspirational address, well done Bernie.