Happy New Year Rotarians!! I hope you were not one of those people that spent New Year's Eve figuring out what to do New Year's Eve.
Wow! It's amazing how quickly this year of my service to you as President is going. We are halfway through our fiscal year. Or put another way, we are closer to not having to hear those jokes to start off meetings:) I hope all of you enjoyed the Holidays with your loved ones and have a renewed faith in making this world a better place in the things we think, say, and do.
For those of you that were not able to attend our Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction in December, it was a great evening. A fun time was had by all and it was definitely a festive crowd, with a lot of money raised toward our Global projects in Kenya. Many thanks to Cindy Gleim-Pool and the Committee, as well as Jenna Spencer for arranging things at the Comfort Suite hotel. As usual, Dan Monken and Bill Harkey did a great job encouraging us to open our wallets during the Brags and the Auction.
The month of January is Safety month, providing us with important programs from the Cumberland Goodwill EMS, ranging from CPR to the 911 system and hearing from the Chief. You will want to be there for these programs that Ed Rice has setup for us.
We will also be having our Club Assembly on the 14th, so please plan on attending to get an update of where we are and where we are going. Thanks to all who completed the survey I sent out early in December. The response rate was 60%, which I consider high enough to get a good pulse on the Club's overall thoughts. Just as in politics, don't complain about the electorate if you don't cast a vote so please be on hand to see the results on the 14th and speak up should you desire.
I would like to congratulate Navy on their big win versus Pitt in the Military Bowl. I'm sure Mike McKnight was not smiling during the game, but many more of you were grinning from ear to ear. We shall see if Penn State can share in the victory dance.
I look forward to seeing all of you in 2016!
Service Above Self,
Jim DeGaetano, Jr.