April 2017

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
This morning I left the house very early to attend a Rotary meeting but before sneaking off, I leaned over the crib in our nursery to kiss my sleeping baby boy goodbye for the day. It never escapes me how fortunate I am to have a healthy baby and be healthy myself. Throughout my pregnancy, I had two separate physicians watching over me. I had two obstetricians in my room during birth. I had three nurses who specialized in breastfeeding education. I had a team of nurses to help care for me and my newborn for several days while in the hospital. Fortunate, in fact, may be an understatement. April is Maternal and Child Health month in Rotary. According to Rotary International’s website, an estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. Through Rotary, we are able to change those statistics by providing education to mothers-to-be, providing access to health personnel, providing clean materials for use in child birth, and by promoting immunizations and checkups. I encourage you all this month to think about how your club can aid in these efforts. Is there a fundraiser you can hold? Would you like to join a Global Grant effort? So many ways to help!

I had the extreme honor to surprise Past District Governor Marty Postic at his weekly club meeting and present him with the Rotary International Service Above Self Award. This is the highest honor a Rotarian can receive and only up to 150 Rotarians from around the globe can receive this honor each year. Marty is very deserving of this recognition and I’m so happy that I could be there to celebrate with his family and Rotary family. We will be recognizing Marty again at the District Conference Awards luncheon so I hope you can all join us. That leads us to…

District Conference!! It’s time to register for conference coming up in just a few short weeks May 4-6, 2017. This is a time to join your fellow district Rotarians in celebration of this Rotary year. We will be at the Grand Hotel and Casino in Shawnee with a few fun changes this year to include a bowling tournament organized by Midtown Rotary, a Star Wars costume contest in honor of “May the Fourth”, and several great speakers from outside our district to talk about rotary. This is sure to be a fun-filled few days and registration is free to all Rotarians in our district! More information and registration is available in the newsletter and on our district website. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can be of assistance to you or your club. I’m here to help!

Yours in Rotary,
Megan Law
District Governor 2016-17