Club President's Message
Susan Moore - President, Rotary Club of Grand Bend 2020-2021
 
NEVER, did I imagine becoming the President of the Grand Bend Rotary Club during a world-wide pandemic that isolated us in our homes, put us in masks whenever we did venture out and kept our children out of school since mid-March. It has caused so much financial stress in our community and the world, along with the mental anguish of not being able to shake hands, hug, kiss or be socially close to our family and friends.
 
But, here I am, the first virtually inducted President of this club preparing to take over leadership during these unusual and difficult times in the history of present generations.
 
As Rotarians, we look at these changes and challenges as a time of opportunity!  It is a time for all of us to open ourselves up to learning new skills and doing projects in new ways.  How disconnected our club would have become without the web-based video conferencing tool, Zoom, that allows us to meet on-line together, safely in the convenience of our home as we continue our work as the “People of Action” in our community and around the world.  
 
As Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change!”
Let’s embrace the new technology this century has to offer. Let’s try new ways of doing things.  Let’s move our club forward into the world that our children and grand-children just take for granted.  This is the world of our future members, the ones full of new ideas, spirit and energy. We need them on our Rotary Club of Grand Bend team because we want to continue the service and amazing work that we have been known for over the past 30 years in our community and across our globe.
 
I am so proud to be a Rotarian!
 
And I would be remiss if I did not pay tribute to my late husband, Dave, for it was because of him, that I was able to attend many of the events  and help with fundraising projects, as his partner.  I came to appreciate Rotary and the values it upholds, the dedication to service of its members through the projects that were successfully undertaken both locally and internationally, and the diversity and integrity of the people who belong to this world-wide organization and the club here in Grand Bend.
 
And so, I feel honoured and humbled to become the President of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend for 2020-21 and with the help and support of this year’s executive, Board Members, and all of the Club Members, I know we will be able to work together to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of this coming year.
 
In fact, that is Rotary International’s theme for this year, “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Yes, I am so proud to be a Rotarian and to be part of this club that has already proven its abilities to reach out, seize an opportunity to work together in collaboration with another organization to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace.
 
This coming year will be no exception! As President, this year, I promise to lead this club, by always being mindful of Rotarian’s 4-Way Test concerning the things I think, say or do –
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
And as our recently approved vision statement of our organization states:  
 “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”