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From the Desk of the President

Parting Message:

My Fellow Rotarian,

“I may not have everything I want in life, but I’m blessed enough to have all that I need!”Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can hear.Thank YOU, for letting me know!

“I am thankful for my struggles because without them I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” Thank you for the honor you gave me to serve as your president this Rotary year.Any missteps taken on my part; I hope you have forgiven me.Any wins attributed to me or victories won, we won them together. It took all of us to win.There is strength in unity and preserving that unity in our club is of utmost importance.

“Be The Inspiration” was a theme I held high as our mantra! As we journey into our new year, I challenge the new leadership as they direct us to not forget the outstanding wisdom that reside in our club and especially our past presidents. Please utilize them.As you move in new directions, do not throw the baby out in the wash.Remember, “He who stands on the shoulder of a Giant can see further than the Giant.”Stand and embrace the knowledge here!

It was Past District Governor Fran Milberg that encouraged me to attend my first district conference, I saw the big picture and drank the cool aid. It was past president John Glenn, who would not let me leave the club when I retired in 2008, telling me, “You have the means financially, so you will stay in this club!” I remained and look where we are now!Past President Joe Brown gave me his Playbook and we are Club of the Year Runner Up! Past President Scott Rich held me accountable on reaching my personal goal and because of him, we held our first Community Basketball Fundraiser. We did it and won the respect of a community that felt unimportant and disregarded. Today we’ve gained their respect and they are now educated on our mission and purpose and want inclusion. Finally, it was Past President Teri White, who believed in me, chose me for president-elect and challenged me to become a Sheffield Winner. Look what happened!We have diversity in our club, increased awareness in our larger community and I am the 2018-2019 Sheffield Leadership Recipient. Let’s not lose the momentum!

I will always be a humble servant, and Rotarian who is committed to this club, community, and humanity.I will continue to inspire, encourage others to make a difference and be about the business of “Doing Good In the World.” All I ask of you is to “Be The Inspiration!”

Peace & Blessings,

Andre’

Posted by Andre Marria
June 26, 2019

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