Speech delivered by Angela Jamison, Wakefield Rotary president 2016-17, during her installation on June 30, 2016.
One of the great things about Rotary is the leadership training that you go through in preparation for your year as president. I first attended President Elect Training Seminar or PETS 16 months before my actual term was to begin. So this is a day that I’ve been looking forward to.
But that’s nothing new when it comes to Rotary. Since becoming a Wakefield Rotarian back in January 2010, I’ve always looked forward to our weekly meetings. I joined Rotary for the service, but I’ve stayed because of the friends and top-notch people who are part of this organization.
Come to find out, I’m not alone. Rotary International says the top 2 reasons people join Rotary are to give back to their local community and to connect with friends. I ask each of you – why did you join Rotary and what keeps you in our club?
I truly believe we must never lose sight of what brought us to Rotary and what keeps us coming back for more.
Community service will be a focus this year with hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves projects to implement.
One such service project will be processing donated clothing for Note in the Pocket, a non-profit that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
Note InThe Pocket (NITP) believes it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. Through partnerships with schools, agencies, individuals, businesses and foundations, NITPs clothe children with dignity and love.
If you recall, last year Dallas Bonavita, executive director of NITP spoke to our club.
Our service project will be at the NITP volunteer center, located off of Milbrook Road, where we will spend a few hours to sort, size, organize and package clothing orders. We encourage you to bring family or a friend.
We also want to get back to the Kerr YMCA’s Camp High Hopes for underprivileged children which takes place at the seminary where we will read or provide a literacy project onsite with the kids who attend.
We’ll continue to do our quarterly litter pickup and create additional packages for the homeless. If you have any ideas or suggestions for service projects, please see Susan Martin, our Service Project chair.
I hope you will also get your families involved with our service projects and rotary in general whenever possible. My daughter Camryn, whose here with me today, and husband Warner, have enjoyed coming to Rotary functions and helping with service projects.
Our Dec. 29 Rotary breakfast meeting will be designated “Bring your spouse, significant other or kid to Rotary” day. We’ll share more about that, but Heather plans to make it a meeting that will be fun for adults and kids alike.
Now you don’t have to wait until Dec to get your family or friends involved. We encourage you to bring them to our Area 2 Annual Picnic that will be held in Zebulon on Sunday, Aug. 14 with the other Area 2 Clubs. Registration is open now.
We also need you to get your spouse or friend of Rotary involved to help with our Beach Night Beer Garden fundraiser on Aug. 20. We have many work shifts open that need to be filled, so please ask someone else to work a shift with you. A signup genius has been emailed to you, but you can also signup here on a sheet going around.
There are many opportunities to share your Rotary experience with family, but I hope you’ll also share your love of Rotary with your friends, associates and colleagues by inviting them to our Rotary meetings and asking them to join.
We currently have 24 members and in one year we want to grow that to 30 members. I am asking each of you to invite 2 potential members to our Rotary breakfasts. Your guest’s breakfast is free if they are a potential new member. Please start thinking about who you can invite. We’ll share some talking points on how to ask someone to become a Rotarian and how to verbalize your passion and Rotary experience.
Membership Chair Matt Hilliard has many good ideas on how we can grow our club by 20%. He’d love to hear your suggestions and ideas as well, so please share with him.
You are going to want to invite people to our meetings because they are going to be fun, informative and inspirational. Heather Holding is our program chair and she is lining up some terrific speakers. These speakers will be listed in advance in our weekly newsletters which will be written and edited by Laura Jazab and emailed to you no later than Tuesday each week.
The first Thursday meeting of each month will be our club assembly where we will handle club business, learn more about what Rotary is, how we can be more engaged and get to better know each other. Heather will choose one member to give a 10-minute commercial during our club assembly. They can talk about themselves, their job, a hobby or passion or anything that they think their fellow Rotarians will find interesting about themselves. We will also celebrate the birthdays and anniversaries of our members for that month during these club assemblies.
I also want to reinstate our Service Project Teams that we had to keep track the service hours we work, with a total of 60 points a year required for each Wakefield Rotarian. We will be assigning teams and providing a points list during an upcoming club assembly.
Another goal this year has to do with developing our future leaders and inspiring them through service above self. I’m talking about Interact, Rotary’s service club for young people ages 12-18. Our club established 2 Interact clubs in past years –one at Heritage and one at Wakefield highschool. Those clubs are no longer in service. A goal this year is to get at least one re-established. We are looking for someone to work with the principals, advisors and students at these high schools to make that happen, Please let me know if you are interested in heading up this task and building young leaders.
Did you know that there are couple of major milestones that Rotary is celebrating this year? The first being Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary. Susan Martin and I are planning a fun night to celebrate in November, so watch for more about that.
With George Aux as our Rotary Foundation chair, he’ll be keeping us up-to-date on this milestone and tracking our foundation giving.
The second milestone is that 2017 marks 30 years since Rotary began allowing women as members. Hard to believe that up until 1987, no women were allowed. Let’s celebrate this milestone by asking a woman to become a Wakefield Rotarian.
As you can see, we have a full and exciting Rotary year ahead of us. There’s more to talk about, but I will save that for our club assembly.
I am so proud of our Rotary club and thank each of you for making it what it is, especially our most recent co-Presidents Matt Archer and Laura Jazab who did so much. We have successfully converted from a lunch club to a breakfast club at a new location—it’s a great place to meet with a delicious breakfast, now we just need to invite others to join us.
I’m honored to be serving you as well as being “A Rotarian Serving Humanity”, which is this year’s theme chosen by Rortary International President John Germ—Rotary Serving Humanity.
It’s going to be a great year thanks to you!