It seems like the January “Next Chapter” was just written, and here we are again writing the February Chapter.  By the time this article is printed 7 months of my 12 month term as Governor will have ended. All fifty clubs have been visited, some more than once, but each one was an honor to be attending and sharing the happenings and events in our District and in the R.I. world. The end of January it will be homecoming time in my own club.  Hopefully they will recognize me after such a long absence.
 
Now our energy needs to be spent on membership drives in our clubs and district. During my club visits I was fortunate to install many new members, the last four in my own Rotary club, only a week ago. Our district membership seems to be on a small incline with many clubs helping out.  Madison, Nutley and Pequannock Rotary Clubs are leading the charge right now.  Have you been reading our monthly newsletter and checking the numbers?  Which one of our district club will take home the trophy for most net members gained.  I know Jefferson is hoping to keep the trophy another year.
For those who were unable to attend the Conference kick-off a couple of weeks ago, your club President, conference chair, or Assistant Governor has your conference registration packet.  Registration is available by mail, or shortly on line at our district website. Hotel registrations are made directly with the hotel. Please be sure to mention Rotary District 7470 when you register.  The venue Skytop Lodge is absolutely gorgeous,  offering not only loads of activities such as bocce, archery, boating, golf and a clay shoot, just to name a few.  Along with our plenary sessions, we will also have several messages from our RI Rep, Bryan Cooke from Greely, Colorado. Our keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Timothy Joshua “Barabbas” Payne.   A Facebook page has been setup and will be updated regularly on the conference and all its events.  Be sure to like and share this page – “2017 District Conference-Rotary District 7470”.
As I end this month’s article, get well wishes are sent to now DGN John Wilson for a quick recovery, and well wishes on her coming year, to now DGE Peggy Madder who just returned from the international assembly in San Diego.
 

Wishing all a Happy Valentines Day!