Dear Rotarians,
 
The passing of the gavel is literally taking place in over 35,000 Rotary clubs in 529 districts around the world!  It’s no different in District 7390 where 43 new club presidents are receiving the gavel.  They are receiving tried and true programs, honoring club traditions, and ready to add their own ideas and inspire new activities.  The passing of the gavel represents great succession planning, transition, leadership, authority, and most importantly, trust.  On June 29, the gavel was passed from Immediate Past District Governor Kevin Cogan to me as the newly installed District Governor at a ceremony in front of 200 Rotarians and thousands of Central Pennsylvania residents at a Harrisburg Senators game on City Island. It was quite a night ~ and THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend.
 
Now, just a few days into my role, here are some of my intentions.  As District Governor, I will make every effort to embody Rotary International’s 2017/18 theme Rotary: Making a Difference.  In the words of Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, “Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.”  I couldn’t agree more in terms of the more you put into Rotary, the more you receive.  Making a difference in Rotary means changing and saving lives and the ripple effect of our efforts knows no end.
 
So, how will I help this theme become reality in District 7390 and in the collective efforts of all 2300 of us?  First, I will be an ambassador for the resources available to every Rotarian in District 7390 such as grant funding, training, membership support, leadership opportunities, networking and more.  By taking advantage of District 7390’s resources, every one of you can engage more meaningfully with Rotary and the people served by our clubs. I will support each of the 43 club Presidents in engaging and attracting new members and executing service projects both locally and globally.  I will personally orchestrate a district-wide fundraiser in support of World Polio Day on October 24 (save the date).  I will increase public awareness through traditional and social media initiatives and through a MAJOR EVENT featuring Rotary International Vice President Dean Rohrs on March 15, 2018.  Again, please save the date and stay tuned for more information.  I will encourage more women and young people to consider joining Rotary by sharing my own story as the 5th female District Governor in Rotary District 7390 and one of 103 female District Governors serving the entire world in 2017/18.  Although I will be the one holding the gavel for District 7390, none of these goals will be accomplished alone.  District 7390 has an outstanding leadership team with numerous Past District Governors serving as counsel.  District Governor Elect John May and District Governor Nominee Paddy Rooney will be taking on significant responsibilities.  And over 50 district-level committee chairs will be executing everything from the Four Way Test Speech & Essay Contests, Rotary Means Business to Youth Exchange and so much in between!  Of course, our Executive Secretary, Melissa Bruck, will continue to be a tremendous help to all of us.  
 
I sincerely look forward to visiting each of the 43 clubs in District 7390.  I look forward to learning about and participating in the creative projects and activities that clubs have planned throughout the year.  This will be a great year and it is my distinct honor to be in a position that can support, recognize, and celebrate Rotary and Rotarians Making a Difference!
 
Yours in Service,
 
District Governor Una Martone