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A Message from the Club President
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President 2016-2017

 

Rotarians,

 

Why did you join Rotary? 

 

This is a question that many of us of have been asked from time to time during our Rotarian tenure.  For many of us, the reason that we joined, is completely different than why we are currently in Rotary.  It is for me.  I joined because I was asked.  It was that simple.  I knew all about Rotary.  I was brought up in a Rotary family.  My grandfather, J. Martin Engle was a Rotarian, and my Father, J. Harold Engle has been a Rotarian since 1966 (2 years after I was born), and served as President of this club in 1978-79.  My wife’s lineage to the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown goes back even further to her Great-Grandfather, Henry K. Ober (Charter Member), Grandfather, Paul Grubb Sr. and Uncle Paul Grubb Jr.  All of that family history, and it still took someone to ask me. (Thank you, Brenda Barlet!)

 

I joined because I was asked the following question – “Have you ever considered joining Rotary?”, but that is not why I continue to be a Rotarian.  I’m a Rotarian because I am community-minded and I can do so much more with a group of community-minded individuals like all of you, than by myself.  Just look at what this club has done to name a few:

 

  • Just completed a $75,000 commitment to the Elizabethtown Education Foundation Capital Campaign, benefitting students in our community.
  • Support of the Elizabethtown Public Library with the Taste of Western Lancaster County.
  • Christmas Tree Sales that traditionally raises over $25,000 that goes back into our community in support of various organizations that benefit our community.
  • Our Major Golf Tournament that provides funds for Cancer Research, and created and sustained the Melanoma Symposium, which helps educate young and old on the dangers of Melanoma.
  • Support of the Mortel School in Haiti, which provides educational opportunities for those, that otherwise, would have no such opportunity.
  • We support the Rotary International goal of the eradication of Polio through our donations to the Rotary Foundation.

 

This club is greater than the individual because collectively, we are able to do so much more, than we would by ourselves.  We all know of people in the community who are like-minded, who just need to be asked, “Have you ever considered joining Rotary?” 

 

One of my major goals is to grow our membership.  I’m asking each and every one of you to be on the lookout for individuals who care about community, and who want to make a difference.  Our club provides a wonderful venue for those that want to make an impact to our local community, our national community and global community.  The Rotary Theme for 2016-17 is “Serving Humanity”.  I can think of no better ideal to live by.

 

I look forward to a wonderful year.  We have had great leadership throughout our clubs history, and it is an honor and a privilege to lead this club for the 2016-17 year.

 

So, have you ever considered joining Rotary?

 

Kevin L. Engle

   

 

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