Fellow Rotarians,

There is a gentle rain as I write this update this morning.  For some reason I find the rain to provide a certain calmness during what is otherwise a chaotic time.  Take a moment to enjoy the relaxation this weather provides.

This past weekend kicked off with our terrific speaker Jeff Daffler at last Friday’s Rotary lunch and it has been daily Rotary events since then.  Jeff is the Vice President of Economic Development at the Canton Chamber, and he provided some great insights as to what may lie ahead.  On Friday night I had the honor of representing the Canton Rotary with Past Presidents Mark Rojek and Paul White at the Centennial Plaza Ribbon Cutting.  It was terrific seeing so many Rotarians during this fantastic fun filled event.  Sunday, I started communications with my fellow District 6650 Presidents stumping for at least $165 from each of the 46 Rotary clubs for the Kenya facemask project, and then Monday night my wife and I along with Becky Clarke and PPE Lynn Hamilton attended the Texas Roadhouse fundraiser for our McKinley Interact Club.  Yeehaa!  We had a good time catching up and helping them raise money.  

Things won’t be slowing down much this week and I’ll look forward to keeping you updated in my next report.  There is one thing I’ve noticed recently and it’s that we are not doing a good enough job staying updated on each other.  In the last month I found out by coincidence that someone was sick, someone had heart surgery, someone was battling cancer, and someone had a child that passed away.  I feel awful finding out about these occurrences after the fact.  Let’s keep reaching out to fellow members we haven’t spoken with, see how they are doing, and help them to get to some lunches so we can stay connected.  When you hear something important like this, please let me know ASAP so we can communicate our best wishes.

We continue the artful balancing of having too much or not enough food, so I continue to ask each of you to register early for your attendance using Eventbrite.  If you have problems with it, or just can’t’ figure it out, don’t worry.  Just reach out to me or Sue Marzano by phone, email, or text and we will see to it that you are signed up for the lunch meeting.

Please remember that we are actively seeking contributions from members for Hurricane Ida Relief, The Kenya Mask Project. 

As I have said before The Canton Rotary is where we give our passions a home!

Have a great week and I’ll see you Friday.

Mark C.