Welcome to the new Rotary Year.

We have just finished a wonderful convention in Toronto where we found "Inspiration Around Every Corner". As "People of Action", we have learned that "Together We Inspire" and our new Rotary theme for the year is "Be the Inspiration". In the history of Rotary, there has never been this kind of alignment in our convention, our ad campaign and our annual theme.

As we kick off this Rotary year, I challenge you to "be the Inspiration" to the members of your club, the members of your community and all those you encounter in achieving even greater levels of service. Mahatma Gandhi said, "That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake". As a Rotarian, you are part of a global organization that exemplifies that thought through our "Service Above Self" motto.

So, thank you for your service in 2017-18 and thank you for your continued service in 2018-19. I feel privileged to serve as your governor this year. If I may be of help to you in your Rotary journey, please feel free to reach out to me. As governor, my most important responsibility is to help you achieve your personal and club service goals. We have an amazing leadership team in place and a plan for service. I am excited to embark on this journey with you.

Yours in Rotary Service,

George L. Karnes II
Governor District 7570