Message from Lace Blue-McLean
President, Rotary Club of Inverness, 2015 - 2016
Let me start by saying how honored I am to serve as your President for the Rotary year 2015-2016. I am humbled that I have been given the responsibility of leading a club with such a glorious past and promise that I will put in all my knowledge and efforts to ensure that the good work is continued.
I would like to take a moment to recognize all the hard work that immediate past president Connie Lobel put into leading our club toward the goals of Rotary International – Light up Rotary. Connie paved the way for a smooth transition and a wonderful year as we continue to grow.
The theme this year is “communications”. I know it doesn’t sound so glamorous but if you think about it, communication is the very foundation of any organization. As we strive to improve communication among ourselves, we will learn more about each other and the gifts each of us has. We can then take those gifts out into the community and show how Rotarians make a difference in the community and around the world.
In order to “grow Rotary” we need to explore fun ways to learn more about Rotary and how to communicate that in a way that folks will want to get involved with our club, our projects and our targeted accomplishments.
What do I hope we will accomplish in the coming year? I hope we will:
- Do a better job tooting our own horn. Let's make the activities and accomplishments of this club known to the community.
- Increase membership and grow to allow us to do more in our community and around the world. Let's face it, the good work we do requires more people!
- Continue to recognize the gifts of our club and how those gifts can meet the needs of the community.
- Continue to collaborate with the other five Rotary clubs in Citrus County, supporting the various projects that provide assistance to the community.
- Continue to move forward in the true sprit of Rotary to make a difference not only in our community but around the world as well.
I believe that, together, we can continue to make Rotary the leading organization in the world in terms of strengthening communities, promoting literacy, preventing disease, providing scholarships and building peace and good will.”
For in Rotary, what is our product? It is not wooden ducks or plastic bricks. It is education, water, health and peace. It is hope, and it is life itself. For this work, only our best is good enough. I ask you all to remember this – and to do your very best to Be a Gift to the World.
Where “Service Above Self” is our Rotary motto andthe Four Way Test is a great way to live our lives,a key to a happy life is to:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means that you can,
In all the ways that you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times that you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can!
Amazingly, we are all just volunteers...good people trying to do good things for good people in need...but we get so many incredible things done ... because we feel and we care.
I close with the well-known saying, “Let there be Peace on Earth, let it begin with me.” Together we are so much stronger and there is very little than we cannot accomplish.
Lace Blue-McLean, President
Rotary Club of Inverness
Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Inverness was the first Rotary Club in Citrus County. We are proud to have sponsored, directly or indirectly, every Rotary Club, and every Rotary-associated club in the county.
We are proud to have contributed to a major landmark in the City of Inverness, the well-known Whispering Pines Park. Many years ago our club was instrumental in securing and assisting in development of the area for park use, and our Rotary wheel is on the pillars we built at the park's entrance. Today the facility is used by residents and visitors from all over the county.
Our current emphasis is youth development. In fulfilling this mission we award scholarship funds to Citrus High School seniors as well as to Withlacoochee Technical College students annually.
We honor two outstanding students from Citrus High School and two from Inverness Middle School each month while school is in session as Rotary Students of the Month. They are recognized during one of our weekly Tuesday meetings at the Inverness Golf and Country Club , with proud parents or guardians also in attendance. Additionally, we sponsor two students to attend the annual Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders [S4TL], a week-long program held on the campus of Florida Southern College. We also host and sponsor students for the international Rotary Youth Exchange.
To raise money for these and other activities, we promote major annual fundraising that includes a TV Auction, a Golf Tournament, and other events. Members provide funds through weekly giving of happy/sad dollars and the celebration of anniversaries and birthdays.
Our club is an affiliate and supporter of Rotary International, whose efforts to eradicate polio, with the aid of the World Health Organization and multiple governments, is now coming to closure. Through Rotary International our club participates in projects throughout the world, including water and food resource development and disaster relief.
Membership in Rotary is by invitation. If you are interested in the works we do, seek out a Rotarian and introduce yourself. We welcome those who are interested in living our motto of promoting Service Above Self.