We had a large crowd today to hear District Governor Matthew Kane address our club. He attended with his wife, Sonia, whom he met at Virginia Tech. I was impressed to learn that they not only have served as host family to exchange students via the Peace Scholars program but that their two children have also traveled abroad via the program. Being President of his own club, district governor as well as receiving the Service to Mankind award and Rotarian of the year, District Governor Kane is a great example of service above self.
He gave a shout out to our club as the recipient of the Best Club Award this past year, and his successor, our own Newman Aguiar, who will replace him as District Governor at the end of his term.
His message was simple: Do something amazing. And he challenged all of us to look past our own offices, neighborhoods and families to practice service above self. He noted we do this well as a club via our Crayons 2 Calculators program and Reading Rangers initiative, as well as how well we leverage the Rotary Foundation grants with our international programs.