Bulletin for September 16, 2021
District Governor, Vern Henricks, was our guest presenter at the September 2nd breakfast meeting. 
President's Message
We were honored to have the District Governor, Vern Henricks, present to our club on September 2nd. Vern emphasized the importance of making a difference locally, statewide and internationally. He inspired us through his work with Emmaus University of Haiti and the youth leadership program in Cap Haitian. Our club may be small, but we have a rich history of impactful service. For example, this club has partnered with the Salvation Army for the past 25 years to provide clothing and toys to under-served children during the holiday season. We will continue focusing on helping under-served children and youth develop resilience and achieve their potential through literacy and other enriching programs. This is an important area of focus as children and youth have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Research has shown that students in general are behind in math and reading, with the biggest declines found among low-income children.  Thank you all for the difference that you have made in our community and the world. 
Have a great week,



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Rotary Minute   September 8, 2021
Isn’t it wonderful  to hear a Rotary leader who is knowledgeable, imaginative and motivational.   That is what we heard from DG Vern Henricks, our new leader of District 5710 last Thursday.   He is the epitome of the RI Motto for the Year, “Serve to Change Lives.”  He was talking about Rotarians who live lives of service. 
 One goal is to “make a difference in someone’s life every day.”  His life experiences, in and outside of Rotary, show that he really believes in this.  This demonstrates another of Rotary’s long-time charges, “Service Above Self.”
Henricks believes that every day is about changing things.  He said, “If you are not changing, you are going backwards!”  Change is about adapting, creating and thinking outside of the box.   He also wants us to be about ‘Educating and Inspiring’ people about the work of Rotary both here and abroad.  Rotarians, this is a time to blow our own horns!
September is Rotary Literacy and Education Month. This is an area that the Rotary Club of Johnson County has been a leader.  We can brag about our work with the Learning Club,  Growing Futures, the Wyandotte County student entrepreneurs and a dozen metro pre-schools.  Our planning and work is the reason that 34,000 books were given to hundreds of KC metro kids in the past 13 years.  
When one belongs to a Rotary club, you see that even small clubs make big differences!
by Larry Williams 
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