Welcome to the Meadow Ridge Rotary Club! 

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Rotary President Ian Riseley has challenged us to Make a Difference.
 
And I agree with him – we are a people with the desire – and, through Rotary, the ability – to make a difference in our community and our world; we know our service is making a difference.
 
We have a great club – where members feel they have a friend, enjoy lots of social events –everyone participates as much as possible for them.  You “dig in” for the big events, and come through to help whenever called upon. What amazing spirit!
 
So, what will MeadowRidge Rotary look like this year?
Of course there is the duck race, the Wine fest with its successful move to Valley Fair Mall… we don’t need to re-invent the wheel.
I do hope we can apply for some Rotary grants this year – to increase our effect on the projects we support. Maybe we’ll look at something different – like the Foster Parent Advocacy Group we are hearing about. Mostly I see us - doing the same and doing it better! That is not a criticism – it’s my goal ………… You know the adage: Never change a winning game…
We are making a difference in so many places – in schools, with dictionaries and 4-Way test sessions, in families with Starfish Backpacks, in community with support for Canada Day celebrations and many local programs, for youth – with exchange students and RYLA, and globally with Shelter Boxes. We are justifiably proud of our support for polio plus – but it’s been a long time …… Let’s get Polio ERADICATED!
 
Maybe as old – or experienced – Rotarians – we bask in the global aspect of Rotary but – are you aware – studies show - it is the chance to make a difference in community that brings new people into Rotary? And new Rotarians are our major challenge so we can enhance our ability to make a difference in the best way possible.
Let’s not be selfish. Let’s be alert - and share the joys of Rotary– Let’s invite and encourage others to join us.  Let’s reach out and share ourselves.
So let us all – together - Enjoy Rotary, “Making a Difference” and above all have FUN doing it.
 
Libby Nelson, President MeadowRidge Rotary Club 2017/2018