Aloha Fellow Rotarians,

I am truly honored and blessed to be Hawaii's 2018-2019 Rotary District Governor. It is a place or position that I never imagined I would be five years ago. My Rotary experiences in Romania and at the Rotary Peace Conference in Ontario, California broadened my perspective on what we do as Rotarians…what is possible. I will be, forever, thankful for this experience, for those I have already met and for your trust.

Our Club Presidents are well trained, excited and committed to a year of excellence. Many of our clubs are less than twenty members strong. We struggle with the cost of doing business and member burnout. We, oft times, have the same people in leadership positions year after year. Our focus is on developing clubs that are, well, attractive. Attractive in ways that improve our member retention and create an image in our communities such that leaders want to join us and increase our service. Attracting new members that spread the cost over many rather than a burden on the few and provide diverse leaders to move our organization forward. I look forward to the time where people actively seek to join our clubs and we no longer "recruit" new members.

The pursuit of excellence, in all aspects of life, is attractive. Our approach is quality of service over quantity of service; service to our fellow Rotarian as well as our local and global communities. Excellence is an improvement process not a destination. Please, take the time to have a club discussion as to what excellence looks like for your club and I look forward to talking with you about it in the future.

I received an email from Rotary International President Barry Rassin this morning. I will leave you with this quote: "Our theme in this Rotary year is Be the Inspiration. I chose this theme because, throughout my years in Rotary, I have seen that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren't always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They're the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they've all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve."

Peace be with you... Be The Inspiration!

-Winton Schoneman
July 2018