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A Message from Our President
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John MarbleWho would have thought it ... a New Year in midsummer! That’s right, it’s July and this is the first month of a brand-new Rotary year here in Kennett Square and all around the Rotary world. The Longwood Club has started 2013-2014 with a bang! Our new board and directors met on Monday, July 1, and settled in quickly to plan the next 12 months. We have another excellent board in place – a good mix of experienced Rotarians and new members to the Club.  When I was organizing my correspondence file for quick communication to the group, I chose the name “Movers and Shakers” because that is the kind of team I see in place now.  I encourage you to check the bottom of our Sunrise E-News issues and browse around our Longwood Rotary web pages to learn who is serving in what positions and to find out what is coming up next.

Rotary is the premier international service organization around the globe.  Our Rotary International President, Ron D. Burton, has selected the theme “Engage Rotary – Change Lives.”  I applaud Ron’s choice.  Indeed lives are changed through our service projects, from the simplest of tasks like picking up litter from Route 1 to the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at Anson B. Nixon Park and so many other good efforts. Longwood Rotary is ready again to change lives in our local communities, and we will.

The theme that I chose for my 2013-2014 term as president is “Share Rotary.” My life has been forever altered because a manager of a regional bank branch here in the area introduced me to her Longwood Rotary Club. It’s my desire that Longwood Rotarians share our Club. If you are not a member, let a Longwood Rotarian share Rotary with you. Come to enjoy the fellowship, feel good after participating in a project working side by side with other Rotarians, give of your skills and abilities, and grow as an individual while you put into practice the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”

I invite you to stop by my message page regularly, as there is much more to tell!?

John Marble
2013-2014 President