Happy New Year my Fellow Rotarians!
 
We are now into a New Year and like every New Year it brings hope, dreams and goals. I truly wish you and your loved ones an amazing 2020. I completed all my official club visits in D9211 in the first week of December 2019. We are now in the month of January which begins our second half of the Rotary year 2019-2020. January is designated for Vocational Service. It is a time when we recognize Rotary Fellowships. I am quite passionate about both Vocational Service in Rotary and the various fellowships that Rotary has for all of us. I love the fact that we all have classifications in Rotary that enable us to bring something to the table. Let us connect with our skills to help those less fortunate through Rotary Projects. Our founder, Paul Harris, said, “Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.”
In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without. A club that truly represents its community is far better able to serve that community effectively. Each one of us joined Rotary for a purpose. Whatever brought each of us to Rotary, we stay because we find value in Rotary membership and believe that our service has value to the world. By building clubs that reflect that world in all its diversity, we will build even more enduring value in Rotary as we connect to the World.
 
Vocational Service allows Rotary to develop and support Rotarians as they apply the ideal of service in their occupations. Vocation is the essence of Rotary. Therefore, Vocational Service is referred as the bedrock and the shining principle of Rotary. Everything else that we do is repeated by some other organization and our uniqueness lies only in the realm of vocational service. Let us use this month of vocational service for members to talk about their vocation; use your professional skills to
serve a community; practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions; help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations and guide and encourage others in their professional development.
 
If you do any of the above things, you are performing vocational service. If vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you are in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary.
 
In this remaining half of the year, I request all Clubs to review their vocational service programs to ensure they are maximizing the opportunities and benefits that vocational service provides. I urge you, to continue to connect to the communities as you move from success to significance.
 
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for what you do in serving humanity to make a difference. We have had an incredibly active first half of the Rotary Year 2019-2020 and you have all played a vital role to connect to the world. I recognize your hard work every day. Best wishes to you and your families forma peaceful, health, and happy 2020.
 
F X Sentamu
District Governor 2019 - 20
Rotary International District 9211