Serving July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
Welcome to the 2022-2023 Rotary year! I have the honor of serving as the President of the Danville Rotary Club after having been a member for five years. Originally from Evansville, Indiana, I currently serve as the Senior Pastor of the Danville United Methodist Church. I returned from Denver, CO, in 1981 and have been serving congregations throughout central and southern Indiana since then.
There are several things that I love about Rotary in general and highest among them is the theme of Service. “We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” (Our Mission: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary ). The Danville Club is very active in regards to this Mission. We have golf outings, raffles, and bake sales to raise monies for scholarships and assistance. Each week we have a program from a leader in the community and learn more about how our Club can make a difference be it with Senior Services, children and youth, and a wide variety of social assistance agencies. We support a very active High School Interact Club. And we all love coming together once a month for “531” as we fellowship and dream up new visions for Service. Just in the last year we purchased a Hot Dog cart and have already seen a success in giving Service to the community as well as in letting the greater community know that we are here!
I follow in the footsteps of some wonderful leaders who have been President of this Rotary Club before me. Jessica Scott displayed such grace and generosity during her year as we were coming out of the Pandemic. Mark Morgan led us in his commitment to making our Club and community better. Jenny Pearcy demonstrated organizational skills that I’ll never be able to copy. Kevin Hill had a passion for growing our Club and helping us provide for water needs in rural Nicaragua and Guatemala. Eric Oliver had a calm and steady hand that kept us steadily on track. I have grown in my appreciation for each President of this Club during my short tenure as a member. And I appreciate the support and foundation that each are providing for me as I begin my year as President.
We’ve come through some amazing challenges these last few years. The pandemic and two lockdowns forced us to find new ways of meeting and working together. Several of our “saints” have gone on to glory but are not forgotten. We were recently told by outgoing District Governor Ray Kramp that we’re one of the youngest Clubs in our Region. We have energy and commitment to the good work. And we have a lot of fun along the way! Many thanks to the team of the Board with which I serve and especially to President-Elect Jon McDugle for the work he is doing in coordinating all of our weekly programs.
I invite all to join us this year as we continue to grow in Service to this community and the world.