The new governor for Rotary District 7120 recently spoke to the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club as part of his official visitation program involving all 69 clubs in his district.
David Hannan, of Pultneyville, is a retired physician and member of the Newark Rotary Club. He started his one-year term as governor in July 2019.
During his visit, he discussed what he hopes to accomplish during his term and how the Victor-Farmington club can achieve Rotary’s goal to be a positive force in the world in service to others.
Hannan spoke at the club’s regular noon meeting at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. His schedule required him to make a similar presentation that night to the Belmont Rotary Club in Allegany County.
In his comments, the governor presented the Rotary theme for 2019-20: “Rotary Connects the World.” This reinforces the Rotary International vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
Hannan reminded Rotarians that these words and visions apply to all 1.2 million individual club members, as well as over 34,000 clubs in over 220 countries. He encouraged Rotarians to bring more young adults into Rotary and provide them the opportunity to serve in leadership positions.
He encouraged club members to promote a public image of Rotary in their local community. He said service to others is Rotary’s primary objective and the commitment to service starts at the local level. Rotary’s work in local communities adheres to the motto “Service Above Self.”
The governor reminded Rotarians that — through their membership in Rotary, local and international service projects, and financial support of the Rotary Foundation — individual Rotarians unite to form a formidable institution for helping others.
Hannan discussed a major international project, Polio Plus, dedicated to eradicating polio. Nigeria recently was certified polio-free, the final country in Africa to do so. Polio now exists in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Work is underway to eradicate polio in those nations.
The presentation ended with Hannan making a personal financial donation to the club for its literacy and educational programs. He thanked the club for its efforts in service to others and said he looks forward to hearing of its accomplishments during his term in office.