“It sometimes seems that we live as if we wondered when life was going to begin. It isn’t always clear just what we are looking for, but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by — finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. . . . There is no reason to doubt good intentions — but when in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is it? This is life? This is our time, our day, our generation . . . our one chance to do something for somebody else. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. . . . This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored!  Givers or takers. This is life, it is all we’ve got — and it is passing.  What in the world are we waiting for?” 
 
End of 2013-14 Rotary Year District 7610 Status
 
“It sometimes seems that we live as if we wondered when life was going to begin. It isn’t always clear just what we are looking for, but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by — finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. . . . There is no reason to doubt good intentions — but when in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is it? This is life? This is our time, our day, our generation . . . our one chance to do something for somebody else. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. . . . This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored!  Givers or takers. This is life, it is all we’ve got — and it is passing.  What in the world are we waiting for?” 
These are the words of Past Rotary International President Richard L. Evans who summed up in 1966 the urgency of our work in Rotary. 
We have had magnificent leadership this year by our Rotary International President, Ron Burton, who encouraged us to Engage Rotary, Change Lives… to stop waiting and do something about engaging ourselves in the work of Rotary.  He explained to us that this meant for each of us to find a meaningful role in Rotary, to be willing to adapt and change in rules and traditions, and use the power of Rotary Service to change lives.
You have done just that. In membership, you have worked hard to find new quality members to support the mission of your club.  You have helped to engage the members of your clubs in the meaningful work of Rotary to retain the members you have.  Our extension efforts have resulted in one new club chartered this year, Alexandria West, and one club near to chartering in South Riding.  Through all of the efforts to date, we have maintained our membership and currently sit at a +6 overall.   
In service, projects abound in club, community, international, vocational, and youth projects in local communities. Seven new interact clubs were formed this year bringing our total of active clubs to 49.  Funded through our Rotary Foundation dollars, five global grants were approved to include a vocational training team to Swaziland, three clean water projects, and two projects in India, one for sewing machines and one for school improvements.  22 different clubs participated in these grant projects. 
In Foundation giving, with every club contributing we have achieved to date an average of $262.39 per capita Annual Fund value which is a new record for our district, surpassing last year's record of $254.67.
Our efforts to raise awareness of and build peace daily continuing our Peace through Service resulted in 6 district Rotarians attending the Duke-UNC Peace Conference in Chapel Hill this year.  Three applicants for peace scholarship were forwarded to Rotary International for potential selection for the 2015-16 Rotary year to add to our current scholar in Japan and next year’s scholar who will study in Australia. 
We had our first ever district scholarship which allowed a single mom with a history of significant struggle to attend a community college to pursue her nursing degree. Two global scholars funded through our Foundation dollars are studying peace and conflict resolution, one in England and one in South Africa.
President Burton called us to take Rotary from “Doing Good in the World” to a new high of “Doing the most good, for the most people we possibly” could.
On the top of that list was to eradicate polio.  You have contributed to date this year $97,524, almost nearing our collective goal of $100,000.  And all of these contributions will be doubled by the Gates Foundation to help get the job of eradicating polio done by the projected timeline of 2018.
As President Burton said, "Being a Rotarian is about the people we help. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in Rotary is how much better the world becomes because Rotary is in it." Complacency could set Rotary back. "That's why it isn't enough for any of us to just go through the motions, to show up at our clubs, to do just the minimum needed and no more". "And it's why each of us has to remember, every hour of every day, what a responsibility we have."
My sincerest thanks and congratulations for taking Rotary a step further this year to:
        Get involved.
        Get inspired.
        Get engaged.
        Live the gift of Rotary. 
        You HAVE changed lives.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Juanita Cawley
District Governor 2013-14
June 30, 2014