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Thank you for a wonderful year ‘Opening Opportunities’!

We are now in the peak of club changeovers and DGE Dale, DGN Amanda, DGND Ron, partners and I have been greatly enjoying every event. I know I speak for all the G-train members when I say how amazing it is to see the incredible spread of Rotary activities across the District; to take in the atmosphere of every club; and to learn about the many successes that clubs have achieved during the 2020/21 year with the projects they have undertaken that make such a difference in the world. We are also buoyed by the plans that club leadership teams have for the year ahead.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Centenary Presidents and club leadership teams for your incredible efforts in ‘Opening Opportunities’ through what has been a challenging year.  

My gratitude also goes to the District Board and Leadership Team for all that you have contributed to ensuring the incredible work of Rotary in D9800 has continued over the year, despite the pandemic…you have been inspiring!

To the Networker team…every week you have ensured Rotarians have been kept informed about the many projects, clubs, members, and partnerships happening in our District and I thank you for this and to accommodating my communication strategy in a year that has seen us in lockdown and in need of connection. It has been a tremendous team effort and I know first-hand from the many members such as PDG Des Hosking and Rotarian Elaine Bird from Rotary Williamstown (pictured), how they look forward to reading Networker every week with interest and pride.

I would also like to thank all District 9800 Rotarians for giving me the opportunity to be your Governor this past year. While it has been a year of challenges, especially under COVID, it has also been a fantastic year because of each one of you and the passion you have for Rotary. Tricia and I have so enjoyed the last three years as I have moved from District Governor Nominee to Governor. I have no doubt that we will continue to enjoy our Rotary journey for many years to come.

To District Governor-elect Dale Hoy and Maureen, I know you will have a tremendous year ahead. I also know that the District is in very good hands as you both “Serve to Change Lives.”

Again, thank you to all and…enjoy the week in Rotary service! 

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer

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