Our speaker host was Greg Anderson, who revealed his secret identity as the Assistant District Governor for Tim Murphy. Greg’s inspirational hyper-activity seems to have been matched by Tim, having started with the Edina Rotary in 1995 while still growing his auto repair business. Tim has had many roles in that club, within the District, and with multiple international Rotary projects.
Tim gave us a presentation polished by 56 previous club visits since July. He even provide brochures, flyers, Rotary pins, pens and lip balm to keep us from fidgeting while he showed slides. Tim acknowledged our generous annual contributions to the Rotary Foundation and the events that our club produces that grow our impact on the community and our world. The strategic plan for Rotary International is communicated by the blue circle diagram below. It also summarizes the 5 core values that guide all that we do. Tim emphasized the need for membership growth and retention. He noted that new members don’t join for the weekly meal. Instead, they want to be given the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways and to team with community leaders and other business professionals. Tim proudly characterized our District as one of the best in the world and referred us to the data summarized in a Rotary Foundation Success Bulletin. Highlights focused on Polio Plus, annual giving, membership in the Paul Harris Society, partnerships with other organizations, international projects, and scholarships. He encouraged us to promote the businesses of Rotarians and to live this year’s motto: Be a gift to the world.