Rejuvenated by the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, we commence the new Rotary Year aspiring to “Be The Inspiration”.  With the new Rotary Year come new opportunities, new possibilities, and new avenues for us to “do good in the world.”
 
Rotary resides in you and your Club.  That is so important, let me repeat it: Rotary resides in YOU and YOUR Club.  Your participation, your initiatives, and your efforts cumulatively make Rotary’s success.  Together, we succeed!  Let us recall our accomplishments as part of this incredible international network of 35,895 Clubs with 1.2 million Rotarians - and remind ourselves of what we are capable of.  As Dr. Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, declared at the Toronto Convention referring to our success in what once seemed impossible (eradication of polio from the entire planet), “I stand in awe . . ”  Together, we transform the world!
 
We confront many serious challenges this year.  Bring Rotary to more minority communities, and bring more minorities into Rotary.  Establish a self-perpetuating basis for hallmark Rotary programs such as Youth Exchange Scholarship, Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA.  Expand “peacebuilder” opportunities such as the Fellowship and Certificate Programs for Peace.  Promote and make available to all Rotarians opportunities for personal growth and international networking through Visitor Exchange, Friendship Exchange, and International Hosting.
 
On your behalf, I accept these challenges with humility and resolve.  Let us - you, your Club, and our entire District leadership team working together - take our District to new heights, set new standards, and create new opportunities for our Rotarians and the communities we serve.  A distinguished District leadership team, which has been already at work, stands ready and enthusiastic to help you succeed - just ask!  Together, we shall achieve!
 
Rtn. Krishnan Chittur
District Governor 
District 7230
(Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Bermuda)