Message from our President



As incoming president of the Rotary Club of Galveston, I am so happy with this year’s theme chosen by Ian Risely, President of Rotary International for 2017-2018:  Rotary, Making a Difference.
Our club is one of over 35,000 clubs around the world meets weekly, enjoys fellowship, provides grants for local needs, and engages in service projects.  We truly do make a difference!

This club has been serving Galveston for 104 years.  My one year of service as president is a small segment in the life of this club but our theme this year motivates me and my fellow Rotarians to carry on the work that Galveston Rotarians have done for over a century. 

We are already a great club but my goals for each of us in this club are as follows:

  • EngagementHow best can we engage our members and encourage participation.  Promote feedback.   Social events outside of our weekly luncheon.  Increase membership, specifically for underrepresented populations (minorities, women.
  • Service Projects:  How do you serve?  What is the collective amount of our service?  What hands on projects can we do?
  • EducateWhat are we doing at club level? International level?  Do our members know all that we do collectively? What are the stats on polio?  Giving?  How can we better educate the local population about Rotary?

I am certainly not out to change our club or reinvent the wheel, but as a club let’s see what we can do to become an even more vibrant club.   Our incoming Board of Directors are motivated and excited to bring some new ideas to our club so feel free to reach out to them with your ideas.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.  What will you do this year to make a difference?
I look forwarding to serving as your president in 2017-2018 and working to sustain this club for another 104 years!

Kristen Carlson


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