Message from our President



I was introduced to the Rotary Club of Galveston twenty years ago.  A friend who was already a member asked me to join her for lunch at a club meeting with the suggestion that I consider becoming a member.  I was ecstatic.  I was honored.  I was humbled.  I eagerly submitted my application and waited to hear back from the Board that I had been approved for membership.  And now, I am the President of this Club for the year beginning July 1, 2018. 

Every year, the incoming President of Rotary International chooses a theme.  The theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration.”  What a great challenge.   I will inspire others so that we can aspire to accomplish our goals. I want to inspire our Club Membership to:

  • honor the past by remembering Past Presidents and what was accomplished during their tenure; 
  • strengthen our relationship with Rotary International by staying abreast of its global humanitarian work; 
  • have more involvement with the leadership and memberships of neighboring Rotary Clubs and local community groups; and,
  • attract other likeminded individuals to join Rotary for the inherent fellowship, comradery and networking opportunities.

This club is entering its 105th year.  The incoming Board has members who are new, several who are completing existing terms, and a few who are returning to the Board.  I will be asking a lot from the Board of Directors, the Committee Chairs and the Club Membership but no more than I am asking of myself.  I am ecstatic, honored and humbled to collaborate with these accomplished business and community leaders to continue our Clubs legacy of “Service above Self” for the Galveston community and beyond.  Remember, 30 years ago women were just being allowed membership and now I can enthusiastically say, “Women Rock Rotary!”

Ruth Finkelstein Suhler



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