Rotary District 6860

Governor's Message


Dear Rotarians,

I know that many of you have heard the adage about Rotary that says it is “Old, Stale and Male”. Well, my Fellow Rotarians, hold on as we make it “Diverse, Engaging and Vibrant”. Rotary must change or we will follow other organizations who have not changed with the times.  One of the biggest things helping us in this endeavor is the flexibility that was given to clubs in the Council on Legislation in 2016. Additionally the Council on Legislation in 2019 is making Rotaract a viable entity in Rotary. How this will occur will be worked out shortly.

Club and District leaders have been hard at work getting ready for this fantastic year. Starting with District 6860’s own Mark Maloney as Rotary International President for 2019-2020 and his goals for the year, we will be a changed organization this year with your help. His goals (and therefore ours!!!) are:

Grow Rotary

Involve our Families

Build a Viable Path to Rotary Leadership

Join with the United Nations in “Doing Good in the World”


As the new Rotary year begins, set your goals for Membership, Rotary Foundation Giving, Service, Youth Exchange and Public Image.

This year marks year 11 of our district wide fundraising effort in support of Children’s of Alabama Critical Care Transport Team. We will reach the $1 million goal that we set those many years ago and I want to call on each club to help us achieve the goal. There are opportunities for Rotarians in our district to help out financially as well as volunteer with this fun, family friendly tailgate event on August 17, 2019 at Otey’s in Mountain Brook. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend and support Boiling N Bragging.

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your District Governor. We have 51 clubs in our district, each with its own unique characteristics, and each supporting their local communities in fantastic ways. I want to encourage every Rotarian in the district to take advantage of learning opportunities available at the District and Zone level to develop leadership skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Rotary such as the Evanston Trip to visit Rotary International headquarters, Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), Zone Leadership Seminars and Zone Summit. Information on these can be found on the calendar in DACdb.

Mark Maloney, Rotary International President for 2019-2020 has selected the theme “Rotary Connects the World.” He asks each of us to connect in some way to parts of the World that need our help.

Please join me in helping President Mark to do just that !!!!

                                                                            Sincerely in Rotary Service,

                                                                             Bill Petty

                                                                            District Governor 2019-20


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