Greetings from District Governor Kirk Bouchie!
Greetings to all District 6580 Rotarians.
It is hard to believe that we are already into the third month of this Rotary year. Fortunately, I have been able to visit 11 of our 37 clubs in person since becoming your district governor on July 1st. What a great experience for me. As a lifelong resident of southern Indiana, I love our state and the many small towns and big towns that dot our landscape. How lucky are the towns that have a Rotary club? It is certainly well documented what our Rotary clubs do for the world through our Rotary Foundation, but to witness first hand what our clubs are doing for our communities at the local level is so uplifting to me. As I think about my visits the first word that pops into my head is family. We are one big Rotary family, about 1500 of us spread out from the Ohio River to Interstate 70 and from the Wabash River to almost the Ohio border. We are diverse in many ways with our common bond to do good. Given what we have all been through these past two years, our club meetings feel much like family reunions. Although Zoom meetings have given us the ability to stay connected through this pandemic, Rotary is built to bring folks together. We all pray that we will soon be rid of the virus that has certainly changed our lives and get back to our “family reunion“ meetings in person on a regular basis.
Speaking of family, I wanted all of you to see my “other” family in the picture above. Becky and I have two sons, Doug and David, two daughter in laws, Samantha and Meghan and five grandchildren, Cora, Landon, Damon, Graham and Bennett. Of course we are very proud of all of them. As I visit clubs I always ask that our Rotarians make Rotary A priority in your life, not THE priority. Certainly we can not forget Faith, Family and Livelihood are important components of being a well-balanced, successful Rotarian. I certainly look forward to continuing my scheduled visits to our Rotary family around the district. I encourage all of you to follow our district calendar on DacDB and in this newsletter as club and district events are announced. Please consider attending any of our great events. I look forward to meeting each of you. Let’s continue to have a great year and invite a friend to become a member of our Rotary family.
Be safe and stay healthy as we continue serving to change lives,
~L. Kirk Bouchie
Kirk Bouchie began his term as District Governor on July 1st, 2021. A Rotarian since 1987, he will spend the next year leading our Rotary clubs in Southern Indiana as we 'Serve to Change Lives'. You can learn a little more about Kirk here!