Summer Leadership Seminars
Greetings from District Governor Kirk Bouchie!
Greetings fellow Rotarians,
As we begin a new Rotary year I am very honored and humbled to be our district governor. I recognize that I follow in a long line of very distinguished footsteps. This year will offer all of us many opportunities to gather as we continue our service to our communities and our world. Last Saturday about 70 Rotarians from all around the district gathered in Vincennes to celebrate our district governor changeover. This was the first in-person district event since late February 2020 when we gathered for a very successful Rotary Foundation event in Bloomington. That now seems like ages ago as we have all lived through a worldwide pandemic, the likes of which none of us had experienced before. On behalf of all 1500 District 6580 Rotarians I commend Past District Governor Jessika Hane for her unwavering leadership of our district through this most difficult year. Wow, what a job she did! We added two new clubs, grew in membership, increased our giving to the Rotary Foundation and never missed a beat serving our communities! She led our district agenda through oh so many zoom meetings…”please unmute yourself”. With the support of all the club presidents, district committee chairs, assistant governors, past and future governors and Bettye Dunham, our district administrative assistant, Jessika had a great year as our district governor. Please congratulate and thank her and Bryan when you finally get to see them this year. Jessika, THANK YOU!
On February 1, 2021, during our virtual International Assembly of all incoming district governors, Rotary International President Elect Shekkar Mehta announced the theme for our new Rotary year. SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES. He has challenged all of us to bring new members into Rotary. His slogan is Each One…Bring One. I ask each of our members to consider making this a priority this year. Our goal is to increase worldwide Rotary membership from 1.2 million to 1.5million members. Club service is also a high priority of the incoming president, including a new initiative to involve clubs in the empowerment of young girls all over the world. More on this later. Of course no plan would be complete without goals for our foundation support. The Rotary Foundation is the engine that drives our organization’s ability to do so much good in the world and in our communities. District grants, global grants, etc. are made possible by the generosity of our members at the club level. I look forward to working with all of you this year on membership, service and foundation support. As President Shekkar said, “ I am the shaker and you all are the movers”. I know we have many movers in southern Indiana Rotary! I know we can and will change lives!
As I close my first newsletter message as district governor I want to tell you all just a little about myself and my family. My wife Becky and I were born in Vincennes, Indiana. We attended Lincoln High School and were married at the young age of 19 back in 1978. We have lived in Bloomington, Dallas, TX and Indianapolis prior to coming home in 1987 where we have since lived. I joined the Vincennes club that year and have served two terms as club president. We have two grown sons, Doug and David. Doug’s family lives in Westfield and David’s family lives in Vincennes. We have five grandchildren and two grand dogs (both live with us now). We enjoy all things involving the grandkids. We support Vincennes Lincoln and Indiana University academics and athletics and are St. Louis Cardinal fans. We enjoy vacations to Hilton Head, South Carolina. For the first half of my career I worked in banking as a commercial lender and bank president. Since 2004, I have served as general manager of Vincennes Water Utilities with about 45 team members. . I also am the volunteer president of our local youth baseball program since 1989. I serve on several boards including Vincennes University Foundation, Knox County Development Corporation, Grouseland Foundation, Vincennes Rotary Foundation, Vincennes Cub League, Vincennes Area Builders Association, and Vincennes YMCA. Enough about me.
Next month I want to tell you about our district leadership team and all the wonderful folks that have stepped up to Serve to Change Lives. Bettye and I are already scheduling my club visits and I look forward to seeing all of you soon. Watch for calendar announcements of upcoming district events. Mark your calendar for April 9, 2022 for our district conference in Bloomington (more later). Please contact me if I can help you and your club be successful in this very exciting and busy 2021/22 Rotary year. As we celebrate Independence Day, enjoy time with your friends and family. We have learned the importance of time together, when we were apart for so long last year. Thanks to all of you for your service!
Be safe and stay healthy,
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!