As I assume my duties, I become the seventy-fifth President of the Rotary Club of Highlands, an honor that I don’t take lightly.  We enter this Rotary year in uncharted territory, with the special challenges presented by a global viral pandemic.  Some of our community events have been necessarily cancelled, like the annual golf tournament and the 4th of July hot dog cookout.  Others have been postponed, like the annual duck derby and hosting community dinners.  One constant, however, remains: Rotary’s underlying principle of “Service above Self”.  During its seventy-five years The Rotary Club of Highlands has become tightly woven into the fabric of Highlands, serving the needs of the community.  We are committed to work through the special challenges of the present situation to continue that tradition.

 

Perhaps it was prophetic that this year’s theme was chosen to be “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.  The pandemic has generated new opportunities for us to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance the engagement of our members and become more adaptable.

 

As the Rotary year begins, we have adapted by temporarily replacing our in-person meetings with Zoom meetings and made the programs from those meetings available to our members on our web site.  We have recognized evolving community needs, responded to those needs, and we will continue to find other ways to help.  The nearly 100 dedicated members of our club are ready and willing to contribute to Rotary goals both locally and internationally.

 

Fellowship is an important part of Rotary life, and our club enjoys that fellowship and has fun in our meetings and with our sponsored events.  As our mountain town opens back up, we invite you to join us at future Rotary events, all of which are designed to promote a sense of community while benefitting worthwhile causes.

 

Yours in Rotary,

 

Zach Claxton

President, 2020-2021