It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the Edmonds Rotary President – I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year and the many opportunities it presents to us.
Why did I want to be Edmonds Rotary President?
Since I joined the club four years ago I’ve been impressed with the people of Rotary.
I have been impressed by the passion I see and feel among our members to help our community — and the world. And after attending Rotary International last year in Atlanta, I really understood the power and potential of Rotary. And I wanted to be part of making it something bigger and better than it is even today.
I’m so fortunate to have had great role models (and friends) who have served as President since I joined. Beth Kealy, Doug Lofstrom and Scott James have all been invaluable resources to me as I’ve been ramping up in this position. As you know, each President has his/her unique style and strengths – and I know I have big shoes to fill after the success this club has experienced the past few years.
What are some of my goals/vision for the upcoming yea
- Create stronger connections within our club – and externally to our community
- Committee membership/participation for club members (new and old)
- Greater communication and increased fellowship
- Membership/Retention – Quality & Quantity
- Improving and increasing our club marketing (digital/print/other)
- Thinking Big! I’m a believer in the BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) philosophy.
What is my BHAG for Rotary? How about a new Edmonds Rotary Carousel on the Waterfront? It can serve as a new and unique icon for our community – while also serving area (and visiting) families and children who enjoy a spin with a view of the Puget Sound. The Edmonds Rotary Carousel would serve as a fundraiser with money benefitting our community – and can also be used by other non-profit groups (or schools) looking to raise funds.
We even have an artist rendition!
The idea is still in its early stages and there is no doubt it will take work to make this happen — but if any group can make something happen, it’s Rotarians.
I’m a creative guy who loves new ideas — I believe that progress comes from change. And change comes from thinking differently. So if/when members (or non-members) have any ideas you want to introduce to our club, please do so!
What do I expect from our community and Rotarians? I hope you’ll participate as much as your giving tank will allow. I know we all have different sizes of tanks — and some tanks run empty earlier than others. I also know that some have had tanks tapped previously and they may not be as full as others and that’s OK.
Regardless – take inventory of your tank and think about what you can give. I believe that our club can not only survive – but thrive in the upcoming year (and years) ahead. But it’s going to require participation and energy from our great community to make it happen.
Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any ideas or thoughts for our club.
— By David Kaufer
(Sponsored by the Edmonds Rotary Noon Club)