President’s Message

The theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities. With this theme in mind I encourage our club to look for new opportunities. Rotary International offers many opportunities and our local community has many new and different opportunities as well.

Some new opportunities for Reynolda Rotary to explore and focus on might be:

A Strategic Plan:

During President Holly Marion’s term lots of work went into a strategic plan which has guided our club in many directions and guided decision making. It is time to update, revise and add to this plan. This will allow our club to see where we hope to be five years from today. The club should be involved with input during this process.

Global Grants:

Many years ago, Reynolda Rotary was involved in a Global Grant in India. This grant was very exciting for our club and provided some new energy as we thought globally. This grant which provided toilets for girls who were attending schools allowed these young women to continue their education. This past year many club members have attended sessions about Global Grants. Those folks along with Foundation of Rotary International Chair David Griffith hope to learn more with the goal of Reynolda Rotary participating in a Global Grant. This is a vision we hope to work on throughout the year.

Member Education:

We have so many young energetic members. We want everyone to be aware of the many things in which Rotary is involved. Our dues go to fund many wonderful programs. We as Rotarians need to be aware of all we are doing worldwide. The Rotary Foundation and the Polio Plus Promise just to name a couple. Education about these programs is important for all members. We will strive to inform members about opportunities and programs.


Reynolda Rotary lives our motto Service Above Self. Each member serves in many ways both as a club and individually. As a club we all need to be engaged in service. If new members become engaged in service our membership retention rate is increased by 14%. This year our club will seek input from new members and the club membership in ways they would like to see Reynolda Rotary involved in our community. A good goal for each member of our club would be to serve in at least two service-related events our club sponsors. These events are usually fun and you get to know your fellow Rotarians. If we each do this the service committee will have no trouble finding volunteers.


Reynolda Rotary is a rock star in our District when it comes to membership and we want to continue on that positive path. Presently the membership committee is working on an exit survey for members who choose to leave our club. This information will be valuable to our club in gaining and retaining future members. Our Mentor program has worked well and we will continue to evaluate and tweak that program to make it even stronger. I have been so proud of our club when I attend District membership events. We are always ahead of the curve. Reynolda Rotary is already doing ideas they are presenting.

This past year has presented challenges no one expected. Amy with the help of Lynn who saves us all, has guided us through seamlessly and Art and the program committee has continued to provide wonderful programs for which we are renowned.  This upcoming year may present challenges with Covid 19. Social distancing, restricted gathering numbers, and a resurgence of cases may require us as a club to be flexible or once again have a new normal. This not only includes our club, but we also need to consider our Rotaract Club at Wake Forest which we sponsor.  We need to make sure we help them and give them the support they need to be an active and viable club.

I hope through this Pandemic even though we may have periods of separation or other changes we keep the spirit of Rotary, and the love we have for our club and each other always in our thoughts and prayers. If we each do this Reynolda Rotary will continue to be a strong active club and a leader in our District.

Thanks to each of you for your commitment to our club. I look forward to a wonderful productive year working together. 

Marilyn Parker, President Reynolda Rotary