From the President's Keyboard - 
 
We must evolve as a club and an organization if we are to continue to be valuable to our community.
 
Seven Deadly Words
 
“But we’ve always done it this way.”
 
By themselves, these seven words are innocuous enough. String them together and they can smother individual intentions and swallow whole organizations.
 
Rotary International recently made sweeping changes to its membership rules. These changes allow individual groups to alter by laws to encourage corporate and family memberships. Corporate groups can have designated employees as members, who may attend the meeting each week. Family memberships work the same way. It is up to each group to decide if one or more individuals from a corporation may attend at once. Both of these options keep attendance up and stimulate the community spirit that fuels Rotary.
 
Our International office recognizes the need to change the way we’ve always defined our membership. We have the opportunity and responsibility as an individual group to grow our membership and involve more community-minded folks in the mission of Rotary. Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and more corporations are re-locating here and/or expanding their operations. We can now visit corporations to let them experience Rotary in a personal way and invite them to join our world-changing activities.
 
Our new RI President, John Germ, has claimed “Rotary Serving Humanity” as the motto for this year. We serve humanity best when we open our doors to new types of memberships and increase our attendance.
 
My own motto for this year is “Respecting the Past, Focusing on the Future”. We must stay true to Rotary’s core values; the DNA that defines us. We must also evolve as a club and an organization if we are to continue to be valuable to our community.
 
We have a year full of opportunities and challenges. I encourage this group to speak up and offer your ideas on how we can serve humanity and increase our membership. I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Your servant-leader,
Jo McKay