Rotary’s new District Governor Jeannie Quave has found new meaning in this year’s motto “Reach from within to embrace humanity” and plans to spend her term putting actions behind the words.
Quave, a native of Chicago who now lives in Panama Beach, was the guest of the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday and spoke of her own goals and plans to help achieve the motto of Rotary International President Kalvan Banerjee.
A single mom of two, Quave said her young daughters are already living Rotary’s motto of “Service Before Self” and encouraged local Rotarians to include their families in Rotary activities.
“We should not lose faith in our youth,” Quave said.
She said Banerjee’s challenge has motivated her as she seeks inner peace for herself and her family before reaching into the community.
Finding the right balance with career, home and social life will help her become the best Rotarian she can be, she said, and will help in her pursuit of service to the community.
Quave told Rotarians about a recent trip to Haiti. While prepared for the mission, she said, she was not prepared for the devastation and the fact that a year and a half after the earthquake, the country is still in shambles.
There are few shelters in Port-au-Prince and people make lean-tos from signs, plywood and roofing materials.
Children play in water that is used to wash vehicles, clothes and water animals. That same water is also used for drinking and cooking.
She told the Rotarians they could make a difference in their community and the world, and the size of the club should not be a factor. She challenged them to recruit new members from the business community who can network resources to work on goals that will benefit communities.
“Get back to the basics,” she said and encouraged them to set aside Feb. 25 for a new service project of their choice.
“Do one thing that will bring change,” Quave said.