provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Every year, on July 1, Rotary Clubs worldwide pass the gavel from one President to the next. The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club is happy to announce the Presidency of Don McDonald for the 2023-24 year.
Don and his wife, Joan, vacationed with their four children in Sanibel and Captiva many times over the last 25 years, before buying a house in 2019 and becoming full-time Sanibel residents.
Don has been a Rotary member for most of the last 25 years, initially joining Avon Rotary Club in Avon, Conn., in 1999. He states, “A good friend invited me as his guest to the club meeting and I will never forget the entire club standing and reciting the 4 way test. Rotary had me at, “Is it the truth”.
As a Rotary Club President, you lead the club and motivate your club, ensuring that club members feel valuable, inspired, and connected to each other. Over the next year, Don is hoping Rotary can make a difference in the SanCap community. “There is still much to do after Hurricane Ian. While Rotary has had a significant impact in Sanibel after Ian, I would like to see us continue breathing life back into the island, one project at a time!” states McDonald
Rotary International President, R. Gordon R. McInally, announced his theme for the 2023-24 Rotary year, “Create Hope in the World”. He explained that the goal is to restore hope to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and to help achieve lasting change. He emphasized the need for peace and continuity, including work to empower women and work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, while not neglecting our mission to end polio. It seems his theme can be the local Call to Arms as well, as our community recovers from Hurricane Ian.
Our next speaker will be Chauncey Goss, Board Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District. Goss is the founder and managing partner of Goss Practical Solutions – a firm that provides federal fiscal policy analysis and budget forecasting. Prior to starting the firm, Goss served as Deputy Staff Director and Director of Budget Review for the House Budget Committee in Washington, DC. The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary will be holding hybrid meetings both on Zoom and in person at the Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., the meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. For more information about Rotary, visit sanibelrotary.org. All are welcome!