Posted by Heather Rutz on Aug 02, 2018
District Governor encourages Lima to lead.
District 6600 Governor Maris Brenner visited the Lima Rotary Club Monday, encouraging the club to stretch itself, lead and reach beyond its local borders to make a difference.
Brenner, whose home club is Rotary Club of Sandusky, is a resort and marketing professional. The last 11 years she led the Sales and Marketing Team at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, and she continues a modified schedule at Sawmill Creek Resort.
Brenner noted the many initiatives and the kind of work the Lima club has taken on in recent years, and it is because of that track record that she believes Lima can do more.
“I need you at the next level,” Brenner said. Lima members can teach and lead by example, showing the way for smaller clubs in the district, Brenner said, by doing things such as sharing program ideas and special projects.
Rotary International’s current president and Brenner are also encouraging clubs to look beyond their borders, she said, especially to international service. That support does not need to be as complex as Lima’s current international sanitation grant. It can be as simple as supporting the MESA containers headed to Guatemala, or the St. Marys club midwife project in Mongolia.
“I challenge you,” Brenner said. “Because you’re already doing so much, go beyond your borders.”
During her visit, Brenner met with a joint session of the Lima Rotary Club executive board and the Lima Rotary Foundation board. She also announced that Lima Past President Esther Baldridge has been named an assistant district governor. Brenner and Baldridge became friends when both of them served as their club presidents the same year.