At a recent meeting of the North Haven Rotary Club, Assistant Governor Ronald Osach of the New Haven Rotary Club introduced Brian Amey, the Rotary Governor for the shoreline’s District 7980, explaining that the new CEO originally hailed from England where he served in the Royal Air Force before starting a career in retail banking. Arriving in the U.S. in 1995, he is presently the manger of a bank in Newtown, CT. Besides his extensive Rotary responsibilities, Amey also serves on various community boards, the local Chamber of Commerce, and is treasurer of the Newtown Parade Committee.
Governor Amey began by saying that the “book” says that his visits to the various Rotary clubs in his district should be “inspiring and motivating,” but added that the North Haven club did not need either. However, he did encourage the membership to help the youthful members of their newly founded Rotaract Club, since they are the leaders of the future. Additionally, he said that they should continue to focus on the youth of the community, and to continue with projects such as their extensive scholarship program.
With a goal of a total district membership of 3,500, he noted that the club has only 46 members, and challenged the group to dramatically increase that number, while urging them to increase their financial support for PolioPlus, the global effort to wipe out polio. He reminded everyone that the world is “so close” at 99% inoculated, but said Rotarians need to make it 100%, so that no one in the world needs to worry about polio ever again. In reference to the “soft spoken” Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, he said that this year’s theme is “Peace through Service”, whereas the District 7980 theme is “Lighten the Burden for Others,” especially during these difficult economic times. (Re club info: www.nhrotary.org)