As your Rotary District 5840 Governor this weekend was AWESOME!
Friday, we celebrated significant gifts to the Rotary International Foundation with our Million Dollar Dinner at the San Antonio Country Club.  Our special guest speaker was Ann Lee Hussey from Maine.   Ann Lee is a polio survivor and and polio warrior and told her Rotary Story of service around the world to fight polio.   Hearing the commitments of Rotarians like Ann Lee inspires all of us to continue our service and our gifts.
Saturday, I spoke very briefly at RYLA.  I followed a speaker who talked about the importance of confidence and gave the participants specific tools to help build confidence.   She also spoke about relationships and the importance of dignity and respect in the effort to build friendships with others.  And they did some very fun exersises to practice new skills.   
Today at RYLA they learned about bullying and human trafficking and how to cope with these pervasive problems in school and community.   The leadership of RYLA does a wonderful job of pulling together a weekend of learning and fun for our future leaders and I am very grateful for their dedication and service.  This leadership team has worked together for a long time and we can be very proud of their work.
Today, I also met with the Outbound Exchange Students of our Rotary Youth Exchange program.   We are sending only 14 of our youth to be other countries to have this experience building relationships and living in another culture.   In turn we will host students from these countries in our Clubs and our homes.   These students are excited to go abroad and we are very proud to send them----and to receive students from abroad.  The RYE Committee does an outstanding job for us putting all of the detail together.   
As your Rotary District 5840 I am grateful for your service and look forward to celebrating many more years of Rotary Service.
By the way!!!!!    District Governor Elect Xavier Toson is at the International Assembly in San Diego meeting his District Governor classmates.