Rotary District 7600 Governor Clenise Platt speaks to members of the Emporia Rotary Club Tuesday.

At Tuesday’s Emporia Rotary Club Meeting at noon, special guest District Governor Clenise Platt spoke about the Importance of the Rotary Club and the four points the international president asked the members to focus on.

What the Rotary Club members do in their community and the impact they have makes the heart of the Rotary Club.

“You all are the boots on the ground; you are the heart of Rotary. You know your community, and so you know what your community needs and how you can best serve them,” Platt said. “People are going to see you out in your communities making a difference and they are going to say, how can I be a part of that,” Platt said.

The president asked them to focus on making sure the rotary clubs complement instead of compete with family, making sure the presidents can be flexible and make space for new leaders, and on creating a more sustainable world and being generous in their communities and clubs.

“I believe if we are out in our communities, if we are making a difference and people can see it and feel it and touch it and say how can I be a part of that, that is what’s going to drive our membership,” Platt said.

Platt said the Rotary International president asked them to focus on four points. The first being to grow the Rotary Club, their services and membership.

There are more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.

“One of the most important things in life is the idea of service, and that we have the opportunity to do service above self is just amazing,” Platt said.

The Rotary International Convention’s theme this year is Rotary Connects the World.

Sept. 19-22 is the District Conference. Thursday Sept. 19 includes pre-conference activities that focus on connection. These events include Bikers at the Beach, Top Golf and a Night on The Town. Friday will include a ribbon cutting ceremony for the House of Friendship, a People of Action Award Ceremony and a Welcome to Paradise Luau.

Saturday includes the Alumnae Association Induction Ceremony and the Governor’s Ball. On Sunday, a closing ceremony to honor all Rotarian members who have passed away in previous years will take place.

On Oct. 24 the Rotary Club has asked people to paint the district purple in honor of World Polio Day.Rotary leaders are asking people to make their house lights purple, take a picture of it and post it on Facebook.

The Next Chapter Ceremony will take place April 2020 in Williamsburg.