President Melanie Walderon
Welcome to the 2017/2018 Rotary year! I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the club and its members to serve as your President for the upcoming year. I sincerely appreciate the support and guidance over the past few months from members to help prepare me to take on this important role in our club. I would not be able to do this without the support from my fellow Colonial Park Rotarians.
RI President Ian H.S. Riseley has selected his theme for the Rotary year to be “Making a Difference”. Ian believes that Rotary is not defined by who we are, but what we do. While Rotary has changed and evolved over the past 112 years, we still remain a service organization with the desire to make a difference within our communities and the world. In speaking with many of our Rotarians within our club, I know the passion and desire is strong to do just this and I am looking forward to working with all of you in “Making a Difference”.
Some exciting things have been happening behind the scenes which will help us to grow to be a strong club and make for an exciting upcoming year. The past and present leadership within the Rotary Club of Colonial Park would like to have more of a presence and impact within our community. We will need your support to accomplish these goals. I truly believe that by having a great presence in the community, we will naturally attract strong leaders to our club.
We are kicking off the year with Colonial Park Rotary Club hosting the District 7390 “Rotary Means Business” event at the Colonial Lounge on Thursday, July 20th. Come join us to meet some other outstanding Rotarians to build your professional network.
We have applied for a District Grant this year which will be used to refurbish the existing bocce ball courts located at Koons park. I’d like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Randy Sibert who has really taken the lead on this allowing us to obtain approval from the township and submit a great grant application in June. We are looking for club members who are willing to serve on the committee. The committee will be working with the Italian Lodge in Hershey as well as the Special Olympics to encourage the community to use and enjoy the courts. I received word yesterday evening that our application has been approved by the District Grant Committee! We are just awaiting final approval from Rotary International. Some of the funds will also be used to replace and refurbish the horseshoe pits and shuffleboard at the same location. This is a great step in “Making a Difference” in our community!
As in prior years, we will be participating in National Night Out which is on August 1st this year. A special thanks to Jaime Novinger-Toigo, Heather Steavens-Jones, and Brian Caffrey in organizing this for the club. Rotarians should expect some updates in July as well as a sign up for volunteers to interact with the public and promote our club, community involvement, and scholarships.
In closing, I look forward to serving with my fellow Rotarians and am excited for a great year!