Presidents Message

President Melanie Walderon

Greetings Rotarians,
We’ve successfully wrapped up our first month of the new Rotary Calendar year. Thank you to many of you who have stepped up to assist and become more active within the club. This is an important step for the Rotary Club of Colonial Park. We will continue to reach out to members as we move forward with forming committees. Please let myself or Fred know what areas are of interest.

I am always humbled during our annual Community Giving event and this year was no different. I was truly amazed at how many of the organizations impacted one another and collectively are supporting our community. I was especially touched to hear Chief Spotts talk about the letter he received from one of the little girls who participates with Girls on the Run. I know that moment was very meaningful for Chief Spotts as well as Gillian Byerly.

A special thanks to Randy for setting up Wednesday nights from 6-8pm at the Bocce Courts to introduce the public and fellow Rotarians to Bocce Ball. If you have any interest in learning how to play or participating in leagues that will be forming after all the restoration is completed with our District Grant, please see Randy.

August kicks off with National Night Out which is held August 1st 5-8pm in George Park. We hope to see many of you stop by our tent and join us in bringing police and community together in a positive and supportive environment. Many of the organizations that were in attendance for our Community Giving event will also be there so come out and support everyone! Thank you to Jaime, Heather, and Brian for all their help organizing our participation in this event.
Rocco, Lowman, Bill, and Jim are working hard to pull together our annual Crab Feast which will be held at the Paxtonia Fire Hall on August 16th. This is always a popular event with many Rotarians in attendance. Sign up sheets will be going around beginning this Wednesday. Please join us for some fun and fellowship on August 16th.

In addition to the above events, Scott LeVan has some great speakers lined up for our August meetings. Thank you to Scott for taking charge and stepping up to help us organize a great August.

On a personal note, I am on a mentor team with the SHE-CAN organization. We are mentoring a young lady from Rwanda who has earned a 4 year scholarship to Gettysburg College. She arrives in NYC this week! I plan to bring her to the August 9th meeting as well as the Crab Feast on the 16th. Please introduce yourselves to Irene Mugeni and make her feel welcome!
Thanks again for all the support and guidance I’ve received as I stepped into this role. I appreciate each of you and look forward to a great August!

Kind Regards,
Melanie