Three Mesa West Rotarians were in Tucson last week for the first in-person Zone Institute since COVID isolation began in the spring of 2020.  Lucinda General, as a Zone Coordinator, was constantly on duty.  John Pennypacker arrived Wednesday, November 10 to participate in Council on Legislation Training.  Jeanie Morgan arrived Thursday evening to enjoy the fellowship and inspiration of the Institute.
A common thread throughout all topics was the need to
  • Increase our impact
  • Expand our reach
  • Enhance participant engagement
  • Increase our ability to Adapt
Rotary International President, Shekar Mehta, participated in a panel discussing his initiative of empowering girls.  Those participating heard about now important it is to know how to tell our own story.  We each have a unique story about our Rotary experience and should share it.
Rotary strongly believes that to grow Rotary, we need to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Speakers and panelists provided very good information on this topic.  
In order to do more, we need to grow Rotary.  "Each one reach one" was commonly heard throughout the event.
Our District Governor Line were in Tucson the entire week for their training.  Friday evening culminated in a graduation celebration of the class of 2022-23 District Governors.  Larry Horton, who will govern 5495 next year is beaming in the photo taken at the Mardi-Gras themed graduation dinner Saturday night.