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Pat Miller

Rotary Club of Rohnert Park - Cotati, 2018-2019

President’s Message:
 
What an honor to serve as President in a year when the motto is “Be the Inspiration”.  I look forward to becoming the Inspiration for our membership, our community and the world.
 
I fell in love with Rotary while attending Festival of Brotherhood with Rotary District 4150 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The opportunity to visit projects with such need truly inspired me to help. From the Children’s Cancer Ward at the University Hospital to a shelter for abused girls, we are the Inspiration and the hope for so many people.
 
The Rotary Club of Rohnert Park/Cotati has always been the Inspiration for our Community. In April of 2018, we were honored by the Rohnert Park City Council for our volunteer work cleaning out the creeks in town and removing over two and a half tons of debris! Two of our members travelled to Mexico during “Rivers of the World Clean-up” to clean the Rio Ameca near Guadalajara, Mexico
 
Our club members represent the Inspiration of Rohnert Park and Cotati. We are all involved either locally or globally.  From schooling in Africa, medical aid in Guatemala and with projects in Ethiopia and Uganda. Ask me about Bees!
 
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what it was like to serve on the Fire Relief Committee as an interviewer. To be able to give assistance checks to survivors after the devastating October wildfire season was one of the most humbling and inspiring things I have been privileged to complete as a Rotarian.
 
As sponsors of several local Interact Clubs at Technology High School and Rancho Cotati High School, we are the Inspiration for a multitude of young people to remember Service above Self, the Rotary Motto. These students in the past years have sponsored students at schools in Africa, built bridges near Mt Kilimanjaro and provided clean water for countless through the Clean Water Projects throughout the World. These students understand the meaning of “Be the Inspiration”.
 
Beginning our 42nd year of existence in this Community, we will continue to “Be the Inspiration” by continuing our projects with Project Helping Hands which assists Senior Citizens with minor household jobs. We support literacy, providing all third graders within our district their own colorful dictionary; We provide scholarship to high school seniors and to Sonoma State University and so much more!
 
Within my Presidential year, I hope to have fun and celebrate “Being the Inspiration”.
 
Please join us on Tuesday mornings at 7:00am at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park or follow us on Facebook. You are always welcome to “Be the Inspiration”!
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Pat Miller