Rotary 7450 District Governor, Doug Blazey, visited with the Rotary Club of Bensalem at their August 19th luncheon meeting held at Michael’s Restaurant on Street Road.
Doug has been involved in Rotary since 1998, when he joined the Wayne, PA Rotary Club. He has been a club president, secretary, served on the board of directors, was a member of the district’s Group Study Exchange Committee, and was the District International Service Committee Chair. In addition, he served as the Gundaker Annual Giving Chair and on the District By-Laws Committee. Currently, Doug is a member of the Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
During his presentation, Doug discussed the 2014-2015 Rotary Club theme, which is “Light Up Rotary”, and what it means to him. He believes that Rotarians are the ones who bring the “light” to everything they do in their communities and that it is imperative to every club’s success that Rotarians find a way to share this “light” with other members of the community. By doing this, it will inspire other community members to join Rotary and help continue to spread the “light”. Doug summed up his method for “spreading the light” with three words: Serving, sharing and shining.
Doug believes that it is the District’s responsibility to play the role of “helper”, not “doer”, and assist Rotarians in their endeavors. He would also like to see continued growth of Rotary’s youth programs, have Rotary clubs become more visible in their communities by doing more locally, and encourage the sharing of ideas among clubs and committees.
Most importantly, Doug hopes that rotarians continue to enjoy the fellowship Rotary provides while having fun and encouraging family and friends to become fellow rotarians. He would like to create a family fun day to be held next summer at a local park to boost fellowship between local Rotary clubs and to introduce other community members to all that Rotary has to offer.
The Bensalem Rotary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of Bensalem residents and raising money to help those in need. The club meets every Tuesday at 12:00 pm at Michael’s Restaurant on Street Road for an informal luncheon and occasional guest presentations. All are welcome to join for lunch or to do a 15 minute presentation about your nonprofit or community organization. To learn more about the Bensalem Rotary, visit www.bensalemrotary.org