It’s hard to imagine that 45 days have elapsed since my term as your Governor began.  It seems like the older you get the faster the time flies!  Just 320 days left to continue ‘Making a Difference’ with you, the wonderful Rotarians of the Friendship District! 
Reflecting on those early days brings memories of July 1, Canada’s 150th birthday and spending most of the day in our beer tent at Brantford’s annual Canada Day celebration (serving, not drinking).  Then later a wonderful fundraiser called Food 4 Kids with the Waterdown and Flamborough clubs, (my omelet took top honours at the event). 
Days later, the Flamborough AM club hosted a great Paul Harris night followed by our trip to Welland, hosted by the Niagara area clubs, to greet the returning Tour du Lac bike riders. Talk about collaboration, the Niagara area clubs banded together to raise almost $100,000 for the building of a new cancer center in Fonthill and their bike riders road over 900 kilometres for the cause around Lake Ontario. 
We did have an opportunity to stay in Brantford for a BBQ hosted by the president of our Brantford Sunrise Club, Cam Johnston, at his home.  It was a super event for the members who were able to attend and our thanks go out to Cam and Vicky.  Good news followed with the appointment of Roger Mann of the other Brantford Club as Assistant Governor for Area 2 replacing Marty Schure.
I accompanied the co-chairs and some committee members of the upcoming District Conference on another visit to the fantastic site of White Oaks Resort to finalize plans.  All of our speakers and breakout sessions have been finalized and we are now getting the website up to speed to provide you with all the information.   Don’t forget that if you register by August 31st, you could be the second winner of an upgrade to a beautiful suite for the weekend.  Paul Roth of the Lincoln Rotary Club was our first winner! 
Just a few days ago, Loretta and I began our series of club visits. Thanks to President Nyree Segui, the board and all of the members of the Dunnville club who made our visit a most memorable one.  As pinch-hitting AG Margaret Andrewes said, “Dunnville set the bar pretty high for future meetings”.  By the time this is published, we will have visited 3 more of our clubs.
By the end of the month we will be at 69 clubs with the addition of a new E Club for Social Innovation.  At last count, the club had 30 charter members from many different parts of the world. They have plans to grow to 200 or more with members in various time zones able to participate at more convenient times.  Thanks to a new member of Kevin Crosby’s Membership Committee, Gordon Crann, who has led this incredible accomplishment since only July 1.  A big thank you Gordon to you and your colleagues for really Making a Difference.  We look forward to your charter night!