See District Governor Michelle Bell's January Newsletter here.

January, 2020

Greetings, District 5970!

The new year -- and new decade -- have finally arrived, and it’s time to put into action all the ideas we’ve been planning since fall. It’s also a time of regrowth, of forgiving ourselves for shortcomings. 

I spend a lot of time on the road, traveling around Iowa, the country, and the world for my career and Rotary. As such, I have a lot of time to reflect on things that didn’t go as planned. But what I’ve learned over the years is that kicking myself does no good -- not for my colleagues, fellow Rotarians, and certainly not for my emotional health. 

This year, I challenge you to consider a different perspective when a plan goes wonky or an outcome is unexpected. Rather than beating ourselves up, let’s reflect on what went well and how we can unite to improve the process or situation next time: a certain skill set that was missing; more or less stakeholder involvement; different ways to measure metrics.

Rotarians are better together. Hold each other up in this century’s roaring ‘20s -- I can’t wait to see what you achieve this year and beyond.

(Read more in the newsletter here.)