District Governor Herb Klotz addressed the Emmaus Rotary Club at its' regular breakfast meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019, with vision and passion and humor. His challenge is to Grow Rotary by adding new clubs, new members and increasing participation in District Grants and the District Conference at Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, this Spring, April 24-26, 2020. He noted that there is a discount for Rotarians signing up now for the District Conference and he said "Join us at the
Summit" and has pledged to complete his own trek along the Apphlanican Trail before then by hiking his last 125 miles to the end in Maine. He described how using direct deposit with a contribution of $85 a month can make a Rotarian a Paul Harris Society member who has committed to sustained giving. (If you have questions, Bill Erdman will be glad to help you.) DG Klotz encouraged everyone to support this year's Purple Pinkie Run/Walk on Saturday, October 12, 2019, to raise money to eradicate Polio: 43 of the 45 clubs in our District are Club Sponsors. 
     DG Klotz ended with a heartfelt thank you to the Emmaus Rotary Club by relating the success of the Engineers Without Borders project in Sierra Leone, West Africa which ERC supported by contributing $6000. The project to bring electricity and plumbing into a village school was almost derailed by an outbreak of the Ebola virus which necessitated a massive quarantine and the closing of all schools. On his last visit to determine if the project was sustainable, the parents of the school children stood up to stake their claim for quality education for their children. 
     After the regular meeting, DG Klotz met with the Board to fill in details about how to work on district goals. Again, he thanked ERC for leadership in giving and serving.