This week, the leaders of Rotary International are gathered in San Diego for this year's International Assembly. In addition to the RI Board of Directors and senior officers, all of the 2018-2019 District Governors are on hand for this meeting - including our own Cindy Hornaman. 
I received a text from Cindy on Monday morning with the message "You saw it here first!".  She attached a photo of incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme for 2018-2019: "BE THE INSPIRATION".
Later on Monday, Rassin spoke to the assembled DGEs about the new theme.  “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 
Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming DGs must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”
The need in our local community and all over the world is so great.  But the power and reach of Rotary makes such a huge difference in the lives of many every day.  Let's commit ourselves to Mr. Rassin's vision to "Be The Inspiration" for unity, for taking the actions necessary to create lasting change and to make the world a better place.
Yours in Rotary,