I am so proud to have been chosen to lead Rotary District 7430 as District Governor in FY24-25.  This is a three-year journey, beginning this year as District Governor Nominee, next year as District Governor Elect, and finally becoming District Governor for FY24-25.    In preparation, I had the privilege of attending the Governors-Nominee Training Seminar (GNTS) in Toronto, Canada, September 21-24, entitled “Learning to Lead”.
District Governor Elect, Diane Donaher, District Governor Len Geisler, District Governor Nominee Katie Farrell 
Rotary International FY 23-34 President-Elect, Gordon McInally from Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland
As you may know, our club and district are part of Zone 32 which includes 22 districts and 1,164 Rotary Clubs with 32,783 members in Canada, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Bermuda.   So our training seminar included many people and perspectives – an unbelievable opportunity for learning, sharing, networking and fellowship.  I met so many inspiring and collaborative Rotarians that I am sure will be excellent resources during my DG journey.
Rotary’s Action Plan or vision statement is “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.   To achieve this vision of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation, we have set four priorities that will direct our work over the next five years.  They are: (1) Increase our impact, (2) Expand our reach, (3) Enhance participant engagement, and (4) Increase our ability to adapt.
Over four days, the Governors Nominees participated in learning modules and activities to help us develop strong District teams and clubs, as well as strategic plans which will insure that we align with the RI Action Plan.  Our sessions focused on such topics as communicating for success, planning events, working with regional support staff, engaging young leaders and addressing challenges.   The Zone Learning Leaders were excellent and the materials helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel better prepared to fulfill my responsibilities as DG…………but my learning journey is far from over!
I know that I can count on our Club to support me over the next several years.   I will be asking you to step up and participate in District activities and, most importantly, to help me plan a District Conference in my DG year that will be educational and inspiring for our members.   THANK YOU.
Katie Farrell
Rotary District 7430 District Governor Nominee
and Annual Fund Chair