This message is about being grateful. Not only am I grateful to be an Encinitas Rotary Club member, I have been lucky enough recently to see many different peoples of our world. My good fortune began with a month in Ecuador at my and Adriennes second home.
First I’d like to say how excited I am to be President of Encinitas Rotary Club effective July 1st. We have a great group of members and will continue working together to help those less fortunate than us with our time and funds.

This message is about being grateful. Not only am I grateful to be an Encinitas Rotary Club member, I have been lucky enough recently to see many different peoples of our world. My good fortune began with a month in Ecuador at my and Adriennes second home.

San Jacinto, Ecuador is a small fishing village of about 15,000 people if you include San Alejo and San Clemente. The wonderful and hard-working locals are very friendly and typical days revolve around beach walks, bicycle rides and small tienda stops for shopping. This, along with visiting many ex-pat friends from all over the world, helps frame a perspective of a third world country. Locals are very appreciative for what they have, generous with their time and fun to be around.

Half of the month of May was filled with a business trip around the world. Without getting into boring detail, I had the fortune to experience the lives of peoples from Malaysia, Viet Nam, Singapore and Baharain. Would have visited Dubai and Jordon but got co-vid in Baharain and had to quarantine. Too bad because I was invited to sit in on an OPEC meeting in Baharain by a sheik. Still, the thrill of seeing and speaking with these sheiks and “suits” from all over the world was eye-opening to say the least. Singapore is probably one of the coolest cities on this planet and Hanoi takes you back in time. Finishing my travels off, I got to spend five days with my friend Greg Day on a four-wheel drive tour of the north rim of the Grand Canyon. People on this tour represented Americana at its best. Topping off two months of travel with a face to face view of the Grand Canyon is what inspired me to write this.
 
The message I am trying to convey is that the world is a wonderful place with friendly people ( a pro-active smile or hello help a lot). From Americana to Asia to the Middle East to Ecuador, we truly are one.The Rotary International Convention in Houston was icing on the cake that confirmed people are wanting to explore and help others everywhere.

Our club is no different. We can help improve and change peoples lives. We have the willingness and resources to do this. Of course we must have fun along the way as well.