SIDNEY — Rotary District Governor Mark Mabelitini, a local resident and member of the Sidney Rotary Club, addressed his home club, Nov. 6, and described what it was like to be the district governor.
Mabelitini said that during the first four months of his term, his main goal was to visit the Rotary Clubs in the district. His purpose was to introduce himself and to see what exciting things clubs were doing across the area. He said he had visited 52 clubs in the last four months and it only took him 41 days to do it because there were days that he would visit one club in the morning and another club for lunch or in the evening. The total miles that he traveled during his trips were 5,761 miles. The farthest club that he went to was in Williamsburg, which was 109 miles away.
Mabelitini noted that each club is unique, but they all followed the same principle of putting service above self. Some of the programs that he saw that were put in place were winter coats for kids, food for the weekend programs, scholarships, camp for people with challenges, taking care of parks and community development.
Overall, the four months have been filled with learning.
“The overall goal of the Rotary Clubs is the same from club to club and that is to make a difference not only in our community, but in other areas that are less fortunate,” he said.