Our President Bev Rundell (center) thanks Jan & District Governor Greg Luring for his talk.  They  were introduced by ADG Peter Moore.  On Monday evening Greg & Jan met with club Directors, where he spoke about his 2015-16 goals for the District, & noted RI President Ravi’s intention to bring effective business practices to Rotary.  During Greg & Jan’s long & fabulous association with Rotary, they’ve made lifelong friends through the “Family of Rotary.” 25 years ago, their daughter Kimberly was an exchange student in India.  During Greg’s club presidency in Yakima, they created a trust which has grown substantially, & received a $20m donation!  Since then,  the 3 Yakima clubs have joined together under the trust, & are providing meaningful and substantial benefits to the Yakima Community in the name of Rotary.  Given the size & bureaucracy of Rotary, he believes it’s sometimes better to move forward with our projects, asking for forgiveness, rather than permission!   A major focus currently is the new membership growth & retention strategy (MARS).  Independent research asked members - Why Join Rotary?, finding 1) friendship  2) local impact & 3) networking; when asked Why Stay with Rotary?, they found 1) and 2) are the same, but 3) became international projects. Both 1 and 2 in Join and Stay are significantly higher than other reasons. Greg feels Rotary should slow down the “ask” for funds, & suggests a direct correlation with increased “asks” & reduced membership since the 1985 commencement of Polio Plus.  We were all encouraged to attended the District Conference in Yakima, May 12-15, 2016. A major change at this conference will be replacement of the Presidential Representative talk with a focus on the Youth Exchange Program. Did you know our District averages 34 students per year, but the North American average is only 5!