Posted by Valrie Wafer, Vice-President & Director , Rotary International

In her June 2022 Newsletter, written from Pakistan, where she and mark are attending their District conference, Rotary International Vice-President and Director and Valarie Wafer thanks all of us in Zones 28 and 32. She notes that it has been an incredible experience being a member of our team for two years, as she served as RI Director. She talks about our new and innovative ways to promote membership, fundraising and publicity and how we made  diversity, equity and inclusion a top priority.  She challenges each of us to close our eyes and go back two years.  Have you moved forward? Is your Rotary experience enhanced?  Is your club reflective of the community and relevant to new members? She wants us to be proud of our accomplishments.  ..........

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family in Rotary Zones 28 and 32,

"Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.”-Mother Teresa.

It is incredible to realize that this will be my last entry in your District 7070 and Zone 28 & 32 Beyond Borders monthly newsletters.  This incredible resource and professional publication would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of many who submit articles to keep us up to date on the incredible work of our Rotarians. Thank you. There is one individual who must be thanked for her hard work, dedication and skill.  Editor PDG Ariane Carriere who has worked tirelessly to bring us this world class newsletter.  This will be Ariane’s last publication after four years.  Thank you Ariane, you are a shining star!

Each of you in Zones 28 and 32 have given the best you have. It has been an incredible  experience being a member of your team for two years, serving as RI Director.  A privilege I never took lightly, a privilege that will be cherished with fond memories knowing that we met the challenges of the last two years and came out stronger.

I want to thank each of you.  We have looked at membership through a new lens and are reaping the benefits.  We have found new innovative ways to fundraise and publicize our good work.  And we have made diversity, equity and inclusion a top priority.  The thanks goes to our members, our leaders and our clubs.  Innovation and a change in culture does not begin at the top of any organization but with the team on the ground, in the community and you have done an incredible job.

I want each of you to close your eyes and go back two years.  Have we moved forward? Is your Rotary experience enhanced?  Is your club reflective of the community and relevant to new members?  My guess is that many of you are nodding your heads with conviction.  Be proud of your accomplishments, your ability to serve and support our members through a tough and challenging period in history.  You have inspired me and I tell your stories everywhere I go.

Thank you to the incredible Zone team that I have been blessed to work with.  You have thought out of the box and I know the seeds that you have planted will come to fruition in the years to come.

As I pass the baton to Director-elect Drew Kessler, I do it with pride and confidence knowing that these seeds will continue to be watered, nurtured and challenged.  Drew is an incredible leader and I wish him an incredible journey!

Thank you for all the love and support you have shown to Mark and myself.

The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.”-Mother Teresa

You are our Family and we are richer for it.


Yours In Rotary,


Valarie Wafer

Rotary International Vice President (2021-2022)

Rotary International Director (2020-22)




Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

Rotary International