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

In her December 2021 Newsletter, Rotary International Vice-President and Director and Valarie Wafer talks about a busy November, the transition from Zoom to live in-person events , including her office at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.  She lays out her busy December ,in person events and the International Assembly in January for incoming District Governors. VP Valarie asks us to give 1000% as we emerge strong and embody our vision statement as people of action ......... 

Dear Rotarains, Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family in District 7070,

November was a very busy month and we connected in so many ways.  We connected virtually for our incredible three-night summit series, with incredible energy, inspiring speakers and a celebration of our accomplishments.  Thank you for attending and thank you to the incredible team that made it happen. 

As you can see, I am sporting a new look. This is my in-person, out-of Zoom look.  This new look allowed me to attend many events in November including a D7090 Foundation lunch, a D7070 club celebration event and a Zone institute in Tucson, Arizona.  What an incredible feeling to be travelling and be among friends once again. To hear from incredible speakers, participate in empowering girl’s projects and lead discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

For the first time as an RI Director, I had the chance to visit Evanston and participate in RI Board meetings in person.  As you can imagine, the energy was high and infectious.   Never underestimate the importance of physically being together.  The conversations in the hall, at lunch and during the walk from the hotel to headquarters helped build new relationships and support and strengthen our discussions and decisions. 

In December many of you will see this new look as I travel to D7430, D7450 and D7505 to meet with clubs and celebrate the holidays and a club anniversary.  And of course, next month we gather at the International Assembly, the final orientation for our District Governors Elect. 

As we change the calendar to a new year, many of us are halfway through our current Rotary role.  As we transition to meeting in person and roll up our sleeves in service let’s give it 1,000 per cent.  Let’s emerge strong and embody our vision statement as people of action.  Put on that “new look”, be safe and be strong.

However you celebrate, happy holidays;  Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year to each of us. Enjoy this precious time spent with family and friends.  And as we head into the holiday season let’s gather our loved ones close, celebrate life and honour those that are no longer with us.

From our home to yours, Mark and I wish each of you happiness and health.

Yours In Rotary,


Valarie Wafer

Rotary International Vice President (2021-2022)

Rotary International Director (2020-22)

Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay