February 2018

Dear Rotarians,

“People who love their country can change it.” “[That’s] the beauty of service: anybody can do it. You don’t need to be a community organizer, a senator, a Kennedy or even a president to bring changes to people’s lives.” -President Barack Obama Senator John F. Kennedy was famous for telling a story about a starfish: An old man walking along the beach at dawn sees a young man picking up the star fish and throwing them out to sea. “Why are you doing that?” The old man inquired. The young man explained that the starfish had been stranded on the beech by a receding tide. And would soon die in the daytime sun. “But the beach goes on for miles,” the old man said. “And there’s so many! How can your effort make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and without hesitating threw it to safety in the sea. He looked up at the old man, smiled and said, “It will make a difference to that one.” That is the story of OUR Rotary Club! This week I visited the Norwalk Rotary Club and was impressed with their 65+ members. During the lunch meal I was asked how many members were in the Lorain Rotary Club….The table seemed down when I reported our 36 or so members…. I told them with pride….that although we were not very big….WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE in our community! We have members that are active in the schools, active in the non profits that service Lorain and oh ya…..we are building a pier that clubs twice our size could not dream of building! Not because we are saving the city from all it’s problems….We are throwing a star fish here and there back into the sea and impacting lives!

Thanks you for all you do!


Jim Vanderpool, President