Rotary District 6380: International, Both In Composition And In Impact

09/20/2017 - 12:00
09/20/2017 - 1:00pm

Rotary District 6380, which includes the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (as well as 52 other clubs), is unusual in that it contains Rotary clubs from both Canada and the United States.  District Governor Barry Fraser will share his experience of “just how genuine Rotarians are when they get together to get things done for their local communities as well as at the district and global scale, often supported by our very successful and respected Rotary Foundation.”  He will challenge us in promoting environmental sustainability in the Rotary Six Areas of Focus, as well as more awareness of youth mental health needs.  Barry will also inspire us with the vision of Rotary International President Ian Risely, who has set Rotary priorities to be to 1) support and strengthen clubs; 2) focus and increase humanitarian service, and 3) enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.  President Ian’s passion is “Preserve Planet Earth,” and to that end, he has challenged Rotarians to plant at least one tree each by Earth Day, April 22, 2018, to represent the 1.2 million Rotarians, all for “Making a Difference.”  Perhaps the seven-year community service project of our club, planting 1,300 trees to compensate for the emerald ash tree borer blight, will give us a head start!
Barry Fraser began his Rotary career in 1977 as a member of a Group Study Exchange to Pusan, South Korea.  The following year, he was invited to join the Chatham Noon Rotary Club in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, which was also the first year of Rotary’s Polio Eradication Campaign.  An agrologist and graduate of McGill University, Barry’s passion for the environment led his to serve as his club’s first chair of the Environmental Committee, which planted 5,000 trees on school properties, as well as constructing walking trails.  

Barry Fraser
District Governor, District 6380