Published On: Fri, Sep 20th, 2013

‘Engage Rotary, Change Lives…’

Lewisburg Rotary President Paul Grist and District Governor Harry Faulk display this year’s district Rotary theme of “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

Lewisburg Rotary President Paul Grist and District Governor Harry Faulk display this year’s district Rotary theme of “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

Rotary Club of Beckley member Harry Faulk visited the Lewisburg Club on Sept. 16, in his capacity as this year’s District Governor.

Faulk spoke of this year’s theme of engaging and changing lives through joining Rotary. He expressed encouragement in recruiting new members in the United States as membership has been slowly declining in recent years.

Faulk told Lewisburg Rotarians of how meaningful it is when a member realizes their personal transformation from a club member to a true Rotarian. He explained, “This happens when you are engaged in a project, perhaps in an isolated region of the world, and realize how the network of Service Above Self crosses all cultural, political and religious divides.”

Having now completed visits to 18 of the 27 Rotary Clubs in our district, Faulk reminds all to remember when you become engaged in Rotary, the life that’s changed the most is yours.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Faulk earned a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and a doctor of arts degree in music from Carnegie Mellon University. He then completed post-doctoral work in higher education administration at West Virginia University.

Subsequently to meeting with the district governor, Lewisburg Rotarian President Paul Grist explained the current position of the club in regards to participating in the Fort Savannah amphitheater. Several reports state that the Lewisburg club is committed to the funding of the building of the amphitheater in association the Greenbrier Valley Restoration Project (GVRP).

Grist explains that while, “Lewisburg Rotary has met several times at Fort Savannah with GVRP members regarding the possibility of an amphitheater, Montwell Park is still in the planning stages and we do not have enough information at this time for a funding commitment from our club.”

Overall, the club is in support of the park project and feels it is a wonderful addition to the community.

Lewisburg Rotary will induct three new members on Sept. 30, and will be volunteering to help Carnegie Hall man the token booths at Taste of Our Town in October.