2019-2020 District 7030 District Governor Trevor Blake 
Fellow District 7030 Rotarians
Greeting, and welcome to Rotary Year 2019 -2020!  I wish you a happy new Rotary year. 
I am delighted to connect with you through this medium, for the first time as District Governor.  On Saturday, June 22nd, IPDG Dominique ceremoniously invested me with the insignia of the office, but today, July 1st, the District Leadership Team and I officially assume the mantle of leadership of the District. 
I take office, today, with a deep sense of gratitude to you, the Rotarians of District 7030, for granting me the opportunity to serve you in this august position.  I also do so with a sense of trepidation, cognizant of the weight of responsibility that attaches to the office.  I further do so, with a sense of purpose, committed to uniting with all of you to take action to Connect the World, to make lasting changes in our communities here in the District in the first instance, but also globally, in tandem with 1.2 million fellow Rotarian worldwide, and finally, and perhaps more importantly, within ourselves. 
The year ahead promises to be exciting. There is a number of imperatives for us in this rotary year.  As Rotary International activates its new strategic plan and its priorities, we must bring own district strategic plan into full alignment.  RI President Mark Maloney has chosen as the theme for this year - Rotary Connect the World.  This not only highlights the unique position and power of Rotary in its global dimensions, but also emphasizes interconnection of the Family of Rotary.  We must in District 7030, strive to strengthen these connections, in our clubs, in our local communities and across our district, and between the entire Family of Rotary, ie Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, and Earlyact.  The sustainability of Rotary will depend on the success we are able to achieve with the new generations. 
I anticipate that the year will be challenging, as we seek to meet the goals set for the District.  While these goals are perfectly attainable, they will require some effort by most clubs and may test the mettle of a few.  To achieve them may require a change in the status quo, but we must all be not just merely open to change, we must embrace it! It is the only constant in life! 
I expect it to be rewarding, as we consider the impact that we will make on our communities. As volunteers, our reward is the good that we do, and the comradery and fellowship we enjoy in our activities.  I certainly hope that we will have much fun doing good this year.    
In closing, I draw your attention to RI’s new vision: Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  Let us unite and take action, in District 7030, to make our year - 2019/2020 - a great success! 
Sincerely, and in Rotary’s Service,
Trevor E Blake
Governor 2019 – 2020
Rotary District 7030