As the New Year dawns, I hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it’s important to recognize the special symbolism that the New Year brings – new beginnings and fresh starts. A time to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given us and all the good things that are yet to come. Despite the many challenges of 2021, Rotarians continued to do what we do best... serve to change lives! And for that and for all of you... I am forever grateful!
Besides the start of the new year, January is also Rotary’s Vocational Services month! 
(Image of some our district leaders honoring newly retired Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn with the Paul Harris Fellow)
Vocational Service focuses on: 
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors and the public
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.
If you need help on Vocational Service projects or ideas, feel free to reach out to Rita Gordon Anderson, District Vocational Services Chair. You can also refer to Rotary’s “Vocational Service in Action” guide for more assistance.
Last month, several district leadership team members met with Sacramento Police Chief, Dan Hahn, to thank him for his consistent support of Rotary and our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others in our communities. 
Many of you know that Chief Hahn retired as of December 31, 2021 and our district awarded him with a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize him for his efforts.  Chief Hahn was an ardent supporter of our district’s Human Trafficking Initiative and he and his staff supported many of our club’s activities over the years.  Those attending were PDG Bob Deering, Dr. Brian Gladden, District Public Image Chair Marsha Vacca and District Foundation Chair Joe Scheimer as well as yours truly. 
Let’s make it a great year!
Yours in Service,
Desirée Wilson
District 5180 Governor