2018-2019 Club President
 
President's Message
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads Website.
 
It is my privilege and honor to have the opportunity to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads.
 
I was introduced to Rotary by incredible people and wonderful experiences.  Even when I was a child, I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference. My parents encouraged volunteerism, kindness, and the ability to give what you can when you can to others who need a little help along the way.
 
Rotary is truly that calling. A wonderful group of people, working toward a common goal, giving of their time, talent and treasure to make things happen to improve the lives of others, this club has a 38-year history of doing just that. Our club has helped many people in Hampton Roads and across the globe. Be proud that you are part of something truly amazing!
 
Having attended the RI Convention in Toronto (YAY! Toronto 2018!), I fell in love with Rotary all over again. To see Rotary at that scale is astounding and far reaching. We are part of something even bigger, something more powerful and impactful when it comes to fellowship, peace, understanding, and service - all with the intent to better the world we all live in – no strings attached.
 
I’m happy to share with you the 2018-2019 Rotary Theme on behalf of Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin. Our theme is Be the Inspiration. Barry chose this theme because, throughout his years in Rotary, he has had the opportunity to see that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. “The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve.”
 
I ask each of you not only to seek that inspiration within yourselves, but to Be the Inspiration for others. Let’s build our club with Rotarians who find meaning in their service, who know they are having an impact, and who are inspired to do even more.
 
To those of you who support our fundraising efforts, thank you.  It’s your support that allows us to do the work we do. 
 
Our Club is excited about our future and look forward to many more years of serving our community and living up to the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”.
 
Sincerely,
Camile Peter
President
Rotary Club of Hampton Roads