A Year I'll Never Forget - Thank You!

Where did the 2020-21 Rotary Year go? Even a global pandemic wouldn’t stop us from Enhancing Member Engagement, Increasing our Impact and proving we know how to Adapt!
RI President Holger Knaack’s theme for the year was “Rotary Opens Opportunities." Despite the world being shut down, we still made our mark in the world. The friendships, the opportunities to give back to others, the fun we got to have with one another, all bonded by Rotary. I love my Rotary After Hours family, composed of 61 incredible individuals who are committed to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” We are coming out the other side of a really strange and unusual year energized and more resilient. In a time of uncertainty, Rotary always gave me something to look forward to. It gave me a greater sense of purpose to serve those who needed us most. Thank you for joining me in taking advantage of the many opportunities that Rotary and Rotary After Hours offered this past year. 
This is a bittersweet moment for me. Incoming RI President Shekhar Mehta says the “Presidency at the club level is the best job you can have in Rotary” and he’s right. It’s been the experience of a lifetime to be our club’s president, one I never imagined holding and I am so grateful to all of you for giving me this opportunity. The club.. you all... have been my life for the past year. I have appreciated all the words of support and encouragement over the past 12 months. I have appreciated each and every one of you who helped make it another successful year for our club- whether it was helping with a committee, showing up for a service event, partaking in a social or seeing you at a club program (either virtually or in person). I will cherish the memories, the life lessons and the deepened friendships this year has brought me. 
I am proud of Rotary After Hours (that includes each of you!) and all we've accomplished. If the past year and decade is any indicator, then truly, the BEST is YET to come.
From the bottom of my grateful heart, thank you RAH!
Marissa Dickinson
Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours, President 2020-2021