District 6290's new District Governor is Gernot Runschke, an architect from the Rotary Club of Grand Haven.
It was appropriate for Gernot to visit while the Boy Scouts were in attendance, as his background includes being a scout leader on several high adventure trips. He also has been active in Rotary for many years, both at the local and the District level. Among the programs in which participates is an annual service project in Honduras.
Both during our meeting and in an informal chat with the Board that followed, Gernot talked about the role of the District and his priorities as District Governor. Gernot says the District seeks to be a valuable resource to local clubs, not a watchdog over them.  The District is looking for ways to increase participation in District training programs, such as by conducting webinars rather than traditional seminars. He described the Rotary Foundation as the engine that drives the many worthwhile projects that Rotarians support.
Gernot's top priorities as District Governor are three:
  • Increasing Club memberships
  • Developing more Interact Clubs
  • Supporting Youth Exchange
He urged us to "Celebrate Rotary" and talked about PR grants available through the District to make the community aware of all we do.  He believes that networking is something that should be encouraged, and that meetings should be characterized by fun and friendship.  He also talked about the upcoming International Convention in Atlanta and the District Conference at Crystal Mountain.
A most impressive DG!