As he travels across West Virginia, Rotary International District 7530 Gov. Greg Smith is presenting a simple message to Rotary members: If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
Smith, speaking to the Moundsville Rotary Club on Wednesday, said his "back to basics" approach seems to mesh with the Rotary initiative of "Peace Through Service." He said whether a club chooses to donate to a local, state or national program or charity, the message is the same.
Smith, who is serving as the district governor for the 2012-13 year, recently retired and has approached the Rotary position as his new career. He has visited 17 of the 31 clubs in the district thus far and said the simple message has been well received.
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Rotary International District 7530 Gov. Greg Smith speaks Wednesday at a meeting of the Moundsville Rotary Club.
"It isn't necessary to reinvent the wheel," he said. "Why do anything different when, through our service, we are helping the community?"
Some of that help was noticeable in June and July, when storms left thousands without power for several days. Smith said what was lost in the shuffle during that time was that people were without food, which made places like the Mountaineer Food Bank that much more important.
"In the district, we raised $20,000, which was matched by Rotary International, and we were able to provide $40,000 worth of food to people who needed it," he said, adding the goal of every Rotary club is to provide for their fellow community members on a local level.
Additionally, Smith said the implementation of an online satellite club has helped boost membership numbers in the district. He said a majority of the E-club's 39 members are participants in the Leadership West Virginia program, and he is hopeful they will later become full fledged members as their careers progress.
"We're all here to serve and help those in West Virginia who need it," he said.