ImageOn June 25, 2012 Jim Maniace was installed as the President of Columbus Rotary.  We were fortunate to be joined by 22 Past Presidents as well as members of the Club Board.  Jim began his remarks by presenting George Arnold, Jerry Converse and his wife, Jana, with Paul Harris Fellowships.   He also recognized his father in law and daughter from the podium; thanking his family for supporting him.

Jim explained that he had not grown up in a family where community service was emphasized.  It was some time later, after he had moved to Columbus, that he learned about community service and Rotary through business partners and friends.

"With Columbus Rotary you can achieve anything." is our theme for the year.  Jim reminded us all to dream big and think outside the box.  As you might imagine, as Jim's term drew closer, many members approached him with ideas, observations and criticisms.    Charles F. Kettering said, "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."  There is a common thread. There is a silent majority in this Club which is willing and ready to see us change and evolve, to try new strategies, and to confront sacred cows. Kettering also said, "The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."
Many people have asked Jim what they can do to help this year.  If there is any favor the President could ask of all of you it would be this.  Allow us to experiment.  Let us try some new things.  As we experiment with trying a different approach occasionally, allow us to make mistakes.  We can promise you we will fail on some of these experiments. When we fail, we will try and try again. Charles Kettering had a perspective on failure.  “One fails forward to success.” “It is not a disgrace to fail, failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.”  You might think of President Jim as an artist by the end of the year!