Being new(ish) to the role of Club President, and this Tuesday being our turn to host District Governor, Rick Olson, during his District travels, I decided to do some research on the “Do’s and Don’t of the DG Club Visit.” I came across an interesting blog from back in 2014 and it put a smile on my face!
According to that Club’s Rotary Manual of Procedure, our Club apparently should provide at least four herald trumpets and bigger Clubs often have as many as ten musicians on hand. Rotary specifically asks Rotary clubs not to throw rice at the DG while he is making a grand entrance on the red carpet that is required to be rolled out for the DG visit. The rice can actually be dangerous if it hits DG Rick in the eye. Instead, it was suggested that our club throw rose petals. Then there was mention of grapes on entry. Apparently, some clubs elect to feed the DG grapes while entering the club on the red carpet while being showered with rose petals. Other clubs simply feed the DG grapes once he or she has arrived at the table. DG’s are highly trained in the social graces as part of their DG training, and the proper etiquette for grape eating is actually a separate class for DG’s during their training.
Please join me at tomorrow’s meeting to share in an afternoon of Rotary fellowship! Let’s roll out the proverbial red carpet and show DG Rick we have found our HEART in Rotary!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Michelle Corradetti, President
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