PHOENIXVILLE -- Rotary District Governor Joel Chesney paid a visit and spoke before the Rotary Club of Phoenixville at the Phoenixville Country Club Tuesday afternoon.

Chesney presented the Rotary Club with a citation for its many accomplishments this past year.

Following a prime rib lunch, Chesney spoke about the expectations for the upcoming year.

"It is my wish that you will accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all you have done," said Chesney. "I hope you will continue to help make dreams real for so many in so many ways. We are a volunteer organization with people who have an open heart."

Chesney, who is currently visiting various Rotary Clubs within his district this week, said that he averages 52 visits a year.

"I have to meet with a club (Tuesday) night in Downingtown," he said. "Then first thing (Wednesday) morning, I'm meeting with the Rotary Club in Lancaster. This is a good club here with a solid core group of members. I enjoyed having lunch with them today."

When inquired about his popular last name, Chesney said that he is indeed distantly related to country music superstar Kenny Chesney.

"His grandfather is my first cousin," he said. "We go way back."

A member of Rotary for over 32 years, Chesney stressed to the Phoenixville Rotary about membership.

"I know this is one you've heard many times, but the need for good qualified members and the retention of existing ones is greater than ever," he said. "We've gained country but not membership. We need to address retention. We need new members to lead us into the next century. We need to discuss today and what will go on tomorrow.

"One of the lasting lessons I have learned in my 33 years in Rotary is not an accomplishment based on membership, longevity or tenure, it is an achievement derived from a commitment to our motto -- Serv

ice Above Self."

Tammy Klotzbach is the President of the Rotary Club, with Chuck Benz serving as President Elect. Mike English is Vice President, while Karen Coldwell and Scott Cowan serve as Secretary and Treasurer.

Rotary International is composed of over 31,000 clubs that meet weekly in 162 countries around the globe. Rotarians are business owners, executives, and professionals or people who were in that capacity but who are now retired, who are united in serving the world, national and local communities. Rotary Clubs locally meet around breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Anyone interested in joining the Rotary Club of Phoenixville are asked to contact Klotzbach at 610-933-3593.

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