The power of Rotary is seen all over the world, every day—water wells for clean water, books and supplies for education, immunizations of children to eradicate polio, rotary peace centers for conflict and peace resolution studies! The list goes on and on!
We can see the power of Rotary right here in our own district—each and every club helps people in need and works towards world peace—helping out local food banks, providing supplies for our local schools, assisting our Veterans, “Special Day for Special Kids”, which has been going on for a number of years. Globally our clubs have helped in many ways—a sewing center set up in Bangladesh for women to learn a trade, providing medical supplies and equipment for better healthcare, school supplies for children in Pakistan! This list also goes on and on!
As we embark on a new Rotary year, we should reflect on what we have accomplished and what still needs to be done! A Rotarian’s job is never done! The RI theme for this upcoming year is “Be a gift to the World”! What does that mean? Whatever we can offer to the world is a gift—your skill, your talent, your knowledge, your money, your passion! In return, Rotary gives us the satisfaction of helping people, doing good things—helping our fellow man! What greater gift is there than that!
As we take this journey together, let’s think about what each one of us has to offer, what is our gift to the world! We can always do better! We need to continue to show the power of Rotary, through our gifts!
To accomplish this, we need to continue to grow our clubs and raise money! Only through strong, vibrant clubs can we show the power of Rotary and be the very best gift to the world as we can!
I am anxious to visit each club and see what your gift is or will be! I urge each of you to “show the world the power of Rotary! “ We have a big job ahead of us, but I know we can do it. Most of all, we have to have FUN in whatever we do!
See you on the road!
Yours in Rotary Service,