RI President 2017-18 Ian H.S. Riseley, - Jan. 2018
In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea
dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification
system was first proposed. A simple idea, a club with members who
had a wide variety of backgrounds &abilities would be capable
of better service than one without.
In the years since, the idea of diversity in Rotary
has come to be defined more broadly. We have discovered that a club
that truly represents its community is far better able to serve
that community effectively. Looking ahead, it is clear how essential
diversity will remain in Rotary: not only to strong service today,
but to a strong organization in the future.
Whatever brought each of us to Rotary, we stay because we find value in Rotary membership and believe that our service has value to the world. By building clubs that reflect that world in all its diversity, we will build even more enduring value in Rotary: Making a Difference.
Ian H.S. Riseley
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