R. I. President & Trustee's Theme & Message

July 2016 President John's Message
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RI President's Message - July 2016

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into even greater successes to come.

It is tremendously important to Rotary’s future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognised. The more we are known for what we’ve achieved, the more we’ll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more. We’re working hard at RI headquarters to be sure that Rotary gets that recognition. But it can’t all happen in Evanston. We need you to get the word out through your clubs and in your communities about what Rotary is and what we do. We need to be sure that our clubs are ready for the moment when polio is finally eradicated — so that when people who want to do good see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world, every Rotary club is ready to give them that opportunity.

We know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we’ll need more willing hands, more caring hearts and more bright minds to move our work forward. We’ll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees and working people. We’ll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves more to collaborative relationships with other organisations.

Looking ahead, we also see a clear need to prioritise continuity in our leadership. We in Rotary are all playing on the same team, working toward the same goals. If we want to reach those goals together, we all have to move in the same direction — together.

Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity.

John F Germ, President, Rotary International

.John F. Germ, President, Rotary International 2016-17

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July, 2016 Trustee Chair's Message

Kalyan Banerjee

Trustee Chair 2016-17

July 2016

  1. The start of a new Rotary year is always an exciting time. We have a new inspirational theme, new club officers, and exciting new projects to work on. In 2016-17, we also have a very special occasion to celebrate: the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation.
  2. Since 1917, when Arch Klumph proposed an endowment "for the purpose of doing good in the world," The Rotary Foundation has grown into a world-class humanitarian organization. Few other charitable foundations can claim a 100-year history – all the more impressive when you consider its humble beginning of only $26.50. The fact that our Foundation now has $1 billion in assets is a testament to the remarkable generosity of Rotarians worldwide. I often wonder just what our Foundation will look like when all Rotarians, everywhere, give it their sustained support.
  3. I hope each of you will take the time to consider our Foundation's many successes, achievements we can all be proud of. Over the past century, we have provided $3 billion to tackle a wide range of problems, large and small, in thousands of communities worldwide. Our global and district grant projects are saving and transforming lives, and we are educating scholars and training professionals to carry on this vital legacy.
  4. Our centennial offers an ideal opportunity to remind our members – and tell the rest of the world – about our Foundation's rich history of humanitarian work. It's time that everyone knew about our leading role in the battle to end polio, a fight that Bill Gates and others agree would never have been possible without Rotary's extraordinary dedication. Let's also spotlight the many ways we're fighting other devastating diseases, providing cleaner and safer drinking water, spreading education by promoting literacy, and helping local economies grow.
  5. However you celebrate our Foundation's centennial, I hope you will make that celebration as public as possible. Hold an event that involves your entire community and showcases The Rotary Foundation's good work. You'll find many ideas for centennial celebrations at www.rotary.org/foundation100.
  6. RI President John Germ's theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, speaks directly to the work of our Foundation, which for years has enabled Rotarians to embrace humanity and serve those in need. This year, let's commit to sharing those inspirational stories, just as we continue to write more and more of them.


- Kalyan Banerjee, Trustee Chair 2016 - 17

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