Rotary International President Ron Burton's April 2014 Message
Dear fellow Rotarians,
ON D. BURTON
Like attending a Rotary club meeting, reading
Rotary magazines is an essential part of the shared experience of
being a Rotarian. When you pick up a Rotary publication, whether
it's Rotary Down Under in Australia and New Zealand, or The Rotary-No-Tomo
in Japan, you'll find that every single one does just what it's
meant to do: It informs, and it inspires. It keeps you up to date
with Rotary news, brings you new ideas for your Rotary service,
and tells stories that are relevant and meaningful to you. To me,
these publications around the world are a tangible representation
of Rotary's greatest strength: that each club is a local, community-based
entity, engaged in a truly global network.
This organization is incredibly large and
diverse, and as much as we all have in common in Rotary, we are
not a place where one size fits all. Our expectations of a magazine,
both culturally and linguistically, are naturally going to be different.
With our regional publications, Rotarians in Bulgaria can find out
what's going on in Rotary in Bulgaria, and what's going on elsewhere
in the Rotary world, along with the latest news from Evanston. Because
each one of our Rotary publications belongs to the family of Rotary
magazines – each one is, like every Rotary club, both fully
local and fully part of our international identity.
One of the greatest privileges of being RI
president is the ability to speak directly, every month, to every
one of our 1.2 million Rotarians. It's awe-inspiring to me, as I
write this, to think of all of you, sitting down in your living
rooms or at the breakfast table or maybe on the train to work, reading
these words, and then turning the page to find out what's new in
Rotary. And overwhelmingly, that is exactly what each of you does.
Not just because your Rotary magazine turns up in the mailbox, or
because you feel you have to – but because Rotary magazines
are good magazines. I hope that when you pick up your publication
– whichever one you're reading right now – you get the
same feeling of pride, and ambition, that I do.
Rotary magazines remind us that as Rotarians,
we are all part of something larger than ourselves. They show us
just how much we can achieve through Rotary. Through them, we see
what our Foundation dollars do, we see what our fellow Rotarians
are doing, and we are inspired to Engage Rotary, Change Lives even
Ron Burton, President, Rotary International
Rotary International Foundation Chair D. K. Lees
RI Trustee's message - April 2014
The Rotarian, which is edited here at RI headquarters
in Evanston, Ill., USA, has a circulation of about 500,000. Around
the world, 31 more magazines are published in more than 20 languages.
In total, these 32 magazines reach more than 1.2 million people.
To make this happen, it takes more than just an editorial staff
– it also takes the good work of Rotarians. I always feel
that the best part of reading any Rotary publication is the opportunity
to find out what other clubs are doing. Each issue, each article,
is a chance to be informed and inspired.
In an era when electronic communication seems
to be everywhere, the role of paper magazines is still important
to our organization, but we must be open to new formats to get the
word out. That's why, this April, I encourage you all to explore
The Rotarian magazine's new digital experience: TheRotarianMagazine.com.
Email the stories to friends and family. Share them on Facebook
and Twitter. This is a chance to take the great ideas and great
work of Rotarians even further and to inspire future generations
to do the same.
Dong Kun (D.K.) Lee
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