R. I. President & TRF Chair's Messages

Rotary International John Kenny's July Message

July 2009

My fellow Rotarians,

It is traditional in Rotary that each Rotary International president is given the opportunity every month to write a message to all Rotarians in the pages of this magazine. I am grateful for this tradition, which gives me the opportunity to communicate with every one of you directly, for it is my firm belief that The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

It is a great honor to have been chosen as the first RI president from Scotland in the 104 years of this organization, and to have the privilege of serving the Rotarians of the world. Because there is no RI – no Board of Directors or president, no world headquarters or Rotary convention – without the ordinary weekly meeting of Rotarians in our own home clubs.

In Rotary, everything we are, and everything we aspire to become, lies in the hands of Rotarians in their clubs. If our clubs are congenial and our meetings well run, if our service is carefully planned and competently carried out, if our members are qualified, honest, and respected in their vocations and communities, then all of Rotary will thrive. This is why I say The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

Water, health and hunger, and literacy will be our emphases in the year ahead. In this Rotary year, I ask Rotarians everywhere to continue to learn from our experiences and to build upon our successes. I ask you all to continue to work for the health and well-being of not only children but their families and people everywhere. I ask you particularly to focus on water and sanitation, as the scarcity of clean water is an increasingly serious issue in many parts of the world.

In Scotland, we have a saying that I’m fond of quoting: “We must look beyond our own parish pump.” It means that we must look beyond our own home and our own community. We must be aware that ours is only one community, of one country, of the many communities and countries in this world.

In every one of those communities, there is work to be done. As Rotarians, we will not stand idly by. As Rotarians, we will accept our responsibility. We can, and we must. For we know that Rotary is only as great as its clubs – and our clubs are only as great as the members within them.

The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.
John Kenny
President, Rotary International

TRF Chairman's July 2009 Message

A Road Map for our Foundation's Future

As we begin our new Rotary year, we look out upon a landscape of challenges and possibilities. We are at the beginning of a new journey together – and, as with every journey, it is a good idea to begin with a map. This is why, every year, we set goals for our Rotary Foundation. They help us stay focused on where we’re going, and they keep us all traveling in the same direction, on the same Rotary path.

It should be no surprise to any Rotarian that our first goal in 2009-10 will be the eradication of polio. This is Rotary’s primary goal as an organization and will remain so until it is achieved. The direct role of The Rotary Foundation in supporting this goal is to help meet Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge and to raise awareness that the fight against polio is not yet over.

Our second goal is to work through our Foundation to achieve a better world through the six areas of focus of the Future Vision Plan. They are:
• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Basic education and literacy
• Economic and community development

Our third goal is to implement the Future Vision Plan, which will help revitalize and strengthen our Foundation so it can adequately support another century of Rotary service. And our fourth goal is to support the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative and the Permanent Fund so all of our Foundation’s good work may continue.

I am glad to be embarking on this new Rotary journey with you. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands – and the future of our Foundation is as well.

Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Foundation Trustee Chair

Source: Rotary International

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