R. I. President & TRF Chair's Messages

Rotary International John Kenny's June 2010 Message

June 2010

My fellow Rotarians,

In February, I attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of St. Paul, Minn., USA. After dinner that evening, a young lady came up to me and asked, “Of everything you have seen this year in Rotary, what has touched your heart the most?”

For such a simple question, it was nearly impossible to answer – only because I have seen so much that has touched my heart so deeply and made me so proud to be a Rotarian. These past 12 months have given me the opportunity and the privilege of observing firsthand how our service touches the lives of others, and how great are the needs we address.

It is one thing to see photographs of the devastation in Haiti caused by January’s earthquake. It was another thing entirely for me to walk among the rubble, to see the collapsed buildings, to understand that the true scope of the tragedy will never be known.

In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where Rotary has done so much to rebuild the city shattered by the 2004 tsunami, I thought I understood the scale of the disaster before my visit. But I was not prepared for the sight of a large freighter in a field 2 miles inland, swept there by the tsunami.

In China, at a Rotary-supported orphanage, I held a two-month-old girl who had been abandoned on a train. With that baby in my arms, I realized that what Rotary provided to the orphanage – food, warm clothing, a clean and safe home – was only one part of what was needed. What that child wanted most of all, in that moment, was simply to be held and to feel loved, and that touched me very much.

There is so much we can do as Rotarians that will mean so much to others. And as important as it is to give material assistance – to help in the areas of water, health and hunger, and literacy – it is equally vital that we give that help freely, with true caring for others. Because often, simply caring is what helps others most of all.

As this Rotary year and my term as RI president draw to a close, I thank you all for your service to Rotary and your support. I have been honored to serve as your president, and remind you that The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

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

 

TRF Chairman's June 2010 Message

Through the Foundation, Rotary’s reach grows

In Rotary, we are guided by the three simple words of our motto Service Above Self. That motto forms an important part of our identity as Rotarians. It reminds us why we are here, why our every action matters, and why we take the time and the initiative to help others wherever and however we can.

Our Rotary Foundation has its own motto: Doing Good in the World.

Doing Good in the World is more than a slogan. It is our goal, our mission, and our reminder. It expresses in the clearest terms why we have a Foundation, and it challenges us to reach as far as we can to do the most good possible with everything we have.
Our Foundation exists to support the good that we can do through Rotary. It expands our reach, increases our strength, and makes our service more powerful and more effective. Because of our Foundation we can, very simply, do more of our Rotary work.

In May, I marked a personal milestone: 50 years as a Rotarian. In that time, I have seen so much achieved through Rotary, and seen very clearly how much of Rotary’s ability to do good is drawn from our Foundation. Through our Foundation, every one of us has an opportunity to be a part of all the good that Rotary does.

This month marks the end of my service as trustee chair of our Rotary Foundation. I am grateful for the opportunity to know so many of you, and I thank you all for your support and encouragement. Please join me in welcoming our incoming trustee chair, Past RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, and in wishing him great success.

Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Foundation Trustee Chair

Source: Rotary International

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