R. I. President & TRF Chair's Monthly Messages

Rotary International Ray Klinginsmith's December 2010 Message

December 2010

My fellow Rotarians,

"Cowboy Logic"

I have adopted "Cowboy Logic" as my theme song for two reasons. The first is its happy music that reflects the warm and positive atmosphere of Rotary club meetings around the world. The second is the common sense and simple approach expressed in its lyrics.

Fifty years ago, I often heard the expression "Keep Rotary simple." That admonition has been lost in the intervening years, and i want to remind Rotarians that the basic concept of Rotary service is simple. Club members, who are community leaders, learn to know and respect one another through their weekly meetings, which create friendship, fellowship, and networking. When a community need is identified, the club members find they have an amazing ability to fill the need because they have the leading business and professional leaders in the community as their members, and they know how to get things done!

The same simple approach works for club service, vocational service, and New Generations service projects. Rotary clubs have the talent to assess and prioritize the needs of their communities. They also have the expertise and resources to address the needs, if the clubs keep their members informed and motivated. The communications within the club must be simple - and frequent!

Perhaps it is in international service that the simplicity of Rotary is most evident. Rotarians learn that their fellow club members are trustworthy, and as they meet Rotarians from other countries, they realize they are similarly trustworthy. As a result, Rotary friends from faraway places are easily made and kept, and the resulting cooperation between clubs for international service projects is truly astounding!

The "Cowboy Logic" song says that cowboys have a simle solution for just about everything. So do Rotarians! It is called the Spirit of Rotary, and its hallmarks are fellowship and service. Together, we can make the world a better place by making our clubs Bigger, Better, and Bolder. So let's do it! That's cowboy logic!

Ray Klinginsmith
Building Communities / Bridging Continents
President, Rotary International, 2010-11

 

TRF Chairman's December 2010 Message

The Family of Rotary

December is Family Month. To many Rotarians, the family of Rotary means spouses, brothers, sisters, parents, and children. Their work for Rotary is much appreciated. However, to me, as long as we do not have a Rotary family membership, relatives are not the family of Rotary - the family of Rotary consists of all Rotary International districts, clubs, Rotarians, programs, and The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is a huge part of the family of Rotary. All of the money raised, whether through Rotary International or The Rotary Foundaiton, is channelled through The Rotary Foundation. There are large sums of money coming every year to the Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund, the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative, and right now, Rotary's USD200 Million Challenge.

Even though the money-raising efforts for these four funds are separate, they are all linked together. Annual giving is the core of our business. The Permanent Fund was geared toward those Rotarians who can afford to give large sums and as a support to the Annual Programs Fund. The Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative was also launched to approach those Rotarians who can afford to give more than avrage. Thus it is apparent how these three fundraising events depend on one another. In addition, we have Rotary's USD200 Million Challenge, which affects the annual giving, thus also the two other fundraising programs/

It is important that when we give money, we must donate to all of the above initiatives. By remembering this, we can continue Building Communities - Bridging Continents through Service Above Self.

Carl-Wilhelm_Stenhammar
Foundation Trustee Chair, 2010-11

Source: Rotary International

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