Like our Rotary wheel, we have come full circle to again start a new Rotary year, not leaving behind the good works that have been accomplished in 2016-2017, but to add on to them. After all, we are not reinventing the wheel!
According to RI President Ian Riseley: “The kind of difference that Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians make through service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by the three strategic priorities our Board has set in our strategic plan:
1. to support and strengthen our clubs
2. to focus and increase our humanitarian service
3. to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
Now we have the support of a greatly augmented array of online tools including:
1. a refreshed Rotary.org
2. a simplified Rotary Foundation grant application process
3. an improved My Rotary experience
4. a rebuilt Rotary Club Central. As we look to strengthen our clubs, gender balance and our average age stand out as challenges. To enhance club strength, we need to build a membership that reflects the communities we serve.
One idea has stood at the heart of all of our service: sustainability. Sustainable service means our work continues to have a positive impact long after Rotary’s direct involvement has ended. When it comes to polio, we aren’t working to contain it; we’re working to end it.
Eradicating polio is the ultimate in sustainable service. It is an investment that will yield a permanent benefit on a global scale. It is our No. 1 priority until the job is done
For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways, than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of us bears a torch, its flame lit by Paul Harris that has been passed forward from generation to generation, in Rotary: Making a Difference”.
As Jim and I visit your club, we want to know about events that your community embraces and how you and your club become people of action! How do you serve your community and the world? Do you proudly wear your pin or display the logo on days when you aren’t attending a Rotary meeting? How do people know that your club exists or that you are a Rotarian? The answers to these questions are reflected in your membership.
“End Polio Now” has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar matched with two additional dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This translates into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
This year District 7280 will have an innovative and fun campaign to help raise funds to end this disease. I’m excitedly waiting for the brew master to reveal his product….
We have several projects beyond those of the official District Governor’s Projects and they have come from your suggestions! Thank you for that and thank you for choosing me to lead District 7280 this year. Together, we will succeed in Rotary: Making a Difference.
Yours in Rotary Service,
District 7280 Governor Judy Hughes