Friday, January 30, 2009

It's Time for a Final Push

As a Rotarian we have a commitment. A commitment that we made to the children of the world, and the generation to come, that we will rid this earth of Polio.  Most of the world is already free...thanks to the concerted effort that the Rotarians have put together. Our country, unfortunately, remains one of the four countries in the world, which have yet to kick it out and protect our children. 

It is time for each one of us...for every Rotarian...for every member in a Rotary family, to rise once again and let not the efforts of 20 years of hard work go waste. 

We are almost there. We can do it.  Being a Rotarian it is a great responsibility that we had taken upon ourselves and we just cannot step back and hope that someone would be out there on Sunday morning to administer the drop anyway.  Who someone? It is only YOU who can make the difference, and no one else. If YOU get out of your bed on Sunday morning, say your prayers, express your gratitude to the God for blessing you with all His bounties and good health, and dress up to be there in the morning with the firm belief that YOU would check it out every where and anywhere, whether a child under five, has taken the polio drop. If not, YOU will have complete the task. 

Count the number of children you have touched today and administered polio drops. Count the number of children you have checked whether his finger had the permanent mark assuring that the child has been protected.  And even if you are able to do it even for one will make a tremendous amount of difference to the lives of the children. Because we hope that on Sunday, YOU will not be alone.  There are Rotarians from USA, Canada, Cayman Island, Jamaica, and Australia, who have flown in just for two days to be a part of this world-wide movement, to join you, and reach out to the maximum number of children who are at risk. 

Let's be there. YOU will be there I'm sure. Because YOU are a Rotarian...who stands by the word. 

Ask Your current President and Secretary to know where you are deputed...or which area in the city you would like to work.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Watch Bill Gates addressing the incoming District Governors at the International Assembly. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

RI Theme Graphics

The 2009-10 RI Theme graphics can be downloaded from the Rotary International Website. The permanent link on the side bar has been provided on this blog too for your ready reference. 

Get Ready as 'The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands'

The 2009-10 RI theme acknowledges the important role individual Rotary clubs will play in shaping the future of Rotary.

RI President-elect John Kenny unveiled the theme, The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands, on Monday during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly , an annual training event in San Diego, California, USA, for incoming district governors.

"The future of Rotary will not be shaped at RI headquarters -- it will be shaped in each and every Rotary club," Kenny said, "because it is for each of us -- as Rotarians -- to do what is necessary to keep Rotary strong."

Kenny acknowledged the foundation established by past Rotary leaders and laid the responsibility for building upon that success on every Rotarian.

"Each one of us is standing on the shoulders of generations of Rotarians past, and it is our responsibility to determine Rotary’s future," Kenny said.

"Everything begins and ends with our clubs," he said. "Our clubs can and do work together; they work through their own districts, in cooperation with other clubs and districts, and with the support of our Foundation.

"But at the end of the day, everything that we accomplish is done through the strength of our clubs. And so each club must have autonomy to serve where and how it can serve best."

At the same time, Kenny highlighted the importance of the RI Strategic Plan , adopted by the RI Board of Directors, as an essential tool in providing continuity. 

"The plan is designed to strengthen and proclaim the core values of Rotary: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership," Kenny said. The training sessions for incoming governors during the weeklong assembly are all tied to some component of the strategic plan, and a final group discussion on Saturday will seek to tie all the pieces together and show the future district leaders how to take the strategic plan to the club level.

Kenny concluded his remarks by sharing a favorite saying from his homeland, Scotland: "We must look beyond our own parish pump."

"It means that we must look beyond our own home and our own community," Kenny said. "We must look beyond our own needs, and we must be aware that ours is only one community, of one country, of the many communities and countries in this world."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rotary's birthday

Rotary's 104th birthday, 23 February is about a month a way, and every club is encouraged to plan events on or around it. Last year, clubs and districts made tremendous efforts to recognize Rotary's work in both their local and global communities. 

You as the incoming President in your club can coordinate with the current leadership and work along to make it a memorable day, which would also give you ideas to plan different activities on the next World Understanding and Peace Day, which is 23rd February. 

Even though 23 February is Rotary's official anniversary, any day in your community can be designated a Rotary Day. Remember that your public relations plan for the day's celebration should focus on service, which will help communicate what Rotary is and does around the world. Visit the Public Image Resource Group page Public Image Resource Group page for ideas and materials, or contact your Public Image Resource Group member for support. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Rotary Theme for 2009-10

The incoming world leader of Rotary International, John Kenny, has announced
the next Rotary year’s theme (2009-10) at the International Assembly: “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”
Indeed.  Considering the challenges that our world faces today on various fronts including population, health, hunger, literacy, climate changes, which would have far-reaching repercussions on our planet Earth, the time to bring about the positive change is now.  
You, who are going to be the leaders of your club next year, will have to start planning for all those good things that you would like to leave for your children as a legacy for their future.  Dream now, so that the Future of the next generation is secure. 

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bon Voyage on 11th January

This Sunday on 11th January, the Bon Voyage of DGE Chetan Aggarwal and Ann Neelam is being hosted by Rotary Club of Chandigarh, at 11am at the CGA Golf Range. 

You are requested to join in this event to give a warm send off to our incoming leader as he proceeds for attending the International Assembly.

Look forward to having you all there!