24884009: Trustee chair's message, January 2014
- Dec 30, 2013Trustee chair's message, January 2014
January is Rotary Awareness Month – a time to learn more about our organization. The more we're known for our good work, the more good work we'll be able to do.
Because of The Rotary Foundation, people around the world know that they can depend on Rotary in their time of need. And as Rotarians, it is our responsibility to understand and promote our Foundation and help keep it strong.
The most important responsibility we have is also the simplest: It is leading by example. We cannot ask Rotarians to make our Foundation a priority if we have not made it a priority ourselves, by making our own donation.
This was the thinking behind President Ron's idea of the "First Class": In this Rotary year, every district governor has made a contribution, in his or her own name, to The Rotary Foundation. I believe that every Rotary leader should do the same. We cannot ask others to do what we are not willing to do ourselves.
Our goal in The Rotary Foundation has always been Doing Good in the World, and we have an organization of people with the right skills and connections to get the job done. We have earned the confidence of our communities and the world. We take our responsibilities very seriously.
We work hard to make sure that every dollar that is given to our Foundation is making a difference. How much good we can do is limited only by our imagination, our ambition, and our own willingness to keep our Foundation strong.
I know that you have the ambition and the imagination. So I ask you all to act on them: to support our Foundation yourselves, and to encourage others to do the same – so that all of us can do more good in a world that needs our help so much.
Trustee Chair 2013-14
Source: Rotary International