1267: Incoming trustee chair shares vision for Foundation's future
- Incoming trustee chair shares vision for Foundation's future
By Antoinette Tuscano
Rotary International News
The Rotary Foundation's incoming trustee chair shared his dream for
what Rotary can accomplish with the support of all Rotarians during a
speech to district governors-elect at the 2007 International Assembly
in San Diego.
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Bhichai Rattakul, who served as
RI president in 2002-03, said his goal for the upcoming Rotary year
is to contribute to the bigger Foundation dream of making the world
better through humanitarian and educational programs. Referring to
the Foundation's founder, Rattakul said, "Arch Klumph had a dream for
doing good in the world, and we are indeed fortunate to be a part of
Rattakul outlined a four-point action plan for all Rotarians: Conquer
polio, support The Rotary Foundation's programs through the Annual
Program Fund's Every Year, Every Rotarian initiative, ask Foundation
alumni to join Rotary clubs, and redouble efforts to bring peace and
goodwill to the world.
Although incidents of polio have been reduced from 350,000 cases a
year to 2,000 since 1988, the promise of eradicating polio has not
yet been fulfilled. "The battle is still on," said Rattakul. "There
are still children who need those drops of vaccine."
Polio can be eradicated, but Rotarians must continue supporting the
effort through their time, energy, and financial contributions. "We
must pledge to march ahead with even stronger determination until the
work is done," said Rattakul.
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"I dream that every Rotarian will experience firsthand the joy of
service by actively participating in our Foundation programs next
year and every year thereafter," said Rattakul.
The success of Foundation's programs depends on the contributions of
individual Rotarians. "It is through these individual efforts that we
have the combined strength to change lives," he emphasized.
Encourage alumni to join Rotary
Rotary Foundation alumni have the same mindset about service as
Rotarians do, and, when asked, they are likely to join a Rotary club,
"Let us reach out to them. Let us continue to invest in our
Foundation alumni by giving them the opportunity to serve others
through Rotary," he said.
Foundation alumni include Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary World Peace
Fellows, and Group Study Exchange teams.
Foster peace and goodwill
"It was our founder, Paul Harris, who said that 'the way to war is a
well-paved highway, and the way to peace is still a wilderness.'
Today, I think many of us feel lost in that wilderness," said
While all of the Foundation's programs contribute to peace and
understanding in some way, two deal with it directly: Rotary Centers
for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution and the
Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies program.
"Financial support for these programs is crucial. The Trustees have
set the target to raise US$95 million by 2015, which is necessary to
fully support Rotary's dream of peace in our world and make it a
reality," said Rattakul.
Each year at the assembly, the incoming trustee chair announces goals
for the coming Rotary year. Governors-elect will take these messages
back to clubs in their districts as they begin planning for the year
"Through you, I want to share these dreams with the Rotarians in your
district and take action," Rattakul said. "Remember, when Rotary
Shares, our dreams will come true."