1720: RI President John Kenny's July 2009 Message
- July 2009
My fellow Rotarians:
It is traditional in Rotary that each Rotary International president is
given the opportunity every month to write a message to all Rotarians in
the pages of this magazine. I am grateful for this tradition, which
gives me the opportunity to communicate with every one of you directly,
for it is my firm belief that The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.
It is a great honor to have been chosen as the first RI president from
Scotland in the 104 years of this organization, and to have the
privilege of serving the Rotarians of the world. Because there is no RI
no Board of Directors or president, no world headquarters or
Rotary convention without the ordinary weekly meeting of Rotarians
in our own home clubs.
In Rotary, everything we are, and everything we aspire to become, lies
in the hands of Rotarians in their clubs. If our clubs are congenial and
our meetings well run, if our service is carefully planned and
competently carried out, if our members are qualified, honest, and
respected in their vocations and communities, then all of Rotary will
thrive. This is why I say The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.
Water, health and hunger, and literacy will be our emphases in the year
ahead. In this Rotary year, I ask Rotarians everywhere to continue to
learn from our experiences and to build upon our successes. I ask you
all to continue to work for the health and well-being of not only
children but their families and people everywhere. I ask you
particularly to focus on water and sanitation, as the scarcity of clean
water is an increasingly serious issue in many parts of the world.
In Scotland, we have a saying that I'm fond of quoting: "We must
look beyond our own parish pump." It means that we must look beyond
our own home and our own community. We must be aware that ours is only
one community, of one country, of the many communities and countries in
In every one of those communities, there is work to be done. As
Rotarians, we will not stand idly by. As Rotarians, we will accept our
responsibility. We can, and we must. For we know that Rotary is only as
great as its clubs and our clubs are only as great as the members
The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.
President, Rotary International
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