To get the best out of your lives, face your past without regret,
Handle your resentment with confidence, prepare for the future without fear.
– Bhagavad Gita
Come July 1, the Rotary Wheel turns; it is time for change of guards in each Rotary district and club and a new is being created, bringing with it new hues of colour, freshness, commitment, vigour and thought process.
It is the right time for the new team members to tighten their belts to re-dedicate themselves to serve the world. The needs in the world are greater and more diverse than ever before. Despite challenges we face making the world more equitable, more just, covering a broader range of human needs, and the work required amounts to a steep mountain climb. Yet the climbing must be done.
As Rotary opens doors, let us seize the opportunity to lead the way to carry out RI President Holger Knaack’s programmes in the coming year, with service above self, making a difference to the lives of the less fortunate around us. For trouble shared is trouble halved!
In these trying times, it is important to be innovative, think out-of-the-box, find opportunities in the new normal to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values. As we evolve using our Strategic Plan, let us explore increasing our membership by forming more flexible clubs and inducting more women into Rotary.
We have elevated Rotaract, let us ensure they play an integral role by giving them leadership opportunities, thereby bringing energy and better solutions to our organisation.
Remember: the secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but in building the new.
With best wishes,
RI Director, 2019-21