RI President 2019-20 Mark Daniel
Maloney - November 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Rotary Day at the United Nations, which we celebrate
each November, is an important reminder of the historic relationship
between our organizations. But this year’s event is even more
important than usual, because we are building up to the 75th anniversary
of the signing of the UN Charter in June 2020.
You might ask, why celebrate this anniversary? For Rotary, it is
entirely appropriate, because we played such a critical leadership
role in the San Francisco Conference that formed the United Nations
in 1945. Throughout World War II, Rotary published materials about
the importance of forming such an organization to preserve world
Not only did Rotary help influence the formation of the UN, but
this magazine also played a leading part in communicating its ideals.
Rotary educated members about plans to create the UN through numerous
articles in The Rotarian and through a booklet titled From
Here On! When the time came to write the UN charter, Rotary
was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as
consultants to its delegation at the San Francisco Conference.
Each organization had seats for three representatives, so Rotary
International’s 11 representatives served in rotation. The
people officially representing Rotary included the general secretary,
the current and several past presidents, and the editor of The
Rotarian. In addition, Rotarians from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe,
and North and South America served as members of or consultants
to their own nations’ delegations.
We have a deep and lasting relationship with the UN that deserves
to be celebrated and appreciated. To recognize this relationship,
Rotary will host five special events between now and June: Rotary
Day at the UN in New York on the 9th of this month; three presidential
conferences next year in Santiago, Chile, in Paris, and in Rome;
and a final celebration just before the Rotary International Convention
The focus on the UN in the year ahead is not only about the past;
it also lights a path to our future. There are so many parallels
between the work we do through our areas of focus and the work of
the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While those goals are indeed
incredibly ambitious, they provide inspiration and direction —
and are similar to many Rotary goals, which have proven to create
lasting, positive change in our world. The goals can be achieved,
but only if undertaken with the same long-term commitment and tenacity
that Rotary understands so well. Alone, we cannot provide clean
water for all, we cannot eliminate hunger, we cannot eradicate polio.
But together with partners like the United Nations, of course we
Please consider attending one of our five UN celebrations. I look
forward to sharing news of these special events with you throughout
Mark Daniel Maloney
Trustee Chair's Message - Nov.
Gary C.K. Huang, Trustee
Rotary Club of Taipei
Trustee chair's message
Ni hao, Rotarians!
We just had our first-ever fundraiser in Taiwan for
The Rotary Foundation — and it was a great success.
The Taiwan AKS Members Association organized the event
in August in Taipei. We were treated to an inspirational
speech by Ravishankar Dakoju of the Rotary Club of
Bangalore Orchards, India, in District 3190. He shared
why he contributes his time and money — and
why he’s an organ donor. His generosity is legendary,
and he wants to help the world in any way he can.
His speech touched everyone who attended the event.
We are pleased and honored to announce that the final
total for the fundraiser was $5.5 million. We have
11 new Arch Klumph Society members contributing at
the Chair’s Circle level ($500,000 to $999,999)
and 14 at the Trustees Circle level ($250,000 to $499,999).
Thank you to our generous donors in Taiwan!
At great events like this one, I am reminded how Rotary
gives us something good that we can all do together.
Our service puts us in touch with so many interesting
people from all over the world. When we meet, we hear
about projects of all kinds, and it is always inspirational.
And we never stop learning from one another.
This provides such a wonderful lesson to our children.
We share with them the importance of fellowship and
forming new bonds with other people. We also show
them what is really important in life: making connections,
improving life for those in need, and doing all we
can for others. Rotary is the best education a family
I am excited that Rotary President Mark Daniel Maloney
has made expanding the family of Rotary a priority.
We must bring our family members to Rotary events
and do all we can to encourage them to be part of
this wonderful organization. And through The Rotary
Foundation, we can make these family connections part
of our legacy. You are never too young or too old
So give your high-five to Rotary and find ways to
bring your family into Rotary. It’s the most
wonderful gift you can share with the people you love.
Gary C.K. Huang
Trustee Chair 2019-20
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