RI President 2021-22 Shekhar Mehta-
Dear Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
What a year it has been for Rotary.
You have lived up to every challenge, including to grow more,
do more, and Rotary has grown in a way that we haven’t in
many years. This year saw life-changing new projects across all
areas of focus, as we took up important work at the highest level
— with UNICEF, the Commonwealth, and global leaders. Our efforts
opened opportunities to empower girls, improve the environment,
and advance literacy and health.
I want to thank each of you for your proactive service. I also want
to thank the wonderful Rotary staff for ensuring that we can work
with care for our fellow human beings, with peace in our hearts.
Personally, this has been an extremely enriching year for Rashi
and me. We’ve met with thousands of Rotarians and been inspired
by their great work around the world. We were also able to showcase
Rotary’s work at the highest level, meeting with heads of
state, leaders, and bureaucrats and offering to work with them to
show that Rotary cares and brings peace in this world. With our
swan song, Rashi and I wish you the very best as you Serve
to Change Lives.
Trustee Chair's Message - June
Trustee Chair 2021-22
“Time can be an ally or an enemy,” author
Zig Ziglar once wrote. “What it becomes depends
entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination
to use every available minute.”
Every June, as we wind down another year in Rotary,
I ask myself if we have used the past 365 days well.
To answer, let’s look at what we have accomplished.
Cases in the remaining wild-polio endemic countries,
Afghanistan and Pakistan, are at their lowest level
in history. Challenges to global eradication remain
and our work is not yet finished, but we are making
encouraging progress, which wouldn’t be possible
without your support.
Rotary needs to raise $50 million each year for polio
eradication, and doing so during a pandemic is no
easy task. But Rotary clubs adapt quickly. When in-person
events weren’t possible, many clubs successfully
raised funds online.
We hit another memorable mark during Giving Tuesday
in November, when The Rotary Foundation got a boost
by raising $1.2 million. We reached out to more current
and prospective donors than ever before — almost
500,000 members across 40 countries. Some of our most
engaged clubs were located in the Bahamas, India,
Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. We thank
all of those members who made Giving Tuesday a success.
Due to travel restrictions this year, Rotary representatives
couldn’t visit potential host universities as
part of our ongoing effort to establish our next Rotary
Peace Center in the Middle East or North Africa. But
nothing stands in the way of our pursuit of peace;
plans are still on for the Rotary Presidential Conference
in Houston, 3-4 June, which will focus on peace, and
I look forward to being there.
This year, Rotary made another contribution in our
commitment to peace, approving more than 1,000 global,
district, and disaster response grants to fulfill
the needs of thousands around the world. For until
hungry people are fed, families have access to clean
water, and children everywhere are educated, we won’t
truly have peace in the world.
We have used our time well this year, but our work
is never complete. We always need and welcome more
Rotary and Rotaract members who bring their hands,
minds, and gifts so that Rotary-led Foundation projects
will create lasting change for those who need it most.
As we approach 1 July, let us heed Ziglar’s
words, remembering that how we spend the next 365
days largely depends on us and our determination to
reach our goals. So let us do the best we can with
the time we have been given, today. And let us begin
again, every day.
John F. Germ
Trustee Chair 2021-22
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