RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin, - Aug. 2018
Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.
We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you're able to take immediate action. That's why every Rotary club's membership should reflect the diversity of its community.
We've made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent female membership. We're also expanding the age diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities, young professionals are eager to contribute their talents, give back, and learn from mentors. Let's share with them what Rotary is all about. The Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit at Rotary.org has an action plan to help you reach young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.
Another resource that can help us better reflect our
communities – one that is global like us, is a quarter-million
members strong, and already shares our values of service and leadership
– is Rotaract. Rotaractors are our partners: Team up with
them on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and invite them
to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors worldwide are becoming
members of Rotary and even starting new Rotary clubs while still
serving as members of Rotaract.
Let's not keep Rotary's story – the story captured
in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge
you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking
for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration
in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.
Trustee Chair's Message - Aug.
Trustee Chair's Message - Aug. 2018
Ron D. Burton, Trustee Chair 2018-19
In the ensuing 30 years, we, along with our partners – the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – have raised even more funds, organized National Immunization Days, and advocated with world governments. Our goal has always been to keep our promise to give children a polio-free world, and in 2017, there were only 22 cases.
We've done incredible work, but we know the
job isn't over. Once we reduce the number of cases to zero
and no viruses are detected in the environment, we must
wait for WHO to certify the world officially polio free.
That requires at least a three-year period without a single
detection of the wild poliovirus in a person or the environment.
During that three years, we will still have to vaccinate
children and ensure through surveillance that the virus
never regains a foothold.
On 24 October, we'll celebrate the 30th anniversary
of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's formation at
our sixth annual World Polio Day event, in Philadelphia,
the city where it all started. Host a World Polio Day fundraiser
or watch party, and tell us about it at endpolio.org/promote-your-event.
For more inspiration, check out endpolio.org.
Ron D. Burton
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