RI President 2019-20 Mark Daniel
Maloney - September 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Here in the United States, another summer is winding down. And for
the Maloney family, every summer ends with a return to my hometown
of Ridgway, Illinois, for the annual Popcorn Day festival, where
I am honored to serve as the “Popcorn King,” the master
of ceremonies for the day’s events.
Regardless of the season, every family has its own traditions. I
would like to suggest a new one for yours: Find an opportunity to
introduce your family to Rotary. One of my family’s traditions
is to take our daughters and grandsons to the Rotary International
Convention. The 2020 convention in Honolulu will be a wonderful
way to introduce your children and grandchildren to the internationality
of Rotary. We are planning many family-oriented events for everyone
Any time is a fabulous time to bring family members on a Rotary
service project or to a fundraising event. But perhaps you have
not seen many family-friendly events at your club. That is precisely
why one of my top priorities this year is to make most Rotary events
welcoming to family members.
We must foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with family,
but complements it. We should never expect our members to choose
between the two. That means being realistic in our expectations,
considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary
events on every level.
Often, the young professionals that Rotary needs to attract in order
to remain a dynamic 21st-century service organization are the very
people who have the greatest family responsibilities. We must not
keep these prospective young members away from their families by
holding events on evenings and weekends at which their children
are not welcome.
For too long, we have closed the doors of many Rotary events to
children and sometimes even spouses. What wasted opportunities these
are! Every chance we have to pass on the gift of Rotary to young
people is one we must take if we are going to grow Rotary and ensure
that the next generation is fully engaged in our mission.
So let us open our doors and do it in a fun way, with opportunities
that make our children and grandchildren want to learn more about
Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary membership. Start small if you must
— perhaps by holding some of your meetings at more family-friendly
times — but think about how you can continue these kinds of
events for years to come.
Bringing children to Rotary events is not just fun; it also exposes
them to the world! Make this a memorable year for your family —
and an unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary
as Rotary Connects the World.
Mark Daniel Maloney
Trustee Chair's Message - Sept.
Gary C.K. Huang, Trustee
Rotary Club of Taipei
Trustee chair's message
Ni hao, Rotarians!
I hope you are making plans for the upcoming Rotary
International Convention. Rotarians who live near
the Pacific Ocean are especially excited! Next year’s
event is in beautiful Hawaii, and I know everyone
is eager to make the journey to that island paradise.
So “give me five” by signing up right
now for the Honolulu convention if you haven’t
already — and make a plan for how you are going
to help The Rotary Foundation reach new heights in
2019. We are transforming lives everywhere, and it’s
all because of you.
We remind you often about the importance of giving
to the Annual Fund. These donations are making the
world a better place, not just by helping to end polio
now and forever. Your donations make every type of
Rotary grant around the world possible.
But many of you don’t know something just as
important: Contributing to the Rotary Endowment ensures
our future. I hope you will consider creating your
own legacy by making a gift to the endowment. The
idea behind it is simple and very powerful. Rotary’s
Endowment supports Foundation programs today and into
We have a goal of $2.025 billion by 2025. We will
reach that goal with your support. And once we do,
amazing things will be possible. Just by drawing from
the annual investment earnings, the Foundation will
have about $100 million every year — year after
year — for all kinds of life-changing and lifesaving
projects. This will be an amazing accomplishment and
will truly secure our Foundation long into the future.
This month, I want to give out two very special high-fives.
The first goes to the Rotary Club of Taipei Roundtable.
Members collected and donated $10,000 to End Polio
Now during the installation ceremony for Club President
Jeff Lin. Then, during a changeover ceremony a few
days later, District 3750 in Korea inducted six new
Arch Klumph Society members, bringing their total
to eight. Congratulations for the outstanding job
by new District Governor Yun Young-Jung!
The generosity of Rotarians continues to give my life
great joy and purpose, and I hope it does for you
Gary C.K. Huang
Trustee Chair 2019-20
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