R. I. President & TRF Chair's Messages

Rotary International Ray Klinginsmith's July 2010 Message

July 2010

My fellow Rotarians,

Winds of Change
What an amazing world! Advances in technology are happening so quickly that they cause constant changes in our businesses and professions. Yet about one-third of the world’s population is still living at a subsistence level with little change in their lives. It is a stark contrast and a cause for concern.

Rotary has both a distinguished heritage and a bright future. My primary task as president is to enhance the vitality and viability of Rotary clubs and to enable them to succeed in the midst of societal changes. This is an important task because it is the clubs that address and alleviate the root problems of society and thereby make the world a better place.

Wind of change was a new and significant phrase when I was a Rotary Scholar in South Africa in the early 1960s. It is serendipitous that the phrase that was first publicized in my host city of Cape Town is now applicable to Rotary as we contemplate the changes in society that dictate some corresponding changes in our organization. The phrase is now better known as winds of change.

We are currently enjoying a culture of innovation at Rotary International. We have the ability to look at all of our programs and practices to see if they can be improved, even as we steadfastly maintain our core values. I hope many Rotarians will take advantage of this opportunity to identify and implement improvements in their clubs and districts as well.

Rotary lives and breathes in our 33,000 clubs, and it is the clubs that improve lives by Building Communities – Bridging Continents. If we succeed in helping clubs to become Bigger, Better, and Bolder in the next year, then it will be clear that the best days of Rotary are still ahead. We are fortunate to be Rotarians! Together, we can make the world a better place!

Ray Klinginsmith
Building Communities / Bridging Continents
President, Rotary International, 2010-11


TRF Chairman's July 2010 Message

Using Future Vision as a window to the future

The Future Vision Plan pilot starts 1 July. The Rotary Foundation has invested great care and considerable background work into this plan. Based on the findings of two consulting firms and the responses of 10,000 Rotarians to a comprehensive questionnaire, the Future Vision Committee and Foundation Trustees have worked hard to move forward with the Future Vision Plan.

The Rotary Foundation has been very successful over the years. Yet, as the world changes, our Foundation needs to change with it. Cooperation with other organizations is the future, and The Rotary Foundation must not fail to get on board. We need to sharpen our vision and expand our ambitions. Today people do not join organizations – they join causes. We need to take advantage of what we have learned from our polio eradication program: We need to think big.

When we received the substantial contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we could handle them easily because we had built up the administration of PolioPlus over a period of more than 20 years. But if we were to receive grants of a similar size for other programs, it is not clear that clubs and districts would be prepared to effectively manage and utilize the funding, or that the Foundation’s administration, as it stands today, could handle such gifts.

The Future Vision Plan will move more responsibility, control, and flexibility to districts and clubs to allow them to monitor their own funds. Never forget that The Rotary Foundation belongs to Rotarians. When districts and clubs take advantage of this opportunity, staff at our offices around the world will be freed to work on other issues that will further enhance the future of the Foundation.

Foundation Trustee Chair, 2010-11

Source: Rotary International

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