RI President 2019-20 Mark Daniel
Maloney - Janurary 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
People from all over the world have multiple reasons for joining
Rotary. Many new Rotarians each year join for the same reason I
did — because Rotary is a great way to benefit your career.
When I was a new attorney starting out in Alabama, Gay and I became
partners in her father's firm. He instilled in us the value of joining
Rotary as a way to build relationships and demonstrate to potential
clients that we were serious professionals who held firm to values
even more robust than what our profession required.
Rotary's commitment to vocational service is built on the highest
ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of
the worthiness of all useful work, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's
occupation as an opportunity to serve society. That last point is
so important. No matter our profession, we all contribute mightily
to the world when we conduct our work with integrity and always
adhere to The Four-Way Test.
I have made balancing the demands of Rotary with professional and
family commitments one of my priorities as president. No Rotarian
should feel pressured to put in more time than a volunteer position
should ever demand. This is true for several reasons, one of them
being that the work we do in our day jobs is just as important to
Rotary as the work we do in the organization. We carry our Rotary
values everywhere, and our professional success helps build a case
for Rotary every day we go into the office.
This is particularly important in our efforts to reach younger new
members. We want to see a Rotary where no one is ever asked to choose
between being a good Rotarian and being a good parent, business
owner, manager, or employee. When we ask busy young people to join
us, we should not be asking them to give up their time and freedom.
We should be rewarding them with an experience that makes everything
they already do even more inspiring.
Providing greater balance within Rotary will have another benefit
as well: It will create opportunities for other Rotarians, including
Rotaractors, to step up and take a leadership role on projects and
committees. This will ensure that they remain engaged in our clubs
and inspired to be Rotarians for life.
Throughout the world, Rotary is admired for its vocational service
and for the time-honored values we instill in all business relationships.
As we continue our work to grow Rotary, let us remember that vocational
service remains a crucial selling point to potential members.
Rotary Connects the World, and by making Rotary's vocational service
work known to people in more professions and at different stages
of their careers, we will help grow our organization and make it
stronger and more diverse.
Mark Daniel Maloney
Trustee Chair's Message - Jan.
Gary C.K. Huang, Trustee
Rotary Club of Taipei
Trustee chair's message
Ni hao, Rotarians!
Something amazing happened in Vienna in October. A
runner from Kenya named Eliud Kipchoge was the first
person in history to run a marathon distance —
26.2 miles — in less than two hours.
For many years, experts thought this would be impossible.
They said the human body was not capable of achieving
this feat. But Kipchoge succeeded because he had an
incredible team working with him. He had pacers who
ran with him every step of the way, and people who
made sure that he had the proper fuel and hydration.
Every few miles, fresh runners were sent in to keep
up the pace and help him reach his goal.
Like Eliud Kipchoge, Rotary has a great support team
as we approach the final mile in our marathon journey
to rid the world of polio. So many amazing Rotarians
have helped pace this effort along the way, donating
their time and energies to bring us close to our goal.
The World Health Organization has certified type 3
of the wild poliovirus as eradicated. This is big
news! We have also gone three years without any wild
poliovirus on the continent of Africa. It may soon
be certified polio-free.
The final mile of our journey is a difficult one.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are great challenges for
us — but we have met so many great challenges
before. Every time a goal has seemed out of reach,
Rotarians have stood together and answered the call.
This is no time to lose our focus or to think the
race is already over. Can you imagine what would have
happened to Eliud Kipchoge if all of the pacers had
gone home for the final 2 miles? He might never have
reached his goal.
It takes a special character to pursue a difficult
task all the way to the end. These are the times that
we need each other most. In the Tao Te Ching,
Laozi wrote that the journey of 1,000 miles begins
with one step. But it also ends with one step. And
those final steps take just as much courage as the
Let's make history, Rotary — the finish line
is within reach!
Gary C.K. Huang
Trustee Chair 2019-20
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