RI President 2019-20 Mark Daniel
Maloney - December 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
There is no experience quite like attending the Rotary International
Convention. Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary with your
family, friends, and fellow Rotarians from 6 to 10 June in Honolulu.
It is the perfect setting for the entire family of Rotary to celebrate,
collaborate, and connect.
There are two types of people who enjoy visits to Hawaii —
those who have never been to the islands and are about to have unique
and wonderful experiences, and those who have had those Hawaiian
moments etched into their memories already and cannot wait to create
some new ones.
The convention is the best place to find and share your aloha, which
you will soon discover is much more than a greeting. Just as Rotary
is a way of life for Rotarians, aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians
— one that focuses on living in harmony, being patient, treating
everyone with respect, and sharing joy with your family, or 'ohana.
Our host committee has arranged some fabulous events for you and
your family. This includes a Hawaiian Culture and Lunch Boat Cruise,
a two-hour tour that will feature spectacular views of Diamond Head,
Waikiki, and the Kahala Gold Coast. On board, you can learn to play
the ukulele, take part in hula dancing, and create your own Hawaiian
You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a full range of island
hospitality events, from small backyard picnics to multicourse family
meals. There will be fantastic service projects to see, including
two ancient Hawaiian fishponds. And a sunrise Walk for Peace will
take place at the beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, a 3-mile stroll
in the shadow of the iconic Diamond Head crater.
Inside and outside the convention halls, we are going to hold the
most family-friendly convention in Rotary history, including a family-centered
opening ceremony and family-focused events in the House of Friendship.
The opening session will, of course, include our traditional flag
Our 2020 convention will also be a time to celebrate Rotary's historical
ties to the United Nations. As I mentioned in my November message,
June 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United
Nations charter. On the day before the start of the convention,
Rotary and the UN will host our fifth joint event of 2019-20, one
focused on environmental sustainability.
In addition, we are planning the greenest convention in Rotary history
— and I will share more details about this in the months ahead.
But now, go to riconvention.org and click the REGISTER button right
below the Honolulu Hawaii 2020 logo. Early registration discount
pricing ends 15 December, so do not delay.
Rotary Connects the World in no better way than at the Rotary
Convention. Bring your family to meet our family. See you in Honolulu!
Mark Daniel Maloney
Trustee Chair's Message - Dec.
Gary C.K. Huang, Trustee
Rotary Club of Taipei
Trustee chair's message
Ni hao, Rotarians!
The year is almost over, and I know that you are thinking
about giving gifts and making last-minute contributions.
You are wondering how best to show your appreciation
The answer is very simple — make your gifts
to The Rotary Foundation. Don't take my word for it:
In an independent analysis, your Rotary Foundation
was ranked No. 1 among the world's best-known charities.
For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation
has received the highest rating — four stars
— from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator
of charities. The Foundation earned the maximum of
100 points for demonstrating both strong financial
health and commitment to accountability and transparency
in Charity Navigator's August ratings.
In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes
that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate
have received at least 12 consecutive four-star evaluations,
indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms
other charities in America. This exceptional designation
from Charity Navigator sets the Foundation apart from
its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
This recognition comes on top of awards won in the
past several years. Rotary's commitment to eradicating
polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero
Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign,
an international global citizens movement to tackle
the world's most important issues. And the Association
of Fundraising Professionals — the world's largest
network of professional fundraisers — named
The Rotary Foundation the World's Outstanding Foundation,
honoring our long-term achievements.
It's easy to say that we belong to one of the greatest
philanthropic organizations in the world. But the
truth is, your Rotary Foundation is the best. So close
out the year by giving the greatest gift of all to
the world. Gimme five and show your support for The
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Gary C.K. Huang
Trustee Chair 2019-20
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