RI President 2019-20 Mark Daniel
Maloney - Feburary 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Happy 115th birthday, fellow Rotarians and members of the family
Much has changed in the world since 1905. Then, the global population
was roughly 1.7 billion. Today, it is 7.7 billion. There were 5
telephones per 100 people in the United States 115 years ago. In
2020, it is estimated that 96 percent of the U.S. population has
a cellphone — and both China and India have more than a billion
cellphones in use.
In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything
has changed except Rotary values. We began, and remain, committed
to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. While
our Service Above Self motto dates to 1911, the ethos behind those
words had already been ingrained by Rotary's founders.
As the pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate, the need
for Rotary service is greater than ever. It's one thing to read
about service projects, quite another to see them in action and
to see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them.
Rotary projects change lives and connect the world. And over the
past year, I have seen some amazing Rotary projects in action.
Gay and I visited Japan's Fukushima prefecture last year. Few places
in the world have had to deal with the kind of devastation that
visited Fukushima in March 2011, when a tsunami touched off by an
earthquake led to disaster at a nuclear power plant. But the story
of Fukushima today is not one of destruction; it is one of hope
and renewal. Rotary grants have helped improve access to medical
and mental health care for victims of the disaster and reduced the
isolation of these communities by sharing the experiences of people
from other parts of the world who have also recovered from disasters.
Our grants have also helped to foster self-motivation and encourage
sustainable long-term community recovery across the region.
In Shanghai, I learned about the Careers in Care program. This helps
migrant workers fill the need for skilled professionals in elder
care facilities. After taking a course, trainees receive certification
to boost their employment prospects, while the care industry benefits
from an expanded talent pool. Rotary projects like this are successful
because they address a local need, and they have the potential to
attract local government funding to sustain their impact.
And in Guatemala, Gay and I went to Sumpango. Global grants there
provide mechanical cows to produce soy milk; an improved water distribution
system; water filters; clean compost latrines; family gardens; support
for income generation; and training in WASH and literacy programs.
The food items sold there not only provide nutrition to women and
children, but also create a source of income for local women.
In every area of focus, and in every part of the world, Rotary projects
are improving lives and helping communities adapt in a time of rapid
change. As we celebrate another great year for Rotary, let us rededicate
ourselves to strengthening the connections that make our service
so impactful. We will make lives better as Rotary Connects the World.
Mark Daniel Maloney
Trustee Chair's Message - Feb.
Gary C.K. Huang, Trustee
Rotary Club of Taipei
Trustee chair's message
Ni hao, Rotarians!
Since ancient times, people have built communities
around water. Having the ability to draw clean, fresh
water from a well means that a village has staying
power and the ability to endure hard times.
Wells are vital to people worldwide, but as a metaphor,
they are just as powerful. What is The Rotary Foundation's
"well"? From what source can we draw to
replenish ourselves to keep up with all of the amazing
global grants saving lives around the world?
The Rotary Foundation well is our Endowment, of course.
We are building a very deep, strong well that will
ensure funding for major projects for generations
to come. A strong endowment will ensure the long-term
financial stability of our Foundation and provide
essential resources to help deliver even more outstanding
humanitarian service into the future.
We are aiming high with the Building TRF Endowment:
2025 by 2025 initiative to build an endowment of $2.025
billion by 2025. By then we expect the Foundation's
Endowment to have a minimum of $1 billion in net assets,
with the balance in expectancies and bequest-type
Imagine the good we will be able to do with a $2 billion
Endowment! The investment earnings will provide about
$100 million annually for Rotarians to do all sorts
of life-changing projects around the globe, year after
Together, we can make this happen. As much as the
world changes around us, the well of The Rotary Foundation
will stand the test of time and keep making a positive
impact on the world.
Confucius took great pleasure from water. He said:
"Great water can continuously move forward without
stopping. It is so kind as to irrigate the lands everywhere
it goes, yet it does not regard itself as having performed
outstanding feats. It's just like virtue."
Speaking of accomplishments, the Rotary Club of Shanghai
just celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.
And the club just reached another great milestone:
its first Arch Klumph Society member, Frank Yih. Gong
xi to our friends in Shanghai!
Gary C.K. Huang
Trustee Chair 2019-20
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