Rotary International President-elect
Mark Daniel Maloney
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained
his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand
connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership
RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential
Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors
in San Diego, California, USA. See video of his speech.
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled
the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming
district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International
Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service,
to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow
our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.
“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and
meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It
connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more
like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities,
to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”
Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify
segments of their community not represented in their club by creating
a membership committee with diverse members.
“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity
on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit
of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided
world, Rotary connects us all.”
Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and
service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and
people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles.
“We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with
the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That
means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture:
being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling,
and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”
Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving
as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer
“It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the
message that you can be a great district governor without visiting
every club individually, and a great president without doing everything
Relationship with the United Nations
During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences
around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the
United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that
many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available
In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of
its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of
42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants
to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led
to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside
the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world.
Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers
to nongovernmental organizations.
“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment
to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,”
Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organization
can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all
over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take
meaningful action toward that goal.”