Rotary International John Kenny's April 2010 Message
My fellow Rotarians,
April is Magazine Month - At any given time, every one of Rotary's 33,000-plus clubs is carrying out some form of vital service in its local community and often internationally as well. Under Rotary's structure, each club works autonomously within a broader network that supports and inspires our efforts. An important piece of that network is the Rotary World Magazine Press, made up of The Rotarian and 31 regional magazines in 25 languages.
That is why a subscription to either The Rotarian or one of the regional magazines is mandatory for all Rotary club members. These publications bring us news of other clubs and districts, offer ideas for our own projects, and help us feel a greater bond with our fellow Rotarians. And the RI-mandated content printed in each issue creates a direct connection between our headquarters in Evanston and every Rotarian, everywhere in the world.
Your experience at this moment – of simply reading this message in a Rotary publication – is one that is common to every one of your fellow Rotarians, wherever they may be. RI-mandated content is consistent in every publication. It is a single, shared message – a single, shared experience. That is invaluable and irreplaceable.
When I sit down to write a monthly president's message, destined for the pages of all of Rotary's magazines, I know that I have an opportunity that will come only once a month, for only the one year that I will be in office. It is an opportunity to speak directly, in my own words, to every one of our 1.2 million members. No matter how much I travel, or how often I speak, or how hard I work to bring my message to clubs and districts, nothing I can do will have the reach of the 400 words I am privileged to put on this page. Because I know that every Rotary magazine, everywhere in the world, carries forth that message just as I wrote it, or in its own local language.
I value that opportunity
tremendously, as I value the publications that make it possible.
April is Magazine Month, a good time to consider how this important
member benefit can help your club's service efforts and to share
the useful information in its pages with others.
The Future of Rotary
Is in Your Hands.
TRF Chairman's April 2010 Message
Let’s keep our Foundation strong
According to one recent
study, charitable giving is at its lowest level in 50 years when
adjusted for inflation. Eight-six percent of nonprofits reported
a decline in giving in 2009. At a time when humanitarian needs are
escalating rapidly, the resources to meet those needs are diminishing.
Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Source: Rotary International
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