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While it might not be
everyone’s cup of tea,
I thought I’d say a
few words about the
recent Arch Klumph
Society inductions that
were held in Evanston,
US, around mid-
April. For those who
are unaware of this
program, it’s a form of
recognition for people
who have contributed
US$250,000 to The
have National Days, when only donors
from their country are inducted. You need
seven inductees to have a National Day and
that’s just what a band of generous Aussie
Rotarians did. We had seven magnificent
humanitarians lined up to receive their
special recognition from our very own RI
president Ian Riseley.
Getting recognition is one thing, but
spending this kind of money just for the
lapel pin doesn’t come into the picture.
All these people have a burning desire to
make our world a better place and they
are all passionate about the level of good
their money can bring. We had a collective
contribution of around US$2 million from
these seven Rotarians and the mind goes
numb thinking about the scale of benefits
this money can bring to people in need.
How about two and a half million polio
vaccines for a start? How many low-cost
shelters would this much money bring?
Would 200 reverse osmosis plants in
India do any good? Could we think in
terms of renovation and teacher training
at 130 schools in Timor Leste? Or maybe
provide birthing training and provide
post-natal equipment in 350 clinics in
Papua New Guinea?
The list goes on and on, but the point
I’m trying to make is that people don’t
need lapels to earn recognition. The thing
most of us want is to make sure people
less fortunate that us have a chance at
a better life and a glimpse of a good
future. It doesn’t have to be enough to
qualify for Arch Klumph Society, because
anything we give will be used to make
someone’s life better.
As far as Rotary goes, I reckon it doesn’t
get any better than that!
WHAT SHOULD I PASS
ON TO MY SUCCESSOR?
Let me know.
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IT’S hard to believe that the first year
of our Foundation’s second century
of service – and my term as chair of
The Rotary Foundation – is coming to
It has been an amazing experience
to see Rotary and our Foundation in
action as I’ve travelled the world. It
has been inspiring to see the passion
and dedication of Rotarians, the energy
and creativity of Rotaractors, and the
diversity of projects and forms of service.
I’ve seen Rotary: Making a Difference in
the lives of countless people in need,
because Rotarians are People of Action!
These experiences have reaffirmed
my belief in Rotary’s future and the
vital role our Foundation can and must
continue to play – especially as we
approach our post-polio era.
As Rotarians, we have big challenges
and bold opportunities ahead:
• We must achieve our goal
of eradicating polio! Please
contribute to the polio campaign
whether through a direct
donation, by fundraising, or by
telling the polio story using your
preferred media platform.
• We must expand the conversation
and determine what corporate
project or projects we will undertake
next. Think bold!
• We must work to engage the 50
per cent of the world’s population
that is under the age of 30. Surveys
consistently show that these young
people want to make a difference
and to volunteer. We need to
continue developing proactive
strategies to engage millennials
and Gen Z-ers.
• Women account for 50 per cent
of the world’s population. They are
proving to be the backbone of many
clubs. We need to expand their
reach and welcome their leadership
at every level of our organisation.
• More Rotarians and clubs need
to connect more closely to the
Foundation to understand how it
can help achieve our goals.
This Rotary year, I invited you to share
your ideas with me. Many did – about
how to raise more funds, to simplify
the grant process, to better engage
youth, to build peace, to enhance
our membership experience through
The Rotary Foundation. You expressed
your passion for a future in which our
Foundation will have a greater impact
than ever in its second century. This is
because you are our greatest strength.
Thank you for the honour of sharing
this journey with you.
Foundation Trustee Chair
“I’ve seen Rotary: Making
a Difference in the lives of
countless people in need,
because Rotarians are
People of Action!”
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