Posted by F X Sentamu on Jul 01, 2019
Welcome to the New Rotary year
My Family of Rotary: I am honored to be your District Governor and to follow in the footsteps of the Inspirational District Governor Sharmila and other past leaders in District 9211. Welcome to the New Leadership theme month of the Rotary Year 2019 -2020!
A lot has been accomplished in 2018 -2019 but more is expected from us this Rotary year therefore , we will need the support of all Rotarians to lead our district to greater heights.
Humphry Davy is credited with coming up with the idea of using electricity to create “incandescent light.” In 1800, he connected wires to an electric battery and a piece of carbon. The carbon subsequently glowed and produced light. Davy proved that when electric current flowed through the wires, their resistance caused them to heat up to the point where they gave light; so it is with Rotary. When we ‘connect’ and bring our skills and resources together, we cause transformation within ourselves and within our communities.
The theme for this year is – "It will be our challenge to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World - building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. I pray that Every Rotarian owns this theme and make good use of it.
While it is important to bring to life the theme Rotary Connects the World, we are going to refocus on Membership growth and retention by growing in numbers and innovate new methods of particularly retaining our membership by providing the right experience to each individual.
Secondly, The Rotary Foundation is our vehicle through which we can impact our communities around us and beyond. Let us always remind ourselves of the Rotary Foundation Vision Statement. My appeal to all clubs is to bring this to life through participation in at least one Rotary Foundation program that will impact generations to come, and let us all Rotarians in D9211 donate at least US$30 to the Rotary Foundation in the Rotary year 2019 -2020.
The Youth programs are going to be central to this year’s agenda, get connected to them and develop a strong relationship to secure our future. Rotarians also need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it. This 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 at every level. Let us make our activities and meetings family friendly.
I beg an my official club visits on Monday July 1, 2019. I look forward to sharing with you my detailed plans for our District Goals. We want articles from your clubs for our District Newsletter. Please share any newsworthy stories with our Editors so that we can publish them in future editions. I look forward to “Connecting” with you all. This is our year! Let Us Connect.
F X Sentamu
District Governor 2019 - 20
Rotary International District 9211