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Ride to end polio

Rotary Voices

By Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko

For more than 20 years, Rotarians and their friends have worked tirelessly to keep our promise to the world’s children to eradicate polio. We’re almost there, but as in any race, the last mile is the hardest.

On 17 November — to honor those who strive to reach the historic goal of eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history — my wife, Marga, and I will join Rotarians in the Tucson, Arizona, area to raise money for Rotary’s PolioPlus Program at El Tour de Tucson.

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Acto de entrega de la Carta Constitutiva del Club Rotario de Toledo

El día 29 de septiembre 2012 a las 20:15 horas tendrá lugar el acto de entrega de la Carta Constitutiva del Club Rotario de Toledo. Asistirán autoridades y representantes de las instituciones de la ciudad. Al finalizar el acto, tendrá lugar una cena y baile.

Lugar de celebración: Hotel Hilton Buenavista Toledo. C/ de los Concilios de Toledo, 1.

Precio de la cena: 50,00 €. Ingresar en N.º CC 2013 1566 23 0200253846 (Antes del día 21 de septiembre de 2012).

Etiqueta, se ruega: Caballeros: smoking. Señoras: traje largo.

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Thoughts of Rotary Leaders: Julio Sorjus

Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2012–2016

 It was our founder, Paul Harris, who stated that “The promise of Rotary lays in its future, not in its past.”

He added: “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”

When we gaze into the future, across the horizon, and explore the possibilities open right in front of us in two, five, or ten years, we are forced to admit that there is a mixed picture ahead.

My friends, the average age of Rotarians, 30 years ago, was 47. It has now become 61 years of age, and it unfortunately continues to climb. Evidently, our presence among the young is very limited. If we go on like this, our organisation will experience a serious contraction in a few years. To put it simply: unless we act and change today, we risk becoming a relic of the past.

As President Kalyan Banerjee has wisely stated, we need to curb the greying of Rotary, and then encourage its greening. We cannot afford to ignore that only 11 percent of today’s Rotarians are younger than 40, while 68 percent are over 50 and 39 percent are over 60.

How, then, can we make Rotary more attractive for the young?

How can we motivate and attract young people to join us – and then stay with us?

How will we make sure that Rotary retains its magic and charm in the eyes of the future generations? Specifically: How can we make sure that the young people of Brazil, India, Egypt, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and Spain continue to heed the call to service?

How will Rotary develop and send an inspiring, loud and clear message, a long term vision about where it needs to be heading?

If somehow we came to be in possession of many books, or medicines, or wheelchairs, or simply much cash: what would we do with those resources, if we didn’t have a plan, a vision, or a direction?

There is only one answer to the plight of modern organisations. Without a doubt, the only tool available to us to fully bring the organisation to a position where it can match its current challenges is Leadership.

We need modern, nimble leadership. Innovative and visionary conductors, open to the new realities. We are not talking here about the leadership of yesterday, which was based upon personal whims and superficial fashions.

Rotary needs committed leaders of high ethical standards, with the capacity to clearly articulate a passionately shared vision. We are seeking men and women who are able to communicate our ideas in simple, yet compelling ways. We need to identify the young men and women, with a fierce passion for excellence, who can move others to join in the struggle of shared aspirations of service to human beings in dire need.

More than ever, leadership in Rotary is everybody’s business, since, as leaders, we have a moral commitment to make sure the changes taking place are effected in a manner consistent with our core values, aspirations, priorities and dreams.

This is leadership requiring that every one of us should embrace truthfully and courageously, the vision of our dear organisation. We are here to serve, to help others and to give ourselves to others, day in and day out, thus empowering every man and woman in the organisation to implement and execute our goals. Hands-on service is the very essence of Rotary, and it amounts to being the required path of leadership in Rotary, so let us begin.

It is time for us to lead.

It is time to turn the page.

Thoughts of Rotary Leaders: Mark Daniel Maloney

 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation 2004–2008

In 1985–86, I had the honour and privilege to serve as the President of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama. During that Rotary year, the President of Rotary International, Dr. Ed Cadman, reminded all Rotarians, but particularly club Presidents, that their individual service was the key to successful Rotary service. His presidential theme was “You Are the Key!”

President Cadman emphasised that the role of the club President was key to the success of our organisation’s efforts. Although the typical organisational chart of Rotary leadership places the club President at the bottom of the leadership pyramid, the club Presidents’ significance to Rotary service means that they occupy the most important positions in the Rotary hierarchy.

As with all other aspects of Rotary service, the role of the club President is vital to successful membership development and retention efforts. How the club President addresses membership issues in the club will determine the outcome of the club’s membership efforts. I have seen time and time again, that mere exhortations from the club President asking Rotarians to invite prospective members fall mainly on deaf ears.

District membership efforts must be focused on motivating club Presidents to develop organised plans for membership development and retention. These plans must include the appointment of inspired Rotarians to organise and lead membership development activities. Whether these activities are team contests, incentives for proposers, committee-run recruitment campaigns, or other activities depend upon the culture of the club. The important point is that the club President must have a specific ‘plan of action’ with identified leaders for his or her year of service.

For successful membership development and retention, we must inspire our club Presidents and remind them, “You Are the Key!”

Thoughts of Rotary Leaders: Ian H.S. Riseley

 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2011–2015

All of us love our involvement in Rotary, so why wouldn’t every person leap at the opportunity to join a Rotary club? We know that there are a huge number of quality people who have never been asked to join, and it is the responsibility of us all to rectify that situation.

But when we do ask, what causes people who would make excellent Rotarians to decline the invitation to join? Could it be that most of us are reticent to emphasise the benefits of Rotary club membership to potential Rotarians?

I believe these benefits can be summarised under four principal headings:

1. Friendships: Very few people have all the friends they can handle, and Rotary is a great way to meet lots of outstanding people

2. Personal development: Rotary encourages, even requires, members to speak in public and become involved in management, administration and harmoniouslyworking with others.

3. Business development: Regularly meeting with business and community leaders can be of significant benefit to our vocation.

4. The opportunity to make a real difference: The greatest benefit! The combined efforts of over 1.2 million Rotarians results in huge positive outcomes that are outside the capacity of any individual to deliver.

So why do so many people leave Rotary after a relatively short period of membership? Probably because their actual Rotary experience didn’t meet their expectations. These expectations may have been unrealistic, but in many cases their Rotary club didn’t provide at least one of the four benefits outlined above. All clubs should be continuously alert to the needs of their members.

Thoughts of Rotary Leaders: Kenneth R. Boyd

Director, Rotary International 2011–2013.

Everyone states: “We need more members,” but for some reason, it seems to stop at that point Why?

A quick analysis is that we fail to train our leaders on “How to do this job?” We fail to recognise that everyone’s role is different and we like to put everyone in the same box. We also make it too complex.

Simply put, there are only three (3) things that must be done to have success:

1. We must focus.

2. Everyone has a role.

3. There must be a commitment.

How we go about achieving these three (3) ideas will vary from area to area to have success; however, the roles of “How to do this job” in the three (3) categories and sub-categories below them must be defined to the point that Rotarians, no matter which position they hold (DG, Club President, Membership Chair Member, etc.) will have direction that they can expand on to lead the way and succeed.

Zone 25–26 have been working on such a plan with job descriptions and directives for all three (3) of the above and their many sub-points for over a year. They have developed a plan named “IGNITE” that is available on their website at

Thoughts of Rotary Leaders: John F. Germ

 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2008–2012

Membership is the Life Blood of Rotary. Rotary has unique membership criteria in that the proposed individual must be sponsored by a current Rotarian and meet the classification requirements. While these are unique to Rotary, they do not impose any concerns about recruitment. Each member certainly knows other business and communities leaders who should be members of a Rotary club, but due to a fear of rejection may not propose that individual. Someone gave us the opportunity to become a Rotarian. I think we have an obligation to extend that favour to others. Take the opportunity to ask a colleague, associate or a friend to a meeting. Service is our calling and we need others to strengthen our ability to serve our community and our world. Reach out and touch someone and they will never forget you for giving them the gift of Rotary. We must Ask, Ask, Ask.

While recruitment has not been the major concern, retention has been. We tend to lose too many members within the first two–three years of their joining a Rotary Club. This is due to a lack of an adequate orientation, mentoring and involvement. As the sponsor of a new member, we should insure that we encourage participation in club activities by our participation and inviting the new member to join with us in the activity. If we have relevant club meetings, individual involvement and great fellowship, we will retain those members and build a stronger club, a better community and a more peaceful world.