Recently, Rotarians from all corners of the world gathered in Chicago to represent their districts and consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. The Council on Legislation also has a social dimension ─ connecting Rotarians and giving them opportunities to make friends, share ideas, and gain a better understanding of different perspectives.
Among other things, the Council showcases the passion many Rotarians have for their clubs and for Rotary. We took the opportunity to ask a few of the representatives why they joined Rotary, and what excites them about being a Rotarian. The video above is a sampling of their responses.
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Council delegates William Pollard (left), past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA), and William Nyirenda, past governor of District 9210 (Zambia)
By William Pollard, past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Churchland, Virginia
I had the honor to represent District 7600 at the 2013 Council on Legislation in Chicago from April 21-26. It was an incredible experience to be with more than 500 fellow Rotarians serving as delegates for their districts.
The Council on Legislation meets every three years. It is the legislative body of RI, which has the authority to amend the RI constitutional documents. The delegates take this responsibility very seriously. Continue reading
Rotarians from India and Sri Lanka exchange club banners during a Friendship Exchange.
By S.K. Saxena, a member of the Rotary Club of Guna (Madhya Pradesh) India, a runner-up in the 2012-13 Rotary Friendship Exchange video contest.
I had the privilege as part of a team of four Rotarians and three spouses to visit our neighbor Rotarians in Sri Lanka, Rotary District 3220. Our main goal through the Rotary Friendship Exchange was to build friendship and goodwill, and bridge the gap between the two countries. Continue reading
Luis Pedro Fuxet Ciani, president of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, and Suzanne Gibson, president of the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast, sign a sister club agreement.
By Narayan Murarka, a member of the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast, Illinois, USA
Through Rotary, people from different backgrounds and cultures come together to serve side by side and build long lasting friendships. I have seen this first hand in my club, the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast, Illinois, USA, which has formed a sister club relationship with the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, Guatemala.
In March 2010, I took part in an international service project to Guatemala, distributing water filters to residents of Sumpango, a village near Antigua. Continue reading
Past RI President Frank Devlyn and his wife dance during the Fellowship Dinner and Dance at last year’s International Assembly.
By Past RI President Frank Devlyn
Like many Rotarians, I’ve often reflected on the moments that made me feel proud to be a Rotarian. Usually a highly successful project will come to mind, one that enabled us to help one or even thousands of people live better lives, all because of one special project. I’ve also experienced inspired moments while participating in Rotary projects.
However, I have something to confess: I joined Rotary to take advantage of the networking opportunities it offered me because I felt they would benefit my businesses. Continue reading
The 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives
By Daniela Garcia, RI editorial staff, reporting from the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA
Incoming district governors broke into applause as RI President-elect Ron Burton announced the 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, during the first plenary of the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future leaders.
I asked several of the future leaders their thoughts about the theme, moments after it had been announced here in San Diego, California, USA. Here is what they said: Continue reading
By Paula Caldeiram, a member of the Rotaract Club of St. Paul Espro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
This is my “Rotary Moment.” I became an Interactor in 2008, and after a year of activities found myself transitioning to Rotaract as a member of the St. Paul Espro club. One of our service projects is a campaign to help provide warm clothing for the homeless.
I was taking part in this project this August when something special touched my heart. Continue reading
By Saad Karim, 2012 Rotary Peace Fellow, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Saad Karim, right, at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University
There is an African proverb that says “Alone we can run faster, but together we can go further,” also sometimes stated as “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, go together.”
When I began the Rotary Peace Centers program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, I and my 21 classmates began the journey on separate paths, each with different, individual ideas about peace and conflict resolution. Continue reading