By RI President Gary C.K. Huang
As we begin a new Rotary year, I would like to tell you that I’m honored to be your Rotary International president and to stand with you as Rotary members.
Being a Rotarian is about a way of approaching the world and its challenges. There are many people in this world who need help and many changes that need to be made. It can be overwhelming.
Confucius and Rotary share similar ideas, and one idea from Confucius is that “It is better to light one single candle than to sit and curse the dark.” To me, this means that we shouldn’t lose hope and do nothing.
Instead, do something positive in your community, and let people know that Rotarians enjoy being together and working together. Involve your spouse and family in Rotary. Sharing your love for Rotary will recruit new members and keep current ones, and be the action that lights a candle.
Tell your community about Rotary
Holding a Rotary Day is a great way to share your love for Rotary with your community, friends, family, Foundation alumni, and Rotaract and Interact clubs. You can make your Rotary Day simple, you can make it fancy, you can make it a whole day or just a few hours. But do something for your community to show people what you do locally and internationally. Make sure your community knows that Rotary is there, Rotary is active, Rotary is fun, and Rotary is doing good work!
Download the Rotary Days brochure to learn more, and share your Rotary Day photos on social media using #RotaryDay.
I appreciate each selfless act of kindness you do and for sharing the love and ideas of Rotary. Thank you for joining me as together we Light Up Rotary!
- Follow the president’s travels and see how Rotary members are celebrating Rotary Days in The Rotarian magazine and on the president’s Facebook page.
- Upload your short video (less than 3 minutes) of a Rotary Day event to YouTube by 31 March and send a link with a description to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your video considered by the president. He will select a winning video, which may be featured on Rotary.org and at the 2015 Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil.
- Read more about President Huang in The Rotarian
- Watch a profile of the president on Vimeo