Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We are privileged to be members of an international network of incredibly busy, and successful people who believe that by working together we can solve some of the world’s most intractable challenges.
Among those challenges are the relief of human suffering from infectious diseases – starting with the permanent, world-wide eradication of poliomyelitis, and the achievement of world peace – starting within ourselves and working outward through our community, our nation, and beyond.
In the words of John Lennon, “You may say that I’m a dreamer. But, I’m not the only one.” There are currently nearly two million Rotarians across the world who each believe that by living our four-way test we will inspire others to seek truth, fairness, goodwill among all people and find that which will be beneficial to all.
This year’s Rotary International theme is “Be The Inspiration”. Thank you for entrusting me with the Presidency of our club over the next twelve months. I have some thoughts about how we can together serve our community, enrich our own spirits, and sustain our club during the coming year. But I really hope to be able to learn from your wisdom as we work together. All of our ideas ultimately come back to this central theme – in everything we think, say and do, let us be the inspiration for others around us.
Rotary is like any relationship between people. What each of us gets out of it will be directly proportional to what we put into it. Use your Rotary experience to lead by example, and to engage in meaningful service to your fellow humans in whatever ways you can. For the future of our club, make a personal commitment to recruit at least one new member this year. Make it someone who you would be willing to follow as a club president someday – you will be giving him or her a wonderful opportunity to discover the best of themselves.
You are much more than a member of a club, you are a Rotarian!
David W. Fleming