Today marks the first day of a new Rotary year. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but together we’ll be able to accomplish great things.
The 2016 Council on Legislation resulted in many new, forward-thinking decisions that will help us launch the most progressive year in Rotary’s history. In addition to the Report of Action
, which provides a summary of all enactments and resolutions, documents on the dues increase
and membership flexibility
are available. Other resources can also be found on Rotary.org
My presidential citation is meant to help guide and motivate you and your clubs throughout the year. View the presidential citation goals for Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs here
. A separate communication with a user guide on how to submit information and work towards the citation will be sent to district governors and club presidents in July. The Rotary club dashboard club view report can be viewed here
. Any questions about the citation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the next year, we might possibly see the last case of polio ever. With only 17 cases of wild poliovirus so far this year, we are now closer than ever to eradicating this disease. World Polio Day, 24 October, will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This event allows us to celebrate the significant milestones we’ve reached, educate the general public, and look to the future as we near the end of this battle.
World Polio Day can be celebrated from anywhere in the world and I hope that you and your clubs and districts will join us and register your event
. Setting a great example is the Rotary Club of Cleveland, as they’ll be celebrating both The Rotary Foundation Centennial and World Polio Day with a concert performance by The Cleveland Orchestra
Another important event taking place in Atlanta is of course, the Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June 2017
. At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, President Arch Klumph spoke about his dream about creating a Rotary endowment fund. With his beginning donation of $26.50, The Rotary Foundation was born. It’s only appropriate that we return to Atlanta a century later to celebrate our Foundation’s Centennial
and all the good work Rotarians around the world have done since then.
I know you will all join me in working to meet our goals, as well as celebrate our victories. As members of Rotary, we are out to change as many lives as we can, for the better. Not alone. Not as individuals. But together—as a team—through Rotary Serving Humanity