Presidents Message 3-7-2019

Gail Robertson - President Rosanna Rotary club 2019-2020

In Rotary

We are neighbours, community leaders and global citizens uniting for the common good. However the heart of Rotary is our clubs—dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back, over a meal or coffee, or even online. When I joined Rotary, I had no idea of the impact it would have on me – my growth as a person, increased confidence, increased skills and opportunities. I have learned so much about my local community – no matter where I was or what Rotary Club I belonged to as I moved around, I would never have become aware of my local community, like I have, without belonging to a Rotary Club. I have also learned so much more about international plights.

We listen to the news & hear of disasters – we switch off, besides we can’t do much about it, it’s a long way away, it doesn’t affect us, sitting in our lounge rooms – but belonging to a Rotary Club you know you can do something about it – with Disaster Aid or Aqua Boxes. Or maybe a project springs to mind. Joining the Rotary Club of Rosanna has given me new energy to rethink my direction in Rotary. The people in this Club are motivated, enthusiastic and above all supportive & caring. We come from diverse perspectives, careers and experiences which enables us to bring together great ideas. We have the opportunity to advance each other’s education by bringing our knowledge and skills to discussions. We have the opportunity connect to new cultures by exploring the world locally and through our global network. We have the opportunity to look for new connections and partnerships within our local area to enhance our community - working with groups of all sizes, cultures, backgrounds and experiences to accomplish even more.

The catch phrase this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. We can connect with the world through connecting with our local community - What are the community groups in this area - How many are there - What ethnic groups are in our area - What does Brother Harry do, for instance? Turning Conversations to Actions is what makes Rotary truly amazing and helps ‘Rotary Connect the World’. You may have guessed – the theme for this year is ‘Rotary Connects the World.’ But before I go - Each week I am going to leave you with a Thought of the Week. Mother Theresa once said “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat”.

Remember – ‘Rotary Connects the World’

Yours in Rotary


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